Acts 15:17
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New International Version
that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord, even all the Gentiles who bear my name, says the Lord, who does these things' --

New Living Translation
so that the rest of humanity might seek the LORD, including the Gentiles--all those I have called to be mine. The LORD has spoken--

English Standard Version
that the remnant of mankind may seek the Lord, and all the Gentiles who are called by my name, says the Lord, who makes these things

Berean Study Bible
so that the remnant of men may seek the Lord, and all the Gentiles who bear My name, says the Lord who does these things

Berean Literal Bible
so that the remnant of men may seek out the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom has been called My name, upon them, says the Lord, doing these things,

New American Standard Bible
SO THAT THE REST OF MANKIND MAY SEEK THE LORD, AND ALL THE GENTILES WHO ARE CALLED BY MY NAME,'

King James Bible
That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
so the rest of humanity may seek the Lord-- even all the Gentiles who are called by My name, declares the Lord who does these things,

International Standard Version
so that the rest of the people may search for the Lord, including all the gentiles who are called by my name,' declares the Lord. 'He is the one who has been doing these things

NET Bible
so that the rest of humanity may seek the Lord, namely, all the Gentiles I have called to be my own,' says the Lord, who makes these things

New Heart English Bible
that the rest of mankind may seek after the Lord, and all the nations who are called by my name,' says the Lord, who makes these things

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
So that the rest of the children of men may seek THE LORD JEHOVAH, and all the nations upon which my name is called, says THE LORD JEHOVAH, who does all of these things.'

GOD'S WORD® Translation
so that the survivors and all the people who aren't Jewish over whom my name is spoken, may search for the Lord, declares the Lord.

New American Standard 1977
IN ORDER THAT THE REST OF MANKIND MAY SEEK THE LORD,
            AND ALL THE GENTILES WHO ARE CALLED BY MY NAME,’

Jubilee Bible 2000
that the men that are left might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who does all these things.

King James 2000 Bible
That the rest of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, says the Lord, who does all these things.

American King James Version
That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, on whom my name is called, said the Lord, who does all these things.

American Standard Version
That the residue of men may seek after the Lord, And all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called,

Douay-Rheims Bible
That the residue of men may seek after the Lord, and all nations upon whom my name is invoked, saith the Lord, who doth these things.

Darby Bible Translation
so that the residue of men may seek out the Lord, and all the nations on whom my name is invoked, saith [the] Lord, who does these things

English Revised Version
That the residue of men may seek after the Lord, And all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called,

Webster's Bible Translation
That the residue of men may seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things.

Weymouth New Testament
In order that the rest of mankind may earnestly seek the Lord--even all the nations which are called by My name,"

World English Bible
That the rest of men may seek after the Lord; All the Gentiles who are called by my name, Says the Lord, who does all these things.

Young's Literal Translation
that the residue of men may seek after the Lord, and all the nations, upon whom My name hath been called, saith the Lord, who is doing all these things.
Study Bible
The Council at Jerusalem
16‘After this I will return and rebuild David’s fallen tent. Its ruins I will rebuild, and I will restore it, 17so that the remnant of men may seek the Lord, and all the Gentiles who bear My name, says the Lord who does these things 18that have been known for ages.’…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 28:10
"So all the peoples of the earth will see that you are called by the name of the LORD, and they will be afraid of you.

Isaiah 63:19
We have become like those over whom You have never ruled, Like those who were not called by Your name.

Jeremiah 14:9
"Why are You like a man dismayed, Like a mighty man who cannot save? Yet You are in our midst, O LORD, And we are called by Your name; Do not forsake us!"

Daniel 9:19
"O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and take action! For Your own sake, O my God, do not delay, because Your city and Your people are called by Your name."

Amos 9:12
That they may possess the remnant of Edom And all the nations who are called by My name," Declares the LORD who does this.

James 2:7
Are they not the ones who blaspheme the noble name by which you have been called?
Treasury of Scripture

That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, on whom my name is called, said the Lord, who does all these things.

the residue.

