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17:1 Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they
came to Thessalonica, where was a synagogue
of the Jews.
17:2 And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them and three sabbath
days reasoned with them out of the scriptures,
17:3 Opening and alleging,
that Christ must needs have suffered and risen again from the dead and
that this Emmanuel, whom I preach
unto you, is Christ.
17:4 And some of them believed and consorted with Paul
and Silas and of the devout Greeks a great multitude and of the chief women
not a few.
17:5 But the Jews which believed not, moved with envy, took unto them
certain lewd fellows of the baser sort and gathered a company and set all
the city on an uproar and assaulted the house of Jason and sought to bring
them out to the people.
17:6 And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren
unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned
the world upside down are come hither also.
17:7,8 Whom Jason has received and these all do contrary to the decrees
of Caesar saying that there is another king, one Emmanuel. And they troubled
the people and the rulers of the city when they heard these things.
17:9 And when they had taken security of Jason and of the other they
let them go.
security' is an expression taken from courts and means that Jason and the
other gave satisfaction to the magistrates for the good conduct of Paul
and Silas and became responsible for it. Whether it was by depositing a
sum of money and by thus giving bail is not quite clear. The sense is,
that they did it in accordance with the Roman usages and gave sufficient
security for the good conduct of Paul and Silas. Heuman supposes that the
pledge given was, that they should leave the city. Michaelis thinks that
they gave a pledge that they would no more harbour them, but that if they
returned again to them, they would deliver them to the magistrates.
17:10 And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night
unto Berea, who
coming thither went into the synagogue
of the Jews.
Acts 17:11 These were more noble than those in
Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind
and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were
17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica,
in that they received the word with all readiness of mind.(they
were open to the new things of spirituality,
as those in Thessalonica were and not lazy beasts as those on the island
of Crete were:.Titus
for 'searched' is 'examined' and to examine you need take some study
time) the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
17:12,13 Therefore many of them believed also of honourable women which
were Greeks and of men not a few. But when the Jews.of
Thessalonica had knowledge that the word of God was preached by Paul
at Berea they came thither also and stirred up the people.
5:39 "Search the scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal
life and they are they which testify of me.".They
researched and sought
truth with prayerful guidance, checking out the scriptures, seeing how
information told to them by others played out, that is, seeing, as best
they knew how, if there was any love and accuracy to what they were hearing
(Romans 13:10) or was it all just
a bunch of hypocrisy
without any substance
to it, like this.
17:14,15 And then immediately the brethren sent away Paul to go as
it were to the sea, but Silas and Timotheus abode there still. And they
that conducted Paul brought him unto Athens and receiving a commandment
unto Silas and Timotheus for to come to him with all speed, they departed.
17:16,17 Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred
in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry. Therefore disputed
he in the synagogue with the Jews, and with the devout persons and in the
market daily with them that met with him.
17:18 Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans and of the Stoicks,
encountered him. And some said, What will this babbler say? Others said,
He seems to be a setter forth of strange gods. Because he preached unto
them Emmanuel and the resurrection.
17:19 And they took him, and brought him unto Areopagus, saying, May
we know what this new doctrine, whereof thou speakest, is?
17:20 For you bring certain strange things to our ears. We would know
therefore what these things mean.
17:21 For all the Athenians and strangers which were there spent their
time in nothing else, but either to tell or to hear some new thing.(*).
17:22 Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars' hill and said, You men
of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are too superstitious.
17:23 For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar
with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore you ignorantly
worship, him declare I unto you.
Greeks way back when wanted to be sure that they were covered by any and
all gods that existed.
17:24 God that made the world and
all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwells
in temples made with hands;.(well
then, where does He live?)
17:25 Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed anything,
seeing he gives to all life and breath and all things;
how then should God
17:26 And has made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on
all the face of the earth and has determined
the times before appointed and the
bounds of their habitation.
17:27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after
him and find him, though he be
not far from every one of us.
Acts 17:28 For in him we live and move
and have our being, as certain also of your own poets have said, For we
are also his offspring.
17:28 For in him we live and move and have our being.(the
Great Conscious Infinite Intelligence is the
intelligent energy that
is all things, that is what is
same intelligent energy:.Colossians
1:16); as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are
also his offspring.(*).
17:29 Forasmuch then as we are the offspring
of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold
or silver or stone.(many
art and man's device.
certain also of your own poets. Probably he means not only Aratus, in whose
the words quoted by Paul are to be found literatim,
but also Cleanthus, in whose.Hymn
to Jupiter, the same words occur. The sentiment
is also found in several others, being very common among the more enlightened
philosophers. By saying "your own poets" he does not mean poets born at
Athens, but merely Grecian poets, Aratus and Cleanthus being chief. Aratus
was a Cilician, one of Paul's own countrymen and with his writings Paul
was undoubtedly well acquainted, though he had flourished about 300 years
before that time."
Acts 17:30 And the times of this ignorance God
at but now commands.all
17:30 And the times of this ignorance.(Acts
14;16).God winked at but now
commands.(or, 'has a
message for' as the original has it).all
Acts 17:31 Because he has appointed a day, in the
which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he has
ordained, whereof he has given assurance unto all men in that he has raised
him from the dead.
The word 'repent'
means 'to change' (Matthew 21:32)
what, from what. It's now
the time of the New
Testament, the time for the awakening of everyone:.John
to what; awakening to what was unavailable
in Old Testament times. How does
one awaken and change? By growing in knowledge of the truth:.1Timothy
5:25; Romans 13:11; 1Timothy
2:4; 2Corinthians 6:2; Matthew
3:1,2; Mark 16:15.
17:31 Because he has appointed a day.(what
day?), in the which he will judge the world in righteousness.(the
world is judged by the laws of love, which are the
ways of a higher consciousness the Creator has set up, not that the
judges, because in actuality, it's we
who judge ourselves; the world now is judged by the laws set up to
show mankind results of both the evil and good ways; the
invisible world is noting and watching).by
Christ was sent to Earth).whom
he has ordained; whereof he has given assurance unto all men, in that he
has raised him from the dead.
17:32 And when they heard of the resurrection
of the dead, some mocked. And others said, We will hear you again of this
and wanted to hear more.
17:33,34 So Paul departed from among them. Howbeit certain men clave
unto him and believed, among the which was Dionysius the Areopagite and
a woman named Damaris and others with them.