Acts 17:12-22 (New International Version)

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12 Many of the Jews believed, as did also a number of prominent Greek women and many Greek men.1 13 When the Jews in Thessalonica learned that Paul was preaching the word of God at Berea,2 they went there too, agitating the crowds and stirring them up. 14 The brothers3 immediately sent Paul to the coast, but Silas4 and Timothy5 stayed at Berea. 15 The men who escorted Paul brought him to Athens6 and then left with instructions for Silas and Timothy to join him as soon as possible.7

In Athens

16 While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was greatly distressed to see that the city was full of idols. 17 So he reasoned in the synagogue8 with the Jews and the God-fearing Greeks, as well as in the marketplace day by day with those who happened to be there. 18 A group of Epicurean and Stoic philosophers began to dispute with him. Some of them asked, "What is this babbler trying to say?" Others remarked, "He seems to be advocating foreign gods." They said this because Paul was preaching the good news9 about Jesus and the resurrection.10 19 Then they took him and brought him to a meeting of the Areopagus,11 where they said to him, "May we know what this new teaching12 is that you are presenting? 20 You are bringing some strange ideas to our ears, and we want to know what they mean." 21 (All the Athenians13 and the foreigners who lived there spent their time doing nothing but talking about and listening to the latest ideas.) 22 Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus14 and said: "Men of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious.15
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