Acts 17:21
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English Standard Version
Now all the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there would spend their time in nothing except telling or hearing something new.

King James Bible
(For all the Athenians and strangers which were there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing.)

American Standard Version
(Now all the Athenians and the strangers sojourning there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell or to hear some new thing.)

Douay-Rheims Bible
(Now all the Athenians, and strangers that were there, employed themselves in nothing else, but either in telling or in hearing some new thing.)

English Revised Version
(Now all the Athenians and the strangers sojourning there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell or to hear some new thing.)

Webster's Bible Translation
(For all the Athenians and strangers who were there, spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing.)

Weymouth New Testament


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Vincent's Word Studies

All the Athenians

No article. Lit., "Athenians, all of them." The Athenian people collectively.

Strangers which were there (οἱ ἐπιδημοῦντες ξένοι)

Rev., more correctly, the strangers sojourning there. See on 1 Peter 1:1.

Spent their time (εὐκαίρουν)

The word means to have good opportunity; to have leisure: also, to devote one's leisure to something; to spend the time. Compare Mark 6:31; 1 Corinthians 16:12.

Something new (τι καινότερον)

Lit., newer: newer than that which was then passing current as new. The comparative was regularly used by the Greeks in the question what news? They contrasted what was new with what had been new up to the time of asking. The idiom vividly characterizes the state of the Athenian mind. Bengel aptly says, "New things at once became of no account; newer things were being sought for." Their own orators and poets lashed them for this peculiarity. Aristophanes styles Athens the city of the gapers ("Knights," 1262). Demades said that the crest of Athens ought to be a great tongue. Demosthenes asks them, "Is it all your care to go about up and down the market, asking each other, 'Is there any news?'" In the speech of Cleon to the Athenians, given by Thucydides (iii., 38), he says: "No men are better dupes, sooner deceived by novel notions, or slower to follow approved advice. You despise what is familiar, while you are worshippers of every new extravagance. You are always hankering after an ideal state, but you do not give your minds even to what is straight before you. In a word, you are at the mercy of your own ears."

Acts 17:21 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

spent.

Ephesians 5:16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Colossians 4:5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.

2 Thessalonians 3:11,12 For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies...

1 Timothy 5:13 And with they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies...

2 Timothy 2:16,17 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase to more ungodliness...

Cross References
Acts 2:10
Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome,

Acts 17:15
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.

Acts 17:16
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.

Acts 17:20
For you bring some strange things to our ears. We wish to know therefore what these things mean."

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