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Acts 17 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Paul and Silas in Thessalonica

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:1 - Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:2 - And Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:3 - explaining and proving that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus, whom I proclaim to you, is the Christ.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:4 - And some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a great many of the devout Greeks and not a few of the leading women.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:5 - But the Jews[fn] were jealous, and taking some wicked men of the rabble, they formed a mob, set the city in an uproar, and attacked the house of Jason, seeking to bring them out to the crowd.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:6 - And when they could not find them, they dragged Jason and some of the brothers before the city authorities, shouting, “These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:7 - and Jason has received them, and they are all acting against the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, Jesus.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:8 - And the people and the city authorities were disturbed when they heard these things.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:9 - And when they had taken money as security from Jason and the rest, they let them go.

Paul and Silas in Berea

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:10 - The brothers[fn] immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:11 - Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:12 - Many of them therefore believed, with not a few Greek women of high standing as well as men.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:13 - But when the Jews from Thessalonica learned that the word of God was proclaimed by Paul at Berea also, they came there too, agitating and stirring up the crowds.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:14 - Then the brothers immediately sent Paul off on his way to the sea, but Silas and Timothy remained there.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:15 - Those who conducted Paul brought him as far as Athens, and after receiving a command for Silas and Timothy to come to him as soon as possible, they departed.

Paul in Athens

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:16 - Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him as he saw that the city was full of idols.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:17 - So he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and the devout persons, and in the marketplace every day with those who happened to be there.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:18 - Some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers also conversed with him. And some said, “What does this babbler wish to say?” Others said, “He seems to be a preacher of foreign divinities”—because he was preaching Jesus and the resurrection.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:19 - And they took him and brought him to the Areopagus, saying, “May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting?
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:20 - For you bring some strange things to our ears. We wish to know therefore what these things mean.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:21 - Now all the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there would spend their time in nothing except telling or hearing something new.

Paul Addresses the Areopagus

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:22 - So Paul, standing in the midst of the Areopagus, said: “Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:23 - For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription: ‘To the unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:24 - The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man,[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:25 - nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:26 - And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:27 - that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:28 - for
“‘In him we live and move and have our being’;[fn] as even some of your own poets have said,
“‘For we are indeed his offspring.’[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:29 - Being then God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:30 - The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:31 - because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:32 - Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked. But others said, “We will hear you again about this.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:33 - So Paul went out from their midst.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:34 - But some men joined him and believed, among whom also were Dionysius the Areopagite and a woman named Damaris and others with them.
ESV Footnotes
Greek Ioudaioi probably refers here to Jewish religious leaders, and others under their influence, in that time; also verse 13
Or brothers and sisters; also verse 14
Greek made by hands
Probably from Epimenides of Crete
From Aratus’s poem “Phainomena”

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