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Acts 17

NIRV 1 Paul and Silas passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia. They came to Thessalonica. A Jewish synagogue was there. NIV 1 When Paul and his companions had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a Jewish synagogue. NIRV 2 Paul went into the synagogue as he usually did. For three Sabbath days in a row he talked about the Scriptures with the Jews. NIV 2 As was his custom, Paul went into the synagogue, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, NIRV 3 He explained and proved that the Christ had to suffer and rise from the dead. "This Jesus I am telling you about is the Christ!" he said. NIV 3 explaining and proving that the Messiah had to suffer and rise from the dead. “This Jesus I am proclaiming to you is the Messiah,” he said. NIRV 4 His words won some of the Jews over. They joined Paul and Silas. A large number of Greeks who worshiped God joined them too. So did quite a few important women. NIV 4 Some of the Jews were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a large number of God-fearing Greeks and quite a few prominent women. NIRV 5 But the Jews were jealous. So they rounded up some evil fellows from the market place. Forming a crowd, they started all kinds of trouble in the city. The Jews rushed to Jason's house. They were looking for Paul and Silas. They wanted to bring them out to the crowd. NIV 5 But other 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. NIRV 6 But they couldn't find them. So they dragged Jason and some other believers to the city officials. "These men have caused trouble all over the world," they shouted. "Now they have come here. NIV 6 But when they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some other believers before the city officials, shouting: “These men who have caused trouble all over the world have now come here, NIRV 7 Jason has welcomed them into his house. They are all disobeying Caesar's commands. They say there is another king. He is called 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.” NIRV 8 When the crowd and the city officials heard this, they became very upset. NIV 8 When they heard this, the crowd and the city officials were thrown into turmoil. NIRV 9 They made Jason and the others give them money. They wanted to make sure they would return to the court. Then they let them go. NIV 9 Then they made Jason and the others post bond and let them go. NIRV 10 As soon as it was night, the believers sent Paul and Silas away to Berea. When they arrived, they went to the Jewish synagogue. NIV 10 As soon as it was night, the believers sent Paul and Silas away to Berea. On arriving there, they went to the Jewish synagogue. NIRV 11 The Bereans were very glad to receive Paul's message. They studied the Scriptures carefully every day. They wanted to see if what Paul said was true. So they were more noble than the Thessalonians. NIV 11 Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. NIRV 12 Many of the Jews believed. A number of important Greek women also became believers. And so did many Greek men. NIV 12 As a result, many of them believed, as did also a number of prominent Greek women and many Greek men. NIRV 13 The Jews in Thessalonica found out that Paul was preaching God's word in Berea. So they went there too. They stirred up the crowds and got them all worked up. NIV 13 But when the Jews in Thessalonica learned that Paul was preaching the word of God at Berea, some of them went there too, agitating the crowds and stirring them up. NIRV 14 Right away the believers sent Paul to the coast. But Silas and Timothy stayed in Berea. NIV 14 The believers immediately sent Paul to the coast, but Silas and Timothy stayed at Berea. NIRV 15 The men who went with Paul took him to Athens. Then they returned with orders that Silas and Timothy were supposed to join him as soon as they could. NIV 15 Those who escorted Paul brought him to Athens and then left with instructions for Silas and Timothy to join him as soon as possible. NIRV 16 Paul was waiting for Silas and Timothy in Athens. He was very upset to see that the city was full of statues of gods. NIV 16 While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was greatly distressed to see that the city was full of idols. NIRV 17 So he went to the synagogue. There he talked with Jews and with Greeks who worshiped God. Each day he spoke with anyone who happened to be in the market place. 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. NIRV 18 A group of Epicurean and Stoic thinkers began to argue with him. Some of them asked, "What is this fellow chattering about?" Others said, "He seems to be telling us about gods we've never heard of." They said this because Paul was preaching the good news about Jesus. He was telling them that Jesus had risen from the dead. 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. NIRV 19 They took him to a meeting of the Areopagus. There they said to him, "What is this new teaching you're giving us? 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? NIRV 20 You have some strange ideas. We've never heard them before. We want to know what they mean." NIV 20 You are bringing some strange ideas to our ears, and we would like to know what they mean.” NIRV 21 All the people of Athens spent their time talking about and listening to the latest ideas. People from other lands who lived there did the same. 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.) NIRV 22 Then Paul stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus. He said, "Men of Athens! I see 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. NIRV 23 As I walked around, I looked carefully at the things you worship. I even found an altar with TO AN UNKNOWN GOD written on it. Now I am going to tell you about this 'unknown god' that you worship. 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. NIRV 24 "He is the God who made the world. He also made everything in it. He is the Lord of heaven and earth. He doesn't live in temples built by hands. 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. NIRV 25 He is not served by human hands. He doesn't need anything. He himself gives life and breath to all people. He also gives them everything else they have. 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. NIRV 26 From one man he made all the people of the world. Now they live all over the earth. He decided exactly when they should live. And he decided exactly where they should live. 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. NIRV 27 God did this so that people would seek him. Then perhaps they would reach out for him and find him. They would find him even though he is not far from any 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. NIRV 28 'In him we live and move and exist.' As some of your own poets have also said, 'We are his children.' 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.’ NIRV 29 "Yes, we are God's children. So we shouldn't think that God is made out of gold or silver or stone. He isn't a statue planned and made by clever people. 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. NIRV 30 In the past, God didn't judge people for what they didn't know. But now he commands all people everywhere to turn away from their sins. NIV 30 In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. NIRV 31 He has set a day when he will judge the world fairly. He has appointed a man to be its judge. God has proved this to all people by raising that man 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.” NIRV 32 When they heard Paul talk about the dead rising, some of them made fun of it. But others said, "We want to hear you speak about this again." 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.” NIRV 33 So Paul left the meeting of the Areopagus. NIV 33 At that, Paul left the Council. NIRV 34 A few men became followers of Paul and believed in Jesus. Dionysius was one of them. He was a member of the Areopagus. A woman named Damaris also became a believer. And so did some others. NIV 34 Some of the people 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.

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