a small town on the eastern part of the upland plain of Lycaonia, about 20 miles from Lystra. Paul passed through Derbe on his route from Cilicia to Iconium, on his second missionary journey (Acts 16:1), and probably also on his third journey (18:23; 19:1). On his first journey (14:20, 21) he came to Derbe from the other side; i.e., from Iconium. It was the native place of Gaius, one of Paul's companions (20:4). He did not here suffer persecution (2 Tim. 3:11).
Thou'lt be safer, she said, in derbe, and from derbe thou must go on carrying the glad tidings to the ends of the earth.
Paul first found him on his second journey either at derbe or Lystra.
derbe, for instance, was a native city of Lycaonia, and belonged to the Koinon or local assembly of that province.
With Antipater of derbe I have become not merely on visiting terms, but really very intimate.
The southern and more commonly used branch made a long dtour through the important cities of derbe and Iconium.
The two churches of Lystra and derbe were composed almost wholly of heathen.