« EdellinenJatka »
congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas ; who speaking to them, persuaded
them to continue in the grace of God. 44
And the next sabbath almost the whole city 45 came together to hear the word of God. But
when the Jews* saw the multitude, they were filled with envy, and denied those things which
were spoken by Paul; both contradicting and 40 blaspheming. Then Paul and Barnabas be
came bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first be spoken to you; but seeing ye put it from you, and judge your
selves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn 47 to the Gentiles. For so the Lord hath com
manded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light
of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for 48 salvation unto the ends of the earth. And
when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as
many as were ordained to eternal life, believed.t 49 And the word of the Lord was published 50 through out all that country. But the
Jews stirred up the devout and honorable women, and the chief men of the city, and
raised a persecution against Paul and Barnabas, 51 and expelled them from their territories. But
they shook off the dust of their feet against 52 them, and came into Iconium.I And the
disciples were filled with joy, and with the Holy Spirit. * The rest of the Jews, who were the greater namber.
† Disposed or prepared for, or concerned about their future happiness, believed.
# A city not far distant from Antioch,
1 AND it came to pass in Iconium, that they
went both together into the synagogue of the Jews, and spake in such a manner that a great
multitude both of the Jews, and of the Greeks 2 believed. But the unbelieving Jews stirred up
the heathens, and made them disaffected to. 3 wards the brethren. For a long time therefore
they remained speaking boldly concerning the Lord, who gave testimony unto the word of his grace, and granted signs and wonders to be * done by their hands. But the multitude of
the city was divided : and part held with the 5 Jews, and part with the apostles. And when
there was a conspiracy both of the Gentiles,
and also of the Jews with their rulers, to use 6 them despitefully, and to stone them, they were
apprehensive of it, and fled to Lystra, and
Derbe, cities of Lycaonia,* and to the adjoin7 ing country. And there they preached the
gospel. 8 And there sat a certain man at Lystra, dis..
eased in his feet, being a cripple from his moth9 er's womb, who never had walked ; the same
heard Paul speak : who, stedfastly beholding
him, and perceiving that he had faith to be 10 healed, said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet.
And he leaped and walked. 11 And when the people saw what Paul had done,
they lifted up their voices, saying in the lan
* Lycaonia borders on Pisidia eastward,
guage of Lycaonia, The gods are come down 12 to us in the likeness of men. And they called
Barnabas Jupiter, and Paul Mercurius, because 13 he was the chief speaker.* Then the priest
of Jupiter being before their city, brought oxen
and garlands unto the gates, and would have 14 done sacrifice with the people. But when the
apostles Barnabas and Paul heard it, they rent
their clothes, and ran in among the people, 15 crying out, and saying, Sirs, why do ye these
things? We also are men of like nature with
should turn from these vanities unto the living God, who
made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all 16 things that are therein :* Who, in times past,
suffered all nations to walk in their own ways. 17 Nevertheless, he has not left himself without
witness, in that he has done good, and given
us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling 18 our hearts with food and gladness. And hav
ing said these things, with difficulty they pre
vented the people from offering them sacrifices. 19 And there came thither certain Jews from
Antioch and Iconium, who persuaded the people, and having stoned Paul, drew him out of the city, supposing he had been dead.
* These people it must be recollected were pagans, who believed there were many gods; and who had traditions of their deities waving often visited the earth in the likeness of mnen. Jupiter was their chief deity; and Mercury, according to their creed, was very eloquent, and the messenger of the other gods.
† The imaginary and idol gods of the heathens are often, in the Old Testament, called vanity and a lic.
20 Howbeit, as the disciples stood round about
him, he rose up, and came into the city: and
the next day he departed with Barnabas to 21 Derbe. And when they had preached the
gospel to that city, and had taught many, they
returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium and 22 Antioch. Confirming the souls of the disci.
ples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying, that we must, through much
tribulation, enter into the kingdom of God. 23 And when they had ordained them elders in
every church, and had prayed with fasting,
they commended them to the Lord, on whom 24 they believed. And after they had passed
throughout Pisidia, they came to Pamphylia. 25 And when they had preached the word in 26 Perga, they went down into Attalia; and
thence sailed to Antioch,* from whence they
had been recommended to the grace of God, 27 for the work which they fulfilled. And when
they were come, and had gathered the church together, they related all that God had done
with them, and how he had opened the door 28 of faith unto the Gentiles. And there they
abode some time with the disciples.
* This is Antioch in Syria, which lies on the north of Judea, and is several hundred miles from Antioch in Asia Minor, where they had been.
1 AND certain men who came down from
Judea, taught the brethren, and said, Except ye
be circumcised after the manner of Moses 2 ye cannot be saved. And there being much
dissension and debate between Paul and Barnabas, and these men, it was determined by them of Antioch, that Paul and Barnabas, and some others of their church should go to Je
rusalem unto the apostles and elders about this 3 question. And being brought on their way
by the church, they passed through Phænice and Samaria,* declaring the conversion of the
Gentiles : and they caused great joy unto all 4 the brethren. And when they were come to
Jerusalem, they were received by the church, and the apostles and elders : and they related
all things which God had done by them. 5 But there rose up some of the sect of the Phar
isees, who believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to
keep the law of Moses. 6 And the apostles and elders came together 7 to consider of this matter. And after much
* Phoenice is sometimes called Caelo-Syria ; and lies between Syria and Judea. Samaria is comprehended in Judea.
+ The Jews were very much attached to the law of Mo. ses; and supposed that all its rites were of perpetual obligation. But the apostle, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, taught a different doctrines, and declared, that the disciples of Christ were not obliged to observe the ceremo nies of the Mosaic law.