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ACTS 18:12-17

12. But when Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews made a united attack on Paul and brought him before the tribunal, 13. saying, “This man is persuading people to worship God contrary to the law.” 14. But when Paul was about to open his mouth, Gallio said to the Jews, “If it were a matter of wrongdoing or vicious crime, O Jews, I would have reason to accept your complaint. 15. But since it is a matter of questions about words and names and your own law, see to it yourselves. I refuse to be a judge of these things.” 16. And he drove them from the tribunal. 17. And they all seized Sosthenes, the ruler of the synagogue, and beat him in front of the tribunal. But Gallio paid no attention to any of this.

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ACTS 18:5-11

5. When Silas and Timothy arrived from Macedonia, Paul was occupied with the word, testifying to the Jews that the Christ was Jesus. 6. And when they opposed and reviled him, he shook out his garments and said to them, “Your blood be on your own heads! I am innocent. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.” 7. And he left there and went to the house of a man named Titius Justus, a worshiper of God. His house was next door to the synagogue. 8. Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed in the Lord, together with his entire household. And many of the Corinthians hearing Paul believed and were baptized. 9. And the Lord said to Paul one night in a vision, “Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent, 10. for I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many in this city who are my people.” 11. And he stayed a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.

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ACTS 18:1-4

1. After this Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. 2. And he found a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to leave Rome. And he went to see them, 3. and because he was of the same trade he stayed with them and worked, for they were tentmakers by trade. 4. And he reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and tried to persuade Jews and Greeks.

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ACTS 17:1-34

1. Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. 2. And Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, 3. explaining and proving that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus, whom I proclaim to you, is the Christ.” 4. And some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a great many of the devout Greeks and not a few of the leading women. 5. But the Jews were jealous, and taking some wicked men of the rabble, they formed a mob, set the city in an uproar, and attacked the house of Jason, seeking to bring them out to the crowd. 6. And when they could not find them, they dragged Jason and some of the brothers before the city authorities, shouting, “These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also, 7. and Jason has received them, and they are all acting against the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, Jesus.” 8. And the people and the city authorities were disturbed when they heard these things. 9. And when they had taken money as security from Jason and the rest, they let them go. 10. The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. 11. Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. 12. Many of them therefore believed, with not a few Greek women of high standing as well as men. 13. But when the Jews from Thessalonica learned that the word of God was proclaimed by Paul at Berea also, they came there too, agitating and stirring up the crowds. 14. Then the brothers immediately sent Paul off on his way to the sea, but Silas and Timothy remained there. 15. Those who conducted Paul brought him as far as Athens, and after receiving a command for Silas and Timothy to come to him as soon as possible, they departed. 16. Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him as he saw that the city was full of idols. 17. So he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and the devout persons, and in the marketplace every day with those who happened to be there. 18. Some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers also conversed with him. And some said, “What does this babbler wish to say?” Others said, “He seems to be a preacher of foreign divinities”—because he was preaching Jesus and the resurrection. 19. And they took him and brought him to the Areopagus, saying, “May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting? 20. For you bring some strange things to our ears. We wish to know therefore what these things mean.” 21. Now all the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there would spend their time in nothing except telling or hearing something new. 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, ‘To the unknown god.’What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. 24. The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, 25. nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. 26. And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, 27. that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, 28. for “ ‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, “ ‘For we are indeed his offspring.’ 29. Being then God’s offspring, 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. The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, 31. because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.” 32. Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked. But others said, “We will hear you again about this.” 33. So Paul went out from their midst. 34. But some men joined him and believed, among whom also were Dionysius the Areopagite and a woman named Damaris and others with them.

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ACTS 17:22-34

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, ‘To the unknown god.’What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. 24. The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, 25. nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. 26. And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, 27. that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, 28. for “ ‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, “ ‘For we are indeed his offspring.’ 29. Being then God’s offspring, 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. The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, 31. because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.” 32. Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked. But others said, “We will hear you again about this.” 33. So Paul went out from their midst. 34. But some men joined him and believed, among whom also were Dionysius the Areopagite and a woman named Damaris and others with them.

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ACTS 17:16-21

16. Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him as he saw that the city was full of idols. 17. So he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and the devout persons, and in the marketplace every day with those who happened to be there. 18. Some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers also conversed with him. And some said, “What does this babbler wish to say?” Others said, “He seems to be a preacher of foreign divinities”—because he was preaching Jesus and the resurrection. 19. And they took him and brought him to the Areopagus, saying, “May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting? 20. For you bring some strange things to our ears. We wish to know therefore what these things mean.” 21. Now all the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there would spend their time in nothing except telling or hearing something new.

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ACTS 17:10-15

10. The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. 11. Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. 12. Many of them therefore believed, with not a few Greek women of high standing as well as men. 13. But when the Jews from Thessalonica learned that the word of God was proclaimed by Paul at Berea also, they came there too, agitating and stirring up the crowds. 14. Then the brothers immediately sent Paul off on his way to the sea, but Silas and Timothy remained there. 15. Those who conducted Paul brought him as far as Athens, and after receiving a command for Silas and Timothy to come to him as soon as possible, they departed.

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ACTS 17:1-9

1. Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. 2. And Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, 3. explaining and proving that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus, whom I proclaim to you, is the Christ.” 4. And some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a great many of the devout Greeks and not a few of the leading women. 5. But the Jews were jealous, and taking some wicked men of the rabble, they formed a mob, set the city in an uproar, and attacked the house of Jason, seeking to bring them out to the crowd. 6. And when they could not find them, they dragged Jason and some of the brothers before the city authorities, shouting, “These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also, 7. and Jason has received them, and they are all acting against the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, Jesus.” 8. And the people and the city authorities were disturbed when they heard these things. 9. And when they had taken money as security from Jason and the rest, they let them go.

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1 PETER 2:4-10

4. As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, 5. you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6. For it stands in Scripture: “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.” 7. So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe, “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,” 8. and “A stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense.” They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do. 9. But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

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