Author: Ron Graham

Book of Acts

Acts 14:1-18
—Verse by verse

This page is a verse by verse study of Acts 14:1-18. These verses describe how Paul and Barnabas were persecuted in Iconium, and mistaken for gods in Lystra.

Acts 14

Paul and Barnabas persecuted in Iconium.

Verses 1-4

¶ "In Iconium, Paul and Barnabas went together into the synagogue of the Jews. They they spoke so effectively that a great number of both Jews and Greeks believed. However, the disbelieving Jews stirred up and embittered the souls of the Gentiles against the brethren. For that reason, Paul and Barnabas stayed there a long time. They spoke boldly in the Lord who testified to the word of his grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands. But the population of the city was divided —part sided with the Jews, and part with the apostles." (Acts 14:1-4).

Verses 5-7

¶ "A mob of both the Gentiles and the Jews, with their rulers, were going to mistreat and stone Paul and Barnabas. However, Paul and Barnabas became aware of it, and escaped to the cities of Lycaonia, Lystra and Derbe, and the surrounding region. There they preached the gospel." (Acts 14:5-7).

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Paul and Barnabas mistaken for gods in Lystra

Verses 8-10

¶ "At Lystra a certain man sat with impotent feet, a cripple from his mother’s womb. He'd never walked. He was listening to Paul, who was speaking. Noticing this, Paul fixed his eyes on him, and saw that he had faith to be made whole. Paul said, with a loud voice, “Stand up on your feet!” The man leaped up and walked." (Acts 14:8-10).

Verses 11-13

¶ "When the crowds saw what Paul had done, they raised their voice, saying in the language of Lycaonia, “The gods have come down to us in the likeness of men!” They called Barnabas Zeus, and Paul they called Hermes, because he was the chief speaker. The priest of Zeus, whose temple was in front of the city, brought oxen and garlands to the gates, and would have made a sacrifice, joined by the multitudes." (Acts 14:11-13).

Verses 14-18

¶ "But when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of it, they tore their clothes, and rushed into the crowd. They cried, “Men, why are you doing these things? We also are men of like passions with you. We preach the gospel to turn you from these vain things to the living God, who made the sky and the earth and the sea, and all that is in them. In past generations he let all the nations go their own ways. Yet he didn't leave himself without witness. He did you good and gave you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons. He satisfied your hearts with food and gladness.” Even saying these things, they only just curbed the crowds from making a sacrifice to them." (Acts 14:14-18).

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