PAUL'S SPEECH ON THE HILL
Acts xvii: 1 to 34.
ROM Philippi, Paul and Silas went to Thessalonica, which
was the largest city in Macedonia. There they found
many Jews, and a synagogue where the Jews worshipped.
For three weeks Paul spoke at the meetings in the
synagogue, and showed the meaning of the Old Testament
writings that the Saviour for whom all the Jews were
looking must suffer, and die, and rise again from the
dead. And Paul said to them:
"This Jesus whom I preach to you, is the Christ, the
Son of God and the King of Israel."
Some of the Jews believed Paul's teachings, and a far
greater number of the Greeks, the people of the city
who were not Jews, became followers of Christ. And
with them were some of the leading women of the city,
so that a large church of believers in Christ arose in
But the Jews who would not believe in Jesus were very
angry as they saw so many seeking the Lord. They
stirred up a crowd of the lowest people of the city,
and raised a riot, and led a noisy throng to the house
of a man named Jason, with whom they supposed that Paul
and Silas were staying. The crowd broke into the
house, and sought for Paul and Silas, but could not
find them. Then they seized Jason, the master of the
house, and some other friends of the apostles, and
dragged them before the rulers of the city, and cried
"These men who have turned the whole world upside down,
have come to this city, and Jason has taken them into
his house. They are acting contrary to the laws of
Caesar the emperor, for they say that there is another
king, a man whose name is Jesus."
The rulers of the city were greatly troubled when they
saw these riotous people, and heard their words. They
 Jason and his friends had done nothing
against the law of the land; but to content the crowd
they made the believers promise to obey the laws, and
then they let them go free. The brethren of the church
sent away Paul and Silas, in the night-time, to the
city of Berea, which was not far from Thessalonica.
There again they found a synagogue of the Jews, and, as
in other places, Paul went into its meetings and
preached Jesus, not only to the Jews, but also to the
Gentiles, many of whom worshipped with the Jews.
These people were of a nobler spirit than the Jews of
Thessalonica, for they did not refuse to hear Paul's
teachings. They listened with open minds, and every
day they studied the Old Testament writings, to see
whether the words spoken by Paul were true. And many
of them became believers in Jesus, not only the Jews,
but the Gentiles also; for those who study the Bible
will always find Christ in its pages. But the news
went to Thessalonica, that the word of Christ was being
taught in Berea. The Jews of Thessalonica sent some
men to Berea, who stirred up the people against Paul
and Silas. To avoid such a riot as had arisen in
Thessalonica, the brethren in Berea took Paul away from
the city, but Silas and Timothy stayed for a time.
The men who went with Paul led him down to the sea, and
went with him to Athens. There they left Paul alone,
but took back with them Paul's message to Silas and
Timothy to hasten to him as quickly as they could come.
While Paul was waiting for his friends in Athens, his
spirit was stirred in him as he saw the city full of
idols. It was said that in the city of Athens the
images of the gods were more in number than the people.
Paul talked with the Jews in the synagogue, and in the
public square of the city with the people whom he met.
For all the people of Athens, and those who were
visiting in that city, spent most of their time in
telling or in hearing whatever was new. And there were
in Athens many men who were thought very wise, and who
were teachers of what they called wisdom. Some of
these men met Paul, and as they heard him, they said
scornfully, "What does this babbler say?"
And because he preached to them of Jesus, and of his
rising from the dead, some said, "This man seems to be
talking about some strange gods!"
There was in Athens a hill, called Mars' Hill, where a
 was held upon seats of stone ranged around.
They brought Paul to this place, and asked him, saying,
"May we know what is this new teaching that you are
giving? You bring to our ears some strange things, and
we wish to know what these things mean."
Then Paul stood in the middle of Mars' Hill, with the
people of the city around him, and he said:
"Ye men of Athens, I see that you are exceedingly given
to worship. For as I passed by I saw an altar, upon
which was written these words,
'TO THE UNKNOWN GOD.'&NBSP;That God whom you know not, and whom you seek to
worship, is the God that I make known to you. The God
who made the world and all things that are in it, is
Lord of heaven and earth, and does not dwell in temples
made by the hands of men; nor is he served by men's
hands, as though he needed anything. For God gives to
all men life, and breath, and all things. And he has
made of one blood all the peoples who live on the
earth: that all men should seek
 God, and should
feel after him, and should find him; for he is not far
away from any of us. For in him we live, and move, and
have our being: even as some of your own poets have
said, 'For we also are the children of God.' Since we
are God's children, we should not think that God is
like gold, or silver, or stone, wrought by the hands of
men. Now God calls upon men to turn from their sins;
and he tells us that he has fixed a day when he will
judge the world through that man Jesus Christ whom he
has chosen, and whom he has raised from the dead."
PAUL PREACHING ON MARS' HILL
When they heard Paul speak of the dead being raised,
some laughed in scorn; but others said, "We will hear
you again about this." After a time Paul went away
from Athens. Very few people joined with Paul, and
believed on Jesus. Among these few was a man named
Dionysius, one of the court that met on Mars' Hill, and
a woman named Damaris. A few others joined with them;
but in Athens the followers of Christ were not many.