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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - Acts 17:29


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    King James Bible - Acts 17:29

    Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device.

    World English Bible

    Being then the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine
    Nature is like gold, or silver, or stone, engraved by art and design of man.

    Douay-Rheims - Acts 17:29

    Being therefore the offspring of God, we must not suppose the divinity to be like unto gold, or
    silver, or stone, the graving of art, and device of man.

    Webster's Bible Translation

    Being then the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like to gold, or
    silver, or stone graven by art and man's device.

    Greek Textus Receptus


    γενος
    1085 N-NSN ουν 3767 CONJ υπαρχοντες 5225 5723 V-PAP-NPM του 3588 T-GSM θεου 2316 N-GSM ουκ 3756 PRT-N οφειλομεν 3784 5719 V-PAI-1P νομιζειν 3543 5721 V-PAN χρυσω 5557 N-DSM η 2228 PRT αργυρω 696 N-DSM η 2228 PRT λιθω 3037 N-DSM χαραγματι 5480 N-DSN τεχνης 5078 N-GSF και 2532 CONJ ενθυμησεως 1761 N-GSF ανθρωπου 444 N-GSM το 3588 T-ASN θειον 2304 A-ASN ειναι 1511 5750 V-PXN ομοιον 3664 A-ASM

    Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge

    VERSE (29) -
    Ps 94:7-9; 106:20; 115:4-8 Isa 40:12-18; 44:9-20 Hab 2:19,20

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 17:29

    Siendo pues linaje de Dios, no hemos de estimar la Divinidad ser semejante a oro, o a plata, o a piedra, con la marca de artificio o de imaginacin de hombres.

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - Acts 17:29

    Verse 29. Forasmuch then as we are the
    offspring of God, &c.] This inference of the apostle was very strong and conclusive; and his argument runs thus: "If we are the offspring of God, he cannot be like those images of gold, silver, and stone, which are formed by the art and device of man; for the parent must resemble his offspring. Seeing, therefore, that we are living and intelligent beings, HE from whom we have derived that being must be living and intelligent. It is necessary, also, that the object of religious worship should be much more excellent than the worshipper; but a man is, by innumerable degrees, more excellent than an image made out of gold, silver, or stone; and yet it would be impious to worship a man: how much more so to worship these images as gods! Every man in the Areopagus must have felt the power of this conclusion; and, taking it for granted that they had felt it, he proceeds: -

    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 29. Forasmuch then as we are the
    offspring of God , etc.] In the sense before given; for the apostle is not here speaking of himself, and other saints, as being the children of God, by adoption, and by regenerating grace, and faith in Christ Jesus, but as men in common with others, and with these Athenians: we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and mans device ; for men themselves, who are the offspring of God, and made after his image, are not to be compared to graven images of gold, silver, and stone, but are vastly preferable to them, they being formed by their art, and the device of their minds; and much less then should God, the Creator of men, and from whom they spring, be likened to, or represented by, any such thing; for so to think of God, is to think very unworthily of him; for if to think thus of ourselves, who are descended from him, would be a debasing of us, then much more to think so of God, the Father of spirits, must be a depreciating of him; and which by no means ought to be done, and argues great stupidity: if living rational creatures are not to be equalled to, and compared with, senseless statues, much less God, the former of men and angels.

    Matthew Henry Commentary

    Verses 22-31 - Here we have a sermon to heathens, who worshipped false gods, and wer without the true
    God in the world; and to them the scope of the discourse was different from what the apostle preached to the Jews. I the latter case, his business was to lead his hearers by prophecies an miracles to the knowledge of the Redeemer, and faith in him; in the former, it was to lead them, by the common works of providence, to know the Creator, and worship Him. The apostle spoke of an altar he ha seen, with the inscription, "TO THE UNKNOWN GOD." This fact is state by many writers. After multiplying their idols to the utmost, some a Athens thought there was another god of whom they had no knowledge. An are there not many now called Christians, who are zealous in their devotions, yet the great object of their worship is to them an unknow God? Observe what glorious things Paul here says of that God whom he served, and would have them to serve. The Lord had long borne with idolatry, but the times of this ignorance were now ending, and by his servants he now commanded all men every where to repent of their idolatry. Each sect of the learned men would feel themselves powerfull affected by the apostle's discourse, which tended to show the emptines or falsity of their doctrines.


    Greek Textus Receptus


    γενος
    1085 N-NSN ουν 3767 CONJ υπαρχοντες 5225 5723 V-PAP-NPM του 3588 T-GSM θεου 2316 N-GSM ουκ 3756 PRT-N οφειλομεν 3784 5719 V-PAI-1P νομιζειν 3543 5721 V-PAN χρυσω 5557 N-DSM η 2228 PRT αργυρω 696 N-DSM η 2228 PRT λιθω 3037 N-DSM χαραγματι 5480 N-DSN τεχνης 5078 N-GSF και 2532 CONJ ενθυμησεως 1761 N-GSF ανθρωπου 444 N-GSM το 3588 T-ASN θειον 2304 A-ASN ειναι 1511 5750 V-PXN ομοιον 3664 A-ASM

    Vincent's NT Word Studies

    29. The
    Godhead (to qeion). Lit., that which is divine.

    Like to gold, etc. These words must have impressed his hearers profoundly, as they looked at the multitude of statues of divinities which surrounded them.

    Graven (caragmati). Not a participle, as A.V., but a noun, in apposition with gold, silver, and stone: "a graving or carved work of art," etc.


    Robertson's NT Word Studies

    17:29 {We ought not to think} (ouk ofeilomen nomizein). It is a logical conclusion (oun, therefore) from the very language of Aratus and Cleanthes. {That the Godhead is like} (to qeion einai homoion). Infinitive with accusative of general reference in indirect discourse. to qeion is strictly "the divine" nature like qeiotes (#Ro 1:20) rather than like qeotes (#Col 2:9). Paul may have used to qeion here to get back behind all their notions of various gods to the real nature of God. The Athenians may even have used the term themselves. After homoios (like) the associative instrumental case is used as with cruswi, argur"i, lith"i. {Graven by art and device of man} (caragmati tecnes kai enqumesews anqrwpou). Apposition with preceding and so caragmati in associative instrumental case. Literally, graven work or sculpture from carassw, to engrave, old word, but here alone in N.T. outside of Revelation (the mark of the beast). Graven work of art (tecnes) or external craft, and of thought or device (enqumesews) or internal conception of man.


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