When they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica,1 where there was a Jewish synagogue.
As his custom was, Paul went into the synagogue,2 and on three Sabbath3 days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures,4
explaining and proving that the Christ had to suffer5 and rise from the dead.6 "This Jesus I am proclaiming to you is the Christ, "7 he said.
Some of the Jews were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas,8 as did a large number of God-fearing Greeks and not a few prominent women.
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.9 They rushed to Jason's10 house in search of Paul and Silas in order to bring them out to the crowd.
But when they did not find them, they dragged11 Jason and some other brothers12 before the city officials, shouting: "These men who have caused trouble all over the world13 have now come here,14
and Jason has welcomed them into his house. They are all defying Caesar's decrees, saying that there is another king, one called Jesus."15
When they heard this, the crowd and the city officials were thrown into turmoil.
Then they made Jason16 and the others post bond and let them go.