Now it happened in Iconium that they went
together to the synagogue of the Jews, and so
spoke that a great multitude both of the Jews
and of the Greeks believed.
But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles
and poisoned their minds against the brethren.
Therefore they stayed there a long time,
speaking boldly in the Lord, who was bearing
witness to the word of His grace, granting signs
and wonders to be done by their hands.
But the multitude of the city was divided: part
sided with the Jews, and part with the apostles.
And when a violent attempt was made by both the
Gentiles and Jews, with their rulers, to abuse
and stone them,
they became aware of it and fled to Lystra and
Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and to the
And they were preaching the gospel there.
Idolatry at Lystra
And in Lystra a certain man without strength in
his feet was sitting, a cripple from his
mother’s womb, who had never walked.
This man heard Paul speaking. Paul,
observing him intently and seeing that he had
faith to be healed,
said with a loud voice, “Stand up straight on
your feet!” And he leaped and walked.
Now when the people saw what Paul had done, they
raised their voices, saying in the Lycaonian
language, “The gods have come down to us in
the likeness of men!”
And Barnabas they called Zeus, and Paul, Hermes,
because he was the chief speaker.
Then the priest of Zeus, whose temple was in
front of their city, brought oxen and garlands
to the gates, intending to sacrifice with the
But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard
this, they tore their clothes and ran in among
the multitude, crying out
and saying, “Men, why are you doing these
things? We also are men with the same nature as
you, and preach to you that you should turn from
these useless things to the living God, who made
the heaven, the earth, the sea, and all things
that are in them,
who in bygone generations allowed all nations to
walk in their own ways.
Nevertheless He did not leave Himself without
witness, in that He did good, gave us rain from
heaven and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts
with food and gladness.”
And with these sayings they could scarcely
restrain the multitudes from sacrificing to
Stoning, Escape to Derbe
Then Jews from Antioch and Iconium came there;
and having persuaded the multitudes, they stoned
Paul and dragged him out of the
city, supposing him to be dead.
However, when the disciples gathered around him,
he rose up and went into the city. And the next
day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe.
Strengthening the Converts
And when they had preached the gospel to that
city and made many disciples, they returned to
Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch,
strengthening the souls of the disciples,
exhorting them to continue in the faith,
and saying, “We must through many
tribulations enter the kingdom of God.”
So when they had appointed elders in every
church, and prayed with fasting, they commended
them to the Lord in whom they had believed.
And after they had passed through Pisidia, they
came to Pamphylia.
Now when they had preached the word in Perga,
they went down to Attalia.
From there they sailed to Antioch, where they
had been commended to the grace of God for the
work which they had completed.
Now when they had come and gathered the church
together, they reported all that God had done
with them, and that He had opened the door of
faith to the Gentiles.
So they stayed there a long time with the