Acts 17:21
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New International Version
(All the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there spent their time doing nothing but talking about and listening to the latest ideas.)

New Living Translation
(It should be explained that all the Athenians as well as the foreigners in Athens seemed to spend all their time discussing the latest ideas.)

English Standard Version
Now all the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there would spend their time in nothing except telling or hearing something new.

Berean Study Bible
Now all the Athenians and foreigners who lived there spent their time doing nothing more than hearing and articulating new ideas.

Berean Literal Bible
Now all the Athenians and the visiting strangers spent their time in nothing else than to tell something and to hear something new.

New American Standard Bible
(Now all the Athenians and the strangers visiting there used to spend their time in nothing other than telling or hearing something new.)

King James Bible
(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.)

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now all the Athenians and the foreigners residing there spent their time on nothing else but telling or hearing something new.

International Standard Version
Now all the Athenians and the foreigners living there used to spend their time doing nothing else other than listening to the latest ideas or repeating them.

NET Bible
(All the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there used to spend their time in nothing else than telling or listening to something new.)

New Heart English Bible
Now all the Athenians and the strangers living there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell or to hear some new thing.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But all the Athenians and those foreigners who come there are concerned about nothing except to tell and to hear something new.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Everyone who lived in Athens looked for opportunities to tell or hear something new and unusual.

New American Standard 1977
(Now all the Athenians and the strangers visiting there used to spend their time in nothing other than telling or hearing something new.)

Jubilee Bible 2000
(For all the Athenians and strangers who were there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell or to hear some new thing.)

King James 2000 Bible
(For all the Athenians and strangers who were there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing.)

American King James Version
(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.)

American Standard Version
(Now all the Athenians and the strangers sojourning there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell or to hear some new thing.)

Douay-Rheims Bible
(Now all the Athenians, and strangers that were there, employed themselves in nothing else, but either in telling or in hearing some new thing.)

Darby Bible Translation
Now all [the] Athenians and the strangers sojourning there spent their time in nothing else than to tell and to hear the news.

English Revised Version
(Now all the Athenians and the strangers sojourning there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell or to hear some new thing.)

Webster's Bible Translation
(For all the Athenians and strangers who were there, spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing.)

Weymouth New Testament


World English Bible
Now all the Athenians and the strangers living there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell or to hear some new thing.

Young's Literal Translation
and all Athenians, and the strangers sojourning, for nothing else were at leisure but to say something, and to hear some newer thing.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
17:16-21 Athens was then famed for polite learning, philosophy, and the fine arts; but none are more childish and superstitious, more impious, or more credulous, than some persons, deemed eminent for learning and ability. It was wholly given to idolatry. The zealous advocate for the cause of Christ will be ready to plead for it in all companies, as occasion offers. Most of these learned men took no notice of Paul; but some, whose principles were the most directly contrary to Christianity, made remarks upon him. The apostle ever dwelt upon two points, which are indeed the principal doctrines of Christianity, Christ and a future state; Christ our way, and heaven our end. They looked on this as very different from the knowledge for many ages taught and professed at Athens; they desire to know more of it, but only because it was new and strange. They led him to the place where judges sat who inquired into such matters. They asked about Paul's doctrine, not because it was good, but because it was new. Great talkers are always busy-bodies. They spend their time in nothing else, and a very uncomfortable account they have to give of their time who thus spend it. Time is precious, and we are concerned to employ it well, because eternity depends upon it, but much is wasted in unprofitable conversation.
Study Bible
Paul in Athens
20For you are bringing some strange notions to our ears, and we want to know what they mean.” 21Now all the Athenians and foreigners who lived there spent their time doing nothing more than hearing and articulating new ideas. 22Then Paul stood up before the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I see that in every way you are very religious.…
Cross References
Acts 2:10
Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome,

Acts 17:15
Those who escorted Paul brought him to Athens and then returned with instructions for Silas and Timothy to join him as soon as possible.

Acts 17:16
While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was deeply disturbed in his spirit to see that the city was full of idols.

Acts 17:20
For you are bringing some strange notions to our ears, and we want to know what they mean."
Treasury of Scripture

(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.)

spent.

Ephesians 5:16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Colossians 4:5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.

2 Thessalonians 3:11,12 For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, …

1 Timothy 5:13 And with they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; …

2 Timothy 2:16,17 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase to more …

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