Acts 17:27
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New International Version
God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.

New Living Translation
"His purpose was for the nations to seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him--though he is not far from any one of us.

English Standard Version
that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us,

Berean Study Bible
God intended that they would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.

Berean Literal Bible
to seek God, if perhaps indeed they might palpate for Him, and might find Him. And indeed, He is not far from each one of us.

New American Standard Bible
that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us;

King James Bible
That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He did this so they might seek God, and perhaps they might reach out and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.

International Standard Version
so that they might look for God, somehow reach for him, and find him. Of course, he is never far from any one of us.

NET Bible
so that they would search for God and perhaps grope around for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.

New Heart English Bible
that they should seek God, if perhaps they might reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“So that they would be seeking and inquiring after God; and they may find him by his creation, because also he is not far from everyone of us.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He has done this so that they would look for God, somehow reach for him, and find him. In fact, he is never far from any one of us.

New American Standard 1977
that they should seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us;

Jubilee Bible 2000
that they should seek the Lord, if in any manner they might reach out to touch him and find him though he is not far from each one of us;

King James 2000 Bible
That they should seek the Lord, if perhaps they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:

American King James Version
That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:

American Standard Version
that they should seek God, if haply they might feel after him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us:

Douay-Rheims Bible
That they should seek God, if happily they may feel after him or find him, although he be not far from every one of us:

Darby Bible Translation
that they may seek God; if indeed they might feel after him and find him, although he is not far from each one of us:

English Revised Version
that they should seek God, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he is not far from each one of us:

Webster's Bible Translation
That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he is not far from every one of us:

Weymouth New Testament
that they might seek God, if perhaps they could grope for Him and find Him. Yes, though He is not far from any one of us.

World English Bible
that they should seek the Lord, if perhaps they might reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.

Young's Literal Translation
to seek the Lord, if perhaps they did feel after Him and find, -- though, indeed, He is not far from each one of us,
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
17:22-31 Here we have a sermon to heathens, who worshipped false gods, and were 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. In the latter case, his business was to lead his hearers by prophecies and 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 had seen, with the inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. This fact is stated by many writers. After multiplying their idols to the utmost, some at Athens thought there was another god of whom they had no knowledge. And are there not many now called Christians, who are zealous in their devotions, yet the great object of their worship is to them an unknown 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 powerfully affected by the apostle's discourse, which tended to show the emptiness or falsity of their doctrines.
Study Bible
Paul Before the Areopagus
26From one man He made every nation of men, to inhabit the whole earth; and He determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their lands. 27God intended that they would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us. 28‘For in Him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are His offspring.’…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 4:7
"For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as is the LORD our God whenever we call on Him?

Jeremiah 23:23
"Am I a God who is near," declares the LORD, "And not a God far off?

Acts 14:17
Yet He has not left Himself without testimony to His goodness: He gives you rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, filling your hearts with food and gladness."
Treasury of Scripture

That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:

they.

Acts 15:17 That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, …

Psalm 19:1-6 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows his handiwork…

Romans 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are …

Romans 2:4 Or despise you the riches of his goodness and forbearance and long-suffering…

he be.

Acts 14:17 Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did …

1 Kings 8:27 But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven …

Psalm 139:1-13 O lord, you have searched me, and known me…

Jeremiah 23:23,24 Am I a God at hand, said the LORD, and not a God afar off…

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