The Bible in Its Traditions

Acts of the Apostles 17:22–34

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22  Then Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, "Men, Athenians, according to all things I perceive you as [being ]very religious;

22  When Paul stood in the court at Ar-eopÆa- gus, he said, Men of Athens, I see that above all things you are extravagant in the worship of idols.

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23  for as I passed by and considered the objects of your worship, I found also an altar on which it had been inscribed: TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Therefore, [Him] whom being ignorant of you worship, this [One] I announce to you

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24  The God who made the world and all the things in it, Him being Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made by human hands,

24  God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;

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25  nor by the hands of men is He served, as though He needed anything, for He gives to all life, and breath, with respect to all things.

25  neither is he served by men`s hands, as though he needed anything, seeing he himself giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;

25  Neither is he ministered to by human hands, nor is he in need of anything, for it is he who gave life and breath to all men.

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26  And He made from one blood every nation of men to dwell upon all the face of the earth, and He ordained their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings,

26  And he has made of one blood all nations of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and he has appointed seasons by his command, and has set limits to the age of men;

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27  [in order for them ]to seek YHWH, if perhaps indeed they might grope for Him and find [Him], and yet being indeed not far from each one of us;

27  that they should seek God, if haply they might feel after him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us

27  So that they should seek and search after God, and find him by means of his creations, because he is not far from any one of us

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28  for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, 'For we are also His offspring.'

28  ‘For in him we live, and move, and exist.’ Just as some of your own poets have said. ‘For we are also of his family.’

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29  "Therefore, being the offspring of God, we ought not to suppose that the Godhead is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and the imagination of man.

29  Therefore, since we are of the family of God, we must not consider gold or silver or precious stones, or the engravings of art and of the imagination of man, to be a representation of what is Divine.

29  Now therefore, man, being of the family of God, is not bounden to worship resemblances made of gold or silver or stone shapen by the skill and knowledge of man into resemblances of the Deity.

30  So then these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now He commands all men everywhere to repent,

30  And indeed, God, having looked down to see the ignorance of these times, has now announced to men that everyone everywhere should do penance.

30  For the times of ignorance God has made to pass, and at this time he has commanded all men, everywhere, to repent.

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31  because He has appointed a day in which He is going to judge the world in righteousness by [the] Man whom He has appointed, having given proof to all, by raising Him from the dead."

31  inasmuch as he hath appointed a day in which he will judge the world in righteousness by the man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.

31  For he has appointed a day on which he will judge the world in equity, through the man whom he has appointed, offering faith to all, by raising him from the dead.”

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32  But when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some were scoffing, but others said, "We will hear you again concerning this."

32  And when they had heard about the Resurrection of the dead, indeed, some were derisive, while others said, “We will listen to you about this again.”

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33  And thus Paul went forth from their midst.

33  Thus Paul went out from among them.

33  So Paul departed from their midst.

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34  However, some men were joined to him and believed, among whom were also Dionysius the Areopagite, a woman named Damaris, and others with them.

34  Yet truly, certain men, adhering to him, did believe. Among these were also Dionysius the Areopagite, and a woman named Damaris, and others with them.

34  Some of them, however, followed him and were converted; one of them was Di-onysÆius, one of the judges of Ar-e-opÆa-gus, and a woman named DamÆa-ris, and others with them.