Bible: Acts 17:15-34

17:15 Those who accompanied Paul escorted him as far as Athens, 1  and after receiving an order for Silas and Timothy to come to him as soon as possible, they left. 2 

Paul at Athens

17:16 While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, 3  his spirit was greatly upset 4  because he saw 5  the city was full of idols. 17:17 So he was addressing 6  the Jews and the God-fearing Gentiles 7  in the synagogue, 8  and in the marketplace every day 9  those who happened to be there. 17:18 Also some of the Epicurean 10  and Stoic 11  philosophers were conversing 12  with him, and some were asking, 13 What does this foolish babbler 14  want to say?” Others said, “He seems to be a proclaimer of foreign gods.” 15  (They said this because he was proclaiming the good news about Jesus and the resurrection.) 16  17:19 So they took Paul and 17  brought him to the Areopagus, 18  saying, “May we know what this new teaching is that you are proclaiming? 17:20 For you are bringing some surprising things 19  to our ears, so we want to know what they 20  mean.” 17:21 (All the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there used to spend their time 21  in nothing else than telling 22  or listening to something new.) 23 

17:22 So Paul stood 24  before the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I see that you are very religious 25  in all respects. 26  17:23 For as I went around and observed closely your objects of worship, 27  I even found an altar with this inscription: 28  ‘To an unknown god.’ Therefore what you worship without knowing it, 29  this I proclaim to you. 17:24 The God who made the world and everything in it, 30  who is 31  Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by human hands, 32  17:25 nor is he served by human hands, as if he needed anything, 33  because he himself gives life and breath and everything to everyone. 34  17:26 From one man 35  he made every nation of the human race 36  to inhabit the entire earth, 37  determining their set times 38  and the fixed limits of the places where they would live, 39  17:27 so that they would search for God and perhaps grope around 40  for him and find him, 41  though he is 42  not far from each one of us. 17:28 For in him we live and move about 43  and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we too are his offspring.’ 44  17:29 So since we are God’s offspring, we should not think the deity 45  is like gold or silver or stone, an image 46  made by human 47  skill 48  and imagination. 49  17:30 Therefore, although God has overlooked 50  such times of ignorance, 51  he now commands all people 52  everywhere to repent, 53  17:31 because he has set 54  a day on which he is going to judge the world 55  in righteousness, by a man whom he designated, 56  having provided proof to everyone by raising 57  him from the dead.”

17:32 Now when they heard about 58  the resurrection from the dead, some began to scoff, 59  but others said, “We will hear you again about this.” 17:33 So Paul left the Areopagus. 60  17:34 But some people 61  joined him 62  and believed. Among them 63  were Dionysius, who was a member of the Areopagus, 64  a woman 65  named Damaris, and others with them.

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