17 After they traveled through 1 Amphipolis 2 and Apollonia, 3 they came to Thessalonica, 4 where there was a Jewish synagogue. 5 2 Paul went to the Jews in the synagogue, 6 as he customarily did, and on three Sabbath days he addressed 7 them from the scriptures, 3 explaining and demonstrating 8 that the Christ 9 had to suffer and to rise from the dead, 10 saying, 11 “This Jesus I am proclaiming to you is the Christ.” 12 4 Some of them were persuaded 13 and joined Paul and Silas, along with a large group 14 of God-fearing Greeks 15 and quite a few 16 prominent women. 5 But the Jews became jealous, 17 and gathering together some worthless men from the rabble in the marketplace, 18 they formed a mob 19 and set the city in an uproar. 20 They attacked Jason’s house, 21 trying to find Paul and Silas 22 to bring them out to the assembly. 23 6 When they did not find them, they dragged 24 Jason and some of the brothers before the city officials, 25 screaming, “These people who have stirred up trouble 26 throughout the world 27 have come here too, 7 and 28 Jason has welcomed them as guests! They 29 are all acting against Caesar’s 30 decrees, saying there is another king named 31 Jesus!” 32 8 They caused confusion among 33 the crowd and the city officials 34 who heard these things. 9 After 35 the city officials 36 had received bail 37 from Jason and the others, they released them.
10 The brothers sent Paul and Silas off to Berea 38 at once, during the night. When they arrived, 39 they went to the Jewish synagogue. 40 11 These Jews 41 were more open-minded 42 than those in Thessalonica, 43 for they eagerly 44 received 45 the message, examining 46 the scriptures carefully every day 47 to see if these things were so. 12 Therefore many of them believed, along with quite a few 48 prominent 49 Greek women and men. 13 But when the Jews from Thessalonica 50 heard that Paul had also proclaimed the word of God 51 in Berea, 52 they came there too, inciting 53 and disturbing 54 the crowds. 14 Then the brothers sent Paul away to the coast 55 at once, but Silas and Timothy remained in Berea. 56 15 Those who accompanied Paul escorted him as far as Athens, 57 and after receiving an order for Silas and Timothy to come to him as soon as possible, they left. 58
16 While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, 59 his spirit was greatly upset 60 because he saw 61 the city was full of idols. 17 So he was addressing 62 the Jews and the God-fearing Gentiles 63 in the synagogue, 64 and in the marketplace every day 65 those who happened to be there. 18 Also some of the Epicurean 66 and Stoic 67 philosophers were conversing 68 with him, and some were asking, 69 “What does this foolish babbler 70 want to say?” Others said, “He seems to be a proclaimer of foreign gods.” 71 (They said this because he was proclaiming the good news about Jesus and the resurrection.) 72 19 So they took Paul and 73 brought him to the Areopagus, 74 saying, “May we know what this new teaching is that you are proclaiming? 20 For you are bringing some surprising things 75 to our ears, so we want to know what they 76 mean.” 21 (All the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there used to spend their time 77 in nothing else than telling 78 or listening to something new.) 79
22 So Paul stood 80 before the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I see that you are very religious 81 in all respects. 82 23 For as I went around and observed closely your objects of worship, 83 I even found an altar with this inscription: 84 ‘To an unknown god.’ Therefore what you worship without knowing it, 85 this I proclaim to you. 24 The God who made the world and everything in it, 86 who is 87 Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by human hands, 88 25 nor is he served by human hands, as if he needed anything, 89 because he himself gives life and breath and everything to everyone. 90 26 From one man 91 he made every nation of the human race 92 to inhabit the entire earth, 93 determining their set times 94 and the fixed limits of the places where they would live, 95 27 so that they would search for God and perhaps grope around 96 for him and find him, 97 though he is 98 not far from each one of us. 28 For in him we live and move about 99 and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we too are his offspring.’ 100 29 So since we are God’s offspring, we should not think the deity 101 is like gold or silver or stone, an image 102 made by human 103 skill 104 and imagination. 105 30 Therefore, although God has overlooked 106 such times of ignorance, 107 he now commands all people 108 everywhere to repent, 109 31 because he has set 110 a day on which he is going to judge the world 111 in righteousness, by a man whom he designated, 112 having provided proof to everyone by raising 113 him from the dead.”
32 Now when they heard about 114 the resurrection from the dead, some began to scoff, 115 but others said, “We will hear you again about this.” 33 So Paul left the Areopagus. 116 34 But some people 117 joined him 118 and believed. Among them 119 were Dionysius, who was a member of the Areopagus, 120 a woman 121 named Damaris, and others with them.
