8 In Lystra there was a man sitting who could not use
his feet and had never walked, for he had been crippled from birth.
9 He listened
to Paul as he was speaking. And Paul, looking at him intently and
seeing that he had faith to be healed,
10 said in a loud
voice, ‘Stand upright on your feet.’ And the man sprang
up and began to walk.
11 When the crowds
saw what Paul had done, they shouted in the Lycaonian language,
‘The gods have come down to us in human form!’
12 Barnabas they
called Zeus, and Paul they called Hermes, because he was the chief
13 The priest
of Zeus, whose temple was just outside the city, brought oxen and
garlands to the gates; he and the crowds wanted to offer sacrifice.
14 When the apostles
Barnabas and Paul heard of it, they tore their clothes and rushed
out into the crowd, shouting,
why are you doing this? We are mortals just like you, and we bring
you good news, that you should turn from these worthless things
to the living God, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea
and all that is in them.
16 In past generations
he allowed all the nations to follow their own ways;
17 yet he has
not left himself without a witness in doing good—giving you
rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, and filling you with food
and your hearts with joy.’
18 Even with these
words, they scarcely restrained the crowds from offering sacrifice