Paul preacheth at Thessalonica,
Acts 17:1 Nowe as they passed through Amphipolis, and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where was a Synagogue of the Iewes. Acts 17:2 And Paul, as his maner was, went in vnto them, and three Sabbath daies disputed with them by the Scriptures, Acts 17:3 Opening, & alleadging that Christ must haue suffered, and risen againe from the dead: and this is Iesus Christ, whom, said he, I preach to you.
where some believe, and others persecute him.
Acts 17:4 And some of them beleeued, and ioyned in companie with Paul and Silas: also of the Grecians that feared God a great multitude, and of the chiefe women not a fewe.
Acts 17:5 But the Iewes which beleeued not, mooued with enuie, tooke vnto them certaine vagabonds and wicked felowes, and whe they had assembled the multitude, they made a tumult in the citie, and made assault against the house of Iason, and sought to bring them out to the people. Acts 17:6 But when they found them not, they drew Iason & certaine brethren vnto the heads of the citie, crying, These are they which haue subuerted the state of the world, and here they are, Acts 17:7 Whom Iason hath receiued, and these all doe against the decrees of Cesar, saying that there is another King, one Iesus. Acts 17:8 Then they troubled the people, and the heads of the citie, when they heard these things. Acts 17:9 Notwithstanding when they had receiued sufficient assurance of Iason and of the other, they let them goe.
He is sent to Berea, and preacheth there.
Acts 17:10 And the brethren immediatly sent away Paul and Silas by night vnto Berea, which when they were come thither, entred into ye Synagogue of the Iewes. Acts 17:11 These were also more noble men then they which were at Thessalonica, which receiued the woorde with all readinesse, and searched the Scriptures daily, whether those things were so. Acts 17:12 Therefore many of them beleeued, and of honest women, which were Grecians, and men not a fewe.
Being persecuted at Thessalonica,
Acts 17:13 But when the Iewes of Thessalonica knewe, that the woord of God was also preached of Paul at Berea, they came thither also, & mooued the people. Acts 17:14 But by and by the brethren sent away Paul to goe as it were to the sea: but Silas and Timotheus abode there still.
he cometh to Athens, and disputeth, and preacheth the living God to them unknown,
Acts 17:15 And they that did conduct Paul, brought him vnto Athens: and when they had receiued a commaundement vnto Silas and Timotheus that they shoulde come to him at once, they departed.
Acts 17:16 Nowe while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirite was stirred in him, when hee sawe the citie subiect to idolatrie. Acts 17:17 Therefore he disputed in the Synagogue with the Iewes, and with them that were religious, and in the market daily with whomesoeuer he met. Acts 17:18 Then certaine Philosophers of the Epicures, and of the Stoickes, disputed with him, and some sayde, What will this babler say? Others sayde, He seemeth to be a setter forth of straunge gods (because hee preached vnto them Iesus, and the resurrection.) Acts 17:19 And they tooke him, and brought him into Mars streete, saying, May we not know, what this newe doctrine, whereof thou speakest, is? Acts 17:20 For thou bringest certaine strange thinges vnto our eares: we woulde knowe therefore, what these things meane. Acts 17:21 For all the Athenians, and strangers which dwelt there, gaue them selues to nothing els, but either to tell, or to heare some newes.
Acts 17:22 Then Paul stoode in the mids of Mars streete, and sayde, Yee men of Athens, I perceiue that in all things yee are too superstitious. Acts 17:23 For as I passed by, and behelde your deuotions, I founde an altar wherein was written, Vnto The Vnknowen God. Whome yee then ignorantly worship, him shewe I vnto you. Acts 17:24 God that made the worlde, and all things that are therein, seeing that he is Lorde of heaue and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands, Acts 17:25 Neither is worshipped with mens handes, as though he needed any thing, seeing hee giueth to all life and breath and all things, Acts 17:26 And hath made of one blood all mankinde, to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath assigned the seasons which were ordeined before, and the boundes of their habitation, Acts 17:27 That they shoulde seeke the Lorde, if so be they might haue groped after him, and founde him though doubtlesse he be not farre from euery one of vs. Acts 17:28 For in him we liue, and mooue, and haue our being, as also certaine of your owne Poets haue sayd, for we are also his generation. Acts 17:29 Forasmuch then, as we are the generation of God, we ought not to thinke that ye Godhead is like vnto gold, or siluer, or stone grauen by arte and the inuention of man. Acts 17:30 And the time of this ignorance God regarded not: but nowe hee admonisheth all men euery where to repent, Acts 17:31 Because hee hath appoynted a day in the which he wil iudge the world in righteousnes, by that man whome hee hath appoynted, whereof he hath giuen an assurance to all men, in that hee hath raised him from the dead.
Acts 17:32 Now when they heard of the resurrection from the dead, some mocked, and other sayde, We will heare thee againe of this thing. Acts 17:33 And so Paul departed from among them.
whereby many are converted unto Christ.
Acts 17:34 Howbeit certaine men claue vnto Paul, and beleeued: among whome was also Denys Areopagita, and a woman named Damaris, and other with them.