Paul preacheth at Thessalonica,
Acts 17:1 As they made theyr iorney thorowe Amphipolis, and Appolonia, they came to Thessalonica, where was a synagoge of þe Iewes. Acts 17:2 And Paule as his maner was, went in vnto them, and thre Saboth dayes declared oute of the scripture vnto them, Acts 17:3 openynge and aledgynge that Christe muste nedes haue suffered and rysen agayne from death, and that thys Iesus was Christe, whom (sayed he) I preache to you.
where some believe, and others persecute him.
Acts 17:4 And some of them beleued and came, and compayned with Paul and Sylas: also of the honorable Grekes a greate multytude, and of the chief women not a fewe.
Acts 17:5 But the Iewes which beleued not, hauing indignacyon, toke vnto them euyl men which were vagabondes, and gathered a companie, and set all the citie on a rore, and made asaulte vnto the house of Iason, and sought to bryng them out to the people. Acts 17:6 But when they found them not, they drue Iason and certayne brethren vnto the heades of the citie, criynge: these that trouble the worlde are come hyther also, Acts 17:7 which Iason hath receyued pryuely. And these all do contrary to the decrees of Cesar, affyrmyng another kynge, one Iesus. Acts 17:8 And they troubled the people and the officers of the citie, when they hearde these thynges. Acts 17:9 And when they were suffyciently aunswered of Iason, and of the other, they let them go.
He is sent to Berea, and preacheth there.
Acts 17:10 And the brethren immediatly sente awaye Paule and Sylas by nyghte vnto Berrea. Whiche when they were come thyther, they entred into the synagoge of the Iewes. Acts 17:11 These were the noblest of byrthe among them of Thessalonia whiche receyued the worde with al diligence of mynde, and searched the scriptures daylye whether those thynges were euen so. Acts 17:12 And many of them beleued: also of worshipfull women which were Grekes, and of men not a feawe.
Being persecuted at Thessalonica,
Acts 17:13 When the Iewes of Thessalonia had knowledge that the worde of GOD was preached of Paul at Berrea, they came and moued the people there. Acts 17:14 And then by and by the brethren sente awaye Paule to go as it were to the sea: but Sylas and Timotheus abode there styll.
he cometh to Athens, and disputeth, and preacheth the living God to them unknown,
Acts 17:15 And they that gyded Paule brought hym vnto Athens, and receyued a commaundement vnto Sylas & Timotheus for to come to hym at once and came theyr waye.
Acts 17:16 Whyle Paule wayted for them at Athens, hys spirite was moued in hym, to se the cytye geuen to worshyppynge of ymages: Acts 17:17 Then he disputed in the synagoge with the Iewes, and with the deuoute persones and in þe market daylye with them that came vnto hym. Acts 17:18 Certayne Philosophers of the Epicures and of the Stoickes, disputed with him. And some there were, whiche sayed. What wyll this babler saye? Other said he semeth to be a tydynges brynger of newe deuyls, because he preached vnto them Iesus and the resurreccyon. Acts 17:19 And they toke hym, and broughte hym into Marsestrete, saiynge: maye we not knowe what thys newe doctrine whereof thou speakest is? Acts 17:20 For thou bryngest straung tydynges to oure eares. We woulde knowe therfore what these thynges meane. Acts 17:21 For all the Athenians and straungers which were there, gaue them selues nothynge els, but eyther to tell or to heare newe tydynges.
Acts 17:22 Paule rode in the myddes of Marsestrete, and sayd: Ye men of Athens I perceyue that in all thynges ye are to supersticyous. Acts 17:23 For as I passed by, and behelde the master, howe ye worshyppe youre Goddes, I founde an Altare wherein was wrytten: vnto the vnknowen God. Whom ye then ignorauntelye worshyppe hym, shew I vnto you. Acts 17:24 God that made the worlde, and all that are in it, seynge that he is Lorde of heauen and earth, he dwelleth not in temples made with handes, neyther is worshypped wt mennes handes, Acts 17:25 as though he neded of any thing seynge he hym selfe geueth lyfe and brethe to al men euerye where, Acts 17:26 and hath made of one bloude all nacyons of men, for to dwell on al the face of the earth, and hath assygned before howe longe tyme, and also the endes of theyr inhabitacyon, Acts 17:27 that they shoulde seke God, yf they myght fele and fynde hym though he be not far from euerye one of vs. Acts 17:28 For in him we lyue, moue, and haue our beyng, as certayne of your own Poetes sayd. For we are also hys generacion. Acts 17:29 For as muche then as we are the generacyon of God, we ought not to thinke that the God hede is lyke vnto golde, syluer, or stone grauen by crafte and ymagynacyon of man. Acts 17:30 And the tyme of thys ignoraunce God regarded not. But now he byddeth all men euerye where repent, Acts 17:31 because he hath appoynted a daye, in the whiche he will iudge the world accordynge to ryghteousnes, by that man whom he hath apoynted, and hath offered fayth to all men, after that he had raysed hym from death.
Acts 17:32 When they hearde of the resurreccion from death, some mocked, and other sayd: we wyll heare the agayne of thys matter, Acts 17:33 So Paul departed from amonge them.
whereby many are converted unto Christ.
Acts 17:34 Howbeit certayne men claue vnto Paule, and beleued, amonge the which was Dionisius a senatoure, and a woman named Damaris and other wyth them.