Acts 17:11
New International Version
Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.

New Living Translation
And the people of Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, and they listened eagerly to Paul's message. They searched the Scriptures day after day to see if Paul and Silas were teaching the truth.

English Standard Version
Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.

Berean Study Bible
Now the Bereans were more noble-minded than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if these teachings were true.

Berean Literal Bible
Now these, who were more noble than those in Thessalonica, received the word with all readiness, on every day examining the Scriptures, whether these things were so.

New American Standard Bible
Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.

King James Bible
These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

Christian Standard Bible
The people here were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, since they received the word with eagerness and examined the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.

Contemporary English Version
The people in Berea were much nicer than those in Thessalonica, and they gladly accepted the message. Day after day they studied the Scriptures to see if these things were true.

Good News Translation
The people there were more open-minded than the people in Thessalonica. They listened to the message with great eagerness, and every day they studied the Scriptures to see if what Paul said was really true.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The people here were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, since they welcomed the message with eagerness and examined the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.

International Standard Version
These people were more receptive than those in Thessalonica. They were very willing to receive the message, and every day they carefully examined the Scriptures to see if those things were so.

NET Bible
These Jews were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they eagerly received the message, examining the scriptures carefully every day to see if these things were so.

New Heart English Bible
Now these were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of the mind, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For those Jews who were there were nobler than those Jews who were in Thessaloniqa, and they were hearing gladly from the word every day while they were distinguishing from Scripture whether these things were so.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The people of Berea were more open-minded than the people of Thessalonica. They were very willing to receive God's message, and every day they carefully examined the Scriptures to see if what Paul said was true.

New American Standard 1977
Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily, to see whether these things were so.

Jubilee Bible 2000
These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all diligence and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

King James 2000 Bible
These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

American King James Version
These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

American Standard Version
Now these were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of the mind, examining the Scriptures daily, whether these things were so.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now these were more noble than those in Thessalonica, who received the word with all eagerness, daily searching the scriptures, whether these things were so.

Darby Bible Translation
And these were more noble than those in Thessalonica, receiving the word with all readiness of mind, daily searching the scriptures if these things were so.

English Revised Version
Now these were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, examining the scriptures daily, whether these things were so.

Webster's Bible Translation
These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

Weymouth New Testament
The Jews at Beroea were of a nobler disposition than those in Thessalonica, for they very readily received the Message, and day after day searched the Scriptures to see whether it was as Paul stated.

World English Bible
Now these were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of the mind, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.

Young's Literal Translation
and these were more noble than those in Thessalonica, they received the word with all readiness of mind, every day examining the Writings whether those things were so;
Study Bible GRK ▾ 
The Character of the Bereans
10As soon as night had fallen, the brothers sent Paul and Silas away to Berea. On arriving there, they went into the Jewish synagogue. 11Now the Bereans were more noble-minded than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if these teachings were true. 12As a result, many of them believed, along with quite a few prominent Greek women and men.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 29:29
The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, so that we may follow all the words of this law.

Luke 1:2
just as they were handed down to us by the initial eyewitnesses and servants of the word.

Luke 11:3
Give us each day our daily bread.

Acts 17:1
When they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a Jewish synagogue.

Treasury of Scripture

These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

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Proverbs 1:5 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding …

Proverbs 9:9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a …

Jeremiah 2:21 Yet I had planted you a noble vine, wholly a right seed: how then …

John 1:45-49 Philip finds Nathanael, and said to him, We have found him, of whom …

they received.

Acts 2:41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same …

Acts 10:33 Immediately therefore I sent to you; and you have well done that …

Acts 11:1 And the apostles and brothers that were in Judaea heard that the …

Job 23:12 Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have …

Proverbs 2:1-5 My son, if you will receive my words, and hide my commandments with you…

Proverbs 8:10 Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold.

Matthew 13:23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that hears the …

1 Thessalonians 1:6 And you became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received …

1 Thessalonians 2:13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when you …

2 Thessalonians 2:10 And with all delusion of unrighteousness in them that perish; because …

James 1:21 Why lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and …

1 Peter 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that you may …

and searched.

Psalm 1:2,3 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law does he …

Psalm 119:97,100,148 O how I love your law! it is my meditation all the day…

Isaiah 8:20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this …

Isaiah 34:16 Seek you out of the book of the LORD, and read: no one of these shall …

Luke 16:29 Abraham said to him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.

