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Acts 14 (Lexham English Bible)

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Preaching in Iconium

1 Now it happened that in Iconium they entered {together}a into the synagogue of the Jews and spoke in such a way that a large number of both Jews and Greeks believed. 2 But the Jews who were disobedient stirred up and {poisoned the minds}b of the Gentiles against the brothers. 3 So they stayed [there]c for a considerable time, speaking boldly for the Lord, who testified to the message of his grace, granting signs and wonders to be performed through their hands. 4 But the population of the city was divided, and {some}d were with the Jews {and some}e with the apostles. 5 So when an inclination took place [on the part] of both the Gentiles and the Jews, together with their rulers, to mistreat [them]f and to stone them, 6 they became aware of [it]g [and]h fled to the Lycaonian cities--Lystra and Derbe and the surrounding region. 7 And there they were continuing to proclaim the good news.

Mistaken for Gods in Lystra

8 And in Lystra a certain man was sitting powerless in his feet, lame from {birth},i who had never walked. 9 This man listened [while]j Paul was speaking. {Paul},k looking intently at him and seeing that he had faith to be healed, 10 said with a loud voice, "Stand upright on your feet!" And he leaped up and began walking.l 11 And [when]m the crowds saw what Paul had done, they raised their voices in the Lycaonian language, saying, "The gods have become like men [and]n have come down to us!" 12 And they began callingo Barnabas Zeus and Paul Hermes, because he was the {principal speaker}.p 13 And the priest of the [temple]q of Zeus that was just outside the city brought bulls and garlands to the gates [and]r was wanting to offer sacrifice, along with the crowds. 14 But [when]s the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard about [it],t they tore their clothing [and]u rushed out into the crowd, shouting 15 and saying, "Men, why are you doing these [things]? We also are men with the same nature as you, proclaiming the good news [that] you should turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all the things [that are] in them-- 16 who in generations that are past permitted all the nationsv to go their [own] ways. 17 And yet he did not leave himself without witness [by]w doing good, giving you rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying [you]x with food and your hearts with gladness." 18 And [although]y they said these [things], [only] with difficulty did they dissuade the crowds from offering sacrifice to them. 19 But Jews arrived from Antioch and Iconium, and [when they]z had won over the crowds and stoned Paul, they dragged [him]aa outside the city, thinking he was dead. 20 But [after]bb the disciples surrounded him, he got up [and]cc went into the city. And on the next day he departed with Barnabas for Derbe.

Paul and Barnabas Return to Antioch in Syria

21 And [after they]dd had proclaimed the good news in that city and made many disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch, 22 strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging [them]ee to continue in the faith and [saying],ff "Through many persecutionsgg it is necessary [for] us to enter into the kingdom of God." 23 And [when they]hh had appointed elders for them in every church, [after]ii praying with fasting, they entrusted them to the Lord, in whom they had believed. 24 And they passed through Pisidia [and]jj came to Pamphylia. 25 And [after]kk they proclaimed the message in Perga, they went down to Attalia, 26 and from there they sailed away to Antioch where they had been commended to the grace of God for the work that they had completed. 27 And [when they]ll arrived and called the church together, they reported all that God had done with them, and that he had opened a door of faith for the Gentiles.mm 28 And they stayed no little time with the disciples.
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