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17:1 Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews.
17:3 explaining and demonstrating that the Christ had to suffer, and to rise again from the dead, and saying, "This Jesus, whom I proclaim to you, is the Christ."
17:5 But the disobedient Jews gathered some wicked men from the marketplace, and gathering a crowd, set the city in an uproar. Assaulting the house of Jason, they sought to bring them forth to the people.
17:6 When they didn`t find them, they dragged Jason and certain brothers before the rulers of the city, crying, "These who have turned the world upside down have come here also,
17:7 whom Jason has received. These all act contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, Jesus!"
17:8 The multitude and the rulers of the city were troubled when they heard these things.
17:9 When they had taken security from Jason and the rest, they let them go.
17:14 Then the brothers immediately sent forth Paul to go as far as to the sea, and Silas and Timothy still stayed there.
17:17 So he reasoned in the synagogue with Jews and the devout persons, and in the marketplace every day with those who met him.
17:18 Some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers also encountered him. Some said, "What does this babbler want to say?" Others said, "He seems to be advocating foreign demons," because he preached Jesus and the resurrection.
17:19 They took hold of him, and brought him to the Areopagus, saying, "May we know what this new teaching is, which is spoken by you?
17:20 For you bring certain strange things to our ears. We want to know therefore what these things mean."
17:23 For as I passed along, and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription: `TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.` What therefore you worship in ignorance, this I announce to you.
17:24 The God who made the world and all things in it, he, being Lord of heaven and earth, dwells not in temples made with hands,
17:25 neither is he served by men`s hands, as though he needed anything, seeing he himself gives to all life and breath, and all things.
17:26 He made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the surface of the earth, having determined appointed seasons, and the bounds of their habitation,
17:27 that they should seek the Lord, if perhaps they might reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.
17:28 `For in him we live, and move, and have our being.` As some of your own poets have said, `For we are also his offspring.`
17:31 because he has appointed a day in which he will judge the world in righteousness by the man whom he has ordained; whereof he has given assurance to all men, in that he has raised him from the dead."
17:32 Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked; but others said, "We want to hear you yet again concerning this."
17:33 Thus Paul went out from among them.