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1 After Paul and Silas had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there 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 went in, as was his custom, and on three sabbath days argued with them from 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 explaining and proving that it was necessary for the Messiah to suffer and to rise from the dead, and saying, "This is the Messiah, Jesus whom I am proclaiming to you." 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 them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a great many of the devout Greeks and not a few of the leading 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, and with the help of some ruffians in the marketplaces they formed a mob and set the city in an uproar. While they were searching for Paul and Silas to bring them out to the assembly, they attacked Jason's house. 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 When they could not find them, they dragged Jason and some believers before the city authorities, shouting, "These people who have been turning the world upside down have come here 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 and Jason has entertained them as guests. They are all acting contrary to the decrees of the emperor, saying that there is another king named 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 The people and the city officials were disturbed when they heard this, 8 When they heard this, the crowd and the city officials were thrown into turmoil.
9 and after they had taken bail from Jason and the others, they let them go. 9 Then they made Jason and the others post bond and let them go.
10 That very night the believers sent Paul and Silas off to Beroea; and when they arrived, 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 receptive than those in Thessalonica, for they welcomed the message very eagerly and examined the scriptures every day to see whether these 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 Many of them therefore believed, including not a few Greek women and men of high standing. 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 learned that the word of God had been proclaimed by Paul in Beroea as well, they came there too, to stir up and incite the crowds. 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 Then the believers immediately sent Paul away to the coast, but Silas and Timothy remained behind. 14 The brothers immediately sent Paul to the coast, but Silas and Timothy stayed at Berea.
15 Those who conducted Paul brought him as far as Athens; and after receiving instructions to have Silas and Timothy join him as soon as possible, they left him. 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 them in Athens, he was deeply distressed to see 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 So he argued in the synagogue with the Jews and the devout persons, and also in the marketplace every day with those who happened to be there. 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 Also some Epicurean and Stoic philosophers debated with him. Some said, "What does this babbler want to say?" Others said, "He seems to be a proclaimer of foreign divinities." (This was because he was telling the good news about 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 So they took him and brought him to the Areopagus and asked him, "May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting? 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 It sounds rather strange to us, so we would like to know what it means." 20 You are bringing some strange ideas to our ears, and we want to know what they mean."
21 Now all the Athenians and the foreigners living there would spend their time in nothing but telling or hearing something new. 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 front of the Areopagus and said, "Athenians, I see how extremely religious you are in every way. 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 went through the city and looked carefully at the objects of your worship, I found among them an altar with the inscription, "To an unknown god.' What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim 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 The God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made 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 nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mortals 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 From one ancestor he made all nations to inhabit the whole earth, and he allotted the times of their existence and the boundaries of the places where they would 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 so that they would search for God and perhaps grope for him and find him—though indeed he is not far from each 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 even some of your own poets have said, "For we too are 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 Since we are God's offspring, we ought not to think that the deity is like gold, or silver, or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of mortals. 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 While God has overlooked the times of human ignorance, now he commands all people everywhere to repent, 30 In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent.
31 because he has fixed a day on which he will have the world judged in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and of this he has given assurance to all by raising 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 When they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some scoffed; but others said, "We will hear you again about this." 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 At that point Paul left them. 33 At that, Paul left the Council.
34 But some of them joined him and became believers, including 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.