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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - Acts 17:4


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    King James Bible - Acts 17:4

    And some of them believed, and consorted with Paul and Silas; and of the devout Greeks a great multitude, and of the chief women not a few.

    World English Bible

    Some of them were persuaded, and joined Paul and Silas, of the devout Greeks a great multitude, and not a few of the chief
    women.

    Douay-Rheims - Acts 17:4

    And some of them believed, and were associated to Paul and Silas; and of those that served God, and of the Gentiles a great multitude, and of noble
    women not a few.

    Webster's Bible Translation

    And some of them believed, and consorted with Paul and Silas: and of the devout Greeks a great multitude, and of the chief
    women not a few.

    Greek Textus Receptus


    και
    2532 CONJ τινες 5100 X-NPM εξ 1537 PREP αυτων 846 P-GPM επεισθησαν 3982 5681 V-API-3P και 2532 CONJ προσεκληρωθησαν 4345 5681 V-API-3P τω 3588 T-DSM παυλω 3972 N-DSM και 2532 CONJ τω 3588 T-DSM σιλα 4609 N-DSM των 3588 T-GPM τε 5037 PRT σεβομενων 4576 5740 V-PNP-GPM ελληνων 1672 N-GPM πολυ 4183 A-NSN πληθος 4128 N-NSN γυναικων 1135 N-GPF τε 5037 PRT των 3588 T-GPF πρωτων 4413 A-GPF ουκ 3756 PRT-N ολιγαι 3641 A-NPF

    Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge

    VERSE (4) -
    :34; 2:41,42,44; 4:23; 5:12-14; 14:1,4; 28:24 Pr 9:6; 13:20 So 1:7,8; 6:1

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 17:4

    Y algunos de ellos creyeron, y se juntaron con Pablo y con Silas; y de los griegos que adoraban grande multitud, y mujeres nobles no pocas.

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - Acts 17:4

    Verse 4. The
    devout Greeks] That is, Gentiles who were proselytes to the Jewish religion, so far as to renounce idolatry, and live a moral life, but probably had not received circumcision.

    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 4. And some of them believed , etc.] That is, some of the
    Jews, power went along with the word, and faith came by it, and they believed that Jesus of Nazareth was the true Messiah, and that what the apostle preached concerning him was the truth; and this they received in the love of it, and cordially embraced it, and made a profession of it: and consorted with Paul and Silas ; associated with them, and privately conversed with them, as well as publicly attended their ministry; for when souls are converted, they love to be in company with believers, and especially with the ministers of the Gospel, to hear their discourses, and learn from them the doctrines of grace: and of the devout Greeks a great multitude ; these were Gentiles who were proselytes to the Jewish religion; and these in greater numbers believed, and joined themselves to the apostles, and became followers of them, than there were of the Jews, who were the most averse to the Gospel, and were more hardened, and incredulous: and of the chief women not a few ; some of the wives of the principal men of the city were become proselytes to the Jews, and these attending synagogue worship, and hearing the discourses of Paul from time to time, were convinced and converted, and professed faith in Christ Jesus; and these converts laid the foundation of a Gospel church in Thessalonica, of which church Silvanus is said to be the first bishop; (see Gill on Luke 10:1). In the second century there were martyrs for Christ here; and to the inhabitants of this place, Antonintus Pius the emperor wrote in behalf of the Christians there, to give them no disturbance f847 : in the third century there was a church here; Tertullian makes mention of it: in the fourth century Theodosius the emperor was baptized at Thessalonica, by Acholius bishop of that place; who first asked him what faith he professed, to which he replied, that he embraced and professed that faith which the churches in Illyricum, who were not yet infected with the Arian heresy, namely the same which was of old delivered by the apostles, and afterwards confirmed at the synod at Nice; in this century Ireminus, Paulinus, and Alexander, were bishops of Thessalonica: in the fifth century it was a metropolitan of Macedonia, and Anysius was bishop of it, and so were Rufus and Anastasius: and that there was a church here in the sixth century is manifest from hence, that their bishops, for fear of the emperor Anastasius, agreed with Timothy bishop of Constantinople, whom the council at Chalcedon had anathematized; and in this age Pope Gregory, among others, wrote to Eusebius bishop of Thessalonica, that he would not receive any of a military habit into monasteries within three years: in the seventh century a bishop of this place assisted at the sixth council at Constantinople; and in the same age it was the seat of an archbishop: in the eighth century there was one Thomas bishop of this place, and also Theophilus, who was present at the Nicene synod; in the ninth century a bishop of Thessalonica was beaten with two hundred stripes, for being against image worship.

