Paul Addresses the Areopagus

22 So Paul, standing in the midst of the Areopagus, said: “Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. 23 For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription: (A)‘To the unknown god.’ (B)What therefore you worship (C)as unknown, this I proclaim to you. 24 (D)The God who made the world and everything in it, being (E)Lord of heaven and earth, (F)does not live in temples made by man,[a] 25 nor is he served by human hands, (G)as though he needed anything, since he himself (H)gives to all mankind (I)life and breath and everything. 26 And (J)he made from one man every nation of mankind to live (K)on all the face of the earth, (L)having determined allotted periods and (M)the boundaries of their dwelling place, 27 (N)that they should seek God, (O)and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. (P)Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, 28 for

(Q)“‘In him we live and move and have our being’;[b]

as even some of (R)your own poets have said,

“‘For we are indeed his offspring.’[c]

29 (S)Being then God's offspring, (T)we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man. 30 (U)The times of ignorance (V)God overlooked, but (W)now he (X)commands all people everywhere to repent, 31 because he has fixed (Y)a day on which (Z)he will judge the world (AA)in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and (AB)of this he has given assurance to all (AC)by raising him from the dead.”

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Footnotes

  1. Acts 17:24 Greek made by hands
  2. Acts 17:28 Probably from Epimenides of Crete
  3. Acts 17:28 From Aratus's poem “Phainomena”

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