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Chapter 17


Update:  20221202


Acts 17:1 (LIT/UBS4) But (de) they having wayfared through (diodeusantes) the (tēn) Amphipolis (Amphipolin) and (kai) the (tēn) Apollonia (Apollōnian), they came (ēlthon) into (eis) Thessalonica (Thessalonikēn), where (hopou) there was being (ēn) [a] synagogue (sunagōgē) of the (tōn) Judeans (Ioudaiōn).


Acts 17:2 (LIT/UBS4) But (de) down according to (kat) the (to) [custom, RE] having been accustomed (eiōthos) to the (tō) Paul (Paulō), he entered in (eisēlthen) to (pros) them (autous).


And (kai) over (epi) three (tria) sabbath days (sabbata) he caused himself to argue (dielexato) for them (autois) from (apo) the (tōn) writings (graphōn),


Acts 17:3 (LIT/UBS4) thoroughly opening (dianoigōn) [the writings, v2, RE] and (kai) causing himself to pass along (paratithemenos) that (hoti), “it is being required (edei) of the (ton) Christ (christon) to suffer (pathein), and (kai) to stand up (anastēnai) out (ek) of dead ones (nekrōn);”


and (kai) that (hoti), “this one (houtos), the (ho) Jesus (Iēsous), is (estin) the (ho) Christ (Christos) whom (hon) I (egō) report down (kataangellō) to you (humin).”


Acts 17:4 (LIT/UBS4) And (kai) some (tines) out (ex) of them (autōn) were persuaded (epeisthēsan), and (kai) they were lotted (proseklērōthēsan) to the (tō) Paul (Paulō) and (kai) to the (tō) Silas (Sila).


And (te) of the (tōn) Hellenes (Hellēnōn) causing themselves to revere (sebomenōn) [God, AE], [there was, AE] [a] large (polu) plethora (plēthos) of females (gunaikōn).


And (te) of the (tōn) first ones4413 (prōtōn), [there was, AE] absolutely not (ouk) [a] few (oligai)!


Acts 17:5 (LIT/UBS4) But (de) the (hoi) Judeans (Ioudaioi) having been jealous (zēlōsantes), and (kai) ones having caused themselves to take to themselves (proslabomenoi) some (tinas) evil (ponērous) males (andras), ones of the (tōn) markets (agoraiōn), and (kai) they having made [a] crowd (ochlopoiēsantes), they were troubling (ethoruboun) the (tēn) city (polin).


And (kai) they having loomed over (epistantes) the (tē) house (oikia) of Jason (Iasonos), they were seeking (ezētoun) to lead (proagagein) them (autous) into (eis) the (ton) company (dēmon) [of them, AE].


Acts 17:6 (LIT/UBS4) But (de) they not having found (mē heurontes) them (autous), they were dragging (esuron) Jason (Iasona) and (kai) certain (tinas) brothers (adelphous) over (epi) to the (tous) first ones of the city (politarchas), shouting (boōntes) that (hoti), “The ones (hoi) having raised up (anastatōsantes) the (tēn) inhabited land (oikoumenēn) [are] these ones (houtoi), and (kai) they are alongside (pareisin) [us, AE] within (enthade) [our land, AE];


Acts 17:7 (LIT/UBS4) ones whom (hous) Jason (Iasōn) has caused himself to receive (hupodedektai)!


And (kai) all (pantes) these ones (houtoi) habitually practice (prassousi) opposite from (apenanti) the (tōn) dogmas (dogmatōn) of Caesar (Kaisaros), saying (legontes) there to be (einai) [a] king (basilea) of another kind (heteron), Jesus (Iēsoun)!”


Acts 17:8 (LIT/UBS4) But (de) they troubled (etaraxan) the (ton) crowd (ochlon), and (kai) the (tous) first ones of the city (politarchas) hearing (akouontas) these things (tauta).


Acts 17:9 (LIT/UBS4) And (kai) they having taken (labontes) the (to) suitable amount (hikanon) [of money?, AE] alongside (para) of the (tou) Jason (Iasonos) and (kai) the (tōn) remaining ones (loipōn), they sent them away (apelusan autous).


Acts 17:10 (LIT/UBS4) But (de) the (hoi) brothers (adelphoi), through (dia) [the] night (nuktos), straightaway (eutheōs) they sent out (exepempsan) both (te) the (ton) Paul (Paulon) and (kai) Silas (Silan) into (eis) Berea (Beroian);


ones who (hoitines) having caused themselves to come alongside (paragenomenoi), they were going away (apēesan) into (eis) the (tēn) synagogue (sunagōgēn) of the (tōn) Judeans (Ioudaiōn).