Luke 24:44 And he said to them, These are the words which I spoke to you, while …

John 3:21 But he that does truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be …

John 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them you think you have eternal life: …

2 Timothy 3:15-17 And that from a child you have known the holy scriptures…

1 Peter 1:10-12 Of which salvation the prophets have inquired and searched diligently, …

2 Peter 1:19-21 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto you do well …

1 John 4:5,6 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the …







Lexicon
Now
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

[the Bereans]
οὗτοι (houtoi)
Demonstrative Pronoun - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3778: This; he, she, it.

were
ἦσαν (ēsan)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

more noble-minded
εὐγενέστεροι (eugenesteroi)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Plural - Comparative
Strong's Greek 2104: (a) of noble birth, of high birth, (b) noble in nature. From eu and ginomai; well born, i.e. high in rank, or generous.

than the
τῶν (tōn)
Article - Genitive 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.

Thessalonians,
Θεσσαλονίκῃ (Thessalonikē)
Noun - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 2332: From Thessalos and nike; Thessalonice, a place in Asia Minor.

[for]
οἵτινες (hoitines)
Personal / Relative Pronoun - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3748: Whosoever, whichsoever, whatsoever.

they received
ἐδέξαντο (edexanto)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Middle - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1209: To take, receive, accept, welcome. Middle voice of a primary verb; to receive.

the
τὸν (ton)
Article - Accusative Masculine 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.

message
λόγον (logon)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3056: From lego; something said; by implication, a topic, also reasoning or motive; by extension, a computation; specially, the Divine Expression.

with
μετὰ (meta)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 3326: (a) gen: with, in company with, (b) acc: (1) behind, beyond, after, of place, (2) after, of time, with nouns, neut. of adjectives.

great
πάσης (pasēs)
Adjective - Genitive Feminine Singular
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.

eagerness
προθυμίας (prothymias)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 4288: Inclination, readiness, eagerness, willingness, promptness. From prothumos; predisposition, i.e. Alacrity.

[and] examined
ἀνακρίνοντες (anakrinontes)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 350: From ana and krino; properly, to scrutinize, i.e. investigate, interrogate, determine.

the
τὰς (tas)
Article - Accusative Feminine 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.

Scriptures
γραφὰς (graphas)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 1124: (a) a writing, (b) a passage of scripture; plur: the scriptures. A document, i.e. Holy Writ.

every
καθ’ (kath’)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 2596: A primary particle; down, in varied relations (genitive, dative or accusative) with which it is joined).

day
ἡμέραν (hēmeran)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 2250: A day, the period from sunrise to sunset.

[to see] if
εἰ (ei)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1487: If. A primary particle of conditionality; if, whether, that, etc.

these [teachings]
ταῦτα (tauta)
Demonstrative Pronoun - Nominative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 3778: This; he, she, it.

were
ἔχοι (echoi)
Verb - Present Optative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2192: To have, hold, possess. Including an alternate form scheo skheh'-o; a primary verb; to hold.

true.
οὕτως (houtōs)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 3779: Thus, so, in this manner. Or (referring to what precedes or follows).
(11) These were more noble than those in Thessalonica.--The word for "noble" (literally, well-born, as in 1Corinthians 1:26) had. like most words of like origin (such, e.g., as the Latin ingenuus), a wide latitude of meaning. Here it stands for the generous, loyal temper which was ideally supposed to characterise those of noble origin. This was the quality which the Apostle and the historian admired in the Ber?ans. They were not the slaves of prejudice. They were ready to believe in the gospel which St. Paul preached as meeting their spiritual wants; and so they came to the study of the proofs, which the preacher "opened and alleged," with a temper predisposed to faith. On the other hand, they did not accept their own wishes, or the Apostle's assertions, as in themselves sufficient grounds of faith. With a quick and clear intelligence they searched the Scriptures daily to see whether they really did speak of a Christ who should suffer and rise again. The Ber?an converts have naturally been regarded, especially among those who urge the duty, or claim the right, of private judgment, as a representative instance of the right relations of Reason and Faith, occupying a middle position between credulity and scepticism, to be reproduced, mutatis mutandis, according to the different aspects which each presents in successive ages.

Verse 11. - Now these for these, A.V.; examining for and searched, A.V.; these for those, A.V. Note the immense advantage which the preachers and the hearers had in the previous knowledge of the Scriptures gained by the Beraeans in the synagogue. Note also the mutual light shed by the Old and New Testaments the one upon the other. 17:10-15 The Jews in Berea applied seriously to the study of the word preached unto them. They not only heard Paul preach on the sabbath, but daily searched the Scriptures, and compared what they read with the facts related to them. The doctrine of Christ does not fear inquiry; advocates for his cause desire no more than that people will fully and fairly examine whether things are so or not. Those are truly noble, and likely to be more and more so, who make the Scriptures their rule, and consult them accordingly. May all the hearers of the gospel become like those of Berea, receiving the word with readiness of mind, and searching the Scriptures daily, whether the things preached to them are so.
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