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.
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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CommentaryVincent's Word Studies
Was stirred (παρωξύνετο)
Better, as Rev., was provoked. See on the kindred word contention (παροξυσμὸς), Acts 15:39.
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").
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
A.D.54 his spirit.
wholly given to idolatry. or, full of idols.
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.
Now all the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there would spend their time in nothing except telling or hearing something new.
After this Paul left Athens and went to Corinth.
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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