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Paul at Thessalonica

1 Now when they had traveled through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to aThessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. 2 And aaccording to Paul’s custom, he went to them, and for three bSabbaths reasoned with them from cthe Scriptures, 3 Iexplaining and IIgiving evidence that the IIIChrist ahad to suffer and brise again from the dead, and [saying], “cThis Jesus whom I am proclaiming to you is the IIIChrist.” 4 aAnd some of them were persuaded and joined bPaul and Silas, Ialong with a large number of the cGod-fearing dGreeks and IIa number of the eleading women. 5 But athe Jews, becoming jealous and taking along some wicked men from the market place, formed a mob and set the city in an uproar; and attacking the house of bJason, they were seeking to bring them out to the people. 6 When they did not find them, they [began] adragging Jason and some brethren before the city authorities, shouting, “These men who have upset Ibthe world have come here also; 7 Iand Jason ahas welcomed them, and they all act bcontrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, Jesus.” 8 They stirred up the crowd and the city authorities who heard these things. 9 And when they had received a Ipledge from aJason and the others, they released them.

[1] aAc 17:11, 13; 20:4; 27:2; Php 4:16; 1Th 1:1; 2Th 1:1; 2Ti 4:10
[2] aAc 9:20; 17:10, 17 bAc 13:14 cAc 8:35
[3] ILit opening IILit placing before IIII.e. Messiah aAc 3:18 bJn 20:9 cAc 9:22; 18:5, 28
[4] ILit and a large IILit not a few aAc 14:4 bAc 15:22, 40; 17:10, 14f cAc 13:43; 17:17 dJn 7:35 eAc 13:50
[5] aAc 17:13; 1Th 2:14ff bAc 17:6, 7, 9; Ro 16:21
[6] ILit the inhabited earth aAc 16:19f bMt 24:14; Ac 17:31
[7] ILit whom Jason has welcomed aLk 10:38; Jm 2:25 bLk 23:2
[9] IOr bond aAc 17:5

Paul at Berea

10aThe brethren immediately sent bPaul and Silas away by night to cBerea, Iand when they arrived, they went into dthe synagogue of the Jews. 11 Now these were more noble-minded than those in aThessalonica, Ifor they received the word with IIgreat eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily [to see] whether these things were so. 12 Therefore amany of them believed, Ialong with a number of bprominent Greek cwomen and men. 13 But when the Jews of aThessalonica found out that the word of God had been proclaimed by Paul in bBerea also, they came there as well, agitating and stirring up the crowds. 14 Then immediately athe brethren sent Paul out to go as far as the sea; and bSilas and cTimothy remained there. 15 Now athose who escorted Paul brought him as far as bAthens; and receiving a command for cSilas and Timothy to dcome to him as soon as possible, they left.

[10] ILit who when...arrived went aAc 1:15; 17:6, 14f bAc 17:4 cAc 17:13; 20:4 dAc 17:1f
[11] ILit who received IILit all aAc 17:1
[12] ILit and not a few aAc 2:47 bMk 15:43 cAc 13:50
[13] aAc 17:1 bAc 17:10; 20:4
[14] aAc 1:15; 17:6, 10 bAc 15:22; 17:4, 10 cAc 16:1
[15] aAc 15:3 bAc 17:16, 21f; 18:1; 1Th 3:1 cAc 17:14 dAc 18:5

Paul at Athens

16 ¶ Now while Paul was waiting for them at aAthens, his spirit was being provoked within him as he was observing the city full of idols. 17 So he was reasoning ain the synagogue with the Jews and bthe God-fearing [Gentiles], and in the market place every day with those who happened to be present. 18 And also some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers were Iconversing with him. Some were saying, “What would athis IIidle babbler wish to say?” Others, “He seems to be a proclaimer of strange deities,”—because he was preaching bJesus and the resurrection. 19 And they atook him and brought him Ito the IIbAreopagus, saying, “May we know what cthis new teaching is IIIwhich you are proclaiming? 20 For you are bringing some strange things to our ears; so we want to know what these things mean.” 21 (Now all the Athenians and the strangers avisiting there used to spend their time in nothing other than telling or hearing something new.)

