Acts Chapter 17
1 Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apolloniathey came to Thessalonicawhere was a synagogue of the Jews
2 And Paulas his manner waswent in unto themand threesabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures
3 Opening and allegingthat Christ must needs have sufferedand risen again from the deadand that this Jesuswhom Ipreach unto youis Christ.
4 And some of them believedand consorted with Paul and Silasand of the devout Greeks a great multitudeand of the chiefwomen not a few.
5 But the Jews which believed notmoved with envytook untothem certain lewd fellows of the baser sortand gathered acompanyand set all the city on an uproarand assaulted thehouse of Jasonand sought to bring them out to the people.
6 And when they found them notthey drew Jason and certainbrethren unto the rulers of the citycryingThese that haveturned the world upside down are come hither also
7 Whom Jason hath receivedand these all do contrary to thedecrees of Caesarsaying that there is another kingoneJesus.
8 And they troubled the people and the rulers of the citywhenthey heard these things.
9 And when they had taken security of Jasonand of the otherthey let them go.
10 And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by nightunto Bereawho coming thither went into the synagogue of theJews.
11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonicain that theyreceived the word with all readiness of mindand searched thescriptures dailywhether those things were so.
12 Therefore many of them believedalso of honourable womenwhich were Greeksand of mennot a few.
13 But when the Jews of Thessalonica had knowledge that the wordof God was preached of Paul at Bereathey came thither also and stirred up the people.
14 And then immediately the brethren sent away Paul to go as itwere to the seabut Silas and Timotheus abode there still.
15 And they that conducted Paul brought him unto Athensandreceiving a commandment unto Silas and Timotheus for to cometo him with all speedthey departed.
16 Now while Paul waited for them at Athenshis spirit wasstirred in himwhen he saw the city wholly given to idolatry.
17 Therefore disputed he in the synagogue with the Jewsand withthe devout personsand in the market daily with them that metwith him.
18 Then certain philosophers of the Epicureansand of theStoicksencountered him. And some saidWhat will thisbabbler sayother someHe seemeth to be a setter forth ofstrange godsbecause he preached unto them Jesusand theresurrection.
19 And they took himand brought him unto AreopagussayingMaywe know what this new doctrinewhereof thou speakestis
20 For thou bringest certain strange things to our earswe wouldknow therefore what these things mean.
21For all the Athenians and strangers which were there spenttheir time in nothing elsebut either to tellor to hearsome new thing.
22 Then Paul stood in the midst of Marshilland saidYe menof AthensI perceive that in all things ye are toosuperstitious.
23 For as I passed byand beheld your devotionsI found analtar with this inscriptionTO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whomtherefore ye ignorantly worshiphim declare I unto you.
24 God that made the world and all things thereinseeing that heis Lord of heaven and earthdwelleth not in temples made withhands
25 Neither is worshipped with men s handsas though he neededany thingseeing he giveth to all lifeand breathand allthings
26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell onall the face of the earthand hath determined the timesbefore appointedand the bounds of their habitation
27 That they should seek the Lordif haply they might feel afterhimand find himthough he be not far from every one of us
28 For in him we liveand moveand have our beingas certainalso of your own poets have saidFor we are also hisoffspring.
29 Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of Godwe ought not tothink that the Godhead is like unto goldor silveror stonegraven by art and man s device.
30 And the times of this ignorance God winked atbut nowcommandeth all men every where to repent
31 Because he hath appointed a dayin the which he will judgethe world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained whereof he hath given assurance unto all menin that he hathraised him from the dead.
32 And when they heard of the resurrection of the deadsomemockedand others saidWe will hear thee again of thismatter.
33 So Paul departed from among them.
34 Howbeit certain men clave unto himand believedamong thewhich was Dionysius the Areopagiteand a woman named Damaris and others with them.