Paul and Barnabas preach in the Synagogue at IconiumPaul and Barnabas preach in Iconium (v 1).

They continue to preach despite opposition from the Jews.

1In Iconium, they entered together into the synagogue of the Jews, and so spoke that a great multitude both of Jews and of Greeks believed.
2But the disbelieving Jews stirred up and embittered the souls of the Gentiles against the brothers.
3Therefore they stayed there a long time, speaking boldly in the Lord, who testified to the word of his grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands.
4But the multitude of the city was divided. Part sided with the Jews, and part with the apostles.
5When some of both the Gentiles and the Jews, with their rulers, made a violent attempt to mistreat and stone them,
6they became aware of it and fled to the cities of Lycaonia, Lystra, Derbe, and the surrounding region.
7There they preached the Good News.
8At Lystra a certain man sat, impotent in his feet, a cripple from his mother’s womb, who never had walked.
9He was listening to Paul speaking, who, fastening eyes on him, and seeing that he had faith to be made whole,
10said with a loud voice, “Stand upright on your feet!” He leapt up and walked.
11When the multitude saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voice, saying in the language of Lycaonia, “The gods have come down to us in the likeness of men!”
12They called Barnabas “Jupiter”, and Paul “Mercury”, because he was the chief speaker.
13The priest of Jupiter, whose temple was in front of their city, brought oxen and garlands to the gates, and would have made a sacrifice along with the multitudes.
14But when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of it, they tore their clothes, and sprang into the multitude, crying out,
15“Men, why are you doing these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and bring you good news, that you should turn from these vain things to the living God, who made the sky, the earth, the sea, and all that is in them;
16who in the generations gone by allowed all the nations to walk in their own ways.
17Yet he didn’t leave himself without witness, in that he did good and gave you rains from the sky and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.”
18Even saying these things, they hardly stopped the multitudes from making a sacrifice to them.
19But some Jews from Antioch and Iconium came there, and having persuaded the multitudes, they stoned Paul, and dragged him out of the city, supposing that he was dead.
20But as the disciples stood around him, he rose up, and entered into the city. On the next day he went out with Barnabas to Derbe.
21When they had preached the Good News to that city, and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch,
22strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that through many afflictions we must enter into God’s Kingdom.
23When they had appointed elders for them in every assembly, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they had believed.
24They passed through Pisidia, and came to Pamphylia.
25When they had spoken the word in Perga, they went down to Attalia.
26From there they sailed to Antioch, from where they had been committed to the grace of God for the work which they had fulfilled.
27When they had arrived, and had gathered the assembly together, they reported all the things that God had done with them, and that he had opened a door of faith to the nations.
28They stayed there with the disciples for a long time.


1. What did the Jews from Antioch and Iconium persuade the crowds at Lystra to do to Paul?

v 19 ... they stoned Paul, and dragged him out of the city, supposing that he was dead.

2. On their return, what did the apostles do for each of the assemblies at Lystra, Iconium and Antioch?

v 22 and 23 strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that through many afflictions we must enter into God’s Kingdom. When they had appointed elders for them in every assembly ...

3. Where are the cities of Derbe, Iconium, Lystra and Antioch? Use the “Paul’s travels - first journey" map to find out.

In the region of Galatia in what is now southern Turkey

Summary Points

  • v 1 to 7 Many Jews and Gentiles in Iconium are converted, but there is violent opposition from both unbelieving Jews and Gentiles, so Paul and Barnabas move on
  • v 8 to 18  In Lystra, Paul heals a crippled man, but the people mistakenly want to treat Paul and Barnabas as gods. Paul appeals to his hearers to turn to the only living God who created everything. 
  • v 19 to 23 Jews from Antioch and Iconium persuade the crowd to stone Paul, who is left for dead, but he makes a miraculous recovery. The two apostles move on to preach in Derbe
  • v 24 to 28 Paul and Barnabas return to Antioch in Syria via Pisidia and Pamphylia

Timeline AD 60



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