“And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:”
King James Version (KJV)
17:30 The times of ignorance - What! does he object ignorance to the knowing Athenians? Yes, and they acknowledge it by this very altar. God overlooked - As one paraphrases, The beams of his eye did in a manner shoot over it. He did not appear to take notice of them, by sending express messages to them as he did to the Jews. But now - This day, this hour, saith Paul, puts an end to the Divine forbearance, and brings either greater mercy or punishment. Now he commandeth all men every where to repent - There is a dignity and grandeur in this expression, becoming an ambassador from the King of heaven. And this universal demand of repentance declared universal guilt in the strongest manner, and admirably confronted the pride of the haughtiest Stoic of them all. At the same time it bore down the idle plea of fatality. For how could any one repent of doing what he could not but have done?
Ac 17:30 The times of this ignorance. The times when there was no revelation in to those in darkness. God winked at. "God overlooked" (Revised Version). Now commandeth. The gospel is world embracing. (1) All men, (2) everywhere, are command to repent.