Atos 14

1 IN Iconium Paul and Barnabas went in the same way into the synagogue and spoke so that a large number both of Jews and of Greeks believed.

2 But the unbelieving Jews excited and embittered the minds of the Gentiles against the brethren.

3 Therefore the apostles spent considerable time speaking freely and fearlessly in reliance upon the Lord, who bore witness to his gracious message by permitting signs and wonders to be done by their hands.

4 The people of the city became divided; some were with the Jews and some with the apostles.

5 But when there was a rush made by the Gentiles and the Jews, along with their rulers, to hustle them and stone them,

6 the apostles learned of it and fled to the cities of Lycaonia, Lystra and Derbe, and the surrounding country,

7 and there they went on telling the good news.

8 In Lystra there was a man sitting who was powerless in his feet. He had been lame from his mother's womb and never had walked.

9 He was listening to Paul as he was speaking. Paul fixed his eyes on him, and, seeing that he had faith to be healed,

10 said in a loud voice, "Stand up straight on your feet." He sprang up and walked about.

11 When the crowds saw what Paul had done, they raised their voices, saying in Lycaonian, "The gods have taken human form and come down to us."

12 They called Barnabas Zeus and Paul Hermes, because he was the principal speaker.

13 Then the priest of Zeus, whose temple was in front of the city, brought bulls and garlands to the gates, followed by the crowds, and intended to offer sacrifice.

14 But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of it, they rent their garments and sprang into the crowd, crying out,

15 "Men, why are you doing this? We too are men with the same weaknesses that you have. We are bringing you the good news that you are to turn from these foolish things to the living God, who made the heavens and the earth and the sea and all things that are in them.

16 In past generations he permitted all the nations to go their own ways,

17 though he did not leave himself without evidence, for he did you good and gave rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, filling your hearts with food and gladness."

18 Even by saying this they with difficulty kept the crowds from offering sacrifice to them.

19 But Jews arrived from Antioch and Iconium and won over the crowds, and they stoned Paul and dragged him outside of the city, thinking that he was dead.

20 But when the disciples gathered around him he rose up and reentered the city. On the next day he left with Barnabas for Derbe.

21 Telling the good news in that city they made a number of disciples. Then they returned to Lystra and Iconium and Antioch,

22 reassuring the minds of the disciples and encouraging them to be steadfast in the faith, saying, "Through many trials we must enter into the kingdom of God."

23 They appointed elders for them in every church, and after prayer and fasting committed them to the Lord in whom they had believed.

24 They passed through Pisidia and came into Pamphylia.

25 After telling the message in Perga, they came down to Attalia.

26 From there they sailed for Antioch, where they had been committed to the grace of God for the work which they had now completed.

27 Upon their arrival they assembled the church and narrated all that God, working with them, had done, and how he had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles.

28 There they passed no little time with the disciples.