[16] aAc 17:15, 21f; 18:1; 1Th 3:1
[17] aAc 9:20; 17:2 bAc 17:4
[18] IOr disputing III.e. one who makes his living by picking up scraps a1Co 1:20; 4:10 bAc 4:2; 17:31f
[19] IOr before IIOr Hill of Ares, god of war IIILit which is being spoken by you aAc 23:19 bAc 17:22 cMk 1:27
[21] aAc 2:10

Sermon on Mars Hill

22 ¶ So Paul stood in the midst of the IAreopagus and said, “Men of aAthens, I observe that you are very breligious in all respects. 23 For while I was passing through and examining the aobjects of your worship, I also found an altar with this inscription, ‘TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.’ Therefore what byou worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you. 24 aThe God who made the world and all things in it, since He is bLord of heaven and earth, does not cdwell in temples made with hands; 25 nor is He served by human hands, aas though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all [people] life and breath and all things; 26 and aHe made from one [man] every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having bdetermined [their] appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, 27 that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, athough He is not far from each one of us; 28 for ain Him we live and move and Iexist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children.’ 29 Being then the children of God, we aought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and thought of man. 30 Therefore having aoverlooked bthe times of ignorance, God is cnow declaring to men that all [people] everywhere should repent, 31 because He has fixed aa day in which bHe will judge Icthe world in righteousness IIthrough a Man whom He has dappointed, having furnished proof to all men IIIby eraising Him from the dead.”

[22] IOr the Council of the Areopagus aAc 17:15 bAc 25:19
[23] a2Th 2:4 bJn 4:22
[24] aIs 42:5; Ac 14:15 bDt 10:14; Ps 115:16; Mt 11:25 c1K 8:27; Ac 7:48
[25] aJb 22:2; Ps 50:10-12
[26] aMal 2:10 bDt 32:8; Jb 12:23
[27] aDt 4:7; Jr 23:23f; Ac 14:17
[28] ILit are aJb 12:10; Dn 5:23
[29] aIs 40:18ff; Ro 1:23
[30] aAc 14:16; Ro 3:25 bAc 17:23 cLk 24:47; Ac 26:20; Tit 2:11f
[31] ILit the inhabited earth IILit by or in IIIOr when He raised aMt 10:15 bPs 9:8; 96:13; 98:9; Jn 5:22, 27; Ac 10:42 cMt 24:14; Ac 17:6 dLk 22:22 eAc 2:24

32 ¶ Now when they heard of athe resurrection of the dead, some [began] to sneer, but others said, “We shall hear you Iagain concerning this.” 33 So Paul went out of their midst. 34 But some men joined him and believed, among whom also were Dionysius the aAreopagite and a woman named Damaris and others with them.

[32] ILit also again aAc 17:18, 31
[34] aAc 17:19, 22


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Paul preacheth at Thessalonica,

1 ¶ Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where was a synagogue of the Jews: 2 And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures, 3 Opening 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.

[1] Ac 14:1; 15:21; 16:13; 20:4; 27:2; Php 4:16; 1Th 1:1; 2Th 1:1; 2Ti 4:10.
[2] 1S 12:7; Is 1:18; Lk 4:16; Jn 18:20; Ac 9:20; 13:5; 14:1; 17:10, 17; 18:4; 19:8; 24:25; 28:23; He 7:1.
[3] Lk 24:26, 32, 44, 46; Ac 1:4; 2:16, 36; 3:22; 9:22; 13:26; 18:28; 1Co 15:3; Ga 3:1; 1Th 1:5.

where some believe, and others persecute him.

4 And 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.

[4] Pv 9:6; 13:20; So 1:7; 6:1; Zc 2:11; 8:20; Ac 2:41, 44; 4:23; 5:12; 13:43, 50; 14:1, 4; 15:22, 27, 32, 40; 16:3; 17:12, 17, 34; 18:4; 19:10; 21:28; 28:24; 2Co 6:17; 8:5.

