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Pauls Great Speech At Athens

While Paul was waiting at Athens for Silas and Timothy, his anger was
aroused when he saw that the city was filled with idols. So he argued in
the synagogue with the Jews and with the Greeks who joined in their
worship, and every day with those whom he happened to meet in the
market-place. A few of the philosophers also met him. Some of them said,
"What has this picker-up of scraps of learning to say?" Others said, "He
seems to be a herald of some new deities." This was because he had been
telling the good news about Jesus and how he rose from the dead. And
they took him to the Court of Areopagus and said, "May we hear what this
new teaching of yours is? For the things you are saying sound strange to
us; so we want to know what they mean." (For all the Athenians and the
foreign visitors spent their time doing nothing but telling or hearing
something new.)

So Paul stood in the middle of the Court and said, "Men of Athens, I see
wherever I go that you are very religious, for as I passed along and
looked at your objects of worship, I found an altar with the


Whom, therefore, you worship without knowing, him I proclaim to you. The
God who made the world and all things in it is Lord of heaven and
earth and does not live in temples made by men. He is not served by
men's hands, as though he needed anything, for he it is who gives to all
men life and breath and all things. He has made all nations from one
family that they may live over the whole earth. He has also fixed for
them when and where they are to live, that they should seek God in the
hope that, as they feel after him, they may find him, for he is not far
from each one of us; for it is in him that we live, and move, and have
our being, as in fact, some of your own poets have said, 'We also are
his children.'

"Therefore, as the children of God, we ought not to think of the divine
nature as being like gold or silver or stone, carved by man's art and
invention. God overlooked the ages of ignorance, but now he commands all
men everywhere to repent, for he has fixed a day on which he will judge
the world justly by the one whom he has appointed, and he has given
proof of this to all mankind by raising him from the dead."

When they heard of raising one from the dead, some sneered, but others
said, "We will hear what you have to say about that some other time." So
Paul went out from among them. Some men, however, joined him and
believed, among whom were Dionysius, a member of the Court of the
Areopagus, a woman named Damaris, and several others. After this Paul
left Athens and went to Corinth.

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