17 When Paul and his companions had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica,z where there was a Jewish synagogue. 2 As was his custom, Paul went into the synagogue,a and on three Sabbathb days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures,c 3 explaining and proving that the Messiah had to sufferd and rise from the dead.e “This Jesus I am proclaiming to you is the Messiah,”f he said. 4 Some of the Jews were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas,g as did a large number of God-fearing Greeks and quite a few prominent women.
5 But other Jews were jealous; so they rounded up some bad characters from the marketplace, formed a mob and started a riot in the city.h They rushed to Jason’si house in search of Paul and Silas in order to bring them out to the crowd.a 6 But when they did not find them, they draggedj Jason and some other believersk before the city officials, shouting: “These men who have caused trouble all over the worldl have now come here,m 7 and Jason has welcomed them into his house. They are all defying Caesar’s decrees, saying that there is another king, one called Jesus.”n 8 When they heard this, the crowd and the city officials were thrown into turmoil. 9 Then they made Jasono and the others post bond and let them go.
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