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Acts 16:19

Context
16:19 But when her owners 1  saw their hope of profit 2  was gone, they seized 3  Paul and Silas and dragged 4  them into the marketplace before the authorities.

Acts 17:17

Context
17:17 So he was addressing 5  the Jews and the God-fearing Gentiles 6  in the synagogue, 7  and in the marketplace every day 8  those who happened to be there.

1 tn Or “masters.”

2 tn On this use of ἐργασία (ergasia), see BDAG 390 s.v. 4. It is often the case that destructive practices and commerce are closely tied together.

3 tn Grk “was gone, seizing.” The participle ἐπιλαβόμενοι (epilabomenoi) has been translated as a finite verb due to requirements of contemporary English style.

4 tn On the term ἕλκω ({elkw) see BDAG 318 s.v. 1.

5 tn Although the word διελέξατο (dielexato; from διαλέγομαι, dialegomai) is frequently translated “reasoned,” “disputed,” or “argued,” this sense comes from its classical meaning where it was used of philosophical disputation, including the Socratic method of questions and answers. However, there does not seem to be contextual evidence for this kind of debate in Acts 17:17. As G. Schrenk (TDNT 2:94-95) points out, “What is at issue is the address which any qualified member of a synagogue might give.” Other examples of this may be found in the NT in Matt 4:23 and Mark 1:21.

6 tn Or “and the devout,” but this is practically a technical term for the category called God-fearers, Gentiles who worshiped the God of Israel and in many cases kept the Mosaic law, but did not take the final step of circumcision necessary to become a proselyte to Judaism. See further K. G. Kuhn, TDNT 6:732-34, 743-44, and the note on the phrase “God-fearing Greeks” in 17:4.

7 sn See the note on synagogue in 6:9.

8 tn BDAG 437 s.v. ἡμέρα 2.c has “every day” for this phrase in this verse.



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