Ma’asei HaShlikhim 17 – מעשי השליחים יז


1Then they passed by the cities of Amphipolis and Apollonia, and came to Tesaloniki, where there was a Beit K’nesset of the Yehudim.  2And Pavlos, as was his custom, went in to join them, and for three Shabbat days he spoke to them from the scriptures, 3expounding and proving that Mashi’akh had to suffer and rise again from the dead; and that He is the same Yeshua HaMashi’akh whom I declare to you.  4And some of them believed and joined Pavlos and Shilah; and many of them were Greeks who feared Elohim, and many of them were well known women, a goodly number.  5But the Y’hudim, being jealous, secured a band of bad men from the streets of the city and formed a great mob, who caused disturbances in the city, and who came and assaulted the house of Jason and sought to bring them out from it and deliver them to the mob.  6And when they failed to find them there, they dragged forth Jason and the brethren who were there and brought them before the authorities of the city, crying, “These are the men who have created disturbances throughout the world, and behold, they have come here also, 7and Jason has welcomed them; and all of them are against the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, Yeshua.”  8The authorities of the city and all the people were alarmed when they heard these things.  9So they took bail from Jason and some of the brethren and then let them go.

10Then the brethren immediately sent away Pavlos and Shilah by night to the city of Berea; and when they arrived there, they entered into the Beit K’nesset of the Yehudim.  11For the Yehudim there were more noble than the Yehudim who were in Tesaloniki, in that they gladly heard the word daily and searched the scriptures to find out if these things were so.  12And many of them trusted; and of the Greeks there were many men and notable women.  13But when the Y’hudim of Tesaloniki found out that D’var HaElohim was declared by Pavlos in the city of Berea, they came there also, and ceased not to stir up and alarm the people.  14Then the brethren sent Pavlos away to go to the sea; but Shilah and Timoteus remained in that city.  15And those who escorted Pavlos went with him as far as the city of Atunah; and when they were leaving him, they received from him a letter to Shilah and Timoteus, requesting them to come to him in haste.

16Now while Pavlos waited for them at Atunah, he saw the whole city full of idols, and he was grieved in his spirit.  17And he spoke in the Beit K’nesset to the Yehudim and to those who feared Elohim, and in the market place daily with those who were there.  18Philosophers, also, who were of the teaching of Epicurus, and others who were called Stoics, argued with him. And some of them said, “What does this babbler want?” And others said, “He declares foreign gods,” because he declared to them Yeshua and His resurrection.  19So they arrested him and brought him to the court house which is called Areopagus, and said to him, “May we know what is this new teaching which you declare?  20For you proclaim strange words to our ears and we want to know what these things mean.”  21For all the Athenians and the strangers who were there were uninterested in anything except something new to tell or to hear.  

22When Pavlos stood in the court at Areopagus, he said, “Men of Atunah, I see that above all things you are extravagant in the worship of idols.  23For as I walked about and viewed the temples of your worship, I found an altar with this inscription: ‘to the hidden deity.’  He therefore, while you know Him not but yet worship Him, is the very one I am declaring to you.  24For the Elohim who made the world and all things therein, and who is Adon of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; 25neither is He ministered to by human hands,  nor is He in need of anything,  for it is He who gave life and breath to all men. 26And He has made of one blood all nations of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and He has appointed seasons by His command, and has set limits to the age of men, 27so that they should seek and search after Elohim, and find Him by means of His creations, because he is not far from any one of us. 28For in Him we live and move and have our being, as some of your own wise men have said; for we are His family.  29Now therefore, man, being of the family of Elohim, is not bound to worship resemblances made of gold or silver or stone, shaped by the skill and knowledge of man into resemblances of a deity.  30For these times of ignorance Elohim has made to pass, and at this time He has commanded all men, everywhere, to repent.  31For He has appointed a day in which He will judge all the earth with tzedaka by the Man whom He has chosen. He turns every man to trust in Him; on that account He has raised Him from the dead.”

32And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked, and others said, “We will hear you again on this matter.”  33So Pavlos left them.  34Some of them, however, followed him and began to trust; one of them was Dionysius, one of the judges of Areopagus, and another a woman named Damaris, and others with them.

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