Acts 17

Paul and Silas in Thessalonica

1Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to a  Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. 2And Paul went in b  as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them c  from the Scriptures, 3 d  explaining and proving that it was necessary for e  the Christ to suffer and f  to rise from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus, whom I proclaim to you, is the Christ.” 4And g  some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did h  a great many of the devout i  Greeks and not a few of the leading women. 5 j  But the Jews
Greek Ioudaioi probably refers here to Jewish religious leaders, and others under their influence, in that time; also verse 13
l  were jealous, and taking m  some wicked men of the rabble, they formed a mob, set the city in an uproar, and attacked the house of Jason, seeking to bring them out to the crowd.
6And when they could not find them n  they dragged Jason and some of the brothers before the city authorities, shouting, “These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also, 7and Jason has received them, and they are all acting against o  the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is p  another king, Jesus.” 8And the people and the city authorities were disturbed when they heard these things. 9And when they had taken money as security from Jason and the rest, they let them go.

Paul and Silas in Berea

10 q  The brothers
Or  brothers and sisters; also verse 14
immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they s  went into the Jewish synagogue.
11Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness t  examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. 12 u  Many of them therefore believed, with not a few Greek v  women of high standing as well as men. 13But when the Jews from Thessalonica learned that the word of God was proclaimed by Paul at Berea also, they came there too w  agitating and stirring up the crowds. 14Then the brothers x  immediately sent Paul off on his way to the sea, but Silas and y  Timothy remained there. 15 z  Those who conducted Paul brought him as far as aa  Athens, and after receiving a command ab  for Silas and Timothy to come to him as soon as possible, they departed.

Paul in Athens

16Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was ac  provoked within him as he saw that the city was ad  full of idols. 17So ae  he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and the devout persons, and in the marketplace every day with those who happened to be there. 18Some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers also conversed with him. And some said af  What does this babbler wish to say?” Others said, “He seems to be a preacher of foreign divinities”—because ag  he was preaching ah  Jesus and the resurrection. 19And they took him and brought him to ai  the Areopagus, saying, “May we know what this aj  new teaching is that you are presenting? 20For you bring some ak  strange things to our ears. We wish to know therefore what these things mean.” 21Now all the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there would spend their time in nothing except telling or hearing something new.

Paul Addresses the Areopagus

22So Paul, standing in the midst of the Areopagus, said: “Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. 23For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription al  ‘To the unknown god.’ am  What therefore you worship an  as unknown, this I proclaim to you. 24 ao  The God who made the world and everything in it, being ap  Lord of heaven and earth aq  does not live in temples made by man
Greek made by hands
25nor is he served by human hands as  as though he needed anything, since he himself at  gives to all mankind au  life and breath and everything. 26And av  he made from one man every nation of mankind to live aw  on all the face of the earth ax  having determined allotted periods and ay  the boundaries of their dwelling place, 27 az  that they should seek God ba  and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. bb  Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, 28for

bc  “‘In him we live and move and have our being’;
Probably from Epimenides of Crete

as even some of be  your own poets have said,

“‘For we are indeed his offspring.’
From Aratus’s poem “Phainomena”

29 bg  Being then God’s offspring bh  we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man. 30 bi  The times of ignorance bj  God overlooked, but bk  now he bl  commands all people everywhere to repent, 31because he has fixed bm  a day on which bn  he will judge the world bo  in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and bp  of this he has given assurance to all bq  by raising him from the dead.”

32Now when they heard of br  the resurrection of the dead bs  some mocked. But others said bt  “We will hear you again about this.” 33So Paul went out from their midst. 34But some men joined him and believed, among whom also were Dionysius bu  the Areopagite and a woman named Damaris and others with them.

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