Acts 17:21-32 (New American Standard)

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21 (Now all the Athenians and the strangers 1visiting there used to spend their time in nothing other than telling or hearing something new.)

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22 So Paul stood in the midst of the aAreopagus and said, "Men of 2Athens, I observe that you are very 3religious in all respects. 23 "For while I was passing through and examining the 4objects of your worship, I also found an altar with this inscription, 'TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.' Therefore what 5you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you. 24 "6The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is 7Lord of heaven and earth, does not 8dwell in temples made with hands ; 25 nor is He served by human hands, 9as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things ; 26 and 10He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having 11determined 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, 12though He is not far from each one of us; 28 for 13in 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 14ought 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 15overlooked 16the times of ignorance, God is 17now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, 31 because He has fixed 18a day in which 19He will judge c20the world in righteousness dthrough a Man whom He has 21appointed, having furnished proof to all men eby 22raising Him from the dead." 32 Now when they heard of 23the resurrection of the dead, some began to sneer, but others said, "We shall hear you fagain concerning this."
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