Acts 17:30

“And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And the times of this ignorance God winked at, but now commandeth all men euery where to repent:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all {people} everywhere should repent,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

The times of ignorance therefore God overlooked; but now he commandeth men that they should all everywhere repent:
- American Standard Version (1901)

Those times when men had no knowledge were overlooked by God; but now he gives orders to all men in every place to undergo a change of heart:
- Basic English Bible

God therefore, having overlooked the times of ignorance, now enjoins men that they shall all everywhere repent,
- Darby Bible

And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:
- Webster's Bible

Those times of ignorance God viewed with indulgence. But now He commands all men everywhere to repent,
- Weymouth Bible

The times of ignorance therefore God overlooked. But now he commands that all people everywhere should repent,
- World English Bible

For God dispisith the tymes of this vnkunnyng, and now schewith to men, that alle euery where doon penaunce; for that he hath ordeyned a dai,
- Wycliffe Bible

the times, indeed, therefore, of the ignorance God having overlooked, doth now command all men everywhere to reform,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Acts 17:30

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?

People's Bible Notes for Acts 17:30

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.

Discussion for Acts 17

  • Martha Golds
    Yes Jesus is an awesome God
  • BSP
    In verse 11 they didn't just accept what they heard at face value, they took the time to compare these things with what was found in the Bible to make sure they were really true.
  • Stephen F. Zielski
    PARADOX. As it was in Pauls day so will it be in like manner in the end of this age. It Truly is and always has been the religious people who will speak all manner of evil and false accusations against you for His names sake indeed.
  • Irene123
    I pray for His guidance in His word - Acts 17:11. I WILL make it!!!
  • Mary
    Acts:29-30Paul said29"Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold,or silver,or stone, graven by art and man's device.30And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commands l men every where to repent Jesus taught us God is LOVE is real.Anything real can not harm. Anything unreal does not exist.God is all that is real.
  • Esther
    The world we are living in today requires one to be alert when receiving the word, indeed with rediness of mind, to search scriptures daily, whether the things preached are so. many people preach basing on hearsay s. its so easy to go off truck.

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