Ma’asei HaShlikhim 14 – מעשי השליחים יד


1And they entered into the Beit K’nesset of the Yehudim and addressed the people in such a manner that a great many of the Yehudim and of the Greeks believed.  2But the Y’hudim who would not listen stirred up the Goyim to oppress the brethren.  3So they remained there for many days and spoke boldly concerning  יהוה , and He gave them testimony to the D’var of His Compassion, by means of signs and wonders which He performed by their hands.  4But the people of the city were divided: part held with the Y’hudim and part followed the Shlikhim.  5And they were menaced by both the Goyim and the Y’hudim, and with their leaders, who wanted to disgrace them and have them stoned.  6And when they became aware of it, they departed and took refuge in Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and the villages nearby. And there they declared good news.

7And there dwelt in the city of Lystra a cripple who had been lame from his mother’s womb, who never had walked.  8He heard Sha’ul speak, and when Sha’ul saw him and perceived that there was trust in him to be healed, 9he said to him with a loud voice, “I say to you, in the name of Adoneinu Yeshua HaMashi’akh, stand upright on your feet.” And he leaped up and walked.  10And when the people saw what Sha’ul had done, they lifted their voices, saying in the language of the country, “The gods have come down to us in the likeness of men.”  11So they called Bar-Naba the chief of the deities, and Sha’ul they called Hermes, because he was the chief speaker.  12Then the priest of Zeus, 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.  13When Bar-Naba and Sha’ul heard of this, they tore their clothes and leaped to their feet and went out to the crowd, crying out 14and saying, “Men, what are you doing? We also are ordinary human beings like you, who declare to you that you should turn from these useless things to the living Elohim who made heaven and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein, 15who in generations past suffered all nations to walk in their own ways.  16Nevertheless, He did not leave 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.”  17And even though they said these things, they had difficulty in restraining the people from offering sacrifices to them.

18But there came there Y’hudim from Iconium and Antioch and stirred up the people against them, and they stoned Pavlos and dragged him out of the city, supposing him to be dead.  19But, as the Talmidim gathered around him, he rose up and entered again into the city.  And the next day he departed from there with Bar-Naba, and they came to the city of Derbe.  20And when they had declared to the people of that city and had made many talmidim, then they returned to the city of Lystra, and to Iconium, and Antioch, 21strengthening the hearts of the Talmidim and exhorting them to continue in HaEmunah, and telling them that only through much tribulation can we enter into Malkhut HaElohim.  22And when they had ordained them elders in every congregation, and had prayed with them with fasting, they commended them to Adoneinu, in whom they trusted.  23And after they had traveled through the country of Pisidia, they came to Pamphylia.  24And when they had declared the D’var  יהוה  in the city of Perga, they went down to Attalia; 25and there they sailed and came to Antioch, because from there they had been recommended to the compassion of  יהוה  for the work which they fulfilled.  26And as the whole congregation was gathered together, they related everything that Elohim had done to them and how he had opened the gate of Emunah to the Goyim.  27And there they remained a long time with the Talmidim.

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