Paul at Thessalonica1 Now when they had traveled through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to a Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. 2 And b according to Paul’s custom, he went to them, and for three c Sabbaths reasoned with them from d the Scriptures, 3 ▼
▼ Lit openingexplaining and ▼
▼ Lit placing beforegiving evidence that the ▼
▼ I.e. MessiahChrist 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. MessiahChrist.” 4 l And some of them were persuaded and joined m Paul and Silas ▼
▼ Lit and a largealong with a large number of the o God-fearing p Greeks and ▼
▼ Lit not a fewa number of the r leading women. 5 But 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. 6 When 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; 7 ▼
▼ Lit whom Jason has welcomedand Jason y has welcomed them, and they all act z contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, Jesus.” 8 They stirred up the crowd and the city authorities who heard these things. 9 And when they had received a ▼
▼ Or bondpledge from ab Jason and the others, they released them.
Paul at Berea10 ac The brethren immediately sent ad Paul and Silas away by night to ae Berea ▼
▼ Lit who when...arrived wentand when they arrived, they went into ag the synagogue of the Jews. 11 Now these were more noble-minded than those in ah Thessalonica ▼
▼ Lit who receivedfor they received the word with ▼
▼ Lit allgreat eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so. 12 Therefore ak many of them believed ▼
▼ Lit and not a fewalong with a number of am prominent Greek an women and men. 13 But 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. 14 Then immediately aq the brethren sent Paul out to go as far as the sea; and ar Silas and as Timothy remained there. 15 Now 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 Athens16 Now 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. 17 So 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. 18 And also some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers were ▼
▼ Or disputingconversing with him. Some were saying, “What would bb this ▼
▼ I.e. one who makes his living by picking up scrapsidle babbler wish to say?” Others, “He seems to be a proclaimer of strange deities,”—because he was preaching bd Jesus and the resurrection. 19 And they be took him and brought him ▼
▼ Or beforeto 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 youwhich you are proclaiming? 20 “For 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 Hill22 So Paul stood in the midst of the ▼
▼ Or the Council of the AreopagusAreopagus and said, “Men of bm Athens, I observe that you are very bn religious in all respects. 23 “For 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; 25 nor 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; 26 and 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, 27 that 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; 28 for bx in Him we live and move and ▼
▼ Lit areexist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children.’ 29 “Being 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. 30 “Therefore having ca overlooked cb the times of ignorance, God is cc now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, 31 because He has fixed cd a day in which ce He will judge ▼
▼ Lit the inhabited earth, cg the world in righteousness ▼
▼ Lit by or inthrough a Man whom He has ci appointed, having furnished proof to all men ▼
▼ Or when He raisedby ck raising Him from the dead.” 32 Now when they heard of cl the resurrection of the dead, some began to sneer, but others said, “We shall hear you ▼
▼ Lit also againagain concerning this.” 33 So Paul went out of their midst. 34 But 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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