Genesis 22:18 And in your seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because …

Genesis 49:10 The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between …

Psalm 22:26,27 The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the LORD that …

Psalm 67:1-3 God be merciful to us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine on us; Selah…

Psalm 72:17-19 His name shall endure for ever: his name shall be continued as long …

Isaiah 2:2,3 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of …

Isaiah 11:10 And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand …

Isaiah 19:23-25 In that day shall there be a highway out of Egypt to Assyria, and …

Isaiah 24:15,16 Why glorify you the LORD in the fires, even the name of the LORD …

Isaiah 49:6,7 And he said, It is a light thing that you should be my servant to …

Isaiah 66:18-21 For I know their works and their thoughts: it shall come, that I …

Jeremiah 16:19 O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of …

Hosea 2:23 And I will sow her to me in the earth; and I will have mercy on her …

Joel 2:32 And it shall come to pass, that whoever shall call on the name of …

Micah 4:1,2 But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of …

Micah 5:7 And the remnant of Jacob shall be in the middle of many people as …

Zechariah 2:11 And many nations shall be joined to the LORD in that day, and shall …

Zechariah 8:20-23 Thus said the LORD of hosts; It shall yet come to pass, that there …

Malachi 1:11 For from the rising of the sun even to the going down of the same …

the Gentiles.

Genesis 48:16 The Angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let …

Numbers 6:27 And they shall put my name on the children of Israel, and I will bless them.

Isaiah 43:7 Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him …

Isaiah 65:1 I am sought of them that asked not for me; I am found of them that …

who.

Numbers 24:23 And he took up his parable, and said, Alas, who shall live when God does this!

Isaiah 45:7,8 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: …

Daniel 4:35 And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and …

(17) That the residue of men . . .--The Hebrew gives, as in our version, "That they may possess the remnant of Edom and of all the heathen which are called by my name." The LXX. translators either paraphrased the passage, so as to give a wider and more general view of its teaching, or followed a reading in which the Hebrew for "man" (Adam) took the place of Edom. It will be seen that the argument of St. James turns upon the Greek rendering. The "name of God" was to be "called" upon by those who were "the residue of men," i.e., all that were outside the pale of Israel. So understood, the words became, of course, a prediction of the conversion of the Gentiles, and to the uncritical habits of the time, accustomed to Targums or Paraphrases of many parts of Scripture, the LXX. was for all but the stricter and more bigoted Hebraists, as authoritative as the original.

Verse 17. - May for might, A.V. That the residue of men might seek after the Lord,.... The rebuilder and proprietor of this tabernacle, and who dwells in it; that is, attend his worship, pray unto him, and seek unto him for life and salvation: in Amos these are called, "the remnant of Edom": and design the remnant according to the election of grace among the Gentiles; the Jews generally call all other nations, and especially the Roman empire, Edom:

and all the Gentiles upon whom my name is called; for God is the God of the whole earth, of the Gentiles as well as of the Jews; and his Gospel was now spread among them, and many of them were converted and called Christians, and the children and people of God: the Jews (x) understand this of the people of Israel, who are called by the name of the Lord, or on whom his name is called; and some think the words are to be transposed (y) thus,

"that Israel on whom my name is called might possess the remnant of Edom, and all the people;''

and is true of their possessing or enjoying them in a Gospel church state:

saith the Lord, who doth all these things; raises up the tabernacle of David, revives the interest of religion, resettles the church, and increases it, calls and converts the Gentiles, causes them to seek after the Lord, and unites them in one church state with the Jews; the word "all" is left out in the Alexandrian copy, and in the Vulgate Latin and Ethiopic versions, and is not in Amos.

(x) Targum in Amos ix. 12. (y) Kimchi & Aben Ezra in ib. 15:7-21 We see from the words purifying their hearts by faith, and the address of St. Peter, that justification by faith, and sanctification by the Holy Ghost, cannot be separated; and that both are the gift of God. We have great cause to bless God that we have heard the gospel. May we have that faith which the great Searcher of hearts approves, and attests by the seal of the Holy Spirit. Then our hearts and consciences will be purified from the guilt of sin, and we shall be freed from the burdens some try to lay upon the disciples of Christ. Paul and Barnabas showed by plain matters of fact, that God owned the preaching of the pure gospel to the Gentiles without the law of Moses; therefore to press that law upon them, was to undo what God had done. The opinion of James was, that the Gentile converts ought not to be troubled about Jewish rites, but that they should abstain from meats offered to idols, so that they might show their hatred of idolatry. Also, that they should be cautioned against fornication, which was not abhorred by the Gentiles as it should be, and even formed a part of some of their rites. They were counselled to abstain from things strangled, and from eating blood; this was forbidden by the law of Moses, and also here, from reverence to the blood of the sacrifices, which being then still offered, it would needlessly grieve the Jewish converts, and further prejudice the unconverted Jews. But as the reason has long ceased, we are left free in this, as in the like matters. Let converts be warned to avoid all appearances of the evils which they formerly practised, or are likely to be tempted to; and caution them to use Christian liberty with moderation and prudence.
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