5 ¶ But 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. 6 And 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; 7 Whom Jason hath received: and these all do contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, [one] Jesus. 8 And they troubled the people and the rulers of the city, when they heard these things. 9 And when they had taken security of Jason, and of the other, they let them go.

[5] Jg 9:4; Jb 30:1; Ps 35:15; 69:12; Pv 14:30; Is 26:11; Mt 27:18; Ac 7:9; 13:45; 14:2, 19; 17:7, 13; 18:12; 19:24, 40; Ro 16:21; 1Co 3:3; Ga 5:21, 26; Jm 4:5.
[6] Ex 3:8; 1K 18:17; Jr 38:2; Am 7:10; Lk 23:5; Ac 6:12; 16:19; 18:12; 21:28; 22:22; 24:5; 28:22.
[7] Ezr 4:12; Dn 3:12; 6:13; Lk 23:2; Jn 19:12; Ac 16:21; 25:8; 1P 2:15.
[8] Mt 2:3; Jn 11:48.

He is sent to Berea, and preacheth there.

10 ¶ And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming [thither] 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 those things were so. 12 Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few.

[10] Jsh 2:15; 1S 19:12; 20:42; Ac 9:25; 14:6; 17:2, 13, 14; 20:4; 23:23; 1Th 2:2.
[11] Jb 23:12; Ps 1:2; 119:97, 100, 148; Pv 1:5; 2:1; 8:10; 9:9; Is 8:20; 34:16; Jr 2:21; Mt 13:23; Lk 16:29; 24:44; Jn 1:45; 3:21; 5:39; Ac 2:41; 10:33; 11:1; 1Th 1:6; 2:13; 2Th 2:10; 2Ti 3:15; Jm 1:21; 1P 1:10; 2:2; 2P 1:19; 1Jn 4:5.
[12] Ps 25:8; Jn 1:45; 7:17; Ac 13:46, 50; 14:1; 17:2; 1Co 1:26; Ep 5:14; Jm 1:10, 21.

Being persecuted at Thessalonica,

13 But 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. 14 And then immediately the brethren sent away Paul to go as it were to the sea: but Silas and Timotheus abode there still.

[13] 1K 21:25; Pv 15:18; 28:25; Mt 23:13; Lk 12:51; Ac 6:12; 14:2; 17:5; 21:27; 1Th 2:14.
[14] Jsh 2:16; Mt 10:23; Ac 9:25, 30; 17:10; 19:22; 20:3; 1Ti 1:3; Tit 1:5.

he cometh to Athens, and disputeth, and preacheth the living God to them unknown,

15 And 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.

[15] Ac 18:1, 5; 1Th 3:1; 2Ti 4:10, 20; Tit 3:12.

16 ¶ Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry. 17 Therefore disputed he in the synagogue with the Jews, and with the devout persons, and in the market daily with them that met with him. 18 Then 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. 19 And they took him, and brought him unto Areopagus, saying, May we know what this new doctrine, whereof thou speakest, [is]? 20 For 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.)

[16] Ex 32:19; Nu 25:6; 1K 19:10, 14; Jb 32:2, 18; Ps 69:9; 119:136, 158; Jr 20:9; Mi 3:8; Mk 3:5; Jn 2:13; Ac 17:23; 2P 2:7.
[17] Pv 1:20; 8:1, 34; Jr 6:11; Mt 5:1; Mk 16:15; Lk 12:3; Ac 8:2; 10:2; 13:16; 14:1; 17:2; 2Ti 3:2, 5.
[18] Pv 23:9; 26:12; Mk 9:14; Lk 11:53; Ac 6:9; 17:31; 26:23; Ro 1:22; 14:9; 1Co 1:20; 3:18; 15:3; Col 2:8.
[19] Mt 10:18; Mk 1:27; Jn 13:34; Ac 17:20, 22; 24:24; 25:22; 26:1; 1Jn 2:7.
[20] Ho 8:12; Mt 19:23; Mk 9:10; 10:24; Jn 6:60; 7:35; Ac 2:12; 10:17; 1Co 1:18, 23; 2:14; He 5:11; 1P 4:4.
[21] Ep 5:16; Col 4:5; 2Th 3:11; 1Ti 5:13; 2Ti 2:16.

