Bible: Acts 17:16-34

Paul at Athens

17:16 While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, 1  his spirit was greatly upset 2  because he saw 3  the city was full of idols. 17:17 So he was addressing 4  the Jews and the God-fearing Gentiles 5  in the synagogue, 6  and in the marketplace every day 7  those who happened to be there. 17:18 Also some of the Epicurean 8  and Stoic 9  philosophers were conversing 10  with him, and some were asking, 11 What does this foolish babbler 12  want to say?” Others said, “He seems to be a proclaimer of foreign gods.” 13  (They said this because he was proclaiming the good news about Jesus and the resurrection.) 14  17:19 So they took Paul and 15  brought him to the Areopagus, 16  saying, “May we know what this new teaching is that you are proclaiming? 17:20 For you are bringing some surprising things 17  to our ears, so we want to know what they 18  mean.” 17:21 (All the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there used to spend their time 19  in nothing else than telling 20  or listening to something new.) 21 

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

17:32 Now when they heard about 56  the resurrection from the dead, some began to scoff, 57  but others said, “We will hear you again about this.” 17:33 So Paul left the Areopagus. 58  17:34 But some people 59  joined him 60  and believed. Among them 61  were Dionysius, who was a member of the Areopagus, 62  a woman 63  named Damaris, and others with them.

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