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

  • Irene123
    The history of the Bible is, to me, like Eze. ch. 37; searching out the history makes it come alive for me.
  • Irene123
    Dionysius the Areopagite was a judge of the Areopagus (Mars Hill) from where Paul preached, vs. 22-34. I looked up 'Dionysius', 'Areopagite', 'Areopagus' to find all this out. I love the history of the Bible. To know the history, for me, draws the characters so much closer. They're not just 'dry dust' from the past.
  • Irene123
    God bless Ar (from comments pg. 1 on 12/21/14) if he's still with us ...........; what a beautiful testimony.
  • Martha Golds
    Yes Jesus is an awesome God
  • Linda Qualls
    I think that we have an awesome God.
  • Nelwyn Tipton
    We are Free' in Christ Jeasus' and that we can't do anything without being in the will of God. Jesus promised us that His works are done through us.

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