Acts 14:6
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New International Version
But they found out about it and fled to the Lycaonian cities of Lystra and Derbe and to the surrounding country,

New Living Translation
When the apostles learned of it, they fled to the region of Lycaonia--to the towns of Lystra and Derbe and the surrounding area.

English Standard Version
they learned of it and fled to Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and to the surrounding country,

Berean Study Bible
they found out about it and fled to the Lycaonian cities of Lystra and Derbe, and to the surrounding region,

Berean Literal Bible
having become aware, they fled to the Lycaonian cities Lystra and Derbe, and the surrounding region,

New American Standard Bible
they became aware of it and fled to the cities of Lycaonia, Lystra and Derbe, and the surrounding region;

King James Bible
They were ware of it, and fled unto Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and unto the region that lieth round about:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
they found out about it and fled to the Lycaonian towns called Lystra and Derbe, and to the surrounding countryside.

International Standard Version
Paul and Barnabas found out about it and fled to the Lycaonian towns of Lystra and Derbe and to the surrounding territory.

NET Bible
Paul and Barnabas learned about it and fled to the Lycaonian cities of Lystra and Derbe and the surrounding region.

New Heart English Bible
they became aware of it, and fled to the cities of Lycaonia, Lystra, Derbe, and the surrounding region.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And when they knew it, they departed and took refuge in the cities of Lyconia, Lystra and Derby and the villages around them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So they escaped to Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and to the surrounding territory.

New American Standard 1977
they became aware of it and fled to the cities of Lycaonia, Lystra and Derbe, and the surrounding region;

Jubilee Bible 2000
they were aware of it and fled unto Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and unto the region that lies round about.

King James 2000 Bible
They were aware of it, and fled unto Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and unto the region that lies round about:

American King James Version
They were ware of it, and fled to Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and to the region that lies round about:

American Standard Version
they became aware of it, and fled unto the cities of Lycaonia, Lystra and Derbe, and the region round about:

Douay-Rheims Bible
They understanding it, fled to Lystra, and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and to the whole country round about,

Darby Bible Translation
they, being aware of it, fled to the cities of Lycaonia, Lystra and Derbe, and the surrounding country,

English Revised Version
they became aware of it, and fled unto the cities of Lycaonia, Lystra and Derbe, and the region round about:

Webster's Bible Translation
Being apprised of it, they fled to Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and to the region in that vicinity.

Weymouth New Testament
the Apostles, having become aware of it, made their escape into the Lycaonian towns of Lystra and Derbe, and the neighbouring country.

World English Bible
they became aware of it, and fled to the cities of Lycaonia, Lystra, Derbe, and the surrounding region.

Young's Literal Translation
they having become aware, did flee to the cities of Lycaonia, Lystra, and Derbe, and to the region round about,
Study Bible
Paul and Barnabas at Iconium
5But when the Gentiles and Jews, together with their rulers, set out to mistreat and stone them, 6they found out about it and fled to the Lycaonian cities of Lystra and Derbe, and to the surrounding region, 7where they continued to preach the gospel.…
Cross References
Acts 14:8
In Lystra sat a man crippled in his feet, who was lame from birth and had never walked.

Acts 14:11
When the crowds saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices in the Lycaonian language: "The gods have come down to us in human form!"

Acts 14:20
But after the disciples had gathered around him, he got up and went back into the city. And the next day he left with Barnabas for Derbe.

Acts 14:21
They preached the gospel to that city and made many disciples. Then they returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch,

Acts 15:36
Some time later Paul said to Barnabas, "Let us go back and visit the brothers in every town where we proclaimed the word of the Lord, to see how they are doing."

Acts 16:1
Paul came to Derbe and then to Lystra, where he found a disciple named Timothy, the son of a believing Jewish woman and a Greek father.

Acts 16:2
The brothers in Lystra and Iconium spoke well of him.

Acts 20:4
Paul was accompanied by Sopater son of Pyrrhus from Berea, Aristarchus and Secundus from Thessalonica, Gaius from Derbe, Timothy, and Tychicus and Trophimus from Asia.

2 Timothy 3:11
my persecutions, and the sufferings that came upon me in Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra. What persecutions I endured! Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them.
Treasury of Scripture

They were ware of it, and fled to Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and to the region that lies round about:

were.

Acts 9:24 But their laying await was known of Saul. And they watched the gates …

Acts 17:13,14 But when the Jews of Thessalonica had knowledge that the word of …

Acts 23:12 And when it was day, certain of the Jews banded together, and bound …

2 Kings 6:8-12 Then the king of Syria warred against Israel, and took counsel with …

and fled.

Matthew 10:23 But when they persecute you in this city, flee you into another: …

Lystra.

Acts 14:20,21 However,, as the disciples stood round about him, he rose up, and …

Acts 16:1,2 Then came he to Derbe and Lystra: and, behold, a certain disciple …

2 Timothy 3:11 Persecutions, afflictions, which came to me at Antioch, at Iconium, …

Lycaonia.

Acts 14:11 And when the people saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their …

(6) And fled unto Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia.--Here again, as in Acts 13:51, we can scarcely fail to trace a literal obedience to our Lord's commands. (See Note on Matthew 10:23.) The direction of the Apostles journey now took them into a wilder and less civilised region. The range of the Taurus cut it off from the more cultivated country of Cilicia and Pisidia. It is described as a dreary plain, bare of trees, destitute of fresh water, and with several salt lakes. So Ovid (Metaph. 8:621) speaks of it, as the result of personal observation:

"Where men once dwelt a marshy lake is seen,

And coots and bitterns haunt the waters green."