18 After this 1 Paul 2 departed from 3 Athens 4 and went to Corinth. 5 2 There he 6 found 7 a Jew named Aquila, 8 a native of Pontus, 9 who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius 10 had ordered all the Jews to depart from 11 Rome. 12 Paul approached 13 them, 3 and because he worked at the same trade, he stayed with them and worked with them 14 (for they were tentmakers 15 by trade). 16 4 He addressed 17 both Jews and Greeks in the synagogue 18 every Sabbath, attempting to persuade 19 them.
5 Now when Silas and Timothy arrived 20 from Macedonia, 21 Paul became wholly absorbed with proclaiming 22 the word, testifying 23 to the Jews that Jesus was the Christ. 24 6 When they opposed him 25 and reviled him, 26 he protested by shaking out his clothes 27 and said to them, “Your blood 28 be on your own heads! I am guiltless! 29 From now on I will go to the Gentiles!” 7 Then Paul 30 left 31 the synagogue 32 and went to the house of a person named Titius Justus, a Gentile who worshiped God, 33 whose house was next door to the synagogue. 8 Crispus, the president of the synagogue, 34 believed in the Lord together with his entire household, and many of the Corinthians who heard about it 35 believed and were baptized. 9 The Lord said to Paul by a vision 36 in the night, 37 “Do not be afraid, 38 but speak and do not be silent, 10 because I am with you, and no one will assault 39 you to harm 40 you, because I have many people in this city.” 11 So he stayed there 41 a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them. 42
12 Now while Gallio 43 was proconsul 44 of Achaia, 45 the Jews attacked Paul together 46 and brought him before the judgment seat, 47 13 saying, “This man is persuading 48 people to worship God in a way contrary to 49 the law!” 14 But just as Paul was about to speak, 50 Gallio said to the Jews, “If it were a matter of some crime or serious piece of villainy, 51 I would have been justified in accepting the complaint 52 of you Jews, 53 15 but since it concerns points of disagreement 54 about words and names and your own law, settle 55 it yourselves. I will not be 56 a judge of these things!” 16 Then he had them forced away 57 from the judgment seat. 58 17 So they all seized Sosthenes, the president of the synagogue, 59 and began to beat 60 him in front of the judgment seat. 61 Yet none of these things were of any concern 62 to Gallio.
18 Paul, after staying 63 many more days in Corinth, 64 said farewell to 65 the brothers and sailed away to Syria accompanied by 66 Priscilla and Aquila. 67 He 68 had his hair cut off 69 at Cenchrea 70 because he had made a vow. 71 19 When they reached Ephesus, 72 Paul 73 left Priscilla and Aquila 74 behind there, but he himself went 75 into the synagogue 76 and addressed 77 the Jews. 20 When they asked him to stay longer, he would not consent, 78 21 but said farewell to 79 them and added, 80 “I will come back 81 to you again if God wills.” 82 Then 83 he set sail from Ephesus, 22 and when he arrived 84 at Caesarea, 85 he went up and greeted 86 the church at Jerusalem 87 and then went down to Antioch. 88 23 After he spent 89 some time there, Paul left and went through the region of Galatia 90 and Phrygia, 91 strengthening all the disciples.
24 Now a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, arrived in Ephesus. 92 He was an eloquent speaker, 93 well-versed 94 in the scriptures. 25 He had been instructed in 95 the way of the Lord, and with great enthusiasm 96 he spoke and taught accurately the facts 97 about Jesus, although he knew 98 only the baptism of John. 26 He began to speak out fearlessly 99 in the synagogue, 100 but when Priscilla and Aquila 101 heard him, they took him aside 102 and explained the way of God to him more accurately. 27 When Apollos 103 wanted to cross over to Achaia, 104 the brothers encouraged 105 him 106 and wrote to the disciples to welcome him. When he arrived, he 107 assisted greatly those who had believed by grace, 28 for he refuted the Jews vigorously 108 in public debate, 109 demonstrating from the scriptures that the Christ 110 was Jesus. 111
19 While 1 Apollos was in Corinth, 2 Paul went through the inland 3 regions 4 and came to Ephesus. 5 He 6 found some disciples there 7 2 and said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” 8 They replied, 9 “No, we have not even 10 heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” 3 So Paul 11 said, “Into what then were you baptized?” “Into John’s baptism,” they replied. 12 4 Paul said, “John baptized with a baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, 13 that is, in Jesus.” 5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus, 6 and when Paul placed 14 his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came 15 upon them, and they began to speak 16 in tongues and to prophesy. 17 7 (Now there were about twelve men in all.) 18
