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Acts 17:16-34

ESV 16 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. MSG 16 The longer Paul waited in Athens for Silas and Timothy, the angrier he got - all those idols! The city was a junkyard of idols. ESV 17 So he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and the devout persons, and in the marketplace every day with those who happened to be there. MSG 17 He discussed it with the Jews and other like-minded people at their meeting place. And every day he went out on the streets and talked with anyone who happened along. ESV 18 Some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers also conversed with him. And some said, "What does this babbler wish to say?" Others said, "He seems to be a preacher of foreign divinities"--because he was preaching Jesus and the resurrection. MSG 18 He got to know some of the Epicurean and Stoic intellectuals pretty well through these conversations. Some of them dismissed him with sarcasm: "What an airhead!" But others, listening to him go on about Jesus and the resurrection, were intrigued: "That's a new slant on the gods. Tell us more." ESV 19 And they took him and brought him to the Areopagus, saying, "May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting? MSG 19 These people got together and asked him to make a public presentation over at the Areopagus, where things were a little quieter. They said, "This is a new one on us. We've never heard anything quite like it. Where did you come up with this anyway? ESV 20 For you bring some strange things to our ears. We wish to know therefore what these things mean." MSG 20 Explain it so we can understand." ESV 21 Now all the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there would spend their time in nothing except telling or hearing something new. MSG 21 Downtown Athens was a great place for gossip. There were always people hanging around, natives and tourists alike, waiting for the latest tidbit on most anything. ESV 22 So Paul, standing in the midst of the Areopagus, said: "Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. MSG 22 So Paul took his stand in the open space at the Areopagus and laid it out for them. "It is plain to see that you Athenians take your religion seriously. ESV 23 For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription, 'To the unknown god.'What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. MSG 23 When I arrived here the other day, I was fascinated with all the shrines I came across. And then I found one inscribed, to the god nobody knows. I'm here to introduce you to this God so you can worship intelligently, know who you're dealing with. ESV 24 The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, MSG 24 "The God who made the world and everything in it, this Master of sky and land, doesn't live in custom-made shrines ESV 25 nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. MSG 25 or need the human race to run errands for him, as if he couldn't take care of himself. He makes the creatures; the creatures don't make him. ESV 26 And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, MSG 26 Starting from scratch, he made the entire human race and made the earth hospitable, with plenty of time and space for living ESV 27 that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, MSG 27 so we could seek after God, and not just grope around in the dark but actually find him. He doesn't play hide-and-seek with us. He's not remote; he's near. ESV 28 for "'In him we live and move and have our being';as even some of your own poets have said, "'For we are indeed his offspring.' MSG 28 We live and move in him, can't get away from him! One of your poets said it well: 'We're the God-created.' ESV 29 Being then God's offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man. MSG 29 Well, if we are the God-created, it doesn't make a lot of sense to think we could hire a sculptor to chisel a god out of stone for us, does it? ESV 30 The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, MSG 30 "God overlooks it as long as you don't know any better - but that time is past. The unknown is now known, and he's calling for a radical life-change. ESV 31 because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead." MSG 31 He has set a day when the entire human race will be judged and everything set right. And he has already appointed the judge, confirming him before everyone by raising him from the dead." ESV 32 Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked. But others said, "We will hear you again about this." MSG 32 At the phrase "raising him from the dead," the listeners split: Some laughed at him and walked off making jokes; others said, "Let's do this again. We want to hear more." ESV 33 So Paul went out from their midst. MSG 33 But that was it for the day, and Paul left. ESV 34 But some men joined him and believed, among whom also were Dionysius the Areopagite and a woman named Damaris and others with them. MSG 34 There were still others, it turned out, who were convinced then and there, and stuck with Paul - among them Dionysius the Areopagite and a woman named Damaris.

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