Some of the Jews were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas,1 as did a large number of God-fearing Greeks and not a few prominent women.
But the Jews were jealous; so they rounded up some bad characters from the marketplace, formed a mob and started a riot in the city.2 They rushed to Jason's3 house in search of Paul and Silas in order to bring them out to the crowd.a6
But when they did not find them, they dragged4 Jason and some other brothers5 before the city officials, shouting: "These men who have caused trouble all over the world6 have now come here,77
and Jason has welcomed them into his house. They are all defying Caesar's decrees, saying that there is another king, one called Jesus."88
When they heard this, the crowd and the city officials were thrown into turmoil.
Then they made Jason9 and the others post bond and let them go.
As soon as it was night, the brothers sent Paul and Silas10 away to Berea.11 On arriving there, they went to the Jewish synagogue.1211
Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians,13 for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures14 every day to see if what Paul said was true.1512
Many of the Jews believed, as did also a number of prominent Greek women and many Greek men.1613
When the Jews in Thessalonica learned that Paul was preaching the word of God at Berea,17 they went there too, agitating the crowds and stirring them up.
The brothers18 immediately sent Paul to the coast, but Silas19 and Timothy20 stayed at Berea.