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Paul and Barnabas at Lystra

14:8 In22 Lystra23 sat a man who could not use his feet,24 lame from birth,25 who had never walked. 14:9 This man was listening to Paul as he was speaking. When Paul26 stared27 intently at him and saw he had faith to be healed, 14:10 he said with a loud voice, “Stand upright on your feet.”28 And the man29 leaped up and began walking.30 14:11 So when the crowds saw what Paul had done, they shouted31 in the Lycaonian language,32 “The gods have come down to us in human form!”33 14:12 They began to call34 Barnabas Zeus35 and Paul Hermes,36 because he was the chief speaker. 14:13 The priest of the temple37 of Zeus,38 located just outside the city, brought bulls39 and garlands40 to the city gates; he and the crowds wanted to offer sacrifices to them.41 14:14 But when the apostles42 Barnabas and Paul heard about43 it, they tore44 their clothes and rushed out45 into the crowd, shouting,46 14:15 “Men, why are you doing these things? We too are men, with human natures47 just like you! We are proclaiming the good news to you, so that you should turn48 from these worthless49 things to the living God, who made the heaven, the earth,50 the sea, and everything that is in them. 14:16 In51 past52 generations he allowed all the nations53 to go their own ways, 14:17 yet he did not leave himself without a witness by doing good,54 by giving you rain from heaven55 and fruitful seasons, satisfying you56 with food and your hearts with joy.”57 14:18 Even by saying58 these things, they scarcely persuaded59 the crowds not to offer sacrifice to them.

14:19 But Jews came from Antioch60 and Iconium,61 and after winning62 the crowds over, they stoned63 Paul and dragged him out of the city, presuming him to be dead. 14:20 But after the disciples had surrounded him, he got up and went back64 into the city. On65 the next day he left with Barnabas for Derbe.66


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