New International Reader's Version

Acts 14

Paul and Barnabas Preach in Iconium

1At Iconium, Paul and Barnabas went into the Jewish synagogue as usual. They spoke there with great power. Large numbers of Jews and Greeks became believers. But the Jews who refused to believe stirred up some of the Gentiles who were there. They turned them against the two men and the new believers. So Paul and Barnabas spent a lot of time there. They spoke boldly for the Lord. He gave them the ability to do signs and wonders. In this way the Lord showed that they were telling the truth about his grace. The people of the city did not agree with one another. Some were on the side of the Jews. Others were on the side of the apostles. Jews and Gentiles alike planned to treat Paul and Barnabas badly. Their leaders agreed. They planned to kill them by throwing stones at them. But Paul and Barnabas found out about the plan. They escaped to the Lycaonian cities of Lystra and Derbe and to the surrounding area. There they continued to preach the good news.

Paul Preaches in Lystra

In Lystra there sat a man who couldn’t walk. He hadn’t been able to use his feet since the day he was born. He listened as Paul spoke. Paul looked right at him. He saw that the man had faith to be healed. 10 So he called out, “Stand up on your feet!” Then the man jumped up and began to walk.

11 The crowd saw what Paul had done. They shouted in the Lycaonian language. “The gods have come down to us in human form!” they exclaimed. 12 They called Barnabas Zeus. Paul was the main speaker. So they called him Hermes. 13 Just outside the city was the temple of the god Zeus. The priest of Zeus brought bulls and wreaths to the city gates. He and the crowd wanted to offer sacrifices to Paul and Barnabas.

14 But the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard about this. So they tore their clothes. They rushed out into the crowd. They shouted, 15 “Friends, why are you doing this? We are only human, just like you. We are bringing you good news. Turn away from these worthless things. Turn to the living God. He is the one who made the heavens and the earth and the sea. He made everything in them. 16 In the past, he let all nations go their own way. 17 But he has given proof of what he is like. He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven. He gives you crops in their seasons. He provides you with plenty of food. He fills your hearts with joy.” 18 Paul and Barnabas told them all these things. But they had trouble keeping the crowd from offering sacrifices to them.

19 Then some Jews came from Antioch and Iconium. They won the crowd over to their side. They threw stones at Paul. They thought he was dead, so they dragged him out of the city. 20 The believers gathered around Paul. Then he got up and went back into the city. The next day he and Barnabas left for Derbe.

Paul and Barnabas Return to Antioch

21 Paul and Barnabas preached the good news in the city of Derbe. They won large numbers of followers. Then they returned to Lystra, Iconium and Antioch. 22 There they helped the believers gain strength. They told them to remain faithful to what they had been taught. “We must go through many hard times to enter God’s kingdom,” they said. 23 Paul and Barnabas appointed elders for them in each church. The elders had trusted in the Lord. Paul and Barnabas prayed and fasted. They placed the elders in the Lord’s care. 24 After going through Pisidia, Paul and Barnabas came into Pamphylia. 25 They preached the good news in Perga. Then they went down to Attalia.

26 From Attalia they sailed back to Antioch. In Antioch they had been put in God’s care to preach the good news. They had now completed the work God had given them to do. 27 When they arrived at Antioch, they gathered the church together. They reported all that God had done through them. They told how he had opened a way for the Gentiles to believe. 28 And they stayed there a long time with the believers.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

使徒行传 14

在以哥念传道

1保罗和巴拿巴一同进入以哥念的犹太会堂讲道,许多犹太人和希腊人信了耶稣。 但那些顽梗不信的犹太人却怂恿外族人敌视信徒。 二人在那里逗留了好些日子,靠着主勇敢地传道。主赐给他们行神迹奇事的能力,为祂的恩典之道做见证。 城里的居民分成了两派,有些附和犹太人,有些支持使徒。

当时,有些外族人、犹太人及其官长企图恶待使徒,用石头打他们。 保罗和巴拿巴得知后,就逃往吕高尼的路司得和特庇二城并周围的地区, 在那里继续传扬福音。

在路司得和特庇传福音

路司得城里坐着一个天生双脚无力、不能走路的瘸子。 他也听保罗讲道。保罗定睛看他,见这个人有信心,可以得医治, 10 就高声对他说:“起来,两脚站直!”那人就跳了起来,开始行走。 11 周围的人看见保罗所行的,就用吕高尼话大声说:“神明化成人形下凡了!” 12 于是,他们称巴拿巴为希腊天神宙斯,又因为保罗是主要的发言人,就称他为希耳米[a] 13 城外宙斯庙的祭司也牵着牛、拿着花环来到城门口,要和众人一同向使徒献祭。

14 巴拿巴和保罗见此情形,就撕裂衣服,冲进人群中,大声喊着说: 15 “各位,你们为什么这样做?我们和你们一样只是凡人!我们来这里是要向你们传福音,叫你们离弃这些虚妄的事,转向那创造天、地、海和其中万物的永活上帝。 16 在以往的世代,祂虽然容许万国各行其道, 17 却从未停止用美善的事证实自己的存在。祂常施恩惠,降下甘霖,赏赐丰年,又叫你们衣食饱足,满心喜乐。”

18 保罗和巴拿巴说了这些话,才勉强制止住向他们献祭的人群。 19 有些犹太人从安提阿和以哥念来煽动民众,他们用石头打保罗,以为他死了,就把他拖到城外。 20 当门徒围过来看他的时候,他站了起来,走回城里。第二天,保罗和巴拿巴前往特庇。

返回安提阿

21 他们向那里的人传福音,有很多人做了门徒。然后,他们又回到路司得、以哥念和安提阿, 22 坚固各地门徒的信心,鼓励他们要持守信仰,并且说:“我们在进入上帝国的道路上必经历许多苦难。” 23 二人又为每个教会选立长老,禁食祷告,把他们交托给所信靠的主。

24 后来,二人又经过彼西底,来到旁非利亚, 25 在别加讲道,然后下到亚大利, 26 从那里乘船回安提阿。当初就是在安提阿,他们被交托在上帝的恩手中去传道,如今工作已经完成了。

27 他们到达之后,就召集教会的人,报告上帝借着他们所做的一切事,以及上帝如何给外族人开了信仰之门。 28 之后,二人和门徒同住了很久。

Notas al pie

  1. 14:12 希腊神话中天神宙斯是最大的神,希耳米则是为众神传递信息的使者——“传谕之神”。