Words in italic type have been added for clarity. They are not found in the original Hebrew or Aramaic.
Acts 14:1 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.
Acts 14:2 But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles and (embittered) poisoned their minds (souls) against the brethren.
Acts 14:3 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.
Acts 14:4 But the multitude of the city was divided: part sided with the Jews, and part with the apostles.
Acts 14:5 And when a violent attempt was made by both the Gentiles and Jews, with their rulers, to abuse and stone them,
Acts 14:6 they became aware of it and fled to Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and to the surrounding region.
Acts 14:7 And they were preaching the gospel there.
Idolatry at Lystra
Acts 14:8 And in Lystra a certain man without strength in his feet was sitting, a cripple from his mother’s womb, who had never walked.
Acts 14:9 This man heard Paul speaking. Paul (who), observing him intently and seeing that he had faith to be healed,
Acts 14:10 said with a loud voice, “Stand up straight on your feet!” And he leaped and walked.
Acts 14:11 Now when the people saw what Paul had done, they raised their voices, saying in the Lyc
aonian language, “The gods have come down to us in the likeness of men!”
Acts 14:12 And Barnabas they called Zeus (Greek, same as Jupiter which is the Roman name), and Paul, (Greek) Hermes (Roman: Mercury), because he was the chief speaker.
Acts 14:13 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 multitudes.
Acts 14:14 But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard this, they tore their clothes and ran in among the multitude, crying out
Acts 14:15 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,
Acts 14:16 who in bygone generations allowed all nations to walk in their own ways.
Acts 14:17 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.”
Acts 14:18 And with these sayings they could scarcely restrain the multitudes from sacrificing to them.
Stoning, Escape to Derbe
Acts 14:19 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.
- I Samuel 17:47 Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.”
- Matthew 11:12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.
- Ephesians 6:12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly place
- Psalm 86:14 O God, the proud have risen against me, and a mob of violent men have sought my life, and have not set You before them.
- The enemy likes Mob violence.
Acts 14:20 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.
- Paul was resurrected symbolically or … literally.
Strengthening the Converts