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Acts 14

 

 1 And (1) it came to pass in (a) Iconium, that they went both together into the Synagogue of the Jews, and so spake, that a great multitude both of the Jews and of the Grecians believed.

 

(1) We ought to be no less constant in preaching of the Gospel, than the perverseness of the wicked is obstinate in persecuting of it.
(a) Iconium was a city of Lycaonia.

 

 2 And the (b) (*) unbelieving Jews stirred up, and corrupted the minds of the Gentiles against the brethren.

 

(b) Who obeyed not the doctrine.

(*) Which would not obey the doctrine, neither suffer themselves to be persuaded, to believe the truth and to embrace Christ.

 

  (2) So therefore they abode there a long time, and spake boldly in the Lord, which gave testimony unto the word of his grace, and caused signs and wonders to be done by their hands.

 

(2) We ought not to leave our places and give place to threatenings, neither to open rage, but when there is no other remedy, and that not for our own quietness sake, but that the Gospel of Christ may be spread further abroad.

 

 4 But the multitude of the city was divided; and some were with the Jews, and some with the Apostles.

 

 5 And when there was an assault made both of the Gentiles, and of the Jews with their rulers, to do them violence, and to stone them,

 

 6 They were ware of it, and (c) fled unto Lystra, and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and unto the region round about,

 

(c) It is lawful sometimes to flee dangers, in time convenient.

 

 7 And there were preached the Gospel (*) .

 

(*) In so much that all the people were moved at the doctrine. So both Paul and Barnabas remained at Lystra.

 

 8  ∂ (3) Now there sat a certain man at Lystra, impotent in his feet, which was a cripple from his motherís womb, who had never walked.

 

(3) It is an old subtilty of the devil, either to cause the faithful servants of God to be banished at once, or to be worshipped for idols; and that chiefly taking occasion by miracles wrought by them.

 

 9 He heard Paul speak, who beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed,

 

 10 Said with a loud voice, (*) Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped up, and walked.

 

(*) I say to thee in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 11 Then when the people saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in the speech of Lycaonia, The gods are come down to us in the likeness of men.

 

 12 And they called Barnabas, Jupiter; and Paul, Mercurius, because he was the chief speaker.

 

 13 Then Jupiterís priest, which was before their city, brought bulls with (*) garlands unto the (d) (♣) gates, and would have sacrificed with the people.

 

(*) That is, trimmed with flowers and garlands.

(d) Of the house where Paul and Barnabas were.

(♣) He meaneth before the gates of the house where the Apostles lodged; for the temple was without the town, and therefore the Priest brought the sacrifice (as he thought) to the gods themselves.

 

 14 But when the Apostles, Barnabas and Paul heard it, they (*) rent their clothes, and ran in among the people, crying,

 

(*) In sign of detesting and abhorring it.

 

 15  (4) And saying, O men, why do ye these things? We are even men (♣) subject to the (e) like passions that ye be, and preach unto you, that ye should turn from these (f) vain things unto the living God, (*) which made heaven and earth, and the sea, and all things that in them are;

 

(4) That is also called idolatry, which giveth to creatures, be they never so holy and excellent, that which is proper to the only one God, that is invocation or calling upon.

(♣) That is, not without our infirmities and sins, and also subject to death.
(e) Men, as ye are, and partakers of the selfsame nature of man as you.
(f) He calleth idols vain things, after the manner of the Hebrews.

(*) Genesis 2:1; Psalm 145:6; Revelation 14:7 .

 

 16  (5) Who in times past (*) (g) suffered all the Gentiles to walk in their own (♣) ways.

 

(5) Custom, be it never so old, doth not excuse the idolaters.

(*) Psalm 81:13; Romans 1:24 .
(g) Suffered them to live as they lusted, prescribing and appointing them no kind of religion.

(♣) To live after their own fantasies not prescribing unto them any religion.

 

 17 Nevertheless, he left not himself without (*) witness, in that he did good and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food, and (♣) gladness.

 

(*) To take from men all excuse.

(♣) That being satisfied they might rejoice.

 

 18 And speaking these things, scarce restrained they the multitude, that they had not sacrificed unto them (*) .

 

(*) But that they should go every man home. And whiles they tarried and taught, there came.

 

 19  (6) Then there came certain Jews from Antioch and Iconium, which when they had persuaded the people, (♣) (*) stoned Paul, and drew him out of the city, supposing he had been dead.

 

(6) The devil when he is brought to the last cast, at length rageth openly, but in vain, even then when he seemeth to have the upper hand.

(♣) And disputing boldly, persuaded the people to forsake them; for, said they, they say nothing true, but lie in all things.

(*) 2 Corinthians 11:25 .

 

 20 Howbeit, as the disciples stood round about him, he arose up, and came into the city, and the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe.

 

 21  (7) And after they had preached the Gospel to that city, and had taught many, they returned to Lystra, and to Iconium, and to Antioch,

 

(7) We must go forward in our vocation through a thousand deaths.

 

 22  (8) Confirming the disciplesí hearts, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, affirming that we must through many afflictions enter into the kingdom of God.

 

(8) It is the office of the ministers, not only to teach, but also to confirm them that are taught, and prepare them to the cross.

 

 23  (9) And when they had ordained them Elders by (*) election in every Church, and prayed, and fasted, they commended them to the Lord in whom they believed.

 

(9) The Apostles committed the Churches which they had planted, to proper and peculiar Pastors, which they made not rashly, but with prayers and fastings going before; neither did they trust them upon Churches through bribery or lordly superiority, but chose and placed them by the voice of the congregation.

(*) The word signifieth to elect by putting up the hands which declareth that ministers were not made without the consent of the people.

 

 24  (10) Thus they went throughout Pisidia, and came to Pamphylia.

 

(10) Paul and Barnabas having made an end or their peregrination, and being returned to Antioch, do render an account to the Congregation or Church.

 

 25 And when they had preached the word in Perga, they came down to (h) Attalia,

 

(h) Attalia was a sea city of Pamphylia, near to Lycia.

 

 26 And thence sailed to  (i) Antioch, (*) from whence they had been commended unto the grace of God, to the work, which they had fulfilled.

 

(i) Antioch of Syria.

(*) Acts 13:1 .

 

 27 And when they were come and had gathered the Church together, they rehearsed all the things that God had done (*) by them, and how he had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles.

 

(*) By their ministry.

 

 28 So there they abode a long time with the disciples.

 

 

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