Acts 17:22-31 NIV

22 Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus1 and said: "Men of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious.2

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      23 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 unknown3 I am going to proclaim to you.

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      24 "The God who made the world and everything in it4 is the Lord of heaven and earth5 and does not live in temples built by hands.6

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      25 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.7

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      26 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.8

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      27 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.9

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      28 'For in him we live and move and have our being.'10 As some of your own poets have said, 'We are his offspring.'

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      29 "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.11

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      30 In the past God overlooked12 such ignorance,13 but now he commands all people everywhere to repent.14

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      31 For he has set a day when he will judge15 the world with justice16 by the man he has appointed.17 He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead."18

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