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Chapter 17

Acts 17:1 Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where was a synagogue of the Jews:

Acts 17:2 and Paul, as his manner was, went in to them, and three Sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures,

Acts 17:3 Explaining and demonstrating, that Christ needed to suffer, and rise again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach to you, is Christ.

Acts 17:4 And some of them believed, and joined Paul and Silas; and of the devout Greeks a great multitude, and of the chief women not a few.

Acts 17:5 But the Jews who did not believe, moved with envy, took to them certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, and gathered a mob, and set all the city in an uproar, and assaulted the house of Jason, and sought to take them out to the people.

Acts 17:6 And when they found them not, they dragged Jason and certain brothers to the rulers of the city, crying, these that have turned the Roman world upside down have come here also;

Acts 17:7 who Jason has received: and these all do contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, one Jesus!

Acts 17:8 Then they troubled the people and the rulers of the city, when they heard these things.

Acts 17:9 When they had taken security from Jason, and from the other, they let them go.

Acts 17:10 Immediately the brothers sent away Paul and Silas by night to Berea: who coming to there went into the synagogue of the Jews.

Acts 17:11 These were more noble- minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all eagerness, and searched the Scriptures daily, to find out whether these things were so.

Acts 17:12 Therefore many of them believed; also of honorable women who were Greeks, and of men, not a few.

Acts 17:13 But when the Jews of Thessalonica had knowledge that the word of God was preached by Paul at Berea, they came there also, and stirred up the people.

Acts 17:14 Immediately the brothers then sent away Paul to go as it were to the sea: but Silas and Timothy stayed there still.

Acts 17:15 And they that conducted Paul brought him to Athens: and receiving a commandment to Silas and Timothy to come to him with all speed, they left.

Acts 17:16 Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred in him, when he saw the city given to idolatry.

Acts 17:17 Therefore he disputed in the synagogue with the Jews, and with the devout persons, and in the market daily with them that met with him.

Acts 17:18 Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and of the Stoics, encountered him. And some said, what will this babbler say? He seems to be a proclaimer of strange gods: because he preached to them Jesus, and the resurrection.

Acts 17:19 So they took him, and brought him to Areopagus, saying, may we know what this new doctrine, of which you speak, is?

Acts 17:20 For you bring certain strange things to our ears: Therefore we want to know what these things mean.

Acts 17:21 For all the Athenians and strangers who were there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing.

Acts 17:22 Then Paul stood in the middle of Mars’ Hill, and said, you men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are too superstitious.

Acts 17:23 For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Therefore who you ignorantly worship, I declare Him to you.

Acts 17:24 God that made the world and all things in it, seeing that He is Lord of heaven and earth, dwells not in temples made with hands;

Acts 17:25 neither is worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, seeing He gives to all life, and breath, and all things;

Acts 17:26 and has made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the ground, and has determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;

Acts 17:27 that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grasp after Him, and find Him, though He is not far from all of us:

Acts 17:28 for 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.

Acts 17:29 Since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like gold, or silver, or stone, something shaped by art and man’s making.

Acts 17:30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commands all men everywhere to repent:

Acts 17:31 because He has appointed a day, in which He is about to judge the Roman world in righteousness by that Man whom He has appointed; of which He has given assurance to all men, in that He has raised Him from the dead.

Acts 17:32 When they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked: and others said, we will hear you again on this matter.

Acts 17:33 So Paul departed from among them.

Acts 17:34 However certain men joined him, and believed: among who was Dionysius the Areopagite, and a woman named Damaris, and others with them.