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Acts 17:22-31 (New American Standard)

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22 So Paul stood in the midst of the aAreopagus and said, "Men of 1Athens, I observe that you are very 2religious in all respects. 23 "For while I was passing through and examining the 3objects of your worship, I also found an altar with this inscription, 'TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.' Therefore what 4you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you. 24 "5The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is 6Lord of heaven and earth, does not 7dwell in temples made with hands; 25 nor is He served by human hands, 8as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things; 26 and 9He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having 10determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, 27 that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, 11though He is not far from each one of us; 28 for 12in Him we live and move and bexist, as even some of your own poets have said, 'For we also are His children.' 29 "Being then the children of God, we 13ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and thought of man. 30 "Therefore having 14overlooked 15the times of ignorance, God is 16now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, 31 because He has fixed 17a day in which 18He will judge c19the world in righteousness dthrough a Man whom He has 20appointed, having furnished proof to all men eby 21raising Him from the dead."
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