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1 When they got to Iconium they went, as they always did, to the meeting place of the Jews and gave their message. The Message convinced both Jews and non-Jews - and not just a few, either. 1 At Iconium Paul and Barnabas went as usual into the Jewish synagogue. There they spoke so effectively that a great number of Jews and Gentiles believed.
2 But the unbelieving Jews worked up a whispering campaign against Paul and Barnabas, sowing mistrust and suspicion in the minds of the people in the street. 2 But the Jews who refused to believe stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brothers.
3 The two apostles were there a long time, speaking freely, openly, and confidently as they presented the clear evidence of God's gifts, God corroborating their work with miracles and wonders. 3 So Paul and Barnabas spent considerable time there, speaking boldly for the Lord, who confirmed the message of his grace by enabling them to do miraculous signs and wonders.
4 But then there was a split in public opinion, some siding with the Jews, some with the apostles. 4 The people of the city were divided; some sided with the Jews, others with the apostles.
5 One day, learning that both the Jews and non-Jews had been organized by their leaders to beat them up, 5 There was a plot afoot among the Gentiles and Jews, together with their leaders, to mistreat them and stone them.
6 they escaped as best they could to the next towns - Lyconia, Lystra, Derbe, and that neighborhood - 6 But they found out about it and fled to the Lycaonian cities of Lystra and Derbe and to the surrounding country,
7 but then were right back at it again, getting out the Message. Gods or Men? 7 where they continued to preach the good news.
8 There was a man in Lystra who couldn't walk. He sat there, crippled since the day of his birth. 8 In Lystra there sat a man crippled in his feet, who was lame from birth and had never walked.
9 He heard Paul talking, and Paul, looking him in the eye, saw that he was ripe for God's work, ready to believe. 9 He listened to Paul as he was speaking. Paul looked directly at him, saw that he had faith to be healed
10 So he said, loud enough for everyone to hear, "Up on your feet!" The man was up in a flash - jumped up and walked around as if he'd been walking all his life. 10 and called out, "Stand up on your feet!" At that, the man jumped up and began to walk.
11 When the crowd saw what Paul had done, they went wild, calling out in their Lyconian dialect, "The gods have come down! These men are gods!" 11 When the crowd saw what Paul had done, they shouted in the Lycaonian language, "The gods have come down to us in human form!"
12 They called Barnabas "Zeus" and Paul "Hermes" (since Paul did most of the speaking). 12 Barnabas they called Zeus, and Paul they called Hermes because he was the chief speaker.
13 The priest of the local Zeus shrine got up a parade - bulls and banners and people lined right up to the gates, ready for the ritual of sacrifice. 13 The priest of Zeus, whose temple was just outside the city, brought bulls and wreaths to the city gates because he and the crowd wanted to offer sacrifices to them.
14 When Barnabas and Paul finally realized what was going on, they stopped them. Waving their arms, they interrupted the parade, calling out, 14 But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of this, they tore their clothes and rushed out into the crowd, shouting:
15 "What do you think you're doing! We're not gods! We are men just like you, and we're here to bring you the Message, to persuade you to abandon these silly god-superstitions and embrace God himself, the living God. We don't make God; he makes us, and all of this - sky, earth, sea, and everything in them. 15 "Men, why are you doing this? We too are only men, human like you. We are bringing you good news, telling you to turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made heaven and earth and sea and everything in them.
16 "In the generations before us, God let all the different nations go their own way. 16 In the past, he let all nations go their own way.
17 But even then he didn't leave them without a clue, for he made a good creation, poured down rain and gave bumper crops. When your bellies were full and your hearts happy, there was evidence of good beyond your doing." 17 Yet he has not left himself without testimony: He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy."
18 Talking fast and hard like this, they prevented them from carrying out the sacrifice that would have honored them as gods - but just barely. 18 Even with these words, they had difficulty keeping the crowd from sacrificing to them.
19 Then some Jews from Antioch and Iconium caught up with them and turned the fickle crowd against them. They beat Paul unconscious, dragged him outside the town and left him for dead. 19 Then some Jews came from Antioch and Iconium and won the crowd over. They stoned Paul and dragged him outside the city, thinking he was dead.
20 But as the disciples gathered around him, he came to and got up. He went back into town and the next day left with Barnabas for Derbe. 20 But after the disciples had gathered around him, he got up and went back into the city. The next day he and Barnabas left for Derbe.
21 After proclaiming the Message in Derbe and establishing a strong core of disciples, they retraced their steps to Lystra, then Iconium, and then Antioch, 21 They preached the good news in that city and won a large number of disciples. Then they returned to Lystra, Iconium and Antioch,
22 putting muscle and sinew in the lives of the disciples, urging them to stick with what they had begun to believe and not quit, making it clear to them that it wouldn't be easy: "Anyone signing up for the kingdom of God has to go through plenty of hard times." 22 strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. "We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God," they said.
23 Paul and Barnabas handpicked leaders in each church. After praying - their prayers intensified by fasting - they presented these new leaders to the Master to whom they had entrusted their lives. 23 Paul and Barnabas appointed elders for them in each church and, with prayer and fasting, committed them to the Lord, in whom they had put their trust.
24 Working their way back through Pisidia, they came to Pamphylia 24 After going through Pisidia, they came into Pamphylia,
25 and preached in Perga. Finally, they made it to Attalia 25 and when they had preached the word in Perga, they went down to Attalia.
26 and caught a ship back to Antioch, where it had all started - launched by God's grace and now safely home by God's grace. A good piece of work. 26 From Attalia they sailed back to Antioch, where they had been committed to the grace of God for the work they had now completed.
27 On arrival, they got the church together and reported on their trip, telling in detail how God had used them to throw the door of faith wide open so people of all nations could come streaming in. 27 On arriving there, they gathered the church together and reported all that God had done through them and how he had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles.
28 Then they settled down for a long, leisurely visit with the disciples. 28 And they stayed there a long time with the disciples.