1Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where was a synagogue of the Jews: 2And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures, 3Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ. 4And some of them believed, and consorted 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 envy, 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 sought to bring them out to the people. 6And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also; 7Whom Jason hath received: and these all do contrary to the decrees of Cæsar, saying that there is another king, one Jesus. 8And they troubled the people and the rulers of the city, when they heard these things. 9And when they had taken security of Jason, and of the other, they let them go.
10¶ And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. 11These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. 12Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few. 13But when the Jews of Thessalonica had knowledge that the word of God was preached of Paul at Berea, they came thither also, and stirred up the people. 14And then immediately the brethren sent away Paul to go as it were to the sea: but Silas and Timotheus abode there still. 15And they that conducted Paul brought him unto Athens: and receiving a commandment unto Silas and Timotheus for to come to him with all speed, they departed.
16¶ Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry. 17Therefore disputed he in the synagogue with the Jews, and with the devout persons, and in the market daily with them that met with him. 18Then 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. 19And they took him, and brought him unto Areopagus, saying, May we know what this new doctrine, whereof thou speakest, is? 20For 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. 23For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you. 24God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; 25Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; 26And 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; 27That 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: 28For 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. 29Forasmuch 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. 30And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: 31Because 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. 33So Paul departed from among them. 34Howbeit certain men clave unto him, and believed: among the which was Dionysius the Areopagite, and a woman named Damaris, and others with them.
Paulo Ne Silas Kɔ Tesalonika
1Wɔtoaa wɔn akwantu no so fii Amfipoli ne Apolonia baa Tesalonika a na Yudafo hyiadan wɔ no. 2Sɛnea Paulo taa yɛ no, ɔkɔɔ hyiadan mu mprɛnsa ne nnipa no gyee akyinnye wɔ Kyerɛwsɛm no ho, 3kyerɛɛ mu, dii adanse sɛ, ɛsɛ sɛ Agyenkwa no hu amane na ɔsɔre fi awufo mu. Paulo kae se, “Saa Yesu a mereka ne ho asɛm akyerɛ mo yi ne Agyenkwa no.” 4Nnipa no bi gye dii ma wodii Paulo ne Silas akyi. Saa ara na Helafo bebree a wɔsom Onyankopɔn ne mmea mpanyin bi nso gye dii de wɔn ho bɔɔ wɔn ara ne no.
5Yudafo mpanyin no anibere nti, wɔboaboaa ahuhufo bi ano ma wɔbɔɔ twi faa kurow no mu kotwaa Yason fi ho hyiae, pɛɛ sɛ wɔn nsa ka Paulo ne Silas de wɔn brɛ mpanyin no. 6Esiane sɛ wɔn nsa anka wɔn no nti, wɔtwee Yason ne anuanom bi de wɔn baa mpanyin no anim teɛteɛɛ mu se, “Saa nnipa a wɔma basabasa ba baabiara a wɔkɔ no aba yɛn kurow yi mu, 7ama Yason agye wɔn atena ne fi. Wɔn nyinaa abu Ɔhempɔn Kaesare mmara a ɔde ama yɛn sɛ yenni so no so, efisɛ wɔka se ɔhene foforo bi wɔ hɔ a wɔfrɛ no Yesu.” 8Saa asɛm yi hwanyan dɔm no ne kurow no mu mpanyin no. 9Kurow no mu mpanyin no maa Yason ne anuanom no tuaa sika bi de dii wɔn akagyinamu ma wogyaa wɔn.
Paulo Ne Silas Kɔ Beroia
10Ade sae ara pɛ, anuanom yi gyaa Paulo ne Silas kwan ma wɔkɔɔ Beroia. Wodui no, wɔkɔɔ Yudafo hyiadan mu. 11Na nnipa a wɔwɔ hɔ no nyɛ akyinnyegyefo te sɛ Tesalonikafo no. Wɔde ahosɛpɛw gyee asɛm no dii a daa na wosua Kyerɛwsɛm no pɛɛ sɛ wohu sɛ nkyerɛkyerɛ a Paulo kyerɛkyerɛ no yɛ nokware ana. 12Nnipa no mu bebree a Helafo mmea atitiriw ne mmarima ka ho no gyee nkyerɛkyerɛ no dii.
13Bere a Yudafo a wɔwɔ Tesalonika no tee sɛ Paulo akɔka Onyankopɔn asɛm no wɔ Beroia no, wɔkɔɔ hɔ kɔhwanyan hɔfo no nso. 14Enti ntɛm ara na anuanom no gyaa Paulo kwan sɛ ɔnkɔ mpoano, nanso Silas ne Timoteo de, wɔtenaa Beroia. 15Nnipa a wokogyaa Paulo kwan no de no koduu Atene. Wɔresan akɔ Beroia no, Paulo kraa wɔn se wɔnka nkyerɛ Silas ne Timoteo sɛ wɔmmɛka ne ho ntɛm.
