Acts 17:16
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English Standard Version
Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him as he saw that the city was full of idols.

King James Bible
Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry.

American Standard Version
Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him as he beheld the city full of idols.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now whilst Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred within him, seeing the city wholly given to idolatry.

English Revised Version
Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him, as he beheld the city full of idols.

Webster's Bible Translation
Now, while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry.

Weymouth New Testament
While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, his spirit was stirred within him when he noticed that the city was full of idols.

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Vincent's Word Studies

Was stirred (παρωξύνετο)

Better, as Rev., was provoked. See on the kindred word contention (παροξυσμὸς), Acts 15:39.

Saw (θεωροῦντι)

Better, beheld. See on Luke 10:18.

Wholly given to idolatry (κατείδωλον)

Incorrect. The word, which occurs only here in the New Testament, and nowhere in classical Greek, means full of idols. It applies to the city, not to the inhabitants. "We learn from Pliny that at the time of Nero, Athens contained over three thousand public statues, besides a countless number of lesser images within the walls of private houses. Of this number the great majority were statues of gods, demi-gods, or heroes. In one street there stood before every house a square pillar carrying upon it a bust of the god Hermes. Another street, named the Street of the Tripods, was lined with tripods, dedicated by winners in the Greek national games, and carrying each one an inscription to a deity. Every gateway and porch carried its protecting god. Every street, every square, nay, every purlieu, had its sanctuaries, and a Roman poet bitterly remarked that it was easier in Athens to find gods than men" (G. S. Davies, "St. Paul in Greece").

Acts 17:16 Parallel Commentaries

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A.D.54 his spirit.

Exodus 32:19,20 And it came to pass, as soon as he came near to the camp, that he saw the calf, and the dancing: and Moses' anger waxed hot...

Numbers 25:6-11 And, behold, one of the children of Israel came and brought to his brothers a Midianitish woman in the sight of Moses...

1 Kings 19:10,14 And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken your covenant...

Job 32:2,3,18-20 Then was kindled the wrath of Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the kindred of Ram: against Job was his wrath kindled...

Psalm 69:9 For the zeal of your house has eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached you are fallen on me.

Psalm 119:136,158 Rivers of waters run down my eyes, because they keep not your law...

Jeremiah 20:9 Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name...

Micah 3:8 But truly I am full of power by the spirit of the LORD, and of judgment, and of might, to declare to Jacob his transgression...

Mark 3:5 And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, he said to the man...

John 2:13 And the Jews' passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

2 Peter 2:7 And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:

wholly given to idolatry. or, full of idols.

Acts 17:23 For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD...

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Cross References
Acts 17:15
Those who conducted Paul brought him as far as Athens, and after receiving a command for Silas and Timothy to come to him as soon as possible, they departed.

Acts 17:21
Now all the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there would spend their time in nothing except telling or hearing something new.

Acts 18:1
After this Paul left Athens and went to Corinth.

Acts 20:22
And now, behold, I am going to Jerusalem, constrained by the Spirit, not knowing what will happen to me there,

1 Thessalonians 3:1
Therefore when we could bear it no longer, we were willing to be left behind at Athens alone,

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