The Bible in Its Traditions

Acts of the Apostles 17:16–21

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16  And in Athens, while Paul waited for them, his spirit was provoked within him when he saw that the city was full of idols.

16  Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred up within him, seeing the city given over to idolatry.

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17  Therefore he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and with the [Gentile] worshippers, and in the marketplace daily with those coming by.

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18  And also some of the Epicurean and of the Stoic philosophers were conversing with him. And some were saying, "What does this seed-picker wish to say?"But others [said], "He seems to be a proclaimer of foreign deities,"because he was preaching the good news of Jesus and the resurrection.

18  And certain also of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers encountered him. And some said, What would this babbler say? others, He seemeth to be a setter forth of strange gods: because he preached Jesus and the resurrection.

18  Now certain Epicurean and Stoic philosophers were arguing with him. And some were saying, “What does this sower of the Word want to say?” Yet others were saying, “He seems to be an announcer for new demons.” For he was announcing to them Jesus and the Resurrection.

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19  And taking hold of him, they brought [him] to the Areopagus, saying, "Are we able to know what this new doctrine is you speak about?

19  So they arrested him and brought him to the court house which is called Ar-e-opÆagus, and said to him, May we know what is this new doctrine which you preach?

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20  For you are bringing some strange things to our ears. Therefore we desire to know what these things might mean."

20  For thou bringest certain strange things to our ears: we would know therefore what these things mean.

20  For you bring certain new ideas to our ears. And so we would like to know what these things mean.”

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21  Now all the Athenians and the strangers staying there as visitors spent their time in nothing other than to say or to hear some new thing.

21  (Now all the Athenians, and arriving visitors, were occupying themselves with nothing other than speaking or hearing various new ideas.)

21  (For all the Athenians and the strangers who were there, were uninterested in anything except something new to tell or to hear.)