Atos 14

1 Now at Iconium they entered together into the Jewish synagogue, and so spoke that a great number believed, both of Jews and of Greeks.

2 But the Jews who refused to believe stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brethren.

3 So they spent a long time there, speaking boldly for the Lord, who bore witness to the word of his grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands.

4 But the people of the city were divided; some sided with the Jews, and some with the apostles.

5 When an attempt was made by both the Gentiles and the Jews with their rulers, to mistreat them and to stone them,

6 they became aware of it and fled to the cities of Lycaonia, Lystra and Derbe, and to the surrounding country;

7 and there they continued to preach the gospel.

8 At Lystra there was a man sitting who had no strength in his feet, lame from birth, who had never walked.

9 He listened to Paul speaking; and Paul, looking intently at him and seeing that he had faith to be made well,

10 said with a loud voice, »Stand upright on your feet.« And he leaped up and began to walk.

11 And when the crowds saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in the Lycaonian language, »The gods have come down to us in the likeness of men!«

12 Barnabas they called Zeus, and Paul, because he was the chief speaker, they called Hermes.

13 The priest of Zeus, whose temple was just outside the city, brought oxen and garlands to the gates, and wanted to offer sacrifice with the crowds.

14 But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of it, they tore their robes and rushed out into the crowd, crying out

15 »Men, why are you doing this? We also are men, of like nature with you, and bring you good news, that you should turn from these vain things to a living God who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all that is in them.

16 In past generations he allowed all the nations to go their own ways;

17 yet he did not leave himself without witness, in that he did good and gave you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness.«

18 Even with these words, they had difficulty keeping the crowds from offering sacrifice to them.

19 But Jews came there from Antioch and Iconium; and having won over the crowds, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing that he was dead.

20 But after the disciples had gathered around him, he got up and entered the city. And the next day he went with Barnabas to Derbe.

21 After they had preached the gospel to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch,

22 strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying, »Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.«

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

24 They passed through Pisidia, and came into Pamphylia.

25 And when they had spoken the word in Perga, they went down to Attalia.

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

27 When they arrived, they gathered the church together and declared all that God had done with them, and how he had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles.

28 And they spent a long time with the disciples.