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

  • 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
  • Steve morrow
    ACTS 17:11 THESE WERE MORE NOBLE THAN THOSE IN THESSALONICA IN THAT THEY RECEIVED THE WORD WITH ALL READINESS OF MIND AND SEARCHED --- THE SCRIPTURES ---DAILY WHETHER THOSE THINGS WERE SO 2 TIMOTHY 2:15 STUDY TO SHOW THYSELF APPROVED UNTO GOD A WORKMAN THAT NEEDETH NOT TO BE ASHAMED RIGHTLY DIVIDING THE WORD OF TRUTH 1 THESSALONIANS 5:21 PROVE ALL THINGS HOLD FAST THAT WHICH IS GOOD

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