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Parallel Bible results for Acts 17:16-31

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Acts 17:16-31

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 both Jews and 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 debate 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 would like 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: “People 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. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship—and this is what 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 human 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. Rather, he himself gives everyone 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 all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. 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 they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any 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 human 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 everyone by raising him from the dead.”

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