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lystra

lystra


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  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. 
 
 
  From  Hitchcock's  Bible  Names  Dictionary  (late  1800's)  [hitchcock]: 
 
  Lystra,  that  dissolves  or  disperses