Paul went back to Derbe and Lystra (Acts 16:1)

“Paul went on

To Derbe

And Lystra.

There was a disciple

Named Timothy,

The son of a Jewish woman

Who was a believer.

But his father

Was a Greek.”

Κατήντησεν δὲ καὶ εἰς Δέρβην καὶ εἰς Λύστραν. καὶ ἰδοὺ μαθητής τις ἦν ἐκεῖ ὀνόματι Τιμόθεος, υἱὸς γυναικὸς Ἰουδαίας πιστῆς πατρὸς δὲ Ἕλληνος,

The author of Acts indicated that Paul went on (Κατήντησεν δὲ) to Derbe (καὶ εἰς Δέρβην) and Lystra (καὶ εἰς Λύστραν).  There was a disciple (καὶ ἰδοὺ μαθητής) there in Lystra (τις ἦν ἐκεῖ) named Timothy (ὀνόματι Τιμόθεος), the son of a Jewish woman (υἱὸς γυναικὸς Ἰουδαία) who was a believer in Jesus (πιστῆς).  But his father (πατρὸς δὲ) was a Greek (Ἕλληνος).  Paul then revisited the towns of Derbe and Lystra that he had visited on his first missionary trip.  Lystra and Derbe were about 60 miles away, with Derbe about 50 miles from Tarsus, closer to Syria.  Paul and Barnabas had been only a short period of time in Derbe, in chapter 14:20-21.  However, in Lystra, Paul cured a young man and they wanted to make them a god.  However, the residents also turned on them, so that Paul and Barnabas went to Derbe, as indicated in chapter 14:8-20.  Timothy was a young man from Lystra.  However, he may have lived to be 80 years old.  He had a Christian believing Jewish mother but a Greek gentile father.  Would you go back to a place that you had some trouble the last time that you were there?

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