Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessaloni'ca, for they received the word with all eagerness, examining the scriptures daily to see if these things were so.
Many of them therefore believed, with not a few Greek women of high standing as well as men.
But when the Jews of Thessaloni'ca learned that the word of God was proclaimed by Paul at Beroe'a also, they came there too, stirring up and inciting the crowds.
Then the brethren immediately sent Paul off on his way to the sea, but Silas and Timothy remained there.
Those who conducted Paul brought him as far as Athens; and receiving a command for Silas and Timothy to come to him as soon as possible, they departed.
Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him as he saw that the city was full of idols.
So he argued in the synagogue with the Jews and the devout persons, and in the market place every day with those who chanced to be there.
Some also of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers met him. And some said, "What would this babbler say?" Others said, "He seems to be a preacher of foreign divinities" --because he preached Jesus and the resurrection.
And they took hold of him and brought him to the Are-op'agus, saying, "May we know what this new teaching is which you present?
For you bring some strange things to our ears; we wish to know therefore what these things mean."
Now all the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there spent their time in nothing except telling or hearing something new.