Paul in Athens

16 Now while Paul was waiting for them in (A)Athens, his spirit was being provoked within him as he observed that the city was full of idols. 17 So he was reasoning (B)in the synagogue with the Jews and (C)the God-fearing Gentiles, and in the marketplace every day with those who happened to be present. 18 And some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers as well were [a]conversing with him. Some were saying, “What could (D)this [b]scavenger of tidbits want to say?” Others, “He seems to be a proclaimer of strange deities,”—because he was preaching (E)Jesus and the resurrection. 19 And they (F)took him and brought him [c]to the [d](G)Areopagus, saying, “May we know what (H)this new teaching is [e]which you are proclaiming? 20 For you are bringing some strange things to our ears; so we want to know what these things mean.” 21 (Now all the Athenians and the strangers (I)visiting there used to spend their time in nothing other than telling or hearing something new.)

Read full chapter


  1. Acts 17:18 Or disputing
  2. Acts 17:18 Lit seed gatherer; i.e., an unlearned person collecting only scraps of knowledge
  3. Acts 17:19 Or before
  4. Acts 17:19 Or Hill of Ares; Greek god of war
  5. Acts 17:19 Lit which is being spoken by you

Bible Gateway Recommends