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.