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1 Paul and Silas traveled through Amphipolis and Apollonia and came to Thessalonica where there was a Jewish synagogue. 1 When they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a Jewish synagogue.
2 Paul went into the synagogue as he always did, and on each Sabbath day for three weeks, he talked with the Jews about 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 He explained and proved that the Christ must die and then rise from the dead. He said, "This Jesus I am telling you about is the 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 Some of the Jews were convinced and joined Paul and Silas, along with many of the Greeks who worshiped God and many of the important women. 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 became jealous. So they got some evil men from the marketplace, formed a mob, and started a riot. They ran to Jason's house, looking for Paul and Silas, wanting 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 But when they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some other believers to the leaders of the city. The people were yelling, "These people have made trouble everywhere in the world, and now they have come here too! 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 Jason is keeping them in his house. All of them do things against the laws of Caesar, saying there is another king, called 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 When the people and the leaders of the city heard these things, they became very upset. 8 When they heard this, the crowd and the city officials were thrown into turmoil.
9 They made Jason and the others put up a sum of money. Then they let the believers go free. 9 Then they made Jason and the others post bond and let them go.
10 That same night the believers sent Paul and Silas to Berea where they went to the Jewish synagogue. 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 Jews were more willing to listen than the Jews in Thessalonica. The Bereans were eager to hear what Paul and Silas said and studied the Scriptures every day to find out if these things were true. 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 So, many of them believed, as well as many important Greek women and men. 12 Many of the Jews believed, as did also a number of prominent Greek women and many Greek men.
13 But the Jews in Thessalonica learned that Paul was preaching the word of God in Berea, too. So they came there, upsetting the people and making trouble. 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 The believers quickly sent Paul away to the coast, but Silas and Timothy stayed in Berea. 14 The brothers immediately sent Paul to the coast, but Silas and Timothy stayed at Berea.
15 The people leading Paul went with him to Athens. Then they carried a message from Paul back to Silas and Timothy for them to come to him as soon as they could. 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 While Paul was waiting for Silas and Timothy in Athens, he was troubled because he saw that the city was full of idols. 16 While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was greatly distressed to see that the city was full of idols.
17 In the synagogue, he talked with the Jews and the Greeks who worshiped God. He also talked every day with people in the marketplace. 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 Some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophersn argued with him, saying, "This man doesn't know what he is talking about. What is he trying to say?" Others said, "He seems to be telling us about some other gods," because Paul was telling them about Jesus and his rising from the dead. 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 They got Paul and took him to a meeting of the Areopagus, where they said, "Please explain to us this new idea you have been teaching. 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 The things you are saying are new to us, and we want to know what this teaching means." 20 You are bringing some strange ideas to our ears, and we want to know what they mean."
21 (All the people of Athens and those from other countries who lived there always used their time to talk about the newest ideas.) 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 before the meeting of the Areopagus and said, "People of Athens, I can see you are very religious in all things. 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 As I was going through your city, I saw the objects you worship. I found an altar that had these words written on it: to a god who is not known. You worship a god that you don't know, and this is the God I am telling you about! 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 The God who made the whole world and everything in it is the Lord of the land and the sky. He does not live in temples built by human 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 This God is the One who gives life, breath, and everything else to people. He does not need any help from them; he has everything he needs. 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 God began by making one person, and from him came all the different people who live everywhere in the world. God decided exactly when and where they must live. 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 God wanted them to look for him and perhaps search all around for him and find him, though he is not far from any 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 'We live in him. We walk in him. We are in him.' Some of your own poets have said: 'For we are his children.' 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 Since we are God's children, you must not think that God is like something that people imagine or make from gold, silver, or rock. 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 In the past, people did not understand God, and he ignored this. But now, God tells all people in the world to change their hearts and lives. 30 In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent.
31 God has set a day that he will judge all the world with fairness, by the man he chose long ago. And God has proved this to everyone by raising that man 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 When the people heard about Jesus being raised from the dead, some of them laughed. But others said, "We will hear more about this from you later." 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 went away from them. 33 At that, Paul left the Council.
34 But some of the people believed Paul and joined him. Among those who believed was Dionysius, a member of the Areopagus, a woman named Damaris, and some others. 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.