Acts 171Now after passing through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica where there was a synagogue of the Jews. 2And according to Paul's custom, he went in to them, and for three sabbaths he discoursed with them from the scriptures, 3explaining and pointing out that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead, and, This Jesus, whom I proclaim to you, is the Christ. 4And some of them were persuaded, and joined with Paul and Silas, and of the devout Greeks a great quantity, and of the prominent women not a few. 5But the disobedient Jews having taken along certain evil men of the marketplaces, and having gathered a mob, were rioting the city. And having stood by the house of Jason, they sought to bring them out to the populace. 6And not having found them, they dragged Jason and some brothers to the city rulers, shouting, The men who have agitated the world, these are present here also, 7whom Jason has received. And all these men are acting against the decrees of Caesar, asserting another man to be king, Jesus. 8And they disturbed the multitude and the city rulers when they heard these things. 9And after taking bond from Jason and the other men, they released them. 10And the brothers straightaway sent both Paul and Silas away through the night to Berea, who, when they arrived, went into the synagogue of the Jews. 11But these were more noble than those in Thessalonica, who received the word with all willingness, examining the scriptures daily, if it has these things this way. 12Indeed therefore many of them believed, also of the prominent Greek women, and of men, not a few. 13But when the Jews of Thessalonica also learned that the word of God was proclaimed by Paul at Berea, they came there also, agitating the crowds. 14But then straightaway the brothers sent Paul away to go as far as to the sea, but both Silas and Timothy remained there. 15And those who brought Paul led him as far as Athens. And after taking a command for Silas and Timothy, that they should come to him quickly, they departed. 16But while Paul waited for them in Athens, his spirit was aroused within him, seeing the city being completely idolatrous. 17Indeed therefore he was discoursing in the synagogue with the Jews, and with those who worship, and in the marketplace every day with those who happened by. 18And also some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers encountered him. And some said, Whatever does this babbler want to say? But others, He seems to be a proclaimer of strange deities, because he brought the good news-Jesus and the resurrection. 19And having taken him, they brought him to the Areopagus, saying, Can we understand what this new doctrine is, being spoken by thee? 20For thou bring some surprising things to our ears. Therefore, we want to know whatever these things aim to be. 21Now all the Athenians, and the foreigners who dwell alien there, were at leisure in nothing else, than to tell or to hear something new. 22And having stood in the middle of the Areopagus, Paul said, Athenian men, I perceive you as deity-fearing in all things. 23For, passing through and examining your religious objects, I also found an altar on which had been engraved, TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye worship unknowingly, him I proclaim to you. 24The God who made the world and all things in it, he, being Lord of heaven and earth, dwells not in temples made with hands, 25nor is he served by the hands of men, as needing anything, since he himself gives to all life, and breath, with all things. 26And he made from one blood every nation of men to dwell upon all the face of the earth, having determined prescribed times, and the limits of their occupancy, 27to search for the Lord, if indeed perhaps they might grope for him and find him, although being not far from each one of us. 28For in him we live, and move, and exist, as also some of the performers from you have said, For of him we are also offspring. 29Being therefore offspring of God, we ought not think the Divine to be like gold, or silver, or stone handiwork of the skill and thought of man. 30Indeed therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God now commands for all men everywhere to repent. 31Because he appointed a day during which he is going to judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he appointed, having provided assurance to all men because he raised him from the dead. 32But when they heard the resurrection of the dead, of course they mocked, but others said, We will hear thee again about this. 33And so Paul departed from among them. 34But some men, having joined with him, believed, among whom was also Dionysius the Areopagite, and a woman named Damaris, and others with them.
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