6the apostles learned of it and fled to Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and to the surrounding country;7and there they continued proclaiming the good news.Paul and Barnabas in Lystra and Derbe
8In Lystra there was a man sitting who could not use his feet and had never walked, for he had been crippled from birth.9He listened to Paul as he was speaking. And Paul, looking at him intently and seeing that he had faith to be healed,10said in a loud voice, “Stand upright on your feet.” And the man sprang up and began to walk.11When the crowds saw what Paul had done, they shouted in the Lycaonian language, “The gods have come down to us in human form!”12Barnabas they called Zeus, and Paul they called Hermes, because he was the chief speaker.13The priest of Zeus, whose temple was just outside the city, brought oxen and garlands to the gates; he and the crowds wanted to offer sacrifice.14When the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of it, they tore their clothes and rushed out into the crowd, shouting,15“Friends, why are you doing this? We are mortals just like you, and we bring you good news, that you should turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all that is in them.16In past generations he allowed all the nations to follow their own ways;17yet he has not left himself without a witness in doing good—giving you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, and filling you with food and your hearts with joy.”18Even with these words, they scarcely restrained the crowds from offering sacrifice to them.19But Jews came there from Antioch and Iconium and won over the crowds. Then they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing that he was dead.20But when the disciples surrounded him, he got up and went into the city. The next day he went on with Barnabas to Derbe.The Return to Antioch in Syria
21After they had proclaimed the good news to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, then on to Iconium and Antioch.22There they strengthened the souls of the disciples and encouraged them to continue in the faith, saying, “It is through many persecutions that we must enter the kingdom of God.”23And after they had appointed elders for them in each church, with prayer and fasting they entrusted them to the Lord in whom they had come to believe.