15And those who conducted Paul brought him unto Athens and, having received direction for Silas and Timothy to come to him with all speed, they departed.
16Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred within him when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry.
he disputed in the synagogue with the Jews, and with the devout
persons, and in the marketplace daily with those who met with him.
certain philosophers of the Epicureans and of the Stoics encountered
him. And some said, "What will this babbler say?" And some others said,
"He seemeth to be a proclaimer of strange gods," because he preached
unto them Jesus and the resurrection.
19And they took him and brought him unto the Areopagus, saying, "May we know what this new doctrine is whereof thou speakest?
20For thou bringest certain strange things to our ears, and we would know therefore what these things mean."
all the Athenians and strangers who were there spent their time in
nothing else than either telling or hearing some new thing.)
22Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars' Hill and said, "Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious.
as I passed by and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this
inscription: `To the Unknown God'. Whom therefore ye worship in
ignorance, Him I declare unto you.
who made the world and all things therein, seeing that He is Lord of
Heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands.
is He worshiped with men's hands, as though He needed anything, seeing
He giveth to all life, and breath, and all things.
He hath made of one blood all nations of men to dwell on all the face
of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the
bounds of their habitation,
27that they should seek the Lord, if perhaps they might feel after Him and find Him, though He be not far from every one of us.
28For in Him we live, and move, and have our being; as also certain of your own poets have said, `For we are also His offspring.'
inasmuch, then, as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think
that the Godhead is like unto gold or silver or stone, graven by art and
of man's devising.
30The times of this ignorance God overlooked, but now He commandeth all men everywhere to repent,
He hath appointed a Day in which He will judge the world in
righteousness by that Man whom He hath ordained. Of this He hath given
assurance unto all men, in that He hath raised Him from the dead."
32But when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked and others said, "We will hear thee again on this matter."
33So Paul departed from among them.
certain men cleaved unto him and believed, among whom were Dionysius
the Areopagite, and a woman named Damaris, and others with them.
Acts 17: 15-34 KJ21