22 ¶ Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars' hill, and said, [Ye] men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious. 23 For 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. 24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; 25 Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; 26 And 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; 27 That 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: 28 For 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. 29 Forasmuch 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. 30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: 31 Because 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.

[22] Jr 10:2; 50:38; Ac 17:16, 19; 19:35; 25:19.
[23] Ps 50:21; 147:20; Mt 15:9; Jn 4:22; 8:54; 17:3, 25; Ac 17:30; Ro 1:20, 23, 28; 1Co 1:21; 8:5; 2Co 4:4; Ga 4:8; Ep 2:12; 2Th 2:4; 1Ti 1:17; 1Jn 5:20.
[24] Gn 14:19, 22; 1K 8:27; 2K 19:15; 2Ch 2:6; 6:18; Ps 24:1; 115:16; 146:5; 148:13; Is 40:12, 28; 45:18; 66:1; Jr 10:11; 23:24; 32:17; Dn 4:35; Zc 12:1; Mt 5:34; 11:25; Lk 10:21; Jn 1:1; 4:22; Ac 4:24; 7:48; 14:15; 17:26; He 1:2; 3:4; Rv 20:11.
[25] Gn 2:7; Nu 16:22; 27:16; Jb 12:10; 22:2; 27:3; 33:4; 34:14; 35:6; Ps 16:2; 50:8; 104:27; Is 42:5; 57:16; Jr 7:20; Am 5:21; Zc 12:1; Mt 5:45; 9:13; Ac 14:17; 17:28; Ro 11:35; 1Ti 6:17.
[26] Gn 3:20; 9:19; Dt 32:7; Jb 14:5; Ps 31:15; Is 14:31; 45:21; Dn 11:27, 35; Mal 2:10; Ac 15:18; Ro 5:12; 1Co 15:22, 47; He 2:3.
[27] 1K 8:27; Ps 19:1; 139:1; Jr 23:23; Ac 14:17; 15:17; Ro 1:20; 2:4.
[28] 1S 25:29; Jb 12:10; Ps 36:9; 66:9; Lk 3:38; 20:38; Jn 5:26; 11:25; Col 1:17; Tit 1:12; He 1:3; 12:9.
[29] Ex 20:4; 32:4; Ps 94:7; 106:20; 115:4; Is 40:12; 44:9; 46:5; Jr 10:4; Hab 2:19; Ro 1:20.
[30] Ps 50:21; Mt 3:2; 4:17; Mk 6:12; Lk 13:5; 15:10; 24:47; Ac 3:19; 11:18; 14:16; 20:21; 26:17; Ro 1:28; 2:4; 3:23, 25; 2Co 7:10; Ep 4:17; 5:6; Tit 2:11; 1P 1:14; 4:3.
[31] Mt 25:31; Lk 24:46; Jn 5:22; Ac 2:23, 32; 3:15; 4:10; 5:30; 10:39, 42; 13:30; 17:18; Ro 2:5, 16; 14:9; 1Co 4:5; 15:3; 2Co 5:10; 2Ti 4:1; 2P 3:7; Jde 1:14.

32 ¶ And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked: and others said, We will hear thee again of this [matter]. 33 So Paul departed from among them.

[32] Gn 19:14; 2Ch 30:9; 36:16; Lk 14:18; 22:63; 23:11, 36; Ac 2:13; 13:41; 17:18; 24:25; 25:19; 26:8, 24; 1Co 1:23; 4:10; 2Co 6:2; He 3:7; 11:36; 13:13.

whereby many are converted unto Christ.

34 Howbeit certain men clave unto him, and believed: among the which [was] Dionysius the Areopagite, and a woman named Damaris, and others with them.

[34] Is 55:10; Mt 20:16; Jn 7:48; 19:38; Ac 13:48; 17:4, 19; Ro 11:5; Php 4:22.


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