As [a]Paul and Barnabas were going out, the people kept begging that these [b]things might be spoken to them the next Sabbath. Now when the meeting of the synagogue had broken up, many of the Jews and of the God-fearing [c]proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas, who, speaking to them, were urging them to continue in the grace of God.
Paul Turns to the Gentiles
The next Sabbath nearly the whole city assembled to hear the word of [d]the Lord. But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and began contradicting the things spoken by Paul, and were [e]blaspheming. Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and said, “It was necessary that the word of God be spoken to you first; since you repudiate it and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we are turning to the Gentiles. For so the Lord has commanded us,
‘I have placed You as a light for the Gentiles,
That You may [f]bring salvation to the end of the earth.’”
When the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of [g]the Lord; and as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed. And the word of the Lord was being spread through the whole region. But the Jews incited the [h]devout women of prominence and the leading men of the city, and instigated a persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and drove them out of their [i]district. But they shook off the dust of their feet in protest against them and went to Iconium. And the disciples were continually filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.
- Acts 13:42 Lit they
- Acts 13:42 Lit words
- Acts 13:43 I.e. Gentile converts to Judaism
- Acts 13:44 One early ms reads God
- Acts 13:45 Or slandering him
- Acts 13:47 Lit be for salvation
- Acts 13:48 Two early mss read God
- Acts 13:50 Or worshiping
- Acts 13:50 Lit boundaries
Acceptance and Opposition
In Iconium they entered the synagogue of the Jews together, and spoke in such a manner that a large number of people believed, both of Jews and of Greeks. But the Jews who [a]disbelieved stirred up the [b]minds of the Gentiles and embittered them against the brethren. Therefore they spent a long time there speaking boldly with reliance upon the Lord, who was testifying to the word of His grace, granting that [c]signs and wonders be done by their hands. But the [d]people of the city were divided; and some [e]sided with the Jews, and some with the apostles. And when an attempt was made by both the Gentiles and the Jews with their rulers, to mistreat and to stone them, they became aware of it and fled to the cities of Lycaonia, Lystra and Derbe, and the surrounding region; and there they continued to preach the gospel.
- Acts 14:2 Or disobeyed
- Acts 14:2 Lit souls
- Acts 14:3 Or attesting miracles
- Acts 14:4 Lit multitude
- Acts 14:4 Lit were