Paul preacheth at Thessalonica,
Acts 17:1 Now when they had passed through Amphipolis, and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where was a synagogue of the Jews. Acts 17:2 And Paul, as his manner was, went in to them, and on three sabbaths reasoned with them out of the scriptures, Acts 17:3 Opening and alledging, that it was needful that Christ should suffer, and rise again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach to you, is Christ.
where some believe, and others persecute him.
Acts 17:4 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.
Acts 17:5 But the Jews who believed not, moved with envy, took to them certain vile fellows of the baser sort, and gathered a company, and set all the city in an uproar, and assaulted the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people. Acts 17:6 And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren to the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down, have come hither also; Acts 17:7 Whom Jason hath received: and these all do contrary to the decrees of Cesar, saying, That there is another king, [one] Jesus. Acts 17:8 And they troubled the people, and the rulers of the city, when they heard these things. Acts 17:9 And when they had taken security of Jason and of the other, they let them go.
He is sent to Berea, and preacheth there.
Acts 17:10 And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night to Berea: who coming [thither], went into the synagogue of the Jews. Acts 17:11 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. Acts 17:12 Therefore many of them believed; also of honorable women who were Greeks, and of men not a few.
Being persecuted at Thessalonica,
Acts 17:13 But when the Jews of Thessalonica had knowledge that the word of God was preached by Paul at Berea, they came thither also, and stirred up the people. Acts 17:14 And then immediately the brethren sent away Paul, to go as it were to the sea: but Silas and Timothy abode there still.
he cometh to Athens, and disputeth, and preacheth the living God to them unknown,
Acts 17:15 And they that conducted Paul brought him to Athens: and receiving a commandment to Silas and Timothy to come to him with all speed, they departed.
Acts 17:16 Now, while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry. Acts 17:17 Therefore he disputed in the synagogue with the Jews, and with the devout persons, and in the market daily with them that met with him. Acts 17:18 Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and of the Stoics, encountered him. And some said, What will this babbler say? some others, He seemeth to be a setter-forth of strange gods: because he preached to them Jesus, and the resurrection. Acts 17:19 And they took him, and brought him to Areopagus, saying, May we know what this new doctrine [is], of which thou speakest? Acts 17:20 For thou bringest certain strange things to our ears; we would know therefore what these things mean. Acts 17:21 (For all the Athenians and strangers who were there, spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing.)
Acts 17:22 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. Acts 17:23 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 to you. Acts 17:24 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; Acts 17:25 Neither is worshiped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; Acts 17:26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; Acts 17:27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he is not far from every one of us: Acts 17:28 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. Acts 17:29 Being then the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like to gold, or silver, or stone graven by art and man's device. Acts 17:30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: Acts 17:31 Because he hath appointed a day, in which he will judge the world in righteousness, by [that] man whom he hath ordained: [of which] he hath given assurance to all [men], in that he hath raised him from the dead.
Acts 17:32 And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked: and others said, We will hear thee again concerning this [matter]. Acts 17:33 So Paul departed from among them.
whereby many are converted unto Christ.
Acts 17:34 But certain men adhered to him, and believed: among whom [was] Dionysius the Areopagite, and a woman named Damaris, and others with them.