Acts 17:30
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,

Berean Study Bible
Although God overlooked the ignorance of earlier times, He now commands all men everywhere to repent.

Berean Literal Bible
So indeed God, having overlooked the times of ignorance, now commands all men 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:

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

Contemporary English Version
In the past, God forgave all this because people did not know what they were doing. But now he says that everyone everywhere must turn to him.

Good News Translation
God has overlooked the times when people did not know him, but now he commands all of them everywhere to turn away from their evil ways.

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,

New Heart English Bible
The times of ignorance therefore God overlooked. But now he commands that all people everywhere should 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.

New American Standard 1977
“Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all everywhere should repent,

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,
Study Bible
Paul Before the Areopagus
29Therefore, being offspring of God, we should not think that the Divine Being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by man’s skill and imagination. 30Although God overlooked the ignorance of earlier times, He now commands all men everywhere to repent. 31For He has set a day when He will judge the world with justice by the Man He has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising Him from the dead.”…
Cross References
Luke 24:47
and in His name repentance and forgiveness of sins will be proclaimed to all nations, beginning in Jerusalem.

Acts 14:16
In past generations, He let all nations go their own way.

Acts 17:23
For as I walked around and examined your objects of worship, I even found an altar with the inscription: To an unknown God. Therefore what you worship as something unknown, I now proclaim to you.

Acts 26:20
First to those in Damascus and Jerusalem, then to everyone in the region of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, I declared that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds worthy of their repentance.

Romans 3:25
God presented Him as an atoning sacrifice through faith in His blood, in order to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance He had passed over the sins committed beforehand.

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

Titus 2:11
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men.

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 hast thou done, and I kept silence; thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes.

Romans 1:28
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

but.

Acts 3:19
Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;

Acts 11:18
When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.

Acts 20:21
Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.







Lexicon
Although
μὲν (men)
Particle
Strong's Greek 3303: A primary particle; properly, indicative of affirmation or concession; usually followed by a contrasted clause with de.

God
Θεὸς (Theos)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2316: A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.

overlooked
ὑπεριδὼν (hyperidōn)
Verb - Aorist Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 5237: To overlook, take no notice of, disregard. From huper and eido; to overlook, i.e. Not punish.

the
τῆς (tēs)
Article - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

ignorance
ἀγνοίας (agnoias)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 52: Ignorance, inadvertence, sometimes with the idea of willful blindness. From agnoeo; ignorance.

of
Τοὺς (Tous)
Article - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

[earlier] times,
χρόνους (chronous)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 5550: A space of time or interval; by extension, an individual opportunity; by implication, delay.

He now commands
παραγγέλλει (parangellei)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 3853: To notify, command, charge, entreat solemnly. From para and the base of aggelos; to transmit a message, i.e. to enjoin.

all
πάντας (pantas)
Adjective - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3956: All, the whole, every kind of. Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole.

men
ἀνθρώποις (anthrōpois)
Noun - Dative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 444: A man, one of the human race. From aner and ops; man-faced, i.e. A human being.

everywhere
πανταχοῦ (pantachou)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 3837: Everywhere, in all places. Genitive case of a presumed derivative of pas; universally.

to repent.
μετανοεῖν (metanoein)
Verb - Present Infinitive Active
Strong's Greek 3340: From meta and noieo; to think differently or afterwards, i.e. Reconsider.
(30) And the times of this ignorance God winked at.--Better, perhaps, overlooked, the English phrase, though vivid, being somewhat too familiar, and suggesting; strictly taken, not merely tolerance, but connivance and concurrence. The thought is one in which St. Paul manifestly found comfort. He sees in that ignorance a mitigation of the guilt, and therefore of the punishment due to the heathen world. The past history of the world had shown a praetermission of the sins, for which, on the condition of repentance, men were now offered a full remission. (See Note on Romans 3:25.) In thus teaching he was reproducing what our Lord had taught as to the servant who "knew not his Lord's will," and should therefore be beaten, but with "few stripes." (See Note on Luke 12:48.)

And now commandeth all men every where to repent.--At this point the feelings of both Stoics and Epicureans would almost inevitably undergo a change. The latter might regret the mistakes he had made in his search after the maximum of enjoyment, but a change such as the Greek for "repentance" implied--new aims and purposes, loathing of the past and efforts for the future--was altogether alien to his thoughts. From the Stoics, as measured by Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius, better things might perhaps have been expected, but the doctrine of Necessity, which entered largely into popular Stoicism, blunted their sense of responsibility. They accepted the consequences of their actions with a serene apathy; for the most part, they gave thanks, as the philosophic Emperor did, that they were not as other men, and that the events of their life had led them to an ethical completeness; but the idea of abhorring themselves, and repenting in dust and ashes, had not as yet dawned on the Stoic's thoughts. (Meditt. i. 1-16.)

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). 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.
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