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Acts 14

ESV 1 Now at Iconium they entered together into the Jewish synagogue and spoke in such a way that a great number of both Jews and Greeks believed. MSG 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. ESV 2 But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brothers. MSG 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. ESV 3 So they remained for a long time, speaking boldly for the Lord, who bore witness to the word of his grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands. MSG 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. ESV 4 But the people of the city were divided; some sided with the Jews and some with the apostles. MSG 4 But then there was a split in public opinion, some siding with the Jews, some with the apostles. ESV 5 When an attempt was made by both Gentiles and Jews, with their rulers, to mistreat them and to stone them, MSG 5 One day, learning that both the Jews and non-Jews had been organized by their leaders to beat them up, ESV 6 they learned of it and fled to Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and to the surrounding country, MSG 6 they escaped as best they could to the next towns - Lyconia, Lystra, Derbe, and that neighborhood - ESV 7 and there they continued to preach the gospel. MSG 7 but then were right back at it again, getting out the Message. Gods or Men? ESV 8 Now at Lystra there was a man sitting who could not use his feet. He was crippled from birth and had never walked. MSG 8 There was a man in Lystra who couldn't walk. He sat there, crippled since the day of his birth. ESV 9 He listened to Paul speaking. And Paul, looking intently at him and seeing that he had faith to be made well, MSG 9 He heard Paul talking, and Paul, looking him in the eye, saw that he was ripe for God's work, ready to believe. ESV 10 said in a loud voice, "Stand upright on your feet." And he sprang up and began walking. MSG 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. ESV 11 And when the crowds saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in Lycaonian, "The gods have come down to us in the likeness of men!" MSG 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!" ESV 12 Barnabas they called Zeus, and Paul, Hermes, because he was the chief speaker. MSG 12 They called Barnabas "Zeus" and Paul "Hermes" (since Paul did most of the speaking). ESV 13 And the priest of Zeus, whose temple was at the entrance to the city, brought oxen and garlands to the gates and wanted to offer sacrifice with the crowds. MSG 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. ESV 14 But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of it, they tore their garments and rushed out into the crowd, crying out, MSG 14 When Barnabas and Paul finally realized what was going on, they stopped them. Waving their arms, they interrupted the parade, calling out, ESV 15 "Men, why are you doing these things? We also are men, of like nature with you, and we bring you good news, that you should turn from these vain things to a living God, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all that is in them. MSG 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. ESV 16 In past generations he allowed all the nations to walk in their own ways. MSG 16 "In the generations before us, God let all the different nations go their own way. ESV 17 Yet he did not leave himself without witness, for he did good by giving you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness." MSG 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." ESV 18 Even with these words they scarcely restrained the people from offering sacrifice to them. MSG 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. ESV 19 But Jews came from Antioch and Iconium, and having persuaded the crowds, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing that he was dead. MSG 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. ESV 20 But when the disciples gathered about him, he rose up and entered the city, and on the next day he went on with Barnabas to Derbe. MSG 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. ESV 21 When they had preached the gospel to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch, MSG 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, ESV 22 strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God. MSG 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." ESV 23 And when they had appointed elders for them in every church, with prayer and fasting they committed them to the Lord in whom they had believed. MSG 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. ESV 24 Then they passed through Pisidia and came to Pamphylia. MSG 24 Working their way back through Pisidia, they came to Pamphylia ESV 25 And when they had spoken the word in Perga, they went down to Attalia, MSG 25 and preached in Perga. Finally, they made it to Attalia ESV 26 and from there they sailed to Antioch, where they had been commended to the grace of God for the work that they had fulfilled. MSG 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. ESV 27 And when they arrived and gathered the church together, they declared all that God had done with them, and how he had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles. MSG 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. ESV 28 And they remained no little time with the disciples. MSG 28 Then they settled down for a long, leisurely visit with the disciples.

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