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

King James Bible
For thou bringest certain strange 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.

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;'

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Thou bringest - strange things to our ears - The doctrine of the apostles was different from any they had ever heard: it was wholly spiritual and divine; thus it was strange: it was contrary to their customs and manners; and thus it was strange also. As it spoke much of the exaltation and glory of Jesus Christ, they supposed him to be a setter forth of strange gods: and, therefore, on the authority of the laws, which forbade the introduction of any new deities, or modes of worship, he was called before the Areopagus.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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 to his disciples, Truly I say to 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 answers again, and said to them, Children...

John 6:60 Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it?

John 7:35,36 Then said the Jews among themselves, Where will he go, that we shall not find him? will he go to the dispersed among the Gentiles...

1 Corinthians 1:18,23 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but to us which are saved it is the power of God...

1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness to him: neither can he know them...

Hebrews 5:11 Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing you are dull of hearing.

1 Peter 4:4 Wherein they think it strange that you run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you:

what.

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

Acts 10:17 Now while Peter doubted in himself what this vision which he had seen should mean, behold...

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

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April 24 Evening
The eyes of all wait upon thee.--PSA. 145:15. He giveth to all life, and breath, and all things.--The Lord is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.--Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. The same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.--Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters,
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path

The Man who is Judge
...He will judge the world in righteousness by that Man whom He hath ordained; whereof He hath given assurance unto all men, in that He hath raised Him from the dead.'--ACTS xvii. 31. I. The Resurrection of Jesus gives assurance of judgment. (a) Christ's Resurrection is the pledge of ours. The belief in a future life, as entertained by Paul's hearers on Mars Hill, was shadowy and dashed with much unbelief. Disembodied spirits wandered ghostlike and spectral in a shadowy underworld. The belief
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture: The Acts

Immortality of the Soul, and a Future State.
--Inter silvas academi quærere verum. Hor. lib. II. epist. 2. v. 45. To search out truth in academic groves. THE course of my last speculation [3] led me insensibly into a subject upon which I always meditate with great delight, I mean the immortali
Joseph Addison—The Evidences of the Christian Religion, with Additional Discourses

Repentance and Restitution.
"God commandeth all men everywhere to repent."--Acts xvii. 30. Repentance is one of the fundamental doctrines of the Bible. Yet I believe it is one of those truths that many people little understand at the present day. There are more people to-day in the mist and darkness about Repentance, Regeneration, the Atonement, and such-like fundamental truths, than perhaps on any other doctrines. Yet from our earliest years we have heard about them. If I were to ask for a definition of Repentance, a great
Dwight L. Moody—The Way to God and How to Find It

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Acts 17:19
Then they took him and brought him to a meeting of the Areopagus, where they said to him, "May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting?

Acts 17:21
(All the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there spent their time doing nothing but talking about and listening to the latest ideas.)

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