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Acts 17:1-15

ESV 1 Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. MSG 1 They took the road south through Amphipolis and Apollonia to Thessalonica, where there was a community of Jews. ESV 2 And Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, MSG 2 Paul went to their meeting place, as he usually did when he came to a town, and for three Sabbaths running he preached to them from the Scriptures. ESV 3 explaining and proving that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead, and saying, "This Jesus, whom I proclaim to you, is the Christ." MSG 3 He opened up the texts so they understood what they'd been reading all their lives: that the Messiah absolutely had to be put to death and raised from the dead - there were no other options - and that "this Jesus I'm introducing you to is that Messiah." ESV 4 And some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a great many of the devout Greeks and not a few of the leading women. MSG 4 Some of them were won over and joined ranks with Paul and Silas, among them a great many God-fearing Greeks and a considerable number of women from the aristocracy. ESV 5 But the Jews were jealous, and taking some wicked men of the rabble, they formed a mob, set the city in an uproar, and attacked the house of Jason, seeking to bring them out to the crowd. MSG 5 But the hard-line Jews became furious over the conversions. Mad with jealousy, they rounded up a bunch of brawlers off the streets and soon had an ugly mob terrorizing the city as they hunted down Paul and Silas. ESV 6 And when they could not find them, they dragged Jason and some of the brothers before the city authorities, shouting, "These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also, MSG 6 When they couldn't find them, they collared Jason and his friends instead and dragged them before the city fathers, yelling hysterically, "These people are out to destroy the world, and now they've shown up on our doorstep, attacking everything we hold dear! ESV 7 and Jason has received them, and they are all acting against the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, Jesus." MSG 7 And Jason is hiding them, these traitors and turncoats who say Jesus is king and Caesar is nothing!" ESV 8 And the people and the city authorities were disturbed when they heard these things. MSG 8 The city fathers and the crowd of people were totally alarmed by what they heard. ESV 9 And when they had taken money as security from Jason and the rest, they let them go. MSG 9 They made Jason and his friends post heavy bail and let them go while they investigated the charges. ESV 10 The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. MSG 10 That night, under cover of darkness, their friends got Paul and Silas out of town as fast as they could. They sent them to Berea, where they again met with the Jewish community. ESV 11 Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. MSG 11 They were treated a lot better there than in Thessalonica. The Jews received Paul's message with enthusiasm and met with him daily, examining the Scriptures to see if they supported what he said. ESV 12 Many of them therefore believed, with not a few Greek women of high standing as well as men. MSG 12 A lot of them became believers, including many Greeks who were prominent in the community, women and men of influence. ESV 13 But when the Jews from Thessalonica learned that the word of God was proclaimed by Paul at Berea also, they came there too, agitating and stirring up the crowds. MSG 13 But it wasn't long before reports got back to the Thessalonian hard-line Jews that Paul was at it again, preaching the Word of God, this time in Berea. They lost no time responding, and created a mob scene there, too. ESV 14 Then the brothers immediately sent Paul off on his way to the sea, but Silas and Timothy remained there. MSG 14 With the help of his friends, Paul gave them the slip - caught a boat and put out to sea. Silas and Timothy stayed behind. ESV 15 Those who conducted Paul brought him as far as Athens, and after receiving a command for Silas and Timothy to come to him as soon as possible, they departed. MSG 15 The men who helped Paul escape got him as far as Athens and left him there. Paul sent word back with them to Silas and Timothy: "Come as quickly as you can!"

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