Acts 13:51

51 But shaking the dust off their feet against them,[a] they proceeded to Iconium.

Acts 13:51 Meaning and Commentary

Acts 13:51

But they shook off the dust of their feet against them,
&c.] As Christ directed his apostles to do; (See Gill on Matthew 10:14).

And came unto Iconium,
a city in Lycaonia; here it is placed both by Ptolomy F3 and Strabo F4; Pliny says F5, that

``there was a tetrarchy granted out of Lycaonia, on that part which borders on Galatia, consisting of fourteen cities, the most celebrated city being Iconium.''

It was called by the Syrians (ane qyh) , "Ik-ona", which signifies "the bosom of sheep"; the country round about it being famous for feeding great numbers of sheep; and here afterwards was a church of Christ, a bosom for his sheep; it is now in the hands of the Turks, and is called "Conia", or "Cogne".


F3 Geograph. l. 5. c. 6.
F4 Ib. l. 12.
F5 Nat. Hist. l. 5. c. 27.

Acts 13:51 In-Context

49 So the message of the Lord spread through the whole region.
50 But the Jews incited the religious women of high standing and the leading men of the city. They stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas and expelled them from their district.
51 But shaking the dust off their feet against them, they proceeded to Iconium.
52 And the disciples were filled with joy and the Holy Spirit.

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