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The Acts of the Apostles: Chapter 14

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1The same thing occurred in Iconium, where Paul and Barnabas b Gk they went into the Jewish synagogue and spoke in such a way that a great number of both Jews and Greeks became believers. 2But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brothers. 3So they remained for a long time, speaking boldly for the Lord, who testified to the word of his grace by granting signs and wonders to be done through them. 4But the residents of the city were divided; some sided with the Jews, and some with the apostles. 5And when an attempt was made by both Gentiles and Jews, with their rulers, to mistreat them and to stone them, 6the apostles b Gk they learned of it and fled to Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and to the surrounding country; 7and there they continued proclaiming the good news.

8In Lystra there was a man sitting who could not use his feet and had never walked, for he had been crippled from birth. 9He listened to Paul as he was speaking. And Paul, looking at him intently and seeing that he had faith to be healed, 10said in a loud voice, “Stand upright on your feet.” And the man a Gk he sprang up and began to walk. 11When the crowds saw what Paul had done, they shouted in the Lycaonian language, “The gods have come down to us in human form!” 12Barnabas they called Zeus, and Paul they called Hermes, because he was the chief speaker. 13The priest of Zeus, whose temple was just outside the city, b Or The priest of Zeus‐Outside‐the City brought oxen and garlands to the gates; he and the crowds wanted to offer sacrifice. 14When the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of it, they tore their clothes and rushed out into the crowd, shouting, 15“Friends, c Gk Men why are you doing this? We are mortals just like you, and we bring you 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 that is in them. 16In past generations he allowed all the nations to follow their own ways; 17yet he has not left himself without a witness in doing good—giving you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, and filling you with food and your hearts with joy.” 18Even with these words, they scarcely restrained the crowds from offering sacrifice to them.

19But Jews came there from Antioch and Iconium and won over the crowds. then they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing that he was dead. 20But when the disciples surrounded him, he got up and went into the city. The next day he went on with Barnabas to Derbe.

21After they had proclaimed the good news to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, then on to Iconium and Antioch. 22There they strengthened the souls of the disciples and encouraged them to continue in the faith, saying, “It is through many persecutions that we must enter the kingdom of God.” 23And after they had appointed elders for them in each church, with prayer and fasting they entrusted them to the Lord in whom they had come to believe.

24Then they passed through Pisidia and came to Pamphylia. 25When they had spoken the word in Perga, they went down to Attalia. 26From there they sailed back to Antioch, where they had been commended to the grace of God for the work d Or committed in the grace of God to the work that they had completed. 27When they arrived, they called the church together and related all that God had done with them, and how he had opened a door of faith for the Gentiles. 28And they stayed there with the disciples for some time.


b Gk they

a Gk he

b Or The priest of Zeus‐Outside‐the City

c Gk Men

d Or committed in the grace of God to the work

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14.1–28 : Ministry in the Iconium region and return to Antioch.

1 :

In spite of the announcement of 13.46 , Paul and Barnabas again start at the Jewish synagogue.

2 :


4 :

The Gk word apostles is used of Paul and Barnabas in Acts only here and in v. 14 . Since the term otherwise is limited to the twelve, here the meaning may be “apostles (i.e., emissaries) of the church of Antioch,” the church that sent them ( 13.2–3 ).

6 :

Lystra, according to 16.1 the home of Timothy, was a Roman colony 40 km (24 mi) south‐southwest of Iconium. Derbe, another town in Lycaonia 96 km (60 mi) southeast of Lystra.

7 :

In Acts persecution always leads to new opportunities.

8–18 :

Cf. 3.1–8 . In this and other episodes in Acts Paul replicates the experiences of Peter.

11–12 :

According to a myth of this region, the gods Zeus and Hermes visited Baucis and Philemon in human form and rewarded their hospitality (Ovid, Metamor‐phoses, 8.618–724 ). Paul, the chief speaker, was hailed as the messenger of the gods, not the chief god.

14 :

Tore their clothes, a sign of horror and dismay at what they looked upon as blasphemy (cf. Mk 14.63 ).

15–17 :

Cf. 17.22–31; 1 Thess 1.9–10. Paul (v. 15 ), like Peter ( 10.26 ), rejects worship of himself.

19 :

13.50n. Paul tells of receiving a stoning in 2 Cor 11.25; see 2 Tim 3.11 .

20 :

Perhaps a miraculous recovery.

23 :

In Acts, Paul's churches are ruled by elders (cf. 20.17 ). Their presence may reflect conditions in Luke's day read back into the earlier period (see 15.2n. ). The word is not used in Paul's letters (but see 1 Timothy and Titus). See 11.30n.

25 :

Attalia, the seaport of Perga ( 13.13n. ).

26 :

Antioch, their starting point for the work ( 13.2 ) now completed.

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