The Bible in Its Traditions

Acts of the Apostles 14:8–18

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And a certain man in Lystra, powerless in his feet, was sitting, lame from his mother's womb, who had never walked.

And at Lystra there sat a certain man, impotent in his feet, a cripple from his mother`s womb, who never had walked.

And there dwelt in the city of LyÆstra a cripple who had been lame from his motherÆs womb, who never had walked.

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This [man] heard Paul speaking; who, gazing intently on him and seeing that he had faith to be healed,

He heard Paul speak; and when Paul saw him and perceived that there was faith in him to be healed,

10  said with a loud voice, "Stand up straight on your feet!"And he was jumping and walking about.

10  He said to him with a loud voice, I say to you, in the name of our LORD Jesus Christ, stand upright on your feet. And he leaped and walked.

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11  And the crowds, seeing what Paul did, raised their voice, saying in the Lycaonian language, "The gods have been made like men and have come down to us!"

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

11  But when the crowds had seen what Paul had done, they lifted up their voice in the Lycaonian language, saying, “The gods, having taken the likenesses of men, have descended to us!”

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12  And Barnabas they called Zeus, and Paul, Hermes, since he was the leader in speaking.

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

12  So they called BarÆna-bas, the chief of the gods; and Paul, they called Hermes, because he was the chief speaker.

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13  And the priest of Zeus, whose temple was before their city, bearing bulls and garlands to the gates, together with the crowds, was desiring to sacrifice [to them.]

13  Then the priest of the chief of gods whose shrine was outside the city, brought oxen and garlands to the gate of the courtyard where they stayed, and he wanted to offer sacrifices to them.

14  But when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard this, they tore their clothes and rushed in to the crowd, crying out

14  When BarÆna-bas and Paul heard of this, they rent their clothes, and leaped to their feet and went out to the crowd, crying out

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15  and saying, "Men! Why are you doing these things? We men are of the same nature as you, preaching the gospel to you, that you must turn from these useless things to the living God, who made the heaven, and the earth, and the sea, and all the things in them,

15  and saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and bring you good tidings, that ye should turn from these vain things unto a living God, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea, and all that in them is

15  and saying: “Men, why would you do this? We also are mortals, men like yourselves, preaching to you to be converted, from these vain things, to the living God, who made heaven and earth and the sea and all that is in them.

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16  who in the generations having gone by permitted all the Gentiles to walk in their ways.

16  In previous generations, he permitted all nations to walk in their own ways.

16  Who in generations past suffered all nations to walk in their own ways.

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17  And yet He did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good, giving to you rain from heaven and fruit bearing seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness."

17  But certainly, he did not leave himself without testimony, doing good from heaven, giving rains and fruitful seasons, filling their hearts with food and gladness.”

17  Nevertheless he left himself without testimony, in that he bestowed good on them from heaven, and gave them rain, and caused the fruits to grow in their seasons, and satisfied their hearts with food and gladness.

18  And saying these things, they scarcely stopped the crowds from sacrificing to them.

18  And by saying these things, they were barely able to restrain the crowds from immolating to them.

18  And even though they said these things they had difficulty in restraining the people from offering sacrifice to them.