Acts 17 (PKJV)

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  • 1 Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews.
  • 2 Then Paul, as his custom was, went in to them, and for three Sabbath days reasoned with them from the Scriptures,
  • 3 explaining and demonstrating that Christ had to suffer and rise again from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus whom I preach to you is Christ.”
  • 4 And some of them believed; and a large multitude of the devout Greeks, and not a few of the leading women, joined Paul and Silas.
  • 5 But the Jews who did not believe, becoming envious, took some of the wicked men from the marketplace, and gathering a mob, set the entire city in an uproar and attacked 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, shouting, “These who have turned the world upside down have come here also,
  • 7 Jason has harbored them, and these are all acting contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying there is another king, one Jesus.”
  • 8 And they troubled the crowd and the rulers of the city when they heard these things.
  • 9 So when they had taken enough security from Jason and from 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 of mind, and searched the Scriptures daily whether these things were so.
  • 12 Therefore many of them believed, and also not a few of the Greeks, prominent women as well as 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 And then immediately the brethren sent Paul away, to go to the sea; but both Silas and Timothy remained there.
  • 15 So those who escorted Paul brought him to Athens; and receiving a command for Silas and Timothy to come to him as soon as possible, they departed.
  • 16 Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred within him when he saw that the city was entirely given over to idolatry.
  • 17 Therefore he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and with the devout people, and in the marketplace daily with those who met with him.
  • 18 Then some of the Epicurean and of the Stoic philosophers encountered him. And some said, “What does this babbler say?”Others said, “He seems to be a proclaimer of foreign gods,” 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 Because, you are bringing some strange things to our ears. Therefore we want to know what these things mean.”
  • 21 Because, all the Athenians and the foreigners who were there spent their time in nothing else except to tell or to hear something new.
  • 22 Then Paul stood in the midst of the Mars’ Hill and said, “You men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are too superstitious;
  • 23 because, as I was passing by and considering the objects of your worship, I found an altar with this inscription: TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Therefore, the One whom you ignorantly worship, 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 worshiped 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 on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings,
  • 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 because in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, because we are also His offspring.
  • 29 Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man’s devising.
  • 30 And, these times of such ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent,
  • 31 because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by that Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all people by raising Him from the dead.”
  • 32 And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked, while others said, “We will hear you again on this matter.”
  • 33 So Paul departed from among them.
  • 34 However, some men joined him and believed, among them was Dionysius the Areopagite, a woman named Damaris, and others with them.

(King James Version 2016 Edition, 2016)

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