Acts 17:11 (LIT/UBS4) But (de) these ones (houtoi), ones who (hoitines) caused themselves to receive (edexanto) the (ton) Word (logon) with (meta) all (pasēs) predisposition of passion (prothumias), were being (ēsan) [more, AE] well-begun ones than (eugenesteroi) the ones (tōn) in (en) Thessalonica (Thessalonikē);


[these ones, RE] [were being, RE] ones adjudicating350 (anakrinontes) the (tas) writings (graphas) down through (kath’) [each, AE] day (hēmeran), if (ei) thusly (houtōs) they may hold (echoi) those things (tauta).


Acts 17:12 (LIT/UBS4) Therefore (oun), truly (men), many (polloi) out (ex) of them (autōn) believed (episteusan)!


And (kai) of the (tōn) female (gunaikōn) Hellenists (Hellēnidōn), and (kai) of the (tōn) virtuous (euschēmonōn) males (andrōn), [there was, AE] absolutely not (ouk) [a] few (oligoi)!


Acts 17:13 (LIT/UBS4) But (de) as (hōs) the (hoi) Judeans (Ioudaioi) from (apo) the (tēs) Thessalonica (Thessalonikēs) knew (egnōsan) that (hoti) the (ho) Word (logos) of the (tou) God (theou) was reported down (katēngelē) in (en) the (tē) Berea (Beroia) also (kai), under (hupo) [authority, AE] of the (tou) Paul (Paulou), there also (kakei) they came (ēlthon), ones shaking (saleuontes) and (kai) troubling (tarassontes) the (tous) crowds (ochlous).


Acts 17:14 (LIT/UBS4) But (de) then (tote) the (ton) Paul (Paulon) straightaway (eutheōs) sent out (exapesteilan) the (hoi) brothers (adelphoi) to make themselves go (poreuesthai) until (heōs) over (epi) to the (tēn) sea (thalassan), and (te) both (te) the (ho) Silas (Silas) and (kai) the (ho) Timotheus (Timotheos) endured (hupemeinan) there (ekei).


Acts 17:15 (LIT/UBS4) But (de) the ones (hoi) being appointed (kathistanontes) to the (ton) Paul (Paulon), they led (ēgagon) [him, AE] until (heōs) Athens (Athēnōn).


And (kai) they having taken (labontes) [an] injunction (entolēn) to (pros) the (ton) Silas (Silan) and (kai) the (ton) Timothy (Timotheon), in order that (hina) as (hōs) quickly (tachista) [as possible, AE] they may come (elthōsin) to (pros) him (auton), they were departing (exēesan).


Acts 17:16 (LIT/UBS4) But (de) of the (tou) Paul (Paulou) in (en) the (tais) Athens (Athēnais) causing himself to receive them out (ekdechomenou autous), the (to) Spirit (pneuma) of him (autou) was being incited (parōxuneto) in (en) him (autō), he observing (theōrountos) the (tēn) city (polin) being (ousan) idolized down (kateidōlon).


Acts 17:17 (LIT/UBS4) Therefore (oun), truly (men), he was causing himself to argue (dielegeto) to the (tois) Judeans (Ioudaiois) in (en) the (tē) synagogue (sunagōgē), and (kai) to the ones (tois) causing themselves to revere (sebomenois) [God, v13, RE], and (kai) [to the ones, RE] in (en) the (tē) marketplace (agora), down (kata) every (pasan) day (hēmeran), [and, RE] to (pros) the ones (tous) being alongside by chance (paratunchanontas)!


Acts 17:18 (LIT/UBS4) But (de) some (tines) philosophers (philosophōn) of the (tōn) Epicureans (Epikoureiōn) and (kai) Stoics (Stoikōn) also (kai) were throwing [words, AE] together with (suneballon) him (autō).


And (kai) some (tines) were saying (elegon), “Perhaps (an) what (ti) <does> this one (houtos), the (ho) word-seeder (spermologos), desire (theloi) to say (legein)?


But (de) the (hoi) [others, AE] conclude (dokei) [Paul, v16, RE] to be (einai) [a] reporter (katangeleus) of strange (xenōn) demons (daimoniōn), because (hoti) he was causing himself to evangelize (euēngelizeto) the (ton) Jesus (Iēsoun), and (kai) the (tēn) standing up (anastasin).


Acts 17:19 (LIT/UBS4) And (te) they having caused themselves to take hold (epilabomenoi) of him (autou), they led (ēgagon) [him, RE] over (epi) to the (ton) rocky hill of Ares (Areion pagon), saying (legontes), “Are we inherently powered (dunametha) to know (gnōnai) what (tis) [is] this (hautē), the (hē) new (kainē) orthodoxy (didachē), the one (hē) being spoken (laloumenē) under (hupo) [authority, AE] of you (sou)?


