New International Version
The people of the city were divided; some sided with the Jews, others with the apostles.
King James Bible
But the multitude of the city was divided: and part held with the Jews, and part with the apostles.
Darby Bible Translation
And the multitude of the city was divided, and some were with the Jews and some with the apostles.
World English Bible
But the multitude of the city was divided. Part sided with the Jews, and part with the apostles.
Young's Literal Translation
And the multitude of the city was divided, and some were with the Jews, and some with the apostles,
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The multitude of the city was divided - The Jews treated the apostles as false teachers, and their miracles as impositions; and many of the people held with them: while the others, who had not hardened their hearts against the truth, felt the force of it; and, being without prejudice, could easily discern the miracles to be the work of God, and therefore held with the apostles.
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When the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy. They began to contradict what Paul was saying and heaped abuse on him.
But the Jewish leaders incited the God-fearing women of high standing and the leading men of the city. They stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them from their region.
But the Jews who refused to believe stirred up the other Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brothers.
There was a plot afoot among both Gentiles and Jews, together with their leaders, to mistreat them and stone them.
But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of this, they tore their clothes and rushed out into the crowd, shouting:
Then some Jews came from Antioch and Iconium and won the crowd over. They stoned Paul and dragged him outside the city, thinking he was dead.
Some of the Jews were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a large number of God-fearing Greeks and quite a few prominent women.
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