Now whilst Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred within him, seeing the city wholly given to idolatry.
He disputed, therefore, in the synagogue with the Jews and with them that served God: and in the market place, every day, with them that were there.
And certain philosophers of the Epicureans and of the Stoics disputed with him. And some said: What is it that this word sower would say? But others: He seemeth to be a setter forth of new gods. Because he preached to them Jesus and the resurrection.
And taking him, they brought him to the Areopagus, saying: May we know what this new doctrine is, which thou speakest of?
For thou bringest in certain new things to our ears. We would know therefore what these things mean.
(Now all the Athenians and strangers that were there employed themselves in nothing else, but either in telling or in hearing some new thing.)
But Paul, standing in the midst of the Areopagus, said: Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are too superstitious.
For passing by and seeing your idols, I found an altar also, on which was written: To the Unknown God. What therefore you worship without knowing it, that I preach to you:
God, who made the world and all things therein, he being Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands.
Neither is he served with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing: seeing it is he who giveth to all life and breath and all things:
And hath made of one, all mankind, to dwell upon the whole face of the earth, determining appointed times and the limits of their habitation.
That they should seek God, if haply they may feel after him or find him, although he be not far from every one of us.
For in him we live and move and are: as some also of your own poets said: For we are also his offspring.
Being therefore the offspring of God, we must not suppose the divinity to be like unto gold or silver or stone, the graving of art and device of man.
And God indeed having winked at the times of this ignorance, now declareth unto men that all should every where do penance.
Because he hath appointed a day wherein he will judge the world in equity, by the man whom he hath appointed: giving faith to all, by raising him up from the dead.
And when they had heard of the resurrection of the dead, some indeed mocked. But others said: We will hear thee again concerning this matter.
So Paul went out from among them.
But certain men, adhering to him, did believe: among whom was also Dionysius the Areopagite and a woman named Damaris and others with them.