New International Version
So when we could stand it no longer, we thought it best to be left by ourselves in Athens.
King James Bible
Wherefore when we could no longer forbear, we thought it good to be left at Athens alone;
Darby Bible Translation
Wherefore, being no longer able to refrain ourselves, we thought good to be left alone in Athens,
World English Bible
Therefore, when we couldn't stand it any longer, we thought it good to be left behind at Athens alone,
Young's Literal Translation
Wherefore no longer forbearing, we thought good to be left in Athens alone,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Wherefore, when we could no longer, etc. - The apostle was anxious to hear of their state, and as he could obtain no information without sending a messenger express, he therefore sent Timothy from Athens; choosing rather to be left alone, than to continue any longer in uncertainty relative to their state.
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LibraryWhether the Movement of the Saints Will be Instantaneous?
Objection 1: It would seem that movement of the saints will be instantaneous. For Augustine says (De Civ. Dei xxii, 30) that "wherever the spirit listeth there will the body be." Now the movement of the will, whereby the spirit wishes to be anywhere, is instantaneous. Therefore the body's movement will be instantaneous. Objection 2: Further, the Philosopher (Phys. iv, 8) proves that there is no movement through a vacuum, because it would follow that something moves instantaneously, since a vacuum …
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica
The Beginning of the New Testament
Those who escorted Paul brought him to Athens and then left with instructions for Silas and Timothy to join him as soon as possible.
While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was greatly distressed to see that the city was full of idols.
1 Thessalonians 3:5
For this reason, when I could stand it no longer, I sent to find out about your faith. I was afraid that in some way the tempter had tempted you and that our labors might have been in vain.
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