Paul And Barnabas In Foreign Lan
Paul and Barnabas, sent by the Holy Spirit, went to Seleucia and from
there sailed to Cyprus. When they came to Salamis, they, with Mark as
their helper, told God's message in the Jewish synagogue.
When they had gone over the whole island as far as Paphos, they set
sail, and Paul and his companions came to Perga in Pamphylia. There Mark
left them to return to Jerusalem, but they went on to Antioch. On the
Sabbath they went into the synagogue and sat down. After the reading of
the law and the prophets the men in charge of the synagogue service
sent word to them, "Brothers, if you have any word of encouragement for
the people, say it." So Paul stood up and motioning with his hand said,
"Listen, men of Israel and you who worship God. The God of this people
Israel chose our fathers. While they were in Egypt he made them a great
people, and then with wonderful signs of his power he led them out of
that land. After destroying seven nations in the land of Canaan, he gave
them that land to have as their own and later made David their king.
From David's family God brought to Israel, as he had promised, a
"Brothers, sons of Abraham's race, and all among you who worship God, to
us has been sent this saving message. The people of Jerusalem and their
rulers did not believe Jesus, and though they could find no reason why
he should be killed, they asked Pilate to put him to death. But God
raised him from the dead, and for many days he was seen by those who had
come with him from Galilee to Jerusalem. They are now his witnesses to
the people. So we bring you the good news that God, by raising Jesus
from the dead, has fulfilled for our children the promise made to our
As Paul and Barnabas were going out, the people begged that this be
repeated to them on the following Sabbath. After the congregation broke
up, many of the Jews and religious Greeks followed Paul and Barnabas,
who spoke to them, urging them through God's help to remain loyal.
On the next Sabbath nearly all the people of the city came to hear the
message of the Lord. But when the Jews saw the crowd, they were jealous
and began to contradict what Paul said, and to insult him. But Paul and
Barnabas spoke out fearlessly and said, "It was necessary that God's
message should be spoken first to you; but since you will not hear it
and prove yourselves unworthy of eternal life, here and now we turn to
those who are not Jews. For this is the Lord's command to us: 'I have
set you as a light to other races, to bring salvation to the ends of the
When those who were not Jews heard this, they were glad and gave thanks
for God's message; and as many as were ordained to receive eternal life
believed, and God's message was carried far and wide throughout the
country. But the Jews, with the help of women of high rank and the
leading men in the city, started a persecution against Paul and Barnabas
and drove them from the city. So the apostles shook the dust from their
feet as a protest against them, and went on to Iconium. The new
disciples, however, were filled with joy and the Holy Spirit.
At Iconium, Paul and Barnabas went into the Jewish synagogue and spoke,
so that a great number of both Jews and Greeks believed. But the Jews
who did not believe stirred up the other races and poisoned their minds
against the apostles. The people of the town were divided, some being on
the side of the Jews and others on the side of the apostles. An attempt
was made both by the other races and by the Jews, with the help of their
rulers, to attack and stone the apostles; but they learned of it and
escaped to the towns of Lystra and Derbe, and there they continued to
preach the good news.
At Lystra there was a man who could not move his feet, who had been lame
from his birth and had never walked. As this man listened to Paul's
preaching, the apostle fixed his eyes on him and, seeing that he had
faith enough to make him well, said in a loud voice, "Stand up on your
feet." And the man sprang up and began to walk. When the crowds saw what
Paul had done, they shouted in their language, "The gods have come down
to us in the form of men!" Barnabas they called "Zeus," and Paul
"Hermes," because he was the chief speaker. The priests of the temple of
Zeus, which stood in front of the town, brought oxen and wreaths to the
gates, so as to join the crowds in offering sacrifice to them.
But when Barnabas and Paul heard this, they tore their clothes and
rushed into the crowd, shouting, "Men, why are you doing this? We are
but men like yourselves, and are bringing you the good news so that you
may turn from these idols and worship the living God who made the
heaven, the earth, the sea, and all that is in them. In past ages he
allowed all nations to worship as they pleased; yet as the bountiful
Giver he did not leave himself without a witness, for he gives you rain
from heaven and fruitful seasons and makes your hearts happy with food
and good cheer." Yet even with these words they could hardly keep the
crowd from sacrificing to them.
But Jews came from Antioch and Iconium and won over the crowds, who
stoned Paul, and then, believing him dead, dragged him out of the city.
However, when the disciples had gathered about him, he got up and went
into the city.
The next day he went with Barnabas to Derbe. After they had preached the
good news to that city and had won many disciples, they returned to
Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch, and encouraged the disciples urging them
to be true to the faith. Then they passed through Pisidia and came to
Pamphylia, and after preaching in Perga, they went down to Attaleia.
From there they set sail for Antioch.
When they reached Antioch, they called together the members of the
church and told everything that God had done with them, and how he had
opened the door of faith to those who were not Jews. And they stayed
there a long time with the disciples.
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