And it came to pass in Iconium, that they went both together into the synagogue of the Jews, and so spoke…
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I. MISCONSTRUCTION. It is always easy to pervert what a preacher says, and so arouse prejudice (ver. 2). We are not told just how these jealous Israelites sought to inflame the Gentiles. In one instance (Acts 19:26), opposers raised the workingman's question. In another (Acts 16:20, 21), it was wickedly suggested that an attack on social and political institutions was concealed under the pretence of inculcating religion. There is a tale considered authentic in the papal church, of one called "St. Thekla," who was converted by Paul. She had been previously betrothed to a heathen, but now refused from conscientious scruples to marry him. So the ingenious opposers might have told the populace that this was the way in which Christianity was going to break up their closest relations. Anything can be started among ignorant people.
II. POSITIVE VIOLENCE (ver. 5). No one can recall one of a hundred histories of cruelty and death inflicted by popular outbreak under malicious instigation, without knowing that there is always the one danger, in every land and generation, of losing life (Mark 8:35).
III. SPIRITUAL DISTRUST OF GOD. The day of miracle working has passed away, but great risks have to be run, and now and then the hearts of God's people fail them through fear. We detect here nothing of this sort; Paul stands up and works a stupendous miracle, without apparently a misgiving or a tremor.
Parallel VersesKJV: And it came to pass in Iconium, that they went both together into the synagogue of the Jews, and so spake, that a great multitude both of the Jews and also of the Greeks believed.