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English Majority Text Version 2009

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17:1Now traveling through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews.
17:2And according to Paul's custom, he went in to them, and for three Sabbaths he reasoned with them from the Scriptures,
17:3interpreting and pointing out that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer, and to arise from the dead, and [saying ]that "This is the Christ, Jesus, whom I proclaim to you."
17:4And some of them were persuaded and were joined with Paul and Silas, both of the devout Greeks, a great multitude, and not a few of the chief women.
17:5And the Jews who did not believe [ ]took some wicked men from the marketplace, and forming a mob, [they ]threw the city into disorder, and came upon the house of Jason, and sought to bring them to the people.
17:6But when they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some brothers to the rulers of the city, crying out, "The men who have upset the whole world, these have come here, too;
17:7whom Jason has received; and these all practice contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying there is another king-Jesus."
17:8And they troubled the crowd and the rulers of the city when they heard these things.
17:9And having taken the security bond from Jason and the rest, they released them.
17:10Then the brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away during the night to Berea. When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews.
17:11And these were more noble-minded than[ ]those in Thessalonica, who received the word with all readiness, each day examining the Scriptures [to see ]whether these things might be so.
17:12Therefore many of them believed, and not a few of the prominent Greek women and men.
17:13But when the Jews from Thessalonica learned that the word of God was proclaimed by Paul in Berea, they came there also, agitating the crowds.
17:14Then immediately the brothers sent Paul away, to go toward the sea; but both Silas and Timothy remained there.
17:15And those conducting Paul brought him to Athens; and receiving a command for Silas and Timothy, that as quickly as possible they should come to him, they departed.
17:16And in Athens, while Paul waited for them, his spirit was provoked within him when he saw that the city was full of idols.
17:17Therefore he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and with the [Gentile] worshippers, and in the marketplace daily with those coming by.
17:18And also some of the Epicurean and of the Stoic philosophers were conversing with him. And some were saying, "What does this seed-picker wish to say?"But others [said], "He seems to be a proclaimer of foreign deities,"because he was preaching the good news of Jesus and the resurrection.
17:19And taking hold of him, they brought [him] to the Areopagus, saying, "Are we able to know what this new doctrine is you speak about?
17:20For you are bringing some strange things to our ears. Therefore we desire to know what these things might mean."
17:21Now all the Athenians and the strangers staying there as visitors spent their time in nothing other than to say or to hear some new thing.
17:22Then Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, "Men, Athenians, according to all things I perceive you as [being ]very religious;
17:23for as I passed by and considered the objects of your worship, I found also an altar on which it had been inscribed: TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Therefore, [Him] whom being ignorant of you worship, this [One] I announce to you:
17:24The God who made the world and all the things in it, Him being Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made by human hands,
17:25nor by the hands of men is He served, as though He needed anything, for He gives to all life, and breath, with respect to all things.
17:26And He made from one blood every nation of men to dwell upon all the face of the earth, and He ordained their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings,
17:27[in order for them ]to seek the Lord, if perhaps indeed they might grope for Him and find [Him], and yet being indeed not far from each one of us;
17:28for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, 'For we are also His offspring.'
17:29"Therefore, being the offspring of God, we ought not to suppose that the Godhead is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and the imagination of man.
17:30So then these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now He commands all men everywhere to repent,
17:31because He has appointed a day in which He is going to judge the world in righteousness by [the] Man whom He has appointed, having given proof to all, by raising Him from the dead."
17:32But when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some were scoffing, but others said, "We will hear you again concerning this."
17:33And thus Paul went forth from their midst.
17:34However, some men were joined to him and believed, among whom were also Dionysius the Areopagite, a woman named Damaris, and others with them.
English Majority Text Version

English Majority Text Version


Welcome to the third edition of The English Majority Text Version (EMTV) of the Holy Bible. This latest edition has Greek explanatory notes throughout the Bible, to aid the reader in understanding the meanings in some select places of the original Koine Greek. Also, the third edition finds itself closer to the Robinson/Pierpoint printed edition of the Byzantine majority text, rather than the Hodges/Farstad text, which the EMTV was translated from. You will notice these differences in John 7:53-8:11, as well as the entire book of Revelation.

The English Majority Text Version draws from the work of both Dr.’s Hodges and Farstad, and their text, “The Greek New Testament According to the Majority Text,” as well as from Dr. Wilbur Pickering, ThM. PhD., and the EMTV has incorporated his hard work in the field of producing evidence of just what does constitute a majority reading, and, as a result of his work, and the work of others, John 7:53-8:11, and the book of Revelation reflect these variant readings. This is one of the great things about having a Bible that is translated from the majority of the trustworthy Byzantine manuscripts that are in existence—the much greater probability of accuracy.

On the other side of the fence, most modern Bibles are translated from a few scant manuscripts (literally), and more often than not they do not even agree with each other. Not so with a Bible that is translated out of the majority! The experts in linguistics who have put these readings together, and diligently compared the manuscripts, had hundreds and hundreds of manuscripts to compare. It is my prayer that this work will bring honor to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and to our God and Father; because all of this, all that we do, we do to know Him better, and to better understand His word, which He has given to mankind. “Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. Do not add to His words, Lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar. (Prove 30:5,6). Peace of Christ to you all. In His service, Paul W Esposito Stauros Ministries