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40 out, and desired them to depart out of the city. And
they went out of the prison, and entered into the house of Lydia : and when they had seen the brethren, they comforted them, and departed.
OW. when they had passed through Amphipolis,
and Apollonia, they came to Theflalonica, where 2 was a synagogue of the Jews. And Paul, as his
manner was, went in unto them, and three fabbathin 3 days reasoned with them out of the feriptures, Open
ing and alledging, that Christ must needs have suf
fered, and risen again from the dead: and that this 4 Jesus whom I preach unto you, is Christ. And some
of them believed, and consórted with Paul and Silas : and of the devout Greeks a great multitude, and of
the chief women not a few. 5 But the Jews which believed not, moved with en
vy, 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 6 fought to bring them out to the people. And when they found them not, they drew Jafon, and certain brethren, unto the rulers of the city, crying, These
that have turned the world uplide-down, are come 7 bither also; Whom Jafon hath received : and these
all do contrary to the decrees of Cefar, saying, That 8 there is another king, one Jesus. And they troubled
the people, and the rulers of the city, when they 9 heard these things. And when they had taken security of Jafon, and of the other, they let them go.
And the brethren immediately fent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea : who coming thither, 11 went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were
more noble.(a) than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and
searched the scriptures daily, whether those things 12 were so. Therefore (b). many of them believed :-allo
of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men 13 not a few.
But when the Jews of Thefsolonica had knowledge that the word of God was preached of
Paul at Berea, they came thither also, and stirred up 14 the people. And then immediately the brethren
sent away Paul, to go as it were to the sea : but Silas 15 and Timotheus abode there still. And they that con
ducted Paul, brought him unto Athens: and receiving a commandment unto Silas and Timotheus, for
to come to him with all fpeed, they departed. 16 Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his
spirit was stirred in him, when he faw the city wholly 17 given to idolatry. Therefore disputed he in the
fynagogue with the Jews, and with the devout per
sons, and in the market daily with them that me 18 with them. Then certain philosophers of the Epi
cureans, and of the Stoicks (c) encountered him: and some faid, What will this babbler say? other fome, He seemeth to be a setter forth of strange gods:
because he preached unto them Jefus, and the re19 furrection(d). And they took him, and brought him
unto Areopagus (e) saying, May we know what this
(a) More liberal and ingenuous in their disposition, more defirous of instruction, and more willing and ready to inquire into the truth with due patience and candour.
(6) To these qualities it was owing that they embraced Christianity:
(c) The Epicureans denied the divine Providence, and a future ftate. The Stoicks held virtue to be, in all possible cases, its own reward, and vice its own punishment, and so looked no further than this world.
(d) They seem to have taken the Resurrection for the name of fome Deity they had not heard of before.
(e) An hill in Athens, upon which the fupreme court of justice was held. It is called Marschill, Verse 22.
20 new doctrine, whereof thou speakest, is? For thou
bringest certain strange things to our ears: we would 21 know therefore what these things mean.
(For all the Athenians and strangers which were there, spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell or to hear fome new thing.)
Then Paul ftood in the midst of Mars-hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things 23 ye are too superstitious. For as I passed by, and be
held your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you. God that made the world, and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and
earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands : -25 Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though
he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and 26 breath, and all things; And hath made of one blood
all nations of men, for to dwell on all the face of the
earth, and hath determined the times before appoint27 ed, and the bounds of their habitation (): That they
should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after
him, and find him, though he be not far from every 28 one of us : For in him we live, and move, and have
our being; as certain also of your own poets have 29 said, For we are also his off-spring. Forasmuch
then as we are the off-spring of God, we ought not
to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or fil30 ver, or ftone, graven by art and man's device. And the times of this ignorance God winked at(s); but now
31 com(f) All the nations of the world were made by the one, true Almighty God; and, however separated and distinguished from each other, they are all descended from one common parent, by whose off-spring the whole earth was overspread (Gen. ix. 19.) aca cording to the times and limits before determined by divine Providence.
(g) God was pleased mercifully to overlook; that is, he did not call them to account for their ignorance, sinful as it was; but have
31 commandeth all men every where to repent; Because
he hath appointed a day in the which he will judge the world in righteousness, by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given aflurance un
to all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead. 32
And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some niocked : and others said, We will hear 33 thee again of this matter. So Paul departed from 34 among them. Howbeit, certain men clave unto
him, and believed: among the which was Dionyfius the Areopagite, and a woman named Damaris, and others with them,
AFTER these things, Paul departed from Athens,
and came to Corinth; And found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come from Italy, with his wife Priscilla (because that Claudius
had commanded all Jews to depart from Rome), and 3 came unto them. And because he was of the same
craft (a), he abode with them, and wrought (for by 4 their occupation they were tent-makers). And he
reasoned in the synagogue every fabbath, and persuad5 ed the Jews, and the Greeks. And when. Silas
and Timotheus were come from Macedonia, Paul
was pressed in spirit, and testified to the Jews, that 6. Jesus was Christ. And when they opposed them
selves, and blafphemed, he shook his raiment (1), and
ing, now thought fit to make a full declaration of himself and his will,' he juftly expects men to repent and reform their lives accord. ingly.
(a) It was usual for persons of the best education to learn some handicraft trade. • (6) In case of great emotion and anxiety of mind, the Jews used to throw open the upper garment, and shake it at any person they were displeased with. Chap. xxii. 23.
faid unto them, Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean : from henceforth I will go unto
the Gentiles. 7 And he departed thence, and entered into a cer
tain man's house named Justus, one that worthipped
God (c), whose house joined hard to the synagogue. 8 And Crispus, the chief ruler of the fynagogue, believed on the Lord with all his house: and
of the Corinthians, hearing, believed, and were bap9 tized. Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night
by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not 10 thy peace: For I am with thee, and no man shall
set on thee, to hurt thee : for I have much people in 11 this city. And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.
And when Gallio was the deputy of Achaia, the Jews made insurrection with one accord against 13 Paul, and brought him to the judgment-feat, Say
ing, This fellow persuadeth men to worship God 14 contrary to the law. And when Paul was now about
to open his mouth, Gallio faid unto the Jews, If it were a matter of wrong, or wicked lewdness, O ye
Jews, reason would that I should bear with you: 15 But if it be a question of words and names, and of
your law, look ye to it; for I will be no judge of 16 such matters. And he drave them from the judg17 ment-feat. Then all the Greeks took Sosthenes, the
chief ruler of the synagogue, and beat him before the judginent-seat : and Gallio cared for none of
those things. 18 And Paul after this tarried there yet a good while,
and then took his leave of the brethren, and failed thence into Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila: having shorn his head in Cenchrea (d): for he had a
19 vow. (c) See Chap. ii. 10.
(d) It was customary among the Jews, in case of certain vows, 'to Shave the 'head, and not to appear in public until the hair was grown