1 Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to
Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews.
2 And Paul, as his custom was, went in to them, and for three Sabbaths reasoned with
them from the Scriptures,
3 explaining and setting forth that the Christ needed to suffer and rise again from the
dead, and that this Jesus whom I preach to you is the Christ.
4 And some of them were persuaded; and a great multitude of the devout Greeks, and
not a few of the leading women, joined Paul and Silas.
5 But the Jews who were not persuaded, becoming envious, took some of the baser sort
from the marketplace, and gathering a mob, set all the city in an uproar and came upon
the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people.
6 But when they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some brethren to the rulers of
the city, crying out, These who have turned the world upside down have come here, too;
7 whom Jason has received, and these are all acting contrary to the decrees of Caesar,
saying there is another king, Jesus.
8 And they troubled the crowd and the rulers of the city when they heard these things.
9 So when they had taken security from Jason and the rest, they let them go.
10 Then the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea. When
they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews.
11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the Word
with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily, to see whether these things are so.
12 Therefore many of them believed, and also not a few of the Greeks, both prominent
women and men.
13 But when the Jews from Thessalonica learned that the Word of God was preached by
Paul at Berea, they came there also and stirred up the crowds.
14 Then immediately the brethren sent Paul away, to go as though toward the sea; but both Silas and Timothy remained there.
15 And those who conducted Paul brought him to Athens; and receiving a command for
Silas and Timothy to come to him quickly, they departed.
16 Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him when
he saw that the city was given over to idols.
17 Therefore he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews, and with the devout, and in the marketplace daily with those who happened to be there.
18 Then certain Epicurean and Stoic philosophers encountered him. And some said,
What does this empty talker want to say? And others, He seems to be a proclaimer of
foreign demons, because he preached to them Jesus and the resurrection.
19 And they took him and brought him to the Areopagus, saying, May we know what this new doctrine is, of which you speak?
20 For you are bringing some strange things to our ears. Therefore we want to know
what these things mean.
21 For all the Athenians and the foreigners who were there spent their time in nothing
else but either to tell or to hear some new thing.
22 Then Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, Men of Athens, I perceive
that in all things you fear the gods;
23 for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your devotion, I even
found an altar with this inscription: TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Therefore, the One
to whom you show reverence without knowing, Him I proclaim to you:
24 God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of Heaven and earth,
does not dwell in temples made with hands.
25 Nor is He served with men's hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives
to all life, breath, and all things.
26 And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell everywhere on the
face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their
27 so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find
Him, though He is not far from each one of us;
28 for in Him we live and move and exist, as also some of your own poets have said, For
we are also His offspring.
29 Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine is
like gold or silver or stone, something engraved by art and man's devising.
30 Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men
everywhere to repent,
31 because He has established a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness
by the Man whom He has appointed. He has given assurance of this to everyone by
raising Him from the dead.
32 And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some ridiculed, while others
said, We will hear you again concerning this matter.
33 So Paul departed from their midst.
34 However, some men joined him and believed, among them Dionysius the Areopagite,
a woman named Damaris, and others with them.