New International Version
While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was greatly distressed to see 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.
Darby Bible Translation
But in Athens, while Paul was waiting for them, his spirit was painfully excited in him seeing the city given up to idolatry.
World English Bible
Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him as he saw the city full of idols.
Young's Literal Translation
and Paul waiting for them in Athens, his spirit was stirred in him, beholding the city wholly given to idolatry,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
He saw the city wholly given to idolatry - Κατειδωλον, Full of idols, as the margin has it, and very properly. Whoever examines the remains of this city, as represented by Mr. Stuart in his Antiquities, already referred to, will be satisfied of the truth of St. Luke's remark: it was full of idols. Bishop Pearce produces a most apposite quotation from Pausanias, which confirms the observation: Ουκ ην αλλαχου τοσαυτα ιδειν ειδωλα. There was no place where so many idols were to be seen. Paus. in Attic. cap. xvii. 24.
Petronius, who was contemporary with St. Paul, in his Satyr. cap. xvii., makes Quartilla say of Athens: Utique nostra regio tam Praesentibus Plena Est Numinibus, ut facilius possis Deum quam Hominem invenire. Our region is so full of deities that you may more frequently meet with a god than a man.
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A.D.54 his spirit.
wholly given to idolatry. or, full of idols.
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Those who escorted Paul brought him to Athens and then left with instructions for Silas and Timothy to join him as soon as possible.
(All the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there spent their time doing nothing but talking about and listening to the latest ideas.)
After this, Paul left Athens and went to Corinth.
"And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there.
1 Thessalonians 3:1
So when we could stand it no longer, we thought it best to be left by ourselves in Athens.
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