Sermon on Mars Hill

22 So Paul stood in the midst of the [a]Areopagus and said, “Men of (A)Athens, I see that you are very (B)religious in all respects. 23 For while I was passing through and examining the (C)objects of your worship, I also found an altar with this inscription, ‘TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.’ Therefore, what (D)you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you. 24 (E)The God who made the world and everything that is in it, since He is (F)Lord of heaven and earth, does not (G)dwell in temples made by hands; 25 nor is He served by human hands, (H)as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things; 26 and (I)He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having (J)determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, 27 that they would seek God, if perhaps they might feel around for Him and find Him, (K)though He is not far from each one of us; 28 for (L)in Him we live and move and [b]exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His descendants.’ 29 Therefore, since we are the descendants of God, we (M)ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by human skill and thought. 30 So having (N)overlooked (O)the times of ignorance, God is (P)now proclaiming to mankind that all people everywhere are to repent, 31 because He has set (Q)a day on which (R)He will judge [c](S)the world in righteousness [d]through a Man whom He has (T)appointed, having furnished proof to all people [e]by (U)raising Him from the dead.”

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Footnotes

  1. Acts 17:22 Or the Council of the Areopagus
  2. Acts 17:28 Lit are
  3. Acts 17:31 Lit the inhabited earth
  4. Acts 17:31 Lit by; or in
  5. Acts 17:31 Or when He raised