As soon as it was night, the brothers sent Paul and Silas2 away to Berea.3 On arriving there, they went to the Jewish synagogue.411
Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians,5 for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures6 every day to see if what Paul said was true.712
Many of the Jews believed, as did also a number of prominent Greek women and many Greek men.813
When the Jews in Thessalonica learned that Paul was preaching the word of God at Berea,9 they went there too, agitating the crowds and stirring them up.
The brothers10 immediately sent Paul to the coast, but Silas11 and Timothy12 stayed at Berea.
The men who escorted Paul brought him to Athens13 and then left with instructions for Silas and Timothy to join him as soon as possible.14
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 synagogue15 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 news16 about Jesus and the resurrection.1719
Then they took him and brought him to a meeting of the Areopagus,18 where they said to him, "May we know what this new teaching19 is that you are presenting?