Paul and Barnabas at Lystra
h And in Lystra a certain man without strength in his feet was sitting, a cripple from his mother's womb, who had never walked.
This man heard Paul speaking. Paul, observing him intently and seeing that he had faith to be healed,
said with a loud voice, i "Stand up straight on your feet!" And he leaped and walked.
Now when the people saw what Paul had done, they raised their voices, saying in the Lycaonian language, j "The gods have come down to us in the likeness of men!"
And Barnabas they called Zeus, and Paul, Hermes, because he was the chief speaker.
Then the priest of Zeus, whose temple was in front of their city, brought oxen and garlands to the gates, k intending to sacrifice with the multitudes.
But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard this, l they tore their clothes and ran in among the multitude, crying out
and saying, "Men, m why are you doing these things? n We also are men with the same nature as you, and preach to you that you should turn from o these useless things p to the living God, q who made the heaven, the earth, the sea, and all things that are in them,
r "who in bygone generations allowed all nations to walk in their own ways.
s "Nevertheless He did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good, t gave us rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with u food and gladness."
And with these sayings they could scarcely restrain the multitudes from sacrificing to them.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
And a certain man lame from his mother's womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms from those who entered the temple.
Then the lame shall leap like a deer, And the tongue of the dumb sing. For waters shall burst forth in the wilderness, And streams in the desert.
To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, "This man is the great power of God.
However, they were expecting that he would swell up or suddenly fall down dead. But after they had looked for a long time and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds and said that he was a god.
Then King Nebuchadnezzar fell on his face, prostrate before Daniel, and commanded that they should present an offering and incense to him.
But Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes.
Then the high priest tore his clothes, saying, "He has spoken blasphemy! What further need do we have of witnesses? Look, now you have heard His blasphemy!
Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, "What further need do we have of witnesses?
But Peter lifted him up, saying, "Stand up; I myself am also a man.
Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months.
1 Samuel 12:21
And do not turn aside; for then you would go after empty things which cannot profit or deliver, for they are nothing.
Listen! The voice, The cry of the daughter of my people From a far country: " Is not the LORD in Zion? Is not her King in her?" "Why have they provoked Me to anger With their carved images - With foreign idols?
Are there any among the idols of the nations that can cause rain? Or can the heavens give showers? Are You not He, O LORD our God? Therefore we will wait for You, Since You have made all these.
Thus says the LORD: "For three transgressions of Judah, and for four, I will not turn away its punishment, Because they have despised the law of the LORD, And have not kept His commandments. Their lies lead them astray, Lies which their fathers followed.
1 Corinthians 8:4
Therefore concerning the eating of things offered to idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is no other God but one.
1 Thessalonians 1:9
For they themselves declare concerning us what manner of entry we had to you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God.
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So I gave them over to their own stubborn heart, To walk in their own counsels.
For all people walk each in the name of his god, But we will walk in the name of the LORD our God Forever and ever.
1 Peter 4:3
For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles - when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries.
Acts 17:24 - 27
God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands.
Because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them.
For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.
Then I will give you rain in its season, the land shall yield its produce, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.
Then I will give you the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the latter rain, that you may gather in your grain, your new wine, and your oil.
That you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
You open Your hand And satisfy the desire of every living thing.