Acts 17:16

“Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred in him, when hee saw the city wholy giuen to idolatrie.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was being provoked within him as he was observing the city full of idols.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him as he beheld the city full of idols.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was troubled, for he saw all the town full of images of the gods.
- Basic English Bible

But in Athens, while Paul was waiting for them, his spirit was painfully excited in him seeing the city given up to idolatry.
- Darby Bible

Now, while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry.
- Webster's Bible

While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, his spirit was stirred within him when he noticed that the city was full of idols.
- Weymouth Bible

Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him as he saw the city full of idols.
- World English Bible

And while Poul abood hem at Atenys, his spirit was moued in him, for he saiy the citee youun to ydolatrie.
- Wycliffe Bible

and Paul waiting for them in Athens, his spirit was stirred in him, beholding the city wholly given to idolatry,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Acts 17:16


17:16 While Paul was waiting for the - Having no design, as it seems, to preach at Athens, but his zeal for God drew him into it unawares, without staying till his companions came.


People's Bible Notes for Acts 17:16


Ac 17:16 While Paul waited. At first he seems to have intended to await the arrival of Timothy and Silas before he opened his work, but his spirit was too much stirred. Wholly given to idolatry. "Full of idols" in the Revised Version. This is confirmed by the Greek writers. The Greek historian Pausanias says that there were more idols in Athens than in all the rest of Greece combined. Many other writers bear the same testimony. Paul would see them wherever he turned his eyes.

Discussion for Acts 17

  • Lalina
    Acts 17:6 goes with Isaiah 29:15-16. Read and may the holy spirit guide you.
  • Paye Youpele
    Acts 17 vs 24 to 31. So so powerful.
  • Ray321
    Acts 17:30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at but now commandeth all men every where to repent: They had to change there ways of believing and turn to God's ways by the Word. Change of ways means repent.
  • A disciple
    "They received the word with all readiness of mind..." READINESS; Gk prothumia; a predisposition, i.e. alacrity (eager willingness or readiness, often manifested by quick, lively action; liveliness or briskness); forwardness of mind, readiness (of mind), ready (willing) mind. This goes with Isaiah 8:20; that, not speaking according to "THIS WORD" is because of no urgency, as if up early to a task.
  • A disciple
    "But the Jews which believed not, moved with envy, took unto them certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, and gathered a company, and set all the city on an uproar, and assaulted.." Doesn't this sound like a certain wicked spirit at work today? It is the heathen spirit of anti-Christ in all those who have set themselves to rebel against God, reject the Lord Jesus Christ, and instead worship Satan.
  • Douglas Gilbert Wells
    The Unites States of America of today sound like. Isreal of old days

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