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Lystra
        a town of Lycaonia, in Asia Minor, in a wild district and among
        a rude population. Here Paul preached the gospel after he had
        been driven by persecution from Iconium (Acts 14:2-7). Here also
        he healed a lame man (8), and thus so impressed the ignorant and
        superstitious people that they took him for Mercury, because he
        was the "chief speaker," and his companion Barnabas for Jupiter,
        probably in consequence of his stately, venerable appearance;
        and were proceeding to offer sacrifices to them (13), when Paul
        earnestly addressed them and turned their attention to the true
        source of all blessings. But soon after, through the influence
        of the Jews from Antioch in Pisidia and Iconium, they stoned
        Paul and left him for dead (14:19). On recovering, Paul left for
        Derbe; but soon returned again, through Lystra, encouraging the
        disciples there to steadfastness. He in all likelihood visited
        this city again on his third missionary tour (Acts 18:23).
        Timothy, who was probably born here (2 Tim. 3:10, 11), was no
        doubt one of those who were on this occasion witnesses of Paul's
        persecution and his courage in Lystra.
Bibliography Information
Easton, Matthew George. M.A., D.D., "Biblical Meaning for 'Lystra' Eastons Bible Dictionary".
bible-history.com - Eastons; 1897.

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