Acts 17
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1When they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a Jewish synagogue.1Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where was a synagogue of the Jews:
2As was his custom, Paul went into the synagogue, and on three Sabbaths he reasoned with them from the Scriptures,2And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures,
3explaining and proving that the Christ had to suffer and rise from the dead. “This Jesus I am proclaiming to you is the Christ,” he declared.3Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ.
4Some of the Jews were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, along with a large number of God-fearing Greeks and quite a few leading women.4And some of them believed, and consorted with Paul and Silas; and of the devout Greeks a great multitude, and of the chief women not a few.
5The Jews, however, became jealous. So they brought in some troublemakers from the marketplace, formed a mob, and sent the city into an uproar. They raided Jason’s house in search of Paul and Silas, hoping to bring them out to the people.5But the Jews which believed not, moved with envy, took unto them certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, and gathered a company, and set all the city on an uproar, and assaulted the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people.
6But when they could not find them, they dragged Jason and some other brothers before the city officials, shouting, “These men who have turned the world upside down have now come here,6And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also;
7and Jason has welcomed them into his home. They are all defying Caesar’s decrees, saying there is another king, named Jesus!”7Whom Jason hath received: and these all do contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, one Jesus.
8On hearing this, the crowd and city officials were greatly disturbed.8And they troubled the people and the rulers of the city, when they heard these things.
9And they collected bond from Jason and the others, and then released them.9And when they had taken security of Jason, and of the other, they let them go.
10As soon as night had fallen, the brothers sent Paul and Silas away to Berea. On arriving there, they went into the Jewish synagogue.10And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews.
11Now the Bereans were more noble-minded than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if these teachings were true.11These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
12As a result, many of them believed, along with quite a few prominent Greek women and men.12Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few.
13But when the Jews from Thessalonica learned that Paul was also proclaiming the word of God in Berea, they went there themselves to incite and agitate the crowds.13But when the Jews of Thessalonica had knowledge that the word of God was preached of Paul at Berea, they came thither also, and stirred up the people.
14The brothers immediately sent Paul to the coast, but Silas and Timothy remained in Berea.14And then immediately the brethren sent away Paul to go as it were to the sea: but Silas and Timotheus abode there still.
15Those who escorted Paul brought him to Athens and then returned with instructions for Silas and Timothy to join him as soon as possible.15And they that conducted Paul brought him unto Athens: and receiving a commandment unto Silas and Timotheus for to come to him with all speed, they departed.
16While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was deeply disturbed in his spirit to see that the city was full of idols.16Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry.
17So he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and God-fearing Gentiles, and in the marketplace with those he met each day.17Therefore disputed he in the synagogue with the Jews, and with the devout persons, and in the market daily with them that met with him.
18Some Epicurean and Stoic philosophers also began to debate with him. Some of them asked, “What is this babbler trying to say?” while others said, “He seems to be advocating foreign gods.” They said this because Paul was proclaiming the good news of Jesus and the resurrection.18Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and of the Stoicks, encountered him. And some said, What will this babbler say? other some, He seemeth to be a setter forth of strange gods: because he preached unto them Jesus, and the resurrection.
19So they took Paul and brought him to the Areopagus, where they asked him, “May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting?19And they took him, and brought him unto Areopagus, saying, May we know what this new doctrine, whereof thou speakest, is?
20For you are bringing some strange notions to our ears, and we want to know what they mean.”20For thou bringest certain strange things to our ears: we would know therefore what these things mean.
21Now all the Athenians and foreigners who lived there spent their time doing nothing more than hearing and articulating new ideas.21(For all the Athenians and strangers which were there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing.)
22Then Paul stood up before the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I see that in every way you are very religious.22Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars' hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious.
23For as I walked around and examined your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. Therefore what you worship as something unknown, I now proclaim to you.23For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.
24The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples made by human hands.24God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;
25Nor is He served by human hands, as if He needed anything, because He Himself gives all men life and breath and everything else.25Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;
26From one man He made every nation of men, to inhabit the whole earth; and He determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their lands.26And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;
27God intended that they would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.27That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:
28’For in Him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ’We are His offspring.’28For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.
29Therefore, being offspring of God, we should not think that the Divine Being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by man’s skill and imagination.29Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device.
30Although God overlooked the ignorance of earlier times, He now commands all men everywhere to repent.30And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:
31For He has set a day when He will judge the world with justice by the Man He has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising Him from the dead.”31Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.
32When they heard about the resurrection of the dead, some began to mock him, but others said, “We want to hear you again on this topic.”32And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked: and others said, We will hear thee again of this matter.
33At that, Paul left the Areopagus.33So Paul departed from among them.
34But some people joined him and believed, including Dionysius the Areopagite, a woman named Damaris, and others who were with them.34Howbeit certain men clave unto him, and believed: among the which was Dionysius the Areopagite, and a woman named Damaris, and others with them.
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