Modern Literal Version
[Acts 17]




     {52 AD. Thessalonica, Berea. Preaching in Macedonia.}



     17:1 Now having traveled through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was the synagogue of the Jews. 17:2 Now according to his custom, Paul entered to them and upon three Sabbath days reasoned with them from the Scriptures, 17:3 opening and placing beforethem that it was essential for the Christ to have suffered and to have risen* up from the dead, and that this Jesus, whom I am proclaiming to youĎ, is the Christ. 17:4 And some of them obeyed and adhered to Paul and Silas and a large multitude of the pious Greeks, and not just a few of the foremost women.



     17:5 But the disobedient Jews took for themselves some evil men from among the market-loafers, and having amassed a crowd, the city was in an uproar, and standing against the house of Jason, they were seeking to lead them into the public court. 17:6 Now when* they did not find them, they were dragging Jason and some brethren in front of the city rulers, crying, These men who have unsettled the inhabited-earth are also presently here; 17:7 whom Jason has accepted and all these practice thingsadverse to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is a different king, a Jesus. 17:8 Now hearing these things, they disturbed the crowd and city rulers, 17:9 and having taken sufficient money from Jason and the rest, they released them.




     17:10 Now the brethren immediately sent out both Paul and Silas through the night to Berea, who, when* they came there, went into the synagogue of the Jews. 17:11 Now these Jews were more noblethan those in Thessalonica, in that they accepted the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily, to see if these things were so. 17:12 Therefore indeed, many out of them believed; also not just a few of the prominent Greek women and men. 17:13 Now as the Jews of Thessalonica knew that the word of God was also proclaimed by Paul in Berea, they also went there, shaking up the crowds. 17:14 Now the brethren then immediately sent Paul forth to travel as far as to the sea, but both Silas and Timothy were remaining back there.




     {52-53 AD. Paul at Athens, Greece.}



     17:15 But those standing over Paul led him to Athens. And taking a commandment to Silas and Timothy in order that they might come to him as quickly as possible, they went out there.




     17:16 Now while Paul is waiting for them in Athens, the spirit was being irritated in him, whileviewing the idol ridden city. 17:17 Therefore indeed, he was reasoning in the synagogue with the Jews and the pious ones, and in the marketplace every day with those who chanced upon him. 17:18 Now also some of the Epicureans and Stoic philosophers were encountering* him and some were saying, Whatever does this babbler wish to say?



     Some said, He seems to be a proclaimer of strange demons {i.e. gods to the Greeks}, because he is proclaiming the good-news of Jesus and the resurrection.



     17:19 And they grabbed him and led him to the Areopagus, saying, Are we able to know what this new teaching is, which is spoken by you? 17:20 For* you are bringing some surprising things to our ears. Therefore, we plan to know what these things might wish to be {i.e. mean}. 17:21 (Now all from Athens and the inhabiting strangers had leisure time *for nothing other than to tell and to hear something new.)



     17:22 Now Paul stood in the middle of the Areopagus and was saying, Men of Athens, I view that youĎ are like religious according to all things. 17:23 For*while going through the city and reviewing yourĎ worshiped objects, I also found an altar in which had been written, To An Unknown God. Therefore I am proclaiming to youĎ, who are ignorant, this one to whom youĎ are devout. 17:24 The God, who made* the world and all things in it, this one being* Lord of heaven and earth, is not dwelling in temples made* with hands; 17:25 nor is he assisted by men's hands, as if needy of anything, he is giving to all, life and breath in all things. 17:26 And he made* of one blood every nation of men to dwell upon all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed seasons and the borders of their residence; 17:27that they are to seek the Lord, if then, they might yet grope after him and might find him, for-sure, he is*{Or: exists} not far from each one of us. 17:28 For* we live and move and are in him; as some also, according to yourĎ own poets, have said, For* we are also his offspring.{Possible reference to a Stoic poet, Aratus of Soli in Cilicia 270BC or Epimendes 600BC.}17:29 Therefore being*the offspring of God, we ought not to suppose that God is similar to gold or silver or stone, or a carved thing from a craft and the contemplation of man. 17:30 Therefore indeed, God overlooked the times of ignorance. Hereafter, he is commanding all men everywhere to repent; 17:31 because he has established a future day in which to judge the inhabited-earth in righteousness in the man whom he has determined beforehand; having provided the faith to all, by having raised* him from the dead.



     17:32 Now when* they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some were sneering, but some said, We will hear you concerning this again. 17:33 And so Paul went out from the midst of them. 17:34 But some men, having joined themselves to him, believed; among whom was also Dionysius the Areopagite and a woman, Damaris by name, and others together with them.





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