You are bringing some strange ideas to our ears, and we want to know what they mean."
(All the Athenians1 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 Areopagus2 and said: "Men of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious.323
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 unknown4 I am going to proclaim to you.
"The God who made the world and everything in it5 is the Lord of heaven and earth6 and does not live in temples built by hands.725
And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else.826
From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live.927
God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.1028
'For in him we live and move and have our being.'11 As some of your own poets have said, 'We are his offspring.'
"Therefore since we are God's offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone--an image made by man's design and skill.1230
In the past God overlooked13 such ignorance,14 but now he commands all people everywhere to repent.15