1Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. (Ac 20:4; Php 4:16; 1Th 1:1)2And Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, (Ac 8:35; Ac 13:5)3explaining 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.” (Lu 24:26; Lu 24:32; Joh 20:9; Ac 3:18)4And 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. (Joh 7:35; Ac 14:4; Ac 17:12; 1Th 2:1)5But 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. (Jud 9:4; Jud 11:3; 2Ch 13:7; Ac 5:17; Ac 13:50; 1Th 2:14)6And 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, (Ac 16:19)7and Jason has received them, and they are all acting against the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, Jesus.” (Lu 2:1; Lu 23:2; Ac 16:4)8And the people and the city authorities were disturbed when they heard these things.9And when they had taken money as security from Jason and the rest, they let them go.
Paul and Silas in Berea
10The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. (Joh 21:23; Ac 17:2; Ac 17:14)11Now 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. (Isa 34:16; Joh 5:39)12Many of them therefore believed, with not a few Greek women of high standing as well as men. (Ac 13:50; Ac 17:4)13But 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. (Ac 17:8)14Then the brothers immediately sent Paul off on his way to the sea, but Silas and Timothy remained there. (Mt 10:23; Ac 16:1; Ac 17:10)15Those 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. (Ac 15:3; Ac 18:1; Ac 18:5; 1Th 3:1)
Paul in Athens
16Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him as he saw that the city was full of idols. (Isa 2:8; 2Pe 2:8)17So 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. (Ac 13:5)18Some 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. (Ac 4:2; Ac 5:42; Ac 17:31; 1Co 4:10; 1Co 15:12)19And they took him and brought him to the Areopagus, saying, “May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting? (Mr 1:27; Joh 7:16; Ac 17:22; Ac 17:34; Heb 13:9)20For you bring some strange things to our ears. We wish to know therefore what these things mean.” (Ho 8:12; 1Pe 4:4; 1Pe 4:12)21Now all the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there would spend their time in nothing except telling or hearing something new.
1When Paul and his companions had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a Jewish synagogue.2As was his custom, Paul went into the synagogue, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures,3explaining and proving that the Messiah had to suffer and rise from the dead. ‘This Jesus I am proclaiming to you is the Messiah,’ he said.4Some of the Jews were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a large number of God-fearing Greeks and quite a few prominent women.5But other Jews were jealous; so they rounded up some bad characters from the market-place, formed a mob and started a riot in the city. They rushed to Jason’s house in search of Paul and Silas in order to bring them out to the crowd.6But when they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some other believers before the city officials, shouting: ‘These men who have caused trouble all over the world have now come here,7and Jason has welcomed them into his house. They are all defying Caesar’s decrees, saying that there is another king, one called Jesus.’8When they heard this, the crowd and the city officials were thrown into turmoil.9Then they put Jason and the others on bail and let them go.
10As soon as it was night, the believers sent Paul and Silas away to Berea. On arriving there, they went to the Jewish synagogue.11Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.12As a result, many of them believed, as did also a number of prominent Greek women and many Greek men.13But when the Jews in Thessalonica learned that Paul was preaching the word of God at Berea, some of them went there too, agitating the crowds and stirring them up.14The believers immediately sent Paul to the coast, but Silas and Timothy stayed at Berea.15Those who escorted Paul brought him to Athens and then left with instructions for Silas and Timothy to join him as soon as possible.
16While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was greatly distressed to see that the city was full of idols.17So he reasoned in the synagogue with both Jews and God-fearing Greeks, as well as in the market-place day by day with those who happened to be there.18A group of Epicurean and Stoic philosophers began to debate with him. Some of them asked, ‘What is this babbler trying to say?’ Others remarked, ‘He seems to be advocating foreign gods.’ They said this because Paul was preaching the good news about Jesus and the resurrection.19Then they took him and brought him to a meeting of the Areopagus, where they said to him, ‘May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting?20You are bringing some strange ideas to our ears, and we would like to know what they mean.’21(All the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there spent their time doing nothing but talking about and listening to the latest ideas.)22Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: ‘People of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious.23For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: To an unknown god. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship – and this is what I am going to proclaim to you.24‘The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands.25And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else.26From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands.27God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.28“For in him we live and move and have our being.” As some of your own poets have said, “We are his offspring.”29‘Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone – an image made by human design and skill.30In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent.31For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.’32When they heard about the resurrection of the dead, some of them sneered, but others said, ‘We want to hear you again on this subject.’33At that, Paul left the Council.34Some of the people became followers of Paul and believed. Among them was Dionysius, a member of the Areopagus, also a woman named Damaris, and a number of others.
