Acts 17:16–34

16 *kNow while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred in him, when he saw the city ||wholly given to idolatry. 17 Therefore ldisputed he min the synagogue with the Jews, and with the ndevout persons, and in the market daily with them that met with him. 18 Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and of the Stoicks, encountered him. And some said, What will this ||babbler say? other some, He seemeth to be a setter forth of strange gods: because ohe preached unto them Jesus, and pthe resurrection. 19 And they took him, and brought him unto ||Areopagus, saying, May we know what this new doctrine, whereof thou speakest, is? 20 For thou bringest certain strange things to our ears: we would know therefore what these things mean. 21 (For all the Athenians and qstrangers which were there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing.) 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 rsuperstitious. 23 For as I passed by, and beheld your ||devotions, I found an altar with this sinscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, thim declare I unto you. 24 uGod that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is xLord of heaven and earth, ydwelleth not in temples zmade with hands; 25 Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, aas though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all blife, and breath, and all things; 26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath cdetermined the times before appointed, and dthe bounds of their habitation; 27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, ethough he be not far from every one of us: 28 For fin him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of gyour own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. 29 Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, hwe ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device. 30 And the times of this ignorance God iwinked at; but know commandeth all men every where to repent: 31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which lhe will judge mthe world in righteousness by that man whom he hath cordained; whereof he ||hath given assurance unto all men, in that nhe hath raised him from the dead.

32 And when they heard of othe resurrection of the dead, some mocked: and others said, pWe will hear thee again of this matter. 33 So Paul departed from among them. 34 Howbeit certain men clave unto him, and believed: among the which was Dionysius the qAreopagite, and a woman named Damaris, and others with them.

Read more