Acts 17:30
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New International Version
In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent.

New Living Translation
"God overlooked people's ignorance about these things in earlier times, but now he commands everyone everywhere to repent of their sins and turn to him.

English Standard Version
The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent,

New American Standard Bible
"Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent,

King James Bible
And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Therefore, having overlooked the times of ignorance, God now commands all people everywhere to repent,

International Standard Version
Though God has overlooked those times of ignorance, he now commands everyone everywhere to repent,

NET Bible
Therefore, although God has overlooked such times of ignorance, he now commands all people everywhere to repent,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“For God has banished the times of deception, and at this time he commands all the children of men: 'Everyone in every place shall return to God.'”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"God overlooked the times when people didn't know any better. But now he commands everyone everywhere to turn to him and change the way they think and act.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For the times of this ignorance God overlooked, but he now commands all men everywhere to repent

King James 2000 Bible
And the times of this ignorance God overlooked; but now commands all men everywhere to repent:

American King James Version
And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commands all men every where to repent:

American Standard Version
The times of ignorance therefore God overlooked; but now he commandeth men that they should all everywhere repent:

Douay-Rheims Bible
And God indeed having winked at the times of this ignorance, now declareth unto men, that all should every where do penance.

Darby Bible Translation
God therefore, having overlooked the times of ignorance, now enjoins men that they shall all everywhere repent,

English Revised Version
The times of ignorance therefore God overlooked; but now he commandeth men that they should all everywhere repent:

Webster's Bible Translation
And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:

Weymouth New Testament
Those times of ignorance God viewed with indulgence. But now He commands all men everywhere to repent,

World English Bible
The times of ignorance therefore God overlooked. But now he commands that all people everywhere should repent,

Young's Literal Translation
the times, indeed, therefore, of the ignorance God having overlooked, doth now command all men everywhere to reform,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

17:22-31 Here we have a sermon to heathens, who worshipped false gods, and were without the true God in the world; and to them the scope of the discourse was different from what the apostle preached to the Jews. In the latter case, his business was to lead his hearers by prophecies and miracles to the knowledge of the Redeemer, and faith in him; in the former, it was to lead them, by the common works of providence, to know the Creator, and worship Him. The apostle spoke of an altar he had seen, with the inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. This fact is stated by many writers. After multiplying their idols to the utmost, some at Athens thought there was another god of whom they had no knowledge. And are there not many now called Christians, who are zealous in their devotions, yet the great object of their worship is to them an unknown God? Observe what glorious things Paul here says of that God whom he served, and would have them to serve. The Lord had long borne with idolatry, but the times of this ignorance were now ending, and by his servants he now commanded all men every where to repent of their idolatry. Each sect of the learned men would feel themselves powerfully affected by the apostle's discourse, which tended to show the emptiness or falsity of their doctrines.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 30. - The times of ignorance therefore God overlooked for and the times of this ignorance God winked at, A.V.; he commandeth for commandeth, A.V.; men for all men, A.V.; that they should all everywhere repent for everywhere to repent, A.V. and T.R. The times of ignorance; perhaps with reference to ver. 23, and also implying that all the idolatry, of which he had spoken in ver. 29, arose from ignorance. God overlooked; or, as it is idiomatically expressed in the A.V., winked at; made as if he did not see it; "kept silence," as it is said in Psalm 50:21; made no move to punish it. That they should all everywhere. The gospel is for the whole world- "Their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world" (Romans 10:18); "Preach the gospel to every creature" (Mark 16:15). Repent. The key-note of the gospel (Matthew 3:2; Matthew 4:17; Acts 20:21).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And the times of this ignorance God winked at,.... Not that he approved of, or encouraged such blindness and folly, as appeared among the Gentiles, when they worshipped idols of gold, silver, and stone, taking them for deities; but rather the sense is, he despised this, and them for it, and was displeased and angry with them; and as an evidence of such contempt and indignation, he overlooked them, and took no notice of them, and gave them no revelation to direct them, nor prophets to instruct them, and left them to their stupidity and ignorance:

