Acts of the Apostles

Acts 17

1. And they entered the towns of Amphipolis and Apolonia, and they came to Thessalonica, where there was a Jewish synagogue.
2. And Paul entered, according to his habit, and for three Sabbaths he spoke with them regarding Scriptures,*
3. While he explained and showed that the Messiah was destined to suffer [death] and rise from the dead,* and that it was Jesus Christ who was here proffering the hope* [of the Kingdom.]"
4. And some of the people believed and came out [to hear] Paul and Shila, and many of the Greeks, those who feared God, and also well-known women, not just common people.*
5. And some of the Jews turned to divisiveness,* and they sent out evil people from the town's streets and created a mob, and they spread the rumors in the town, and they came and stood before Jason's house and wanted to get them out of there and deliver them to the mob.
6. And as they did not find them there, they dragged Jason and the brethren that were there, and they brought them to the leaders of the town, while crying out, "These [people] have made a mockery of the whole earth, and behold, they have come here to do likewise*.
7. "And Jason received them, and all of them stood against Caesar's decrees, saying that there is another king, Jesus."
8. They fooled the town leaders and all the people that heard this.
9. And they exacted tariff from Jason and from the brethren as well, and then they released them.
10. The brethren then, in that hour of the night started off Paul and Shila toward the town of Beroea, and as they came there, they entered the Jewish synagogue.
11. For the Jews there were more free [thinking] than the Jews in Thessalonica, and they listened to them about the Manifestation every day joyfully, while they examined* Scriptures to see if it was so.
12. And many of them believed, and likewise [many of] the Greeks, great men and famous women.
13. And as the Jews of Thessalonica learned that the Manifestation of God was preached in the town of Beroea, they came there too, and they did not rest from stirring and fooling the population.
14. And the brethren set Paul off to go down to the sea. And Shila and Timothy remained in that town.
15. And those who brought Paul, came with him to the town of Athens. And as they finished helping him, they received an epistle [while they were] with Shila and Timothy, to come to him quickly.

16. Paul, however, while he remained in Athens, groaned in his soul, as he saw the town full of idols.
17. And he spoke in the synagogue with the Jews and those who feared God, and in the market place* with everyday* shoppers.
18. And also [with] philosophers of the Epicurean school,* and others who are called the Stoics, who argued with him, and individuals among them said,* "What does he want, dropping words here?" And others said, "He preaches foreign gods," because it was regarding Jesus and his Resurrection that he preached.
19. And they seized and brought him to the temple* called Areopagus, telling him, "Can we know what is this knowledge that you preach?
20. "For you are planting foreign ideas* according to what we heard. And we wish to know what they are."
21. All the Athenians, however, and those foreigners that came, did not waste [their time] on anyone else's [old ideas,] except [they preferred] to talk about or listen to something new.
22. And as Paul stood up, in the Areopagus, he said, "Athenian men, I see that [of all peoples] you are the most fearful of demons.
23. "For as I went around and looked at your house of worship,* I discovered a sign upon which was written 'The Unknown God.' He thus that you do not know [yet] fear Him, is He that I preach about to you.*
24. "For the God who created the universe and everything that is in it, and who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not stay in a temple made of hands,
25. "And is not ministered by the hands of humanity, and He does not need anything, because He is the One who gives every human being their Life and Soul.
26. "And he created all the human universe from one blood, to inhabit over all the face of the earth, and He chose the seasons according to his commandments and consecrated the dwelling regions of humanity.
27. "So that they may love God and be obedient, and from the [beginning of] creation they could find him, because He was never far from any of us.
28. "For through Him we live and function and exist, just as your wise men,* have said, 'Our nature is from Him.'

29. "Since our nature is thus from God, we cannot err in preaching that through human talent and hands,* a human being can fashion gold or silver or precious stones to resemble God.
30. "For God has relinquished the age of oblivion, and in this age he invites all human beings everywhere, to repent,
31. "For He has established* the day in which all earth will be judged through righteousness by the Man He has chosen. And he shall confirm* every human being in faith by raising them from Death*."

32. And as they heard about the resurrection from Death, some of them went out, and some of them said, "We heard about that before."*
33. And thus Paul went out from their midst.
34. And some of them grasped what he was saying and believed,* one of them was Dionysius, of the religions of Areopagus, and a woman whose name was Damaris, and others who were with them.

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Footnotes:
*17:2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "From Books."
*17:3.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "House of dead."
*17:3.2 Lit. Ar. idiom retained: "Salvation."
*17:4 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "Well-known women not small."
*17:5 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "And soured."
*17:6 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Such again."
*17:11 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Selected from."
*17:17.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Street."
*17:17.2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Those who futured every day." The man on the street.
*17:18.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "From the knowledge of Epicurus."
*17:18.2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Human [being] human [being.]"
*17:19 Lit. Ar. id.: "House of religion."
*17:20 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Foreign words."
*17:23.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Fearfulness."
*17:23.2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "Proffer the Hope [of the Kingdom] regarding to you."
*17:28 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "Like also people from your wise that with you."
*17:29 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "By hand."
*17:31.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Raised."
*17:31.2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Turn back."
*17:31.3 Lit. Ar. id.: "House of dead."
*17:32 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "In other season we heard you this."
*17:34 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "And human beings from them caught him and believed."