8 So Paul 19 entered 20 the synagogue 21 and spoke out fearlessly 22 for three months, addressing 23 and convincing 24 them about the kingdom of God. 25 9 But when 26 some were stubborn 27 and refused to believe, reviling 28 the Way 29 before the congregation, he left 30 them and took the disciples with him, 31 addressing 32 them every day 33 in the lecture hall 34 of Tyrannus. 10 This went on for two years, so that all who lived in the province of Asia, 35 both Jews and Greeks, heard the word of the Lord. 36
11 God was performing extraordinary 37 miracles by Paul’s hands, 12 so that when even handkerchiefs or aprons that had touched his body 38 were brought 39 to the sick, their diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them. 40 13 But some itinerant 41 Jewish exorcists tried to invoke the name 42 of the Lord Jesus over those who were possessed by 43 evil spirits, saying, “I sternly warn 44 you by Jesus whom Paul preaches.” 14 (Now seven sons of a man named 45 Sceva, a Jewish high priest, were doing this.) 46 15 But the evil spirit replied to them, 47 “I know about Jesus 48 and I am acquainted with 49 Paul, but who are you?” 50 16 Then the man who was possessed by 51 the evil spirit jumped on 52 them and beat them all into submission. 53 He prevailed 54 against them so that they fled from that house naked and wounded. 17 This became known to all who lived in Ephesus, 55 both Jews and Greeks; fear came over 56 them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was praised. 57 18 Many of those who had believed came forward, 58 confessing and making their deeds known. 59 19 Large numbers 60 of those who had practiced magic 61 collected their books 62 and burned them up in the presence of everyone. 63 When 64 the value of the books was added up, it was found to total fifty thousand silver coins. 65 20 In this way the word of the Lord 66 continued to grow in power 67 and to prevail. 68
21 Now after all these things had taken place, 69 Paul resolved 70 to go to Jerusalem, 71 passing through Macedonia 72 and Achaia. 73 He said, 74 “After I have been there, I must also see Rome.” 75 22 So after sending 76 two of his assistants, 77 Timothy and Erastus, to Macedonia, 78 he himself stayed on for a while in the province of Asia. 79
23 At 80 that time 81 a great disturbance 82 took place concerning the Way. 83 24 For a man named Demetrius, a silversmith who made silver shrines 84 of Artemis, 85 brought a great deal 86 of business 87 to the craftsmen. 25 He gathered 88 these 89 together, along with the workmen in similar trades, 90 and said, “Men, you know that our prosperity 91 comes from this business. 26 And you see and hear that this Paul has persuaded 92 and turned away 93 a large crowd, 94 not only in Ephesus 95 but in practically all of the province of Asia, 96 by saying 97 that gods made by hands are not gods at all. 98 27 There is danger not only that this business of ours will come into disrepute, 99 but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis 100 will be regarded as nothing, 101 and she whom all the province of Asia 102 and the world worship will suffer the loss of her greatness.” 103
28 When 104 they heard 105 this they became enraged 106 and began to shout, 107 “Great is Artemis 108 of the Ephesians!” 29 The 109 city was filled with the uproar, 110 and the crowd 111 rushed to the theater 112 together, 113 dragging with them Gaius and Aristarchus, the Macedonians who were Paul’s traveling companions. 30 But when Paul wanted to enter the public assembly, 114 the disciples would not let him. 31 Even some of the provincial authorities 115 who were his friends sent 116 a message 117 to him, urging him not to venture 118 into the theater. 32 So then some were shouting one thing, some another, for the assembly was in confusion, and most of them did not know why they had met together. 119 33 Some of the crowd concluded 120 it was about 121 Alexander because the Jews had pushed him to the front. 122 Alexander, gesturing 123 with his hand, was wanting to make a defense 124 before the public assembly. 125 34 But when they recognized 126 that he was a Jew, they all shouted in unison, 127 “Great is Artemis 128 of the Ephesians!” for about two hours. 129 35 After the city secretary 130 quieted the crowd, he said, “Men of Ephesus, what person 131 is there who does not know that the city of the Ephesians is the keeper 132 of the temple of the great Artemis 133 and of her image that fell from heaven? 134 36 So because these facts 135 are indisputable, 136 you must keep quiet 137 and not do anything reckless. 138 37 For you have brought these men here who are neither temple robbers 139 nor blasphemers of our goddess. 140 38 If then Demetrius and the craftsmen who are with him have a complaint 141 against someone, the courts are open 142 and there are proconsuls; let them bring charges against one another there. 143 39 But if you want anything in addition, 144 it will have to be settled 145 in a legal assembly. 146 40 For 147 we are in danger of being charged with rioting 148 today, since there is no cause we can give to explain 149 this disorderly gathering.” 150 41 After 151 he had said 152 this, 153 he dismissed the assembly. 154