Acts 17:20
New International Version
You are bringing some strange ideas to our ears, and we would like to know what they mean."

New Living Translation
"You are saying some rather strange things, and we want to know what it's all about."

English Standard Version
For you bring some strange things to our ears. We wish to know therefore what these things mean.”

Berean Study Bible
For you are bringing some strange notions to our ears, and we want to know what they mean.”

Berean Literal Bible
For you are bringing some strange things to our ears. We resolve therefore to know what these things wish to be."

New American Standard Bible
"For you are bringing some strange things to our ears; so we want to know what these things mean."

King James Bible
For thou bringest certain strange things to our ears: we would know therefore what these things mean.

Christian Standard Bible
Because what you say sounds strange to us, and we want to know what these things mean."

Contemporary English Version
We have heard you say some strange things, and we want to know what you mean."

Good News Translation
Some of the things we hear you say sound strange to us, and we would like to know what they mean." (

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For what you say sounds strange to us, and we want to know what these ideas mean."

International Standard Version
It sounds rather strange to our ears, and we would like to know what it means."

NET Bible
For you are bringing some surprising things to our ears, so we want to know what they mean."

New Heart English Bible
For you bring certain strange things to our ears. We want to know therefore what these things mean."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“For you have sown strange words in our hearing and we wish to know what these things are.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Some of the things you say sound strange to us. So we would like to know what they mean."

New American Standard 1977
“For you are bringing some strange things to our ears; we want to know therefore what these things mean.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
For thou bringest certain new things to our ears; we desire, therefore, to know what these things mean.

King James 2000 Bible
For you bring certain strange things to our ears: we would know therefore what these things mean.

American King James Version
For you bring certain strange things to our ears: we would know therefore what these things mean.

American Standard Version
For thou bringest certain strange things to our ears: we would know therefore what these things mean.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For thou bringest in certain new things to our ears. We would know therefore what these things mean.

Darby Bible Translation
For thou bringest certain strange things to our ears. We wish therefore to know what these things may mean.

English Revised Version
For thou bringest certain strange things to our ears: we would know therefore what these things mean.

Webster's Bible Translation
For thou bringest certain strange things to our ears; we would know therefore what these things mean.

Weymouth New Testament
For the things you are saying sound strange to us. We should therefore like to be told exactly what they mean."

World English Bible
For you bring certain strange things to our ears. We want to know therefore what these things mean."

Young's Literal Translation
for certain strange things thou dost bring to our ears? we wish, then, to know what these things would wish to be;'
Study Bible
Paul in Athens
19So they took Paul and brought him to the Areopagus, where they asked him, “May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting? 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.…
Cross References
Acts 17:19
So they took Paul and brought him to the Areopagus, where they asked him, "May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting?

Acts 17:21
Now all the Athenians and foreigners who lived there spent their time doing nothing more than hearing and articulating new ideas.

Treasury of Scripture

For you bring certain strange things to our ears: we would know therefore what these things mean.

strange.

Hosea 8:12
I have written to him the great things of my law, but they were counted as a strange thing.

Matthew 19:23-25
Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven…

Mark 10:24-26
And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God! …

what.

Acts 2:12
And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this?

Acts 10:17
Now while Peter doubted in himself what this vision which he had seen should mean, behold, the men which were sent from Cornelius had made inquiry for Simon's house, and stood before the gate,

Mark 9:10
And they kept that saying with themselves, questioning one with another what the rising from the dead should mean.







Lexicon
For
γάρ (gar)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1063: For. A primary particle; properly, assigning a reason.

you are bringing
εἰσφέρεις (eisphereis)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1533: To lead into, bring in, announce. From eis and phero; to carry inward.

some
τινα (tina)
Interrogative / Indefinite Pronoun - Accusative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 5100: Any one, some one, a certain one or thing. An enclitic indefinite pronoun; some or any person or object.

strange notions
ξενίζοντα (xenizonta)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Accusative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 3579: (a) I entertain a stranger, (b) I startle, bewilder. From xenos; to be a host; by implication, be strange.

to
εἰς (eis)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1519: A primary preposition; to or into, of place, time, or purpose; also in adverbial phrases.

our
ἡμῶν (hēmōn)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 1st Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

ears,
ἀκοὰς (akoas)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 189: Hearing, faculty of hearing, ear; report, rumor. From akouo; hearing.

[and]
οὖν (oun)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 3767: Therefore, then. Apparently a primary word; certainly, or accordingly.

we want
βουλόμεθα (boulometha)
Verb - Present Indicative Middle or Passive - 1st Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1014: To will, intend, desire, wish. Middle voice of a primary verb; to 'will, ' i.e. be willing.

to know
γνῶναι (gnōnai)
Verb - Aorist Infinitive Active
Strong's Greek 1097: A prolonged form of a primary verb; to 'know' in a great variety of applications and with many implications.

what
τίνα (tina)
Interrogative / Indefinite Pronoun - Nominative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 5101: Who, which, what, why. Probably emphatic of tis; an interrogative pronoun, who, which or what.

[they]
ταῦτα (tauta)
Demonstrative Pronoun - Nominative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 3778: This; he, she, it.

mean.”
θέλει (thelei)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2309: To will, wish, desire, be willing, intend, design.
(20) Thou bringest certain strange things.--The adjective stands for a Greek participle, things that startle, or leave an impression of strangeness.

Verse 20. - Strange things. Χενίζειν, in this use of it, means to act or play the foreigner, to imitate the manners and language and appearance of a foreigner (ξένος), just as Ἰουδαίζειν Ἐλληνίζειν Αττικίζειν, etc., mean to Judaize, Hellenize, Atticize, etc. Here, then, the Athenians say that St. Paul's doctrines have a foreign air, do not look like native Athenian speculations. 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.
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