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1 Now when they had passed through Amphipolis, and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where was a synagogue of the Jews. 1 When they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a Jewish synagogue.
2 And Paul, as his manner was, went in to them, and on three sabbaths reasoned with them out of the scriptures, 2 As his custom was, Paul went into the synagogue, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures,
3 Opening and alledging, that it was needful that Christ should suffer, and rise again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach to you, is Christ. 3 explaining and proving that the Christ had to suffer and rise from the dead. "This Jesus I am proclaiming to you is the Christ, " he said.
4 And some of them believed, and consorted with Paul and Silas: and of the devout Greeks a great multitude, and of the chief women not a few. 4 Some of the Jews were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a large number of God-fearing Greeks and not a few prominent women.
5 But the Jews who believed not, moved with envy, took to them certain vile fellows of the baser sort, and gathered a company, and set all the city in an uproar, and assaulted the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people. 5 But the Jews were jealous; so they rounded up some bad characters from the marketplace, formed a mob and started a riot in the city. They rushed to Jason's house in search of Paul and Silas in order to bring them out to the crowd.
6 And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren to the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down, have come hither also; 6 But when they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some other brothers before the city officials, shouting: "These men who have caused trouble all over the world have now come here,
7 Whom Jason hath received: and these all do contrary to the decrees of Cesar, saying, That there is another king, [one] Jesus. 7 and Jason has welcomed them into his house. They are all defying Caesar's decrees, saying that there is another king, one called Jesus."
8 And they troubled the people, and the rulers of the city, when they heard these things. 8 When they heard this, the crowd and the city officials were thrown into turmoil.
9 And when they had taken security of Jason and of the other, they let them go. 9 Then they made Jason and the others post bond and let them go.
10 And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night to Berea: who coming [thither], went into the synagogue of the Jews. 10 As soon as it was night, the brothers sent Paul and Silas away to Berea. On arriving there, they went to the Jewish synagogue.
11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. 11 Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.
12 Therefore many of them believed; also of honorable women who were Greeks, and of men not a few. 12 Many of the Jews believed, as did also a number of prominent Greek women and many Greek men.
13 But when the Jews of Thessalonica had knowledge that the word of God was preached by Paul at Berea, they came thither also, and stirred up the people. 13 When the Jews in Thessalonica learned that Paul was preaching the word of God at Berea, they went there too, agitating the crowds and stirring them up.
14 And then immediately the brethren sent away Paul, to go as it were to the sea: but Silas and Timothy abode there still. 14 The brothers immediately sent Paul to the coast, but Silas and Timothy stayed at Berea.
15 And they that conducted Paul brought him to Athens: and receiving a commandment to Silas and Timothy to come to him with all speed, they departed. 15 The men who escorted Paul brought him to Athens and then left with instructions for Silas and Timothy to join him as soon as possible.
16 Now, while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry. 16 While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was greatly distressed to see that the city was full of idols.
17 Therefore he disputed in the synagogue with the Jews, and with the devout persons, and in the market daily with them that met with him. 17 So he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and the God-fearing Greeks, as well as in the marketplace day by day with those who happened to be there.
18 Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and of the Stoics, encountered him. And some said, What will this babbler say? some others, He seemeth to be a setter-forth of strange gods: because he preached to them Jesus, and the resurrection. 18 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 news about Jesus and the resurrection.
19 And they took him, and brought him to Areopagus, saying, May we know what this new doctrine [is], of which thou speakest? 19 Then they took him and brought him to a meeting of the Areopagus, where they said to him, "May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting?
20 For thou bringest certain strange things to our ears; we would know therefore what these things mean. 20 You are bringing some strange ideas to our ears, and we want to know what they mean."
21 (For all the Athenians and strangers who were there, spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing.) 21 (All the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there spent their time doing nothing but talking about and listening to the latest ideas.)
22 Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars-hill, and said, [Ye] men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious. 22 Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: "Men of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious.
23 For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I to you. 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 unknown I am going to proclaim to you.
24 God that made the world, and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; 24 "The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands.
25 Neither is worshiped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; 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.
26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; 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.
27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he is not far from every one of us: 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.
28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, for we are also his offspring. 28 'For in him we live and move and have our being.' As some of your own poets have said, 'We are his offspring.'
29 Being then the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like to gold, or silver, or stone graven by art and man's device. 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.
30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: 30 In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent.
31 Because he hath appointed a day, in which he will judge the world in righteousness, by [that] man whom he hath ordained: [of which] he hath given assurance to all [men], in that he hath raised him from the dead. 31 For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead."
32 And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked: and others said, We will hear thee again concerning this [matter]. 32 When they heard about the resurrection of the dead, some of them sneered, but others said, "We want to hear you again on this subject."
33 So Paul departed from among them. 33 At that, Paul left the Council.
34 But certain men adhered to him, and believed: among whom [was] Dionysius the Areopagite, and a woman named Damaris, and others with them. 34 A few men became followers of Paul and believed. Among them was Dionysius, a member of the Areopagus, also a woman named Damaris, and a number of others.