Paulo Wɔ Atene
16Bere a Paulo retwɛn Silas ne Timoteo wɔ Atene no, ohuu ahoni pii wɔ kurow no mu. Eyi maa ne werɛ howee yiye. 17Enti na ɔne Yudafo ne amanamanmufo a wɔsom Onyankopɔn no taa hyia wɔ hyiadan mu ma ɔkyerɛkyerɛ wɔn Onyankopɔn asɛm. Saa ara nso na daa na ɔne nkurɔfo gye akyinnye wɔ aguabɔbea ara ne no. 18Afei, ɔne Epikurofo ne Stoikfo anyansafo bi nso gyee akyinnye. Ebinom kae se, “Na dɛn na nnabrabani yi pɛ sɛ ɔkyerɛ yi?” Afoforo nso kae se, “Ɛyɛ sɛ ɔreka anyame afoforo bi ho asɛm.” Nea enti a wɔkaa eyi ne sɛ, na Paulo reka Yesu Kristo ne ne wusɔre ho asɛm. 19Wɔde Paulo kɔɔ Areopago17.19 Nkyerɛase ne “Ares koko.” Ares yɛ Helafo nyame a ogyina hɔ ma aprannaa ne ɔko. bagua anim kae se, “Yɛpɛ sɛ yɛte nkyerɛkyerɛ foforo a worekyerɛkyerɛ yi ase, 20efisɛ nsɛm a woka no bi yɛ yɛn asom asɛm foforo, enti yɛpɛ sɛ wokyerɛkyerɛ yɛn mu yiye.” 21Na Atenefo ne ahɔho a wɔwɔ hɔ no nni hwee yɛ sɛ wɔde wɔn adagyew nyinaa betie nsɛm foforo anaa wɔbɛka nsɛm foforo a wɔate no akyerɛ afoforo.
Paulo Asɛnka Wɔ Areopago
22Paulo sɔre gyinaa Areopago bagua no anim kae se, “Atenefo, mihu sɛ moyɛ nnipa a mopɛ nyamesom yiye. 23Efisɛ mituu mpase faa mo kurow yi mu, na mihuu mmeae ahorow a mosom no, mihuu afɔremuka bi a wɔakyerɛw ho se,
Onyame a wonnim no no de.
Enti ade a munnim na mosɔre no, ɛno ho asɛm na mereka akyerɛ mo yi.
24“Onyankopɔn a ɔbɔɔ wiase ne nneɛma a ɛwɔ mu nyinaa no na ɔyɛɛ ɔsoro ne asase. Awurade no nte asɔredan a nnipa asi mu. 25Saa ara nso na biribiara a nnipa nam wɔn dwumadi so de bɛma no no nso ho nhia no, efisɛ ɔno na ɔma nnipa nkwa ne biribiara a ehia wɔn. 26Ɔnam onipa baako so na ɔbɔɔ nnipa ahorow nyinaa de wɔn tenaa asase so. Ɔno ankasa na ansa na ɔrebɛbɔ nnipa no, ɔhyehyɛɛ amanaman bere a wɔbɛsɔre ne bere a wɔbɛhwe ase. Saa ara na ɔhyehyɛɛ wɔn tenabea ahye nso. 27Ɛwɔ mu sɛ Onyankopɔn bɛn yɛn de, nanso ɔyɛ eyi sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a nnipa bɛhwehwɛ nʼakyi kwan atwiw abɛn no; 28sɛnea obi ka se, ‘Ne mu na yɛte ase na yɛkeka yɛn ho’ no. Saa ara na mo nnwontofo bi nso aka se, ‘Yɛn nso yɛyɛ ne mma’ no.
29“Ɛno de, sɛ yɛyɛ Onyankopɔn mma de a, ɛnsɛ sɛ yesusuw sɛ Onyankopɔn tebea te sɛ ohoni bi a onipa de dwetɛ anaa sika anaa ɔbo ayɛ. 30Onyankopɔn buu nʼani guu bere a na nnipa nnim no no so, nanso afei de, ɔhyɛ nnipa nyinaa sɛ wɔntwe wɔn ho mfi akwammɔne so. 31Efisɛ wayi da bi ato hɔ a ɔnam onipa bi a wayi no no so bebu nnipa nyinaa atɛntrenee. Ɔnam sɔre a ɔmaa saa onipa yi sɔre fii awufo mu no so adi adanse akyerɛ nnipa nyinaa.”
32Bere a nnipa no tee sɛ Paulo reka owusɔre ho asɛm no, ebinom dii ne ho fɛw, na afoforo nso kae se, “Yɛpɛ sɛ wosan ka saa asɛm no bio.” 33Saa nsɛm a ɛkɔɔ so yi maa Paulo fii bagua no anim kɔe. 34Nanso, nnipa kakraa bi gyee no dii de wɔn ho bɔɔ no. Saa nnipa no mu bi ne Dionisio a ɔfra Areopagofo mu ne ɔbea bi a ne din de Damari ne afoforo bi.