The very name Lycaonia, interpreted traditionally as Wolf-land (the local legend derived it from Lycaon, who had been transformed into a wolf), represented but too faithfully the character of the inhabitants. The travellers were also losing the protection which a Roman citizen might claim in a Roman province, Lycaonia, which had been annexed in A.D. 17 to the Roman province of Galatia, having been assigned by Caligula to Antiochus, King of Commagene. So wild a country was hardly likely to attract Jewish settlers; and there is no trace in St. Luke's narrative of the existence of a synagogue in either of the two cities. For the first time, so far as we know, St. Paul had to begin his work by preaching to the heathen. Even the child of a devout Jewish mother had grown up to manhood uncircumcised (see Note on Acts 16:3). Of the two towns named, Lystra was about forty miles to the south-east of Iconium, Derbe about twenty miles further to the east. The former, which lies to the north of a lofty conical mountain, the Kara-dagh (=Black Mountain) is now known as Bin-bir-Kilisseh, i.e., "the thousand and one churches," from the ruins that abound there. The addition of "the region that lieth round about" suggests the thought that the cities were not large enough to supply a sufficient field of action. The work in the country villages must obviously--even more than in the cities--have been entirely among the Gentiles. Among the converts of this region, and probably of this time, we may note the names of Timotheus of Lystra (see Note on Acts 16:1), and Gaius, or Caius, of Derbe (Acts 20:4).

Verses 6, 7. Became aware for were ware, A.V. (συνιδόντες), see Acts 12:12; the cities of Lycaonia, Lystra, and Derbe, for Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, A.V.; the region for unto the region, A.V.; round about for that lieth round about, A.V. They preached; were preaching - not once or twice, but continuously. Lystra and Derbe were cities of southern Lycaonia, obscure and remote from civilization, situated north of Mount Taurus, in a cold arid country somewhere between Ak Ghieul on the north, and the volcanic region of Karadagh on the south. They seem to have been included at this time in the dominions of Antiochus, king of Commagene (Lewin). Lystra is thought to be now represented by Bin-bir Kilissete (the thousand and one churches) (Lewin and Renan), though this is doubtful; and Derbe distant about twenty miles from Lystra, and the capital of that part of Lycaonia called Isaurica, is thought to be the modern Dioli (Hamilton, Renan, etc.); others, however, place it nearer the White Lake, Ak Ghieul, where the ruins of an ancient town are found. They were ware of it,.... They understood it, were apprised of it, and well weighed it, and considered it in their minds, and what was best to be done at this juncture:

and fled unto Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia; according to the orders and command of Christ, Matthew 10:23 not so much to save their lives, as to spread the Gospel in other parts. Lycaonia was a province in the lesser Asia, near Phrygia, separated from it by the mountains; on the east it bordered on Galatia, and had on the west Pamphylia and Pisidia, and on the south Cilicia, unto Mount Taurus. Some say it had its name from Lycaon, the son of Pelasgus; others, seeing it was not a Greek colony, chose to fetch the name of the country from the Syrians, who used to call their neighbour's country Leikonia, or in the Greek pronunciation Lycaonia; that is, the country of Iconium, which city was the metropolis of Lycaonia (i): Lystra is by Ptolomy (k) placed in Isauria, and so Derbe is said by Strabo (l) to be upon the coast of Isauria; wherefore the words may be read thus, as they are in the Syriac and Ethiopic versions, "and they fled to the cities of Lycaonia, and to Lystra, and to Derbe"; by which reading, they are not necessarily made the cities of Lycaoma: according to Jerom (m), they were both cities of Lycaonia. Lystra is the same with "Lehesthera"; which, in the Hebrew and Syriac languages, signifies "a flock of sheep", or "a city of flocks"; it being a place that abounded with sheep, as the country of Lycaonia in general did (n). Derbe was sometimes called "Delbia", which, in the language of the Lycaonians, signifies a "juniper tree"; and Delub, and Dulbe, with the Targumist (o) and Talmudists (p), signify a chesnut tree; and with the Arabians, "Dulb" is a plane tree, or poplar; it seems as if it had its name from one or other of those trees, which might grow in large quantities near it:

and unto the region that lieth round about; the said cities.

(i) Vid. Hiller. Onomasticum Sacrum, p. 870. (k) Geograph. l. 5. c. 4. (l) Ib. l. 12. (m) De locis Hebraicis, fol. 96. A. D. (n) Vid. Hiller. ib. p. 870, 871. (o) Targum Onkelos in Genesis 30.37. (p) T. Hieros. Cetubot, fol. 31. 4. T. Bab. Roshhashana, fol. 23. 1. & Succa, fol. 32. 2.6. unto Lystra and Derbe—the one some twenty miles to the south, the other some sixty miles to the east of Iconium, somewhere near the bases of what are called the Black Mountains and the roots of Mount Taurus; but their exact position has not yet been discovered.14:1-7 The apostles spake so plainly, with such evidence and proof of the Spirit, and with such power; so warmly, and with such concern for the souls of men; that those who heard them could not but say, God was with them of a truth. Yet the success was not to be reckoned to the manner of their preaching, but to the Spirit of God who used that means. Perseverance in doing good, amidst dangers and hardships, is a blessed evidence of grace. Wherever God's servants are driven, they should seek to declare the truth. When they went on in Christ's name and strength, he failed not to give testimony to the word of his grace. He has assured us it is the word of God, and that we may venture our souls upon it. The Gentiles and Jews were at enmity with one another, yet united against Christians. If the church's enemies join to destroy it, shall not its friends unite for its preservation? God has a shelter for his people in a storm; he is, and will be their Hiding-place. In times of persecution, believers may see cause to quit a spot, though they do not quit their Master's work.
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