    Matthew Henry Commentary

    Verses 1-9 - The drift and scope of
    Paul's preaching and arguing, was to prove tha Jesus is the Christ. He must needs suffer for us, because he could no otherwise purchase our redemption for us; and he must needs have rise again, because he could not otherwise apply the redemption to us. We are to preach concerning Jesus that he is Christ; therefore we may hop to be saved by him, and are bound to be ruled by him. The unbelievin Jews were angry, because the apostles preached to the Gentiles, tha they might be saved. How strange it is, that men should grudge other the privileges they will not themselves accept! Neither rulers no people need be troubled at the increase of real Christians, even thoug turbulent spirits should make religion the pretext for evil designs. O such let us beware, from such let us withdraw, that we may show desire to act aright in society, while we claim our right to worshi God according to our consciences.


    Greek Textus Receptus


    και
    2532 CONJ τινες 5100 X-NPM εξ 1537 PREP αυτων 846 P-GPM επεισθησαν 3982 5681 V-API-3P και 2532 CONJ προσεκληρωθησαν 4345 5681 V-API-3P τω 3588 T-DSM παυλω 3972 N-DSM και 2532 CONJ τω 3588 T-DSM σιλα 4609 N-DSM των 3588 T-GPM τε 5037 PRT σεβομενων 4576 5740 V-PNP-GPM ελληνων 1672 N-GPM πολυ 4183 A-NSN πληθος 4128 N-NSN γυναικων 1135 N-GPF τε 5037 PRT των 3588 T-GPF πρωτων 4413 A-GPF ουκ 3756 PRT-N ολιγαι 3641 A-NPF

    Vincent's NT Word Studies

    4. Consorted with (proseklhrwqhsan). Only here in New Testament.

    More strictly, "were added or allotted to."

    Chief women. The position of women in Macedonia seems to have been exceptional. Popular prejudice, and the verdict of Grecian wisdom in its best age, asserted her natural inferiority. The Athenian law provided that everything which a man might do by the counsel or request of a woman should be null in law. She was little better than a slave. To educate her was to advertise her as a harlot. Her companions were principally children and slaves. In Macedonia, however, monuments were erected to women by public bodies; and records of male proper names are found, in Macedonian inscriptions, formed on the mother's name instead of on the father's. Macedonian women were permitted to hold property, and were treated as mistresses of the house. These facts are born out by the account of Paul's labors in Macedonia. In Thessalonica, Beroea, and Philippi we note additions of women of rank to the church; and their prominence in church affairs is indicated by Paul's special appeal to two ladies in the church at Philippi to reconcile their differences, which had caused disturbance in the church, and by his commending them to his colleagues as women who had labored with him in the Lord (Philip. iv. 2, 3).


    Robertson's NT Word Studies

    17:4 {Some of them} (tines ex autwn). That is of the Jews who were evidently largely afraid of the rabbis. Still "some" were persuaded (epeisqesan, effective first aorist passive indicative) and "consorted with" (proseklerwqesan). this latter verb is also first aorist passive indicative of prosklerow, a common verb in late Greek (Plutarch, Lucian), but only here in the N.T., from pros and kleros, to assign by lot. So qen this small group of Jews were given Paul and Silas by God's grace. {And of the devout Greeks a great multitude} (twn te sebomenwn hellenwn pleqos polu). These "God-fearers" among the Gentiles were less under the control of the jealous rabbis and so responded more readily to Paul's appeal. In #1Th 1:9 Paul expressly says that they had "turned to God from idols," proof that this church was mainly Gentile (cf. also #1Th 2:14). {And of the chief women not a few} (gunaikwn te twn prwtwn ouk oligai). Literally, "And of women the first not a few." That is, a large number of women of the very first rank in the city, probably devout women also like the men just before and like those in #13:50 in Antioch in Pisidia who along with "the first men of the city" were stirred up against Paul. Here these women were openly friendly to Paul's message, whether convert or Gentiles or Jewish wives of Gentiles as Hort holds. It is noteworthy that here, as in Philippi, leading women take a bold stand for Christ. In Macedonia women had more freedom than elsewhere. It is not to be inferred that all those converted belonged to the higher classes, for the industrial element was clearly large (#1Th 4:11). In #2Co 8:2 Paul speaks of the deep poverty of the Macedonian churches, but with Philippi mainly in mind. Ramsay thinks that Paul won many of the heathen not affiliated at all with the synagogue. Certain it is that we must allow a considerable interval of time between verses #4,5 to understand what Paul says in his Thessalonian Epistles.


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