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Acts 17 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:1 - Paul and Silas then traveled through the towns of Amphipolis and Apollonia and came to Thessalonica, where there was a Jewish synagogue.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:2 - As was Paul’s custom, he went to the synagogue service, and for three Sabbaths in a row he used the Scriptures to reason with the people.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:3 - He explained the prophecies and proved that the Messiah must suffer and rise from the dead. He said, “This Jesus I’m telling you about is the Messiah.”

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:4 - Some of the Jews who listened were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, along with many God-fearing Greek men and quite a few prominent women.[fn]

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:5 - But some of the Jews were jealous, so they gathered some troublemakers from the marketplace to form a mob and start a riot. They attacked the home of Jason, searching for Paul and Silas so they could drag them out to the crowd.[fn]

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:6 - Not finding them there, they dragged out Jason and some of the other believers[fn] instead and took them before the city council. “Paul and Silas have caused trouble all over the world,” they shouted, “and now they are here disturbing our city, too.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:7 - And Jason has welcomed them into his home. They are all guilty of treason against Caesar, for they profess allegiance to another king, named Jesus.”

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:8 - The people of the city, as well as the city council, were thrown into turmoil by these reports.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:9 - So the officials forced Jason and the other believers to post bond, and then they released them.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:10 - That very night the believers sent Paul and Silas to Berea. When they arrived there, they went to the Jewish synagogue.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:11 - And the people of Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, and they listened eagerly to Paul’s message. They searched the Scriptures day after day to see if Paul and Silas were teaching the truth.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:12 - As a result, many Jews believed, as did many of the prominent Greek women and men.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:13 - But when some Jews in Thessalonica learned that Paul was preaching the word of God in Berea, they went there and stirred up trouble.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:14 - The believers acted at once, sending Paul on to the coast, while Silas and Timothy remained behind.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:15 - Those escorting Paul went with him all the way to Athens; then they returned to Berea with instructions for Silas and Timothy to hurry and join him.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:16 - While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was deeply troubled by all the idols he saw everywhere in the city.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:17 - He went to the synagogue to reason with the Jews and the God-fearing Gentiles, and he spoke daily in the public square to all who happened to be there.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:18 - He also had a debate with some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers. When he told them about Jesus and his resurrection, they said, “What’s this babbler trying to say with these strange ideas he’s picked up?” Others said, “He seems to be preaching about some foreign gods.”

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:19 - Then they took him to the high council of the city.[fn] “Come and tell us about this new teaching,” they said.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:20 - “You are saying some rather strange things, and we want to know what it’s all about.”

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:21 - (It should be explained that all the Athenians as well as the foreigners in Athens seemed to spend all their time discussing the latest ideas.)

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:22 - So Paul, standing before the council,[fn] addressed them as follows: “Men of Athens, I notice that you are very religious in every way,

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:23 - for as I was walking along I saw your many shrines. And one of your altars had this inscription on it: ‘To an Unknown God.’ This God, whom you worship without knowing, is the one I’m telling you about.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:24 - “He is the God who made the world and everything in it. Since he is Lord of heaven and earth, he doesn’t live in man-made temples,

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:25 - and human hands can’t serve his needs—for he has no needs. He himself gives life and breath to everything, and he satisfies every need.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:26 - From one man[fn] he created all the nations throughout the whole earth. He decided beforehand when they should rise and fall, and he determined their boundaries.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:27 - “His purpose was for the nations to seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him—though he is not far from any one of us.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:28 - For in him we live and move and exist. As some of your[fn] own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:29 - And since this is true, we shouldn’t think of God as an idol designed by craftsmen from gold or silver or stone.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:30 - “God overlooked people’s ignorance about these things in earlier times, but now he commands everyone everywhere to repent of their sins and turn to him.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:31 - For he has set a day for judging the world with justice by the man he has appointed, and he proved to everyone who this is by raising him from the dead.”

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:32 - When they heard Paul speak about the resurrection of the dead, some laughed in contempt, but others said, “We want to hear more about this later.”

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:33 - That ended Paul’s discussion with them,

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:34 - but some joined him and became believers. Among them were Dionysius, a member of the council,[fn] a woman named Damaris, and others with them.
NLT Footnotes
Some manuscripts read quite a few of the wives of the leading men.
Or the city council.
Greek brothers; also in 17:10, 14.
Or the most learned society of philosophers in the city. Greek reads the Areopagus.
Traditionally rendered standing in the middle of Mars Hill; Greek reads standing in the middle of the Areopagus.
Greek From one; other manuscripts read From one blood.
Some manuscripts read our.
Greek an Areopagite.

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