Acts 14:17-27 NIV

17 Yet he has not left himself without testimony:1 He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons;2 he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy."3

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18 Even with these words, they had difficulty keeping the crowd from sacrificing to them.
19 Then some Jews4 came from Antioch and Iconium5 and won the crowd over. They stoned Paul6 and dragged him outside the city, thinking he was dead.

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20 But after the disciples7 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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      The Return to Antioch in Syria

      21 They preached the good news8 in that city and won a large number9 of disciples. Then they returned to Lystra, Iconium10 and Antioch,

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      22 strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith.11 "We must go through many hardships12 to enter the kingdom of God," they said.

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      23 Paul and Barnabas appointed eldersa13 for them in each church and, with prayer and fasting,14 committed them to the Lord,15 in whom they had put their trust.

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        • a 14:23 - Or "Barnabas ordained elders"; or "Barnabas had elders elected"
          24 After going through Pisidia, they came into Pamphylia,16

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          25 and when they had preached the word in Perga, they went down to Attalia.
          26 From Attalia they sailed back to Antioch,17 where they had been committed to the grace of God18 for the work they had now completed.19

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          27 On arriving there, they gathered the church together and reported all that God had done through them20 and how he had opened the door21 of faith to the Gentiles.

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