But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of this, they tore their clothes1 and rushed out into the crowd, shouting:
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"Men, why are you doing this? We too are only men,2 human like you. We are bringing you good news,3 telling you to turn from these worthless things4 to the living God,5 who made heaven and earth6 and sea and everything in them.7
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In the past, he let8 all nations go their own way.9
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Yet he has not left himself without testimony:10 He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons;11 he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy."12
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Even with these words, they had difficulty keeping the crowd from sacrificing to them.
Then some Jews13 came from Antioch and Iconium14 and won the crowd over. They stoned Paul15 and dragged him outside the city, thinking he was dead.
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But after the disciples16 had gathered around him, he got up and went back into the city. The next day he and Barnabas left for Derbe.
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They preached the good news17 in that city and won a large number18 of disciples. Then they returned to Lystra, Iconium19 and Antioch,
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strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith.20 "We must go through many hardships21 to enter the kingdom of God," they said.
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Paul and Barnabas appointed elders22 for them in each church and, with prayer and fasting,23 committed them to the Lord,24 in whom they had put their trust.
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After going through Pisidia, they came into Pamphylia,25
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