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Acts 17

NLT 1 Paul and Silas then traveled through the towns of Amphipolis and Apollonia and came to Thessalonica, where there was a Jewish synagogue. NIV 1 When they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a Jewish synagogue. NLT 2 As was Paul’s custom, he went to the synagogue service, and for three Sabbaths in a row he used the Scriptures to reason with the people. NIV 2 As his custom was, Paul went into the synagogue, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, NLT 3 He explained the prophecies and proved that the Messiah must suffer and rise from the dead. He said, “This Jesus I’m telling you about is the Messiah.” NIV 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. NLT 4 Some of the Jews who listened were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, along with many God-fearing Greek men and quite a few prominent women. NIV 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. NLT 5 But some of the Jews were jealous, so they gathered some troublemakers from the marketplace to form a mob and start a riot. They attacked the home of Jason, searching for Paul and Silas so they could drag them out to the crowd. NIV 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. NLT 6 Not finding them there, they dragged out Jason and some of the other believers instead and took them before the city council. “Paul and Silas have caused trouble all over the world,” they shouted, “and now they are here disturbing our city, too. NIV 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, NLT 7 And Jason has welcomed them into his home. They are all guilty of treason against Caesar, for they profess allegiance to another king, named Jesus.” NIV 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." NLT 8 The people of the city, as well as the city council, were thrown into turmoil by these reports. NIV 8 When they heard this, the crowd and the city officials were thrown into turmoil. NLT 9 So the officials forced Jason and the other believers to post bond, and then they released them. NIV 9 Then they made Jason and the others post bond and let them go. NLT 10 That very night the believers sent Paul and Silas to Berea. When they arrived there, they went to the Jewish synagogue. NIV 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. NLT 11 And the people of Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, and they listened eagerly to Paul’s message. They searched the Scriptures day after day to see if Paul and Silas were teaching the truth. NIV 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. NLT 12 As a result, many Jews believed, as did many of the prominent Greek women and men. NIV 12 Many of the Jews believed, as did also a number of prominent Greek women and many Greek men. NLT 13 But when some Jews in Thessalonica learned that Paul was preaching the word of God in Berea, they went there and stirred up trouble. NIV 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. NLT 14 The believers acted at once, sending Paul on to the coast, while Silas and Timothy remained behind. NIV 14 The brothers immediately sent Paul to the coast, but Silas and Timothy stayed at Berea. NLT 15 Those escorting Paul went with him all the way to Athens; then they returned to Berea with instructions for Silas and Timothy to hurry and join him. NIV 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. NLT 16 While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was deeply troubled by all the idols he saw everywhere in the city. NIV 16 While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was greatly distressed to see that the city was full of idols. NLT 17 He went to the synagogue to reason with the Jews and the God-fearing Gentiles, and he spoke daily in the public square to all who happened to be there. NIV 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. NLT 18 He also had a debate with some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers. When he told them about Jesus and his resurrection, they said, “What’s this babbler trying to say with these strange ideas he’s picked up?” Others said, “He seems to be preaching about some foreign gods.” NIV 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. NLT 19 Then they took him to the high council of the city. “Come and tell us about this new teaching,” they said. NIV 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? NLT 20 “You are saying some rather strange things, and we want to know what it’s all about.” NIV 20 You are bringing some strange ideas to our ears, and we want to know what they mean." NLT 21 (It should be explained that all the Athenians as well as the foreigners in Athens seemed to spend all their time discussing the latest ideas.) NIV 21 (All the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there spent their time doing nothing but talking about and listening to the latest ideas.) NLT 22 So Paul, standing before the council, addressed them as follows: “Men of Athens, I notice that you are very religious in every way, NIV 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. NLT 23 for as I was walking along I saw your many shrines. And one of your altars had this inscription on it: ‘To an Unknown God.’ This God, whom you worship without knowing, is the one I’m telling you about. NIV 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. NLT 24 “He is the God who made the world and everything in it. Since he is Lord of heaven and earth, he doesn’t live in man-made temples, NIV 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. NLT 25 and human hands can’t serve his needs—for he has no needs. He himself gives life and breath to everything, and he satisfies every need. NIV 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. NLT 26 From one man he created all the nations throughout the whole earth. He decided beforehand when they should rise and fall, and he determined their boundaries. NIV 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. NLT 27 “His purpose was for the nations to seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him—though he is not far from any one of us. NIV 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. NLT 28 For in him we live and move and exist. As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ NIV 28 'For in him we live and move and have our being.' As some of your own poets have said, 'We are his offspring.' NLT 29 And since this is true, we shouldn’t think of God as an idol designed by craftsmen from gold or silver or stone. NIV 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. NLT 30 “God overlooked people’s ignorance about these things in earlier times, but now he commands everyone everywhere to repent of their sins and turn to him. NIV 30 In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. NLT 31 For he has set a day for judging the world with justice by the man he has appointed, and he proved to everyone who this is by raising him from the dead.” NIV 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." NLT 32 When they heard Paul speak about the resurrection of the dead, some laughed in contempt, but others said, “We want to hear more about this later.” NIV 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." NLT 33 That ended Paul’s discussion with them, NIV 33 At that, Paul left the Council. NLT 34 but some joined him and became believers. Among them were Dionysius, a member of the council, a woman named Damaris, and others with them. NIV 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.