Paul was upset at all the idols in Athens (Acts 17:16)

“While Paul was waiting

For Silas

And Timothy

At Athens,

He was deeply destressed

To see

That the city

Was full of pagan idols.”

Ἐν δὲ ταῖς Ἀθήναις ἐκδεχομένου αὐτοὺς τοῦ Παύλου, παρωξύνετο τὸ πνεῦμα αὐτοῦ ἐν αὐτῷ θεωροῦντος κατείδωλον οὖσαν τὴν πόλιν.

The author of Acts indicated that while Paul (τοῦ Παύλου) was waiting (ἐκδεχομένου) for Silas and Timothy (αὐτοὺς) at Athens (Ἐν δὲ ταῖς Ἀθήναις), he was deeply destressed or his spirit was provoked in him (τὸ πνεῦμα αὐτοῦ ἐν αὐτῷ) to see (θεωροῦντος) that the city (τὴν πόλιν) was full of pagan idols (κατείδωλον οὖσαν).  Acts was the only Greek biblical writing that used this word κατείδωλον, that means full of idols or grossly idolatrous.  While Paul was waiting for his friends from Beroea to arrive, he did some sightseeing in Athens.  He was upset to see all these pagan idols in Athens, since it was the home and the seat of many Greek and Roman mythical gods.  Have you ever been to Athens?

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