The men who escorted Paul brought him to Athens1 and then left with instructions for Silas and Timothy to join him as soon as possible.2
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While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was greatly distressed to see that the city was full of idols.
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So he reasoned in the synagogue3 with the Jews and the God-fearing Greeks, as well as in the marketplace day by day with those who happened to be there.
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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 news4 about Jesus and the resurrection.5
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Then they took him and brought him to a meeting of the Areopagus,6 where they said to him, "May we know what this new teaching7 is that you are presenting?
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You are bringing some strange ideas to our ears, and we want to know what they mean."
(All the Athenians8 and the foreigners who lived there spent their time doing nothing but talking about and listening to the latest ideas.)
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Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus9 and said: "Men of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious.10
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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 unknown11 I am going to proclaim to you.
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"The God who made the world and everything in it12 is the Lord of heaven and earth13 and does not live in temples built by hands.14
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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.15
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