1At Iconium Paul and Barnabas went as usual into the Jewish synagogue. There they spoke so effectively that a great number of Jews and Greeks believed.2But the Jews who refused to believe stirred up the other Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brothers.3So Paul and Barnabas spent considerable time there, speaking boldly for the Lord, who confirmed the message of his grace by enabling them to perform signs and wonders.4The people of the city were divided; some sided with the Jews, others with the apostles.5There was a plot afoot among both Gentiles and Jews, together with their leaders, to ill-treat them and stone them.6But they found out about it and fled to the Lycaonian cities of Lystra and Derbe and to the surrounding country,7where they continued to preach the gospel.
In Lystra and Derbe
8In Lystra there sat a man who was lame. He had been that way from birth and had never walked.9He listened to Paul as he was speaking. Paul looked directly at him, saw that he had faith to be healed10and called out, ‘Stand up on your feet!’ At that, the man jumped up and began to walk.11When the crowd 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, brought bulls and wreaths to the city gates because he and the crowd wanted to offer sacrifices to them.14But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of this, they tore their clothes and rushed out into the crowd, shouting:15‘Friends, why are you doing this? We too are only human, like you. We are bringing you good news, telling you to turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made the heavens and the earth and the sea and everything in them.16In the past, he let all nations go their own way.17Yet 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.’18Even with these words, they had difficulty keeping the crowd from sacrificing to them.19Then 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.20But after the disciples had gathered round him, he got up and went back into the city. The next day he and Barnabas left for Derbe.
The return to Antioch in Syria
21They preached the gospel in that city and won a large number of disciples. Then they returned to Lystra, Iconium and Antioch,22strengthening 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.23Paul 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.24After going through Pisidia, they came into Pamphylia,25and when they had preached the word in Perga, they went down to Attalia.26From Attalia they sailed back to Antioch, where they had been committed to the grace of God for the work they had now completed.27On arriving there, they gathered the church together and reported all that God had done through them and how he had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles.28And they stayed there a long time with the disciples.
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Paul and Barnabas at Iconium
1Now 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. (Ac 13:5)2But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brothers. (Joh 3:36; Joh 21:23; Ac 13:50; Ac 19:9; Ro 15:31)3So 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. (Mr 16:20; Ac 4:29; Ac 15:8; Ac 20:32; Heb 2:4)4But the people of the city were divided; some sided with the Jews and some with the apostles. (Ac 17:4; Ac 19:9; Ac 23:7; Ac 28:24)5When an attempt was made by both Gentiles and Jews, with their rulers, to mistreat them and to stone them, (Ac 14:19; 2Co 12:10; 1Th 2:2)6they learned of it and fled to Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and to the surrounding country, (Mt 10:23; 2Ti 3:11)7and there they continued to preach the gospel.
24Then they passed through Pisidia and came to Pamphylia.25And when they had spoken the word in Perga, they went down to Attalia,26and from there they sailed to Antioch, where they had been commended to the grace of God for the work that they had fulfilled. (Ac 13:3; Ac 15:40)27And 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. (Ho 2:15; Ac 11:18; Ac 15:3; Ac 15:4; Ac 15:12; Ac 21:19; 1Co 16:9; 2Co 2:12; Col 4:3; Re 3:8)28And they remained no little time with the disciples.