(This post is scripture and goes with another post titled “Declare Unto Them God”)
16) Now while Paul waited for them at Athens,
his spirit was stirred in him,
when he saw the city
wholly given to idolatry.
17) 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.
18) Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans,
and of the Stoicks, encountered him.
And some said, What will this babbler say?
other some, He seemeth to be
a setter forth of strange gods:
because he preached unto them
Jesus, and the resurrection.
19) And they took him,
and brought him unto Areopagus,
saying, May we know what
this new doctrine, whereof thou speakest, is?
20) For thou bringest certain
strange things to our ears:
we would know therefore
what these things mean.
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.)
22) Then Paul stood in the
midst of Mars’ hill,
and said, Ye men of Athens,
I perceive that in all things
ye are too superstitious.
23) For as I passed by, and beheld
I found an altar with this inscription,
TO THE UNKNOWN GOD.
Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship,
him declare I unto you.
24) 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 breath, and all things;
26) 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 appointed,
and the bounds of their habitation;
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:
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.
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, graven by
art and man’s device.
30) And the times of this ignorance
God winked at; but now commandeth
all men every where to repent:
31) 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 assurance
unto all men, in that he hath
raised him from the dead.
32) And when they heard of the
resurrection of the dead, some mocked:
and others said, We will hear thee
again of this matter.
33) So Paul departed from among them.
34) Howbeit certain men clave unto him, and believed:
ACTS 17:16-34 King James Version