16Now while Paul was waiting for them at 1Athens, his spirit was being provokedwithin him as he was observing the cityfull of idols.
17So he was reasoning2in the synagogue with the Jews and 3the God-fearing Gentiles, and in the marketplaceeveryday with those who happened to be present.
And alsosome of the Epicurean and Stoicphilosophers were aconversing with him. Some were saying, "What would 4thisbidlebabblerwish to say?" Others , "He seems to be a proclaimer of strangedeities,"-because he was preaching5Jesus and the resurrection.
And they 6took him and brought him cto the d7Areopagus, saying, "May we knowwhat8thisnewteaching is ewhich you are proclaiming?
"For you are bringingsomestrangethings to our ears; so we want to knowwhatthesethingsmean ."
(Nowall the Athenians and the strangers9visiting there used to spend their time in nothingotherthantellingorhearingsomethingnew.)
22SoPaulstood in the midst of the fAreopagus and said, "Men of 10Athens, I observe that you are very11religious in allrespects.
"For while I was passingthrough and examining the 12objects of your worship, I alsofound an altar with thisinscription, 'TO AN UNKNOWNGOD.' Thereforewhat13you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you.
"14The God who made the world and allthings in it, since He is 15Lord of heaven and earth, does not 16dwell in templesmade with hands;
25nor is He served by humanhands, 17as though He neededanything, since He Himselfgives to all people life and breath and allthings;
and 18He made from one man everynation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having 19determined their appointedtimes and the boundaries of their habitation,
that they would seekGod, ifperhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, 20though He is not far from eachone of us;
for 21in Him we live and move and gexist, as evensome of your own poets have said, 'For we also are His children.'
29"Beingthen the children of God, we 22ought not to think that the DivineNature is likegoldorsilverorstone, an imageformed by the art and thought of man.
30"Therefore having 23overlooked24the times of ignorance, God is 25nowdeclaring to men that all people everywhere should repent,
31because He has fixed26a day in which27He willjudgeh28the world in righteousnessithrough a Manwhom He has 29appointed, having furnishedproof to allmenjby 30raising Him from the dead."
32Now when they heard of 31the resurrection of the dead, some began to sneer, but otherssaid, "We shall hear you kagainconcerningthis."
33SoPaulwent out of their midst.
But somemenjoined him and believed, amongwhomalso were Dionysius the 32Areopagite and a womannamedDamaris and others with them.