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Paul and Barnabas at Iconium
1At Iconium the Apostles went together to the Jewish synagogue and preached, with the result that a great number both of Jews and Greeks believed.
2But the Jews who had refused obedience stirred up the Gentiles and embittered their minds against the brethren.
3Yet Paul and Barnabas remained there for a considerable time, speaking freely and relying on the Lord, while He bore witness to the Message of His grace by permitting signs and marvels to be done by them.
4At length the people of the city split into parties, some siding with the Jews and some with the Apostles.
5And when a hostile movement was made by both Gentiles and Jews, with the sanction of their magistrates, to maltreat and stone them,
6the Apostles, having become aware of it, made their escape into the Lycaonian towns of Lystra and Derbe, and the neighbouring country.
7And there they continued to tell the Good News.
The Visit to Lystra and Derbe
8Now a man who had no power in his feet used to sit in the streets of Lystra. He had been lame from his birth and had never walked.
9After this man had listened to one of Paul's sermons, the Apostle, looking steadily at him and perceiving that he had faith to be cured,
10said in a loud voice, "Stand upright upon your feet!"
11So he sprang up and began to walk about. Then the crowds, seeing what Paul had done, rent the air with their shouts in the Lycaonian language, saying, "The gods have assumed human form and have come down to us."
12They called Barnabas 'Zeus,' and Paul, as being the principal speaker, 'Hermes.'
13And the priest of Zeus—the temple of Zeus being at the entrance to the city—brought bullocks and garlands to the gates, and in company with the crowd was intending to offer sacrifices to them.
14But the Apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of it; and tearing their clothes they rushed out into the middle of the crowd, exclaiming, "Sirs, why are you doing all this?
15We also are but men, with natures kindred to your own; and we bring you the Good News that you are to turn from these unreal things, to worship the ever-living God, the Creator of earth and sky and sea and of everything that is in them.
16In times gone by He allowed all the nations to go their own ways;
17and yet by His beneficence He has not left His existence unattested—His beneficence, I mean, in sending you rain from Heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and joyfulness."
18Even with words like these they had difficulty in preventing the thronging crowd from offering sacrifices to them.
19But now a party of Jews came from Antioch and Iconium, and, having won over the crowd, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the town, believing him to be dead.
20When, however, the disciples had collected round him, he rose and went back into the town. The next day he went with Barnabas to Derbe;
The Return to Syrian Antioch
21and, after proclaiming the Good News to the people there and gaining a large number of converts, they retraced their steps to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch.
22Everywhere they strengthened the disciples by encouraging them to hold fast to the faith, and warned them saying, "It is through many afflictions that we must make our way into the Kingdom of God."
23And in every Church, after prayer and fasting, they selected Elders by show of hands, and commended them to the Lord on whom their faith rested.
24Then passing through Pisidia they came into Pamphylia;
25and after telling the Message at Perga they came down to Attaleia.
The Report to the Church at Antioch
26Thence they sailed to Antioch, where they had previously been commended to the grace of God in connexion with the work which they had now completed.
27Upon their arrival they called the Church together and proceeded to report in detail all that God, working with them, had done, and how He had opened for the Gentiles the door of faith.
28And they remained a considerable time in Antioch with the disciples.