New Defender's Study Bible Notes
14:12 Mercurius. These names in the original are “Zeus” and “Hermes,” which were the same “gods” to the Greeks as Jupiter and Mercury to the Romans. There was a local legend in the region that these two gods had once appeared there as men and brought blessing. Paul’s miraculous healing of the life-long crippled man encouraged the Lystron pagans to hope the gods had returned.