King James Version
1Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where was a synagogue of the Jews:2And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures,3Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ.4And some of them believed, and consorted with Paul and Silas; and of the devout Greeks a great multitude, and of the chief women not a few.5But the Jews which believed not, moved with envy, took unto them certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, and gathered a company, and set all the city on an uproar, and assaulted the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people.6And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also;7Whom Jason hath received: and these all do contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, one Jesus.8And they troubled the people and the rulers of the city, when they heard these things.9And when they had taken security of Jason, and of the other, they let them go.10And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews.11These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.12Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few.13But when the Jews of Thessalonica had knowledge that the word of God was preached of Paul at Berea, they came thither also, and stirred up the people.14And then immediately the brethren sent away Paul to go as it were to the sea: but Silas and Timotheus abode there still.15And they that conducted Paul brought him unto Athens: and receiving a commandment unto Silas and Timotheus for to come to him with all speed, they departed.16Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry.17Therefore disputed he in the synagogue with the Jews, and with the devout persons, and in the market daily with them that met with him.18Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and of the Stoicks, encountered him. And some said, What will this babbler say? other some, He seemeth to be a setter forth of strange gods: because he preached unto them Jesus, and the resurrection.19And they took him, and brought him unto Areopagus, saying, May we know what this new doctrine, whereof thou speakest, is?20For thou bringest certain strange things to our ears: we would know therefore what these things mean.21(For all the Athenians and strangers which were there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing.)22Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars' hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious.23For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.24God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;25Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;26And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;27That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:28For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.29Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device.30And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:31Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.32And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked: and others said, We will hear thee again of this matter.33So Paul departed from among them.34Howbeit certain men clave unto him, and believed: among the which was Dionysius the Areopagite, and a woman named Damaris, and others with them.
New International Reader’s Version
Paul and Silas arrive in Thessalonica
1Paul and those travelling with him passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia. They came to Thessalonica. A Jewish synagogue was there.2Paul went into the synagogue as he usually did. For three Sabbath days in a row he talked with the Jews about the Scriptures.3He explained and proved that the Messiah had to suffer and rise from the dead. ‘This Jesus I am telling you about is the Messiah!’ he said.4His words won over some of the Jews. They joined Paul and Silas. A large number of Greeks who worshipped God joined them too. So did quite a few important women.5But other Jews were jealous. So they rounded up some evil people from the market-place. Forming a crowd, they started all kinds of trouble in the city. The Jews rushed to Jason’s house. They were looking for Paul and Silas. They wanted to bring them out to the crowd.6But they couldn’t find them. So they dragged Jason and some other believers to the city officials. ‘These men have caused trouble all over the world,’ they shouted. ‘Now they have come here.7Jason has welcomed them into his house. They are all disobeying Caesar’s commands. They say there is another king. He is called Jesus.’8When the crowd and the city officials heard this, they became very upset.9They made Jason and the others give them money. The officials did this to make sure they would return to the court. Then they let Jason and the others go.
Paul and Silas are sent to Berea
10As soon as it was night, the believers sent Paul and Silas away to Berea. When they arrived, they went to the Jewish synagogue.11The Berean Jews were very glad to receive Paul’s message. They studied the Scriptures carefully every day. They wanted to see if what Paul said was true. So they were more noble than the Thessalonian Jews.12Because of this, many of the Berean Jews believed. A number of important Greek women also became believers. And so did many Greek men.13But the Jews in Thessalonica found out that Paul was preaching God’s word in Berea. So some of them went there too. They stirred up the crowds and got them all worked up.14Right away the believers sent Paul to the coast. But Silas and Timothy stayed in Berea.15The believers who went with Paul took him to Athens. Then they returned with orders that Silas and Timothy were supposed to join him as soon as they could.
Paul preaches in Athens
16Paul was waiting for Silas and Timothy in Athens. He was very upset to see that the city was full of statues of gods.17So he went to the synagogue. There he talked both with Jews and with Greeks who worshipped God. Each day he spoke with anyone who happened to be in the market-place.18A group of Epicurean and Stoic thinkers began to argue with him. Some of them asked, ‘What is this fellow chattering about?’ Others said, ‘He seems to be telling us about gods we’ve never heard of.’ They said this because Paul was preaching the good news about Jesus. He was telling them that Jesus had risen from the dead.19They took him to a meeting of the Areopagus. There they said to him, ‘What is this new teaching you’re giving us?20You have some strange ideas we’ve never heard before. We would like to know what they mean.’21All the people of Athens spent their time talking about and listening to the latest ideas. People from other lands who lived there did the same.22Then Paul stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus. He said, ‘People of Athens! I see that you are very religious in every way.23As I walked around, I looked carefully at the things you worship. I even found an altar with To an unknown god written on it. So you don’t know what you are worshipping. Now I am going to tell you about this “unknown god.”24‘He is the God who made the world. He also made everything in it. He is the Lord of heaven and earth. He doesn’t live in temples built by human hands.25He is not served by human hands. He doesn’t need anything. Instead, he himself gives life and breath to all people. He also gives them everything else they have.26From one man he made all the people of the world. Now they live all over the earth. He decided exactly when they should live. And he decided exactly where they should live.27God did this so that people would seek him. And perhaps they would reach out for him and find him. They would find him even though he is not far from any of us.28“In him we live and move and exist.” As some of your own poets have also said, “We are his children.”29‘Yes, we are God’s children. So we shouldn’t think that God is made out of gold or silver or stone. He isn’t a statue planned and made by clever people.30In the past, God didn’t judge people for what they didn’t know. But now he commands all people everywhere to turn away from their sins.31He has set a day when he will judge the world fairly. He has appointed a man to be its judge. God has proved this to everyone by raising that man from the dead.’32They heard Paul talk about the dead being raised. Some of them made fun of this idea. But others said, ‘We want to hear you speak about this again.’33So Paul left the meeting of the Areopagus.34Some of the people became followers of Paul and believed in Jesus. Dionysius was one of them. He was a member of the Areopagus. A woman named Damaris also became a believer. And so did some others.