When the Jews in Thessalonica learned that Paul was preaching the word of God at Berea,1 they went there too, agitating the crowds and stirring them up.
The brothers2 immediately sent Paul to the coast, but Silas3 and Timothy4 stayed at Berea.
The men who escorted Paul brought him to Athens5 and then left with instructions for Silas and Timothy to join him as soon as possible.6
While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was greatly distressed to see that the city was full of idols.
So he reasoned in the synagogue7 with the Jews and the God-fearing Greeks, as well as in the marketplace day by day with those who happened to be there.
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 news8 about Jesus and the resurrection.919
Then they took him and brought him to a meeting of the Areopagus,10 where they said to him, "May we know what this new teaching11 is that you are presenting?
You are bringing some strange ideas to our ears, and we want to know what they mean."
(All the Athenians12 and the foreigners who lived there spent their time doing nothing but talking about and listening to the latest ideas.)
Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus13 and said: "Men of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious.1423
For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: to an unknown god. Now what you worship as something unknown15 I am going to proclaim to you.