Acts 17

Paul at Thessalonica

1Now when they had traveled through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to a  Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. 2And b  according to Paul’s custom, he went to them, and for three c  Sabbaths reasoned with them from d  the Scriptures, 3
Lit opening
explaining and
Lit placing before
giving evidence that the
I.e. Messiah
Christ h  had to suffer and i  rise again from the dead, and saying j  This Jesus whom I am proclaiming to you is the
I.e. Messiah
4 l  And some of them were persuaded and joined m  Paul and Silas
Lit and a large
along with a large number of the o  God-fearing p  Greeks and
Lit not a few
a number of the r  leading women.
5But s  the Jews, becoming jealous and taking along some wicked men from the market place, formed a mob and set the city in an uproar; and attacking the house of t  Jason, they were seeking to bring them out to the people. 6When they did not find them, they began u  dragging Jason and some brethren before the city authorities, shouting, “These men who have upset
Lit the inhabited earth
w  the world have come here also;
Lit whom Jason has welcomed
and Jason y  has welcomed them, and they all act z  contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, Jesus.”
8They stirred up the crowd and the city authorities who heard these things. 9And when they had received a
Or bond
pledge from ab  Jason and the others, they released them.

Paul at Berea

10 ac  The brethren immediately sent ad  Paul and Silas away by night to ae  Berea
Lit who when...arrived went
and when they arrived, they went into ag  the synagogue of the Jews.
11Now these were more noble-minded than those in ah  Thessalonica
Lit who received
for they received the word with
Lit all
great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.
12Therefore ak  many of them believed
Lit and not a few
along with a number of am  prominent Greek an  women and men.
13But when the Jews of ao  Thessalonica found out that the word of God had been proclaimed by Paul in ap  Berea also, they came there as well, agitating and stirring up the crowds. 14Then immediately aq  the brethren sent Paul out to go as far as the sea; and ar  Silas and as  Timothy remained there. 15Now at  those who escorted Paul brought him as far as au  Athens; and receiving a command for av  Silas and Timothy to aw  come to him as soon as possible, they left.

Paul at Athens

16Now while Paul was waiting for them at ax  Athens, his spirit was being provoked within him as he was observing the city full of idols. 17So he was reasoning ay  in the synagogue with the Jews and az  the God-fearing Gentiles, and in the market place every day with those who happened to be present. 18And also some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers were
Or disputing
conversing with him. Some were saying, “What would bb  this
I.e. one who makes his living by picking up scraps
idle babbler wish to say?” Others, “He seems to be a proclaimer of strange deities,”—because he was preaching bd  Jesus and the resurrection.
19And they be  took him and brought him
Or before
to the
Or Hill of Ares, god of war
bh  Areopagus, saying, “May we know what bi  this new teaching is
Lit which is being spoken by you
which you are proclaiming?
20For you are bringing some strange things to our ears; so we want to know what these things mean.” 21(Now all the Athenians and the strangers bk  visiting there used to spend their time in nothing other than telling or hearing something new.)

Sermon on Mars Hill

22So Paul stood in the midst of the
Or the Council of the Areopagus
Areopagus and said, “Men of bm  Athens, I observe that you are very bn  religious in all respects.
23For while I was passing through and examining the bo  objects of your worship, I also found an altar with this inscription, ‘TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.’ Therefore what bp  you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you. 24 bq  The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is br  Lord of heaven and earth, does not bs  dwell in temples made with hands; 25nor is He served by human hands bt  as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things; 26and bu  He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having bv  determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, 27that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, bw  though He is not far from each one of us; 28for bx  in Him we live and move and
Lit are
exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children.’
29Being then the children of God, we bz  ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and thought of man. 30Therefore having ca  overlooked cb  the times of ignorance, God is cc  now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, 31because He has fixed cd  a day in which ce  He will judge
Lit the inhabited earth
cg  the world in righteousness
Lit by or in
through a Man whom He has ci  appointed, having furnished proof to all men
Or when He raised
by ck  raising Him from the dead.”

32Now when they heard of cl  the resurrection of the dead, some began to sneer, but others said, “We shall hear you
Lit also again
again concerning this.”
33So Paul went out of their midst. 34But some men joined him and believed, among whom also were Dionysius the cn  Areopagite and a woman named Damaris and others with them.
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