but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent; that is, he hath given orders, that the doctrine of repentance, as well as remission of sins, should be preached to all nations, to Gentiles as well as Jews; and that it becomes them to repent of their idolatries, and turn from their idols, and worship the one, only, living and true God: and though for many hundreds of years God had neglected them, and sent no messengers, nor messages to them, to acquaint them with his will, and to show them their follies and mistakes; yet now he had sent his apostles unto them, to lay before them their sins, and call them to repentance; and to stir them up to this, the apostle informs them of the future judgment in the following verse. Repentance being represented as a command, does not suppose it to be in the power of men, or contradict evangelical repentance, being the free grace gift of God, but only shows the need men stand in of it, and how necessary and requisite it is; and when it is said to be a command to all, this does not destroy its being a special blessing of the covenant of grace to some; but points out the sad condition that all men are in as sinners, and that without repentance they must perish: and indeed, all men are obliged to natural repentance for sin, though to all men the grace of evangelical repentance is not given: the Jews (a) call repentance , "the command of repentance", though they do not think it obligatory on men, as the other commands of the law. The law gives no encouragement to repentance, and shows no mercy on account of it; it is a branch of the Gospel ministry, and goes along with the doctrine of the remission of sins; and though in the Gospel, strictly taken, there is no command, yet being largely taken for the whole ministry of the word, it includes this, and everything else which Christ has commanded, and was taught by him and his apostles; Matthew 28:20.

(a) Tzeror Hammor, fol. 157. 4.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

30. the times of this ignorance God winked at—literally (and far better), "overlooked," that is, bore with, without interposing to punish it, otherwise than suffering the debasing tendency of such worship to develop itself (compare Ac 14:16, and see on [2043]Ro 1:24, &c.).

but now—that a new light was risen upon the world.

commandeth—"That duty—all along lying upon man estranged from his Creator, but hitherto only silently recommending itself and little felt—is now peremptory."

all men every where to repent—(compare Col 1:6, 23; Tit 1:11)—a tacit allusion to the narrow precincts of favored Judaism, within which immediate and entire repentance was ever urged. The word "repentance" is here used (as in Lu 13:3, 5; 15:10) in its most comprehensive sense of "repentance unto life."

Acts 17:30 Additional Commentaries
Context
Paul Before the Areopagus
29"Being then the children of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and thought of man. 30"Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, 31because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead."…
Cross References
Luke 24:47
and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

Acts 14:16
In the past, he let all nations go their own way.

Acts 17:23
For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: to an unknown god. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship--and this is what I am going to proclaim to you.

Acts 26:20
First to those in Damascus, then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and then to the Gentiles, I preached that they should repent and turn to God and demonstrate their repentance by their deeds.

Romans 3:25
God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood--to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished--

Ephesians 4:18
They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts.

Titus 2:11
For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people.
Treasury of Scripture

And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commands all men every where to repent:

the times.

Acts 14:16 Who in times past suffered all nations to walk in their own ways.

Psalm 50:21 These things have you done, and I kept silence; you thought that …

Romans 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God …

Romans 3:23,25 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God…

but.

Acts 3:19 Repent you therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out…

Acts 11:18 When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified …

Acts 20:21 Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward …

Acts 26:17-20 Delivering you from the people, and from the Gentiles, to whom now I send you…

Matthew 3:2 And saying, Repent you: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Matthew 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the …

Mark 6:12 And they went out, and preached that men should repent.

Luke 13:5 I tell you, No: but, except you repent, you shall all likewise perish.

Luke 15:10 Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels …

Luke 24:47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his …

Romans 2:4 Or despise you the riches of his goodness and forbearance and long-suffering…

2 Corinthians 7:10 For godly sorrow works repentance to salvation not to be repented …

Ephesians 4:17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you from now …

Ephesians 5:6-8 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things …

Titus 2:11,12 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men…

1 Peter 1:14,15 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the …

1 Peter 4:3 For the time past of our life may suffice us to have worked the will …

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