Acts 17:20 (LIT/UBS4) Because (gar) you bring in (eisphereis) into (eis) the (tas) things heard (akoas) of us (hēmōn) some (tina) things being strange (xenizonta).


Therefore (oun), we wish (boulometha) to know (gnōnai) what (tina) these things (tauta) desire (thelei) to be (einai).”


Acts 17:21 (LIT/UBS4) But (de) all (pantes) Athenians (Athēnaioi) and (kai) the (hoi) strangers (xenoi), bands staying over (epidēmountes), [were being] into (eis) absolutely not one thing (ouden) of another kind (heteron), having [a] good time (ēukairoun) either (ē) to say (legein) something (ti) or (ē) to hear (akouein) something (ti) new (kainoteron).


Acts 17:22 (LIT/UBS4) But (de) the (ho) Paul (Paulos) having been caused to stand (statheis) in (en) [the] midst (mesō) of the (tou) rocky hill (pagou) of Ares (Areiou), he shed light5346 (ephē), “Males (andres), Athenians (Athēnaioi), I observe (theōrō) you (humas) as (hōs) cowardly of demons (deisidaimonesterous), down about (kata) all things (panta)!


I observe (theōrō) you (humas) as (hōs) cowardly of demons (deisidaimonesterous), down about (kata) all things (panta)! - Paul's statement to the Athenians reminds me of modern Christians, who by and large know nothing, care nothing, and want nothing to do with learning about how to detect and control demon spirit activity going on around them, to defend themselves from demon spirit oppression.  They just live with spiritual oppression daily, like there is nothing going on out of the ordinary, because it is fashionable in Christianity to stay stupid about many spiritual things.  Modern Christian leaders ignore teaching or preaching anything about demon spirits or the devil, because the devil wants them all to be and stay stupid on that biblical subject matter, so they can't "see" the devil working around them. 


My belief is that most all leadership in Christianity anywhere upon earth are themselves ignorant of most all details about this vital spiritual subject matter in God's Word.  Ask your spiritual leaders what they know about this subject, to teach you, and you will suddenly find yourself wishing you hadn't asked them a question at all, as they awkwardly try to excuse their own ignorance to you, or scold you for asking such an "offbeat" question to them.


Acts 17:23 (LIT/UBS4) Because (gar) I being caused to come through (dierchomenos), and (kai) observing up (anatheōrōn) the (ta) things reverenced (sebasmata) of you (humōn), I found (heuron) [an] altar (bōmon) also (kai) in (en) which (hō) had been inscribed over (epegegrapto) [it, AE], ‘[An] unknown (agnōstō) god (theō).’ 


Therefore (oun), of whom (ho) you are being ignorant (agnoountes) you show piety (eusebeite), this (touto) I (egō) report down (katangellō) to you (humin):


Acts 17:24 (LIT/UBS4) The (ho) God (theos), the one (ho) having made (poiēsas) the (ton) cosmos (kosmon), and (kai) all (panta) the things (ta) in (en) it (autō) being under control (huparchōn) to this one (houtos), [the] Lord (kurios) of heaven (ouranou) and (kai) of land (gēs), he absolutely does not home-down (ouk katoikei) in (en) hands-made (cheiropoiētois) holy places (naois)!


(For what is God’s prophesied true “tent”, his new holy place under his new covenant, the prophesied promise of the Father to place himself into believers to live in them as his new permanent domicile, a true “tent” not built with mortal’s hands but with his own hand, see Ex. 15:17; 2 Sam. 7:5-16; Isa. 8:14; Ezek. 11:16; Joel 2:28-29; Amos 9:11-12; Mat. 3:11, 16:18, 26:61, 27:39-40; Mark 14:58, 15:29; Luke 3:21-22, 24:49; *John 2:19-22, 3:1-, 4:20-24, 7:37-39, 14:2, *23; Acts 1:4-5, 2:16-18, 33, 38-39, *7:44-50, *15:16-18, *17:24, *20:28; *Rom. 8:9-11, 12:4-5; 1 Cor. *3:16-17, *6:19-20, 10:16-17, 12:12-28; *2 Cor. 5:1, *6:16-18; Gal. 3:14, 22; Eph. 1:13-14, 22-23, *2:17-22, 3:6, 4:11-16, 5:30-32; Col. 1:18-27, 2:6-10, 3:15; *1 Thes. 5:9-11; *1 Tim. 3:15; *2 Tim. 1:14; Heb. *3:4-6, 8:2, *9:11-15, *24, 10:21, 36; 1 Pet. 2:4-5; 1 John 4:12-16; Rev. 3:12, 7:15, 11:19, *13:6, *21:3, 22)


