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Acts 17:12 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Many of them therefore believed; also of the Greek women of honorable estate, and of men, not a few.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Therefore many of them believed, along with a number of prominent Greek women and men.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Therefore many of them believed; also of honorable women who were Greeks, and of men not a few.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Therefore many from among them believed, and of Grecian women of the upper classes and men not a few.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Many, therefore, from among them, believed, and, of the Grecian women of the higher class, and of men, not a few.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— many, indeed, therefore, of them did believe, and of the honourable Greek women and men not a few.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— And many indeed of them believed: and of honourable women that were Gentiles and of men, not a few.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Therefore many of them beleeued: also of honourable women which were Greekes, and of men not a few.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— And many of them believed, and so also of the Javnoyee, men many, and distinguished women.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— And many of them believed; and so likewise of the Greeks, many men, and women of note.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Therefore 3767
{3767} Prime
οὖν
oun
{oon}
Apparently a primary word; (adverbially) certainly, or (conjugationally) accordingly.
y3303
[3303] Standard
μέν
men
{men}
A primary particle; properly indicative of affirmation or concession (in fact); usually followed by a contrasted clause with G1161 (this one, the former, etc.
many 4183
{4183} Prime
πολύς
polus
{pol-oos'}
Including the forms from the alternate 'pollos'; (singular) much (in any respect) or (plural) many; neuter (singular) as adverb largely; neuter (plural) as adverb or noun often, mostly, largely.
x3303
(3303) Complement
μέν
men
{men}
A primary particle; properly indicative of affirmation or concession (in fact); usually followed by a contrasted clause with G1161 (this one, the former, etc.
of 1537
{1537} Prime
ἐκ
ek
{ek}
A primary preposition denoting origin (the point whence motion or action proceeds), from, out (of place, time or cause; literally or figuratively; direct or remote).
them 846
{0846} Prime
αὐτός
autos
{ow-tos'}
From the particle αὖ [[au]] (perhaps akin to the base of G0109 through the idea of a baffling wind; backward); the reflexive pronoun self, used (alone or in the compound of G1438) of the third person, and (with the proper personal pronoun) of the other persons.
believed; 4100
{4100} Prime
πιστεύω
pisteuo
{pist-yoo'-o}
From G4102; to have faith (in, upon, or with respect to, a person or thing), that is, credit; by implication to entrust (especially one's spiritual well being to Christ).
z5656
<5656> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 2319
also 2532
{2532} Prime
καί
kai
{kahee}
Apparently a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; and, also, even, so, then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words.
of honourable 2158
{2158} Prime
εὐσχήμων
euschemon
{yoo-skhay'-mone}
From G2095 and G4976; well formed, that is, (figuratively) decorous, noble (in rank).
women 1135
{1135} Prime
γυνή
gune
{goo-nay'}
Probably from the base of G1096; a woman; specifically a wife.
which y3588
[3588] Standard

ho
{ho}
The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
were Greeks, 1674
{1674} Prime
Ἑλληνίς
Hellenis
{hel-lay-nis'}
Feminine of G1672; a Grecian (that is, non-Jewish) woman.
and 2532
{2532} Prime
καί
kai
{kahee}
Apparently a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; and, also, even, so, then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words.
of men, 435
{0435} Prime
ἀνήρ
aner
{an'-ayr}
A primary word (compare G0444); a man (properly as an individual male).
not 3756
{3756} Prime
οὐ
ou
{oo}
A primary word; the absolutely negative (compare G3361) adverb; no or not.
a few. 3641
{3641} Prime
ὀλίγος
oligos
{ol-ee'-gos}
Of uncertain affinity; puny (in extent, degree, number, duration or value); especially neuter (adverbially) somewhat.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

See commentary on Acts 17:10-12.


Acts 17:12

_ _ Therefore many of them believed — convinced that Jesus of Nazareth whom Paul preached was indeed the great Promise and Burden of the Old Testament. From this it is undeniable, (1) that the people, no less than the ministers of the Church, are entitled and bound to search the Scriptures; (2) that they are entitled and bound to judge, on their own responsibility, whether the teaching they receive from the ministers of the Church is according to the word of God; (3) that no faith but such as results from personal conviction ought to be demanded, or is of any avail.

_ _ of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men — which were Greeks.

_ _ not a few — “The upper classes in these European-Greek and Romanized towns were probably better educated than those of Asia Minor” [Webster and Wilkinson].

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Acts 17:10-15.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Acts 17:12

Many of the — Of the Jews. And of the Grecian women — Who were followed by their husbands.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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many:

Acts 17:2-4 And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures, ... 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.
Acts 13:46 Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.
Acts 14:1 And it came to pass in Iconium, that they went both together into the synagogue of the Jews, and so spake, that a great multitude both of the Jews and also of the Greeks believed.
Psalms 25:8-9 Good and upright [is] the LORD: therefore will he teach sinners in the way. ... The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.
John 1:45-49 Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. ... Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel.
John 7:17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or [whether] I speak of myself.
Ephesians 5:14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.
James 1:21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.

honourable:

Acts 13:50 But the Jews stirred up the devout and honourable women, and the chief men of the city, and raised persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them out of their coasts.
1 Corinthians 1:26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, [are called]:
James 1:10 But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away.
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Ps 25:8. Jn 1:45; 7:17. Ac 13:46, 50; 14:1; 17:2. 1Co 1:26. Ep 5:14. Jm 1:10, 21.

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