PLOT AT ICONIUM (ACTS 14:1-7). Iconium was a city well located at an important crossroads on a fertile fruit and grain producing plain of Galatia. It was about 90 miles from Pisidian Antioch. Iconium was so ancient it claimed to be older than Damascus.
A great number of Jews and Gentiles believed at Iconium when the duo preached in the Jewish synagogue. But the Jews who refused to believe stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brothers. So the Lord authenticated their message with miraculous signs and wonders. The city became divided and there was a plot to mistreat and stone the two Pioneers. However, they found out about it and fled to the Lycaonian cities of Lystra and Derbe and to the surrounding country, where they continued to preach the good news.
At some stage during this expedition, Paul became bodily ill and he may have developed poor eyesight from the illness. His disease gave him a repulsive appearance (Galatians 4:13-15).