Bible: Acts 17

Paul and Silas at Thessalonica

17:1 After they traveled through 1  Amphipolis 2  and Apollonia, 3  they came to Thessalonica, 4  where there was a Jewish synagogue. 5  17:2 Paul went to the Jews in the synagogue, 6  as he customarily did, and on three Sabbath days he addressed 7  them from the scriptures, 17:3 explaining and demonstrating 8  that the Christ 9  had to suffer and to rise from the dead, 10  saying, 11 This Jesus I am proclaiming to you is the Christ.” 12  17:4 Some of them were persuaded 13  and joined Paul and Silas, along with a large group 14  of God-fearing Greeks 15  and quite a few 16  prominent women. 17:5 But the Jews became jealous, 17  and gathering together some worthless men from the rabble in the marketplace, 18  they formed a mob 19  and set the city in an uproar. 20  They attacked Jason’s house, 21  trying to find Paul and Silas 22  to bring them out to the assembly. 23  17:6 When they did not find them, they dragged 24  Jason and some of the brothers before the city officials, 25  screaming, “These people who have stirred up trouble 26  throughout the world 27  have come here too, 17:7 and 28  Jason has welcomed them as guests! They 29  are all acting against Caesar’s 30  decrees, saying there is another king named 31  Jesus! 32  17:8 They caused confusion among 33  the crowd and the city officials 34  who heard these things. 17:9 After 35  the city officials 36  had received bail 37  from Jason and the others, they released them.

Paul and Silas at Berea

17:10 The brothers sent Paul and Silas off to Berea 38  at once, during the night. When they arrived, 39  they went to the Jewish synagogue. 40  17:11 These Jews 41  were more open-minded 42  than those in Thessalonica, 43  for they eagerly 44  received 45  the message, examining 46  the scriptures carefully every day 47  to see if these things were so. 17:12 Therefore many of them believed, along with quite a few 48  prominent 49  Greek women and men. 17:13 But when the Jews from Thessalonica 50  heard that Paul had also proclaimed the word of God 51  in Berea, 52  they came there too, inciting 53  and disturbing 54  the crowds. 17:14 Then the brothers sent Paul away to the coast 55  at once, but Silas and Timothy remained in Berea. 56  17:15 Those who accompanied Paul escorted him as far as Athens, 57  and after receiving an order for Silas and Timothy to come to him as soon as possible, they left. 58 

Paul at Athens

17:16 While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, 59  his spirit was greatly upset 60  because he saw 61  the city was full of idols. 17:17 So he was addressing 62  the Jews and the God-fearing Gentiles 63  in the synagogue, 64  and in the marketplace every day 65  those who happened to be there. 17:18 Also some of the Epicurean 66  and Stoic 67  philosophers were conversing 68  with him, and some were asking, 69 What does this foolish babbler 70  want to say?” Others said, “He seems to be a proclaimer of foreign gods.” 71  (They said this because he was proclaiming the good news about Jesus and the resurrection.) 72  17:19 So they took Paul and 73  brought him to the Areopagus, 74  saying, “May we know what this new teaching is that you are proclaiming? 17:20 For you are bringing some surprising things 75  to our ears, so we want to know what they 76  mean.” 17:21 (All the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there used to spend their time 77  in nothing else than telling 78  or listening to something new.) 79 

17:22 So Paul stood 80  before the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I see that you are very religious 81  in all respects. 82  17:23 For as I went around and observed closely your objects of worship, 83  I even found an altar with this inscription: 84  ‘To an unknown god.’ Therefore what you worship without knowing it, 85  this I proclaim to you. 17:24 The God who made the world and everything in it, 86  who is 87  Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by human hands, 88  17:25 nor is he served by human hands, as if he needed anything, 89  because he himself gives life and breath and everything to everyone. 90  17:26 From one man 91  he made every nation of the human race 92  to inhabit the entire earth, 93  determining their set times 94  and the fixed limits of the places where they would live, 95  17:27 so that they would search for God and perhaps grope around 96  for him and find him, 97  though he is 98  not far from each one of us. 17:28 For in him we live and move about 99  and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we too are his offspring.’ 100  17:29 So since we are God’s offspring, we should not think the deity 101  is like gold or silver or stone, an image 102  made by human 103  skill 104  and imagination. 105  17:30 Therefore, although God has overlooked 106  such times of ignorance, 107  he now commands all people 108  everywhere to repent, 109  17:31 because he has set 110  a day on which he is going to judge the world 111  in righteousness, by a man whom he designated, 112  having provided proof to everyone by raising 113  him from the dead.”

17:32 Now when they heard about 114  the resurrection from the dead, some began to scoff, 115  but others said, “We will hear you again about this.” 17:33 So Paul left the Areopagus. 116  17:34 But some people 117  joined him 118  and believed. Among them 119  were Dionysius, who was a member of the Areopagus, 120  a woman 121  named Damaris, and others with them.

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