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.
The permanent nucleus of it was that section of the Taurus which lies directly to south of Iconium and lystra.
Paul first found him on his second journey either at Derbe or lystra.
To this man the brethren that were in lystra and Iconium gave a good testimony.
From Iconium they turned southward to lystra, twenty miles distant.
The difficulty of tracing the route of the missionaries beyond lystra is due largely to the difficulty of Acts 16:6.
He died a confessor of that faith he learned from the preacher at lystra in his boyhood.
Next, at lystra, where in other days he had been first worshiped and then stoned.
The same was well reported of by the brethren that were at lystra and Iconium.
Second of these supposed miracles,—cure of the cripple at lystra.
The tutelary god of lystra was Jupiter, the statue of "which was before the city."