“Superstitious” or “Religious” in Acts 17:22?
"Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars' hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious." (Acts 17:22, KJV)
“Δεισιδαιμονεστερους” is a compound of a derivative of the base words “δειλός (deilos)” and “δαίμων (daimon)” (Strong's Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries). Thus, the word literally means “fearful of demons.” Thayer's Greek-English Lexicon indicates that “δεισιδαιμονεστερους” means “superstitious” when used in a bad sense. It is inconceivable that Paul would have used a word that means “fearful of demons” in anything but in a bad sense.
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