Author: Ron Graham

Book of Acts

Acts 17:1-15
—Verse by verse

This page is a verse by verse study of Acts 17:1-15. These verses describe Paul’s experiences and work in Thessalonica and Berea during his second missionary journey. .

Acts 17

Paul’s experiences and work in Thessalonica.

Verses 1-3

¶ "When Paul and Silas had travelled through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica. There was a Jewish synagogue in Thessalonica. So Paul, according to his custom, went in to those assembled and reasoned with them from the Scriptures. He did this on three Sabbath days. Paul explained and proved that the Christ had to suffer and rise again from the dead. Paul said, “This Jesus, whom I proclaim to you, is the Christ.” " (Acts 17:1-3).

Verses 4-7

¶ "Some of the Jews in the synagogue at Thessalonica were persuaded by Paul and joined him and Silas. So did a great many of the devout Greeks and quite a few of the important women. But other Jews grew jealous. They took along some wicked men from the marketplace, got a mob together, and set the city in an uproar. Storming the house of Jason, they intended to bring Paul and Silas out to face the people. When they didn't find them, they dragged Jason and certain brothers before the rulers of the city and shouted, “Those men who have turned the world upside down have come here also. Jason has welcomed them. These men and their followers all act contrary to the decrees of Caesar. They say that there is another king, Jesus!” " (Acts 17:4-7).

Paul’s experiences and work in Berea.

Verses 8-10

¶ "The populace and the rulers of the city were troubled when they heard these things. They released Jason and the others, but only on bail. The brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea. When Paul and Silas arrived, they went into the Jewish synagogue." (Acts 17:8-10).

Verses 11-12

¶ "Now these at Berea were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of the mind. They examined the Scriptures daily to see whether the things that Paul and Silas preached were so. Consequently, many of them believed. So did many of the prominent Greek women, and quite a few men." (Acts 17:11-12).

Verses 13-15

¶ "The Jews of Thessalonica found out that the word of God was proclaimed by Paul at Berea also. So they came there stirring up the crowds as they'd done in Thessalonica. Then the brethren at Berea immediately sent Paul out of the city and all the way to the sea. Silas and Timothy remained in Berea. Paul’s escorts brought him as far as Athens. Paul gave the escorts an order for Silas and Timothy to come to him very quickly. So the escorts departed." (Acts 17:13-15).

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