Acts 17:25 (LIT/UBS4) But absolutely not (oude) under (hupo) [authority, AE] of hands (cheirōn) of mortals (anthrōpinōn) is [the God, v24, RE] being given therapy (therapeuetai), he [absolutely not, RE] causing himself to beg (prosdeomenos) for something (tinos);


he (autos) giving (didous) to all (pasi) life (zōēn), and (kai) breath (pnoēn), and (kai) all (panta) the things (ta)!


Acts 17:26 (LIT/UBS4) And (te) he made (epoiēsen) out (ex) of one (henos) [mortal, RE] every (pan) ethnic group (ethnos) of mortals (anthrōpōn);


to home-down (katoikein) over (epi) every (pantos) face (prosōpou) of the (tēs) land (gēs), he having segregated (horisas) [every ethnic group, RE];


they having been arranged toward (prostetagmenous) times (kairous), and (kai) the (tas) set boundaries (horothesias) of the (tēs) homing-down place (katoikias) of them (autōn),


Acts 17:27 (LIT/UBS4) to search (zētein) for the (ton) God (theon), if (ei) so (ara) indeed (ge) they may feel (psēlaphēseian) for him (auton), and (kai) they may find (heuroien) [the God, RE].


And (kai) indeed (ge) [the God, RE] [is] absolutely not (ou) far off (makran) from (apo) each (hekastou) one (henos) of us (hēmōn) being under control (huparchonta) [of him, AE]!


Acts 17:28 (LIT/UBS4) Because (gar) in (en) him (autō) we live (zōmen), and (kai) we are (esmen) moved (kinoumetha) also (kai);


as (hōs) some (tines) also (kai) of the (tōn) performers (poiētōn) have stated (eirēkasin) down according to (kath’) you (humas), “Because (gar) we are (esmen) [a] genus (genos) also (kai) of the (tou) [God, v27, RE].”


Acts 17:29 (LIT/UBS4) Therefore (oun), <we being> [a] genus (genos) under control (huparchontes) of the (tou) God (theou), we absolutely do not owe (ouk opheilomen) to decide (nomizein) the (to) godly one (theion) to be (einai) like (homoion) [a] gold (chrusō), or (ē) [a] silver (argurō), or (ē) [a] stone (lithō) character (charagmati) of technical ability (technēs), and (kai) of [an] inner passion (enthumēseōs) of [a] mortal (anthrōpou)!


Acts 17:30 (LIT/UBS4) Therefore (oun), truly (men), the (ho) God (theos) having overlooked (huperidōn) the (tous) times (chronous) of the (tēs) ignorance (agnoias), the (ta) [God, RE] now (nun) gives instruction (parangellei) to the (tois) mortals (anthrōpois), all (pantas) everywhere (pantachou), to repent (metanoein);


Acts 17:31 (LIT/UBS4) because down on account of (kathoti) [repentance, v30, RE] he established (estēsen) [a] day (hēmeran) in (en) which (hē) he is about (mellei) to judge (krinein) the (tēn) inhabited land (oikoumenēn), in (en) righteousness (dikaiosunē), in (en) [a] man (andri) for which (hō) he was segregated (hōrisen);


he having held alongside (paraschōn) belief (pistin) to all (pasin), he having stood him up (anastēsas auton) out (ek) of dead ones (nekrōn)!"


Acts 17:32 (LIT/UBS4) But (de) they having heard (akousantes) of [a] standing up (anastasin) of dead ones (nekrōn), truly (men) the (hoi) [Athenians, v21, RE] were jeering (echleuazon)!


But (de) the (hoi) [strangers, v21, RE] enunciated (eipan), “We shall cause ourselves to hear (akousometha) of you (sou) about (peir) this (toutou) again (palin) also (kai).”


Acts 17:33 (LIT/UBS4) Thusly (houtōs) the (ho) Paul (Paulos) came out (exēlthen) out (ek) of [the] midst (mesou) of them (autōn).


Acts 17:34 (LIT/UBS4) But (de) some (tines) males (andres) having been glued2853 (kollēthentes) to him (autō), believed (episteusan);


among (en) whom (hois) [were being] both (kai) Dionysius (Dionusios) the (ho) Areopagite (Areopagitēs), and (kai) [a] female (gunē) by name (onomati) of Damaris (Damaris), and (kai) ones of another kind (heteroi) together with (sun) them (autois).