17:1 Now when they had passed through Amphip'olis and Apollo'nia, they came to Thessaloni'ca, where there was a synagogue of the Jews.
17:1 After Paul and Silas had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews.

17:2 And Paul went in, as was his custom, and for three weeks he argued with them from the scriptures,
17:2 And Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three sabbath days argued with them from the scriptures,

17:3 explaining and proving that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead, and saying, "This Jesus, whom I proclaim to you, is the Christ."
17:3 explaining and proving that it was necessary for the Messiah to suffer and to rise from the dead, and saying, "This is the Messiah, Jesus whom I am proclaiming to you."

17:4 And some of them were persuaded, and joined Paul and Silas; as did a great many of the devout Greeks and not a few of the leading women.
17:4 Some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a great many of the devout Greeks and not a few of the leading women.

17:5 But the Jews were jealous, and taking some wicked fellows of the rabble, they gathered a crowd, set the city in an uproar, and attacked the house of Jason, seeking to bring them out to the people.
17:5 But the Jews became jealous, and with the help of some ruffians in the marketplaces they formed a mob and set the city in an uproar. While they were searching for Paul and Silas to bring them out to the assembly, they attacked Jason's house.

17:6 And when they could not find them, they dragged Jason and some of the brethren before the city authorities, crying, "These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also,
17:6 When they could not find them, they dragged Jason and some believers before the city authorities, shouting, "These people who have been turning the world upside down have come here also,

17:7 and Jason has received them; and they are all acting against the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, Jesus."
17:7 and Jason has entertained them as guests. They are all acting contrary to the decrees of the emperor, saying that there is another king named Jesus."

17:8 And the people and the city authorities were disturbed when they heard this.
17:8 The people and the city officials were disturbed when they heard this,

17:9 And when they had taken security from Jason and the rest, they let them go.
17:9 and after they had taken bail from Jason and the others, they let them go.

17:10 The brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Beroe'a; and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue.
17:10 That very night the believers sent Paul and Silas off to Beroea; and when they arrived, they went to the Jewish synagogue.

17:11 Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessaloni'ca, for they received the word with all eagerness, examining the scriptures daily to see if these things were so.
17:11 These Jews were more receptive than those in Thessalonica, for they welcomed the message very eagerly and examined the scriptures every day to see whether these things were so.

17:12 Many of them therefore believed, with not a few Greek women of high standing as well as men.
17:12 Many of them therefore believed, including not a few Greek women and men of high standing.

17:13 But when the Jews of Thessaloni'ca learned that the word of God was proclaimed by Paul at Beroe'a also, they came there too, stirring up and inciting the crowds.
17:13 But when the Jews of Thessalonica learned that the word of God had been proclaimed by Paul in Beroea as well, they came there too, to stir up and incite the crowds.

17:14 Then the brethren immediately sent Paul off on his way to the sea, but Silas and Timothy remained there.
17:14 Then the believers immediately sent Paul away to the coast, but Silas and Timothy remained behind.

17:15 Those who conducted Paul brought him as far as Athens; and receiving a command for Silas and Timothy to come to him as soon as possible, they departed.
17:15 Those who conducted Paul brought him as far as Athens; and after receiving instructions to have Silas and Timothy join him as soon as possible, they left him.

17:16 Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him as he saw that the city was full of idols.
17:16 While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was deeply distressed to see that the city was full of idols.

17:17 So he argued in the synagogue with the Jews and the devout persons, and in the market place every day with those who chanced to be there.
17:17 So he argued in the synagogue with the Jews and the devout persons, and also in the marketplace every day with those who happened to be there.

17:18 Some also of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers met him. And some said, "What would this babbler say?" Others said, "He seems to be a preacher of foreign divinities" -- because he preached Jesus and the resurrection.
17:18 Also some Epicurean and Stoic philosophers debated with him. Some said, "What does this babbler want to say?" Others said, "He seems to be a proclaimer of foreign divinities." (This was because he was telling the good news about Jesus and the resurrection.)

17:19 And they took hold of him and brought him to the Are-op'agus, saying, "May we know what this new teaching is which you present?
17:19 So they took him and brought him to the Areopagus and asked him, "May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting?

17:20 For you bring some strange things to our ears; we wish to know therefore what these things mean."
17:20 It sounds rather strange to us, so we would like to know what it means."

17:21 Now all the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there spent their time in nothing except telling or hearing something new.
17:21 Now all the Athenians and the foreigners living there would spend their time in nothing but telling or hearing something new.

17:22 So Paul, standing in the middle of the Are-op'agus, said: "Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious.
17:22 Then Paul stood in front of the Areopagus and said, "Athenians, I see how extremely religious you are in every way.

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 as unknown, this I proclaim to you.
17:23 For as I went through the city and looked carefully at the objects of your worship, I found among them an altar with the inscription, 'To an unknown god.' What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you.

17:24 The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by man,
17:24 The God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands,

17:25 nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all men life and breath and everything.
17:25 nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mortals life and breath and all things.

17:26 And he made from one every nation of men to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their habitation,
17:26 From one ancestor he made all nations to inhabit the whole earth, and he allotted the times of their existence and the boundaries of the places where they would live,

17:27 that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel after him and find him. Yet he is not far from each one of us,
17:27 so that they would search for God and perhaps grope for him and find him--though indeed he is not far from each one of us.

17:28 for `In him we live and move and have our being'; as even some of your poets have said, `For we are indeed his offspring.'
17:28 For 'In him we live and move and have our being'; as even some of your own poets have said, 'For we too are his offspring.'

17:29 Being then God's offspring, we ought not to think that the Deity is like gold, or silver, or stone, a representation by the art and imagination of man.
17:29 Since we are God's offspring, we ought not to think that the deity is like gold, or silver, or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of mortals.

17:30 The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all men everywhere to repent,
17:30 While God has overlooked the times of human ignorance, now he commands all people everywhere to repent,

17:31 because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and of this he has given assurance to all men by raising him from the dead."
17:31 because he has fixed a day on which he will have the world judged in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead."

17:32 Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked; but others said, "We will hear you again about this."
17:32 When they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some scoffed; but others said, "We will hear you again about this."

17:33 So Paul went out from among them.
17:33 At that point Paul left them.

17:34 But some men joined him and believed, among them Dionys'ius the Are-op'agite and a woman named Dam'aris and others with them.
17:34 But some of them joined him and became believers, including Dionysius the Areopagite and a woman named Damaris, and others with them.