He made also of one blood every nation of men, to dwell upon all the face of the earth -- having ordained times before appointed, and the bounds of their dwellings --
Acts 17:26 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Hath made of one blood - In AB, some others, with the Coptic, Ethiopic, Vulgate, Itala, Clement, and Bede, the word αἱματος, blood, is omitted. He hath made of one (meaning Adam) all nations of men; but αἱμα, blood, is often used by the best writers for race, stock, kindred: so Homer, Iliad, vi. ver. 211:
Ταυτης τοι γενεης τε και αἱματος ευχομαι ειναι.
I glory in being of that same race and blood.
So Virgil, Aen. viii. ver. 142, says;
Sic genus amborum scindit se Sanguine ab uno.
Thus, from one stock, do both our stems divide.
See many examples of this form in Kypke. The Athenians had a foolish notion that they were self-produced, and were the aboriginals of mankind. Lucian ridicules this opinion, Αθηναιοι φασι τους πρωτους ανθρωπους εκ της Αττικης αναφυναι, καθαπερ τα λαχανα. The Athenians say that the first men sprung up in Attica, like radishes. Luc. Philo-pseud. 3.
To dwell on all the face of the earth - God in his wisdom produced the whole human race from one man; and, having in his providence scattered them over the face of the earth, by showing them that they sprang from one common source, has precluded all those contentious wars and bloodshed which would necessarily have taken place among the nations of the world, as each in its folly might have arrogated to itself a higher and more excellent origin than another.
And hath determined the times before appointed - Instead of προτεταγμενους καιρους, the times before appointed, ABDE, and more than forty others, with both the Syriac, all the Arabic, the Coptic, Ethiopic, MS. Slavonian, Vulgate, and Itala, read προστεταγμενους καιρους, the appointed times. The difference between the two words is this: προτασσειν signifies to place before others; but προστασσειν is to command, decree, appoint. The προστεταγμενοι καιροι, are the constituted or decreed times; that is, the times appointed by his providence, on which the several families should go to those countries where his wisdom designed they should dwell. See Genesis 10:5-32; and see Pearce and Rosenmuller.
And the bounds of their habitations - Every family being appointed to a particular place, that their posterity might possess it for the purposes for which infinite wisdom and goodness gave them their being, and the place of their abode. Every nation had its lot thus appointed by God, as truly as the Israelites had the land of Canaan. But the removal of the Jews from their own land shows that a people may forfeit their original inheritance, and thus the Canaanites have been supplanted by the Jews; the Jews by the Saracens; the Saracens by the Turks; the Greeks by the Romans; the Romans by the Goths and Vandals; and so of others. See the notes on Genesis 11:1-32 (note).
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Genesis 3:20 And Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.
Genesis 9:19 These are the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth covered.
Malachi 2:10 Have we not all one father? has not one God created us? why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother...
Romans 5:12-19 Why, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed on all men, for that all have sinned...
1 Corinthians 15:22,47 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive...
Acts 15:18 Known to God are all his works from the beginning of the world.
Deuteronomy 32:7,8 Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations: ask your father, and he will show you; your elders...
Job 14:5 Seeing his days are determined, the number of his months are with you, you have appointed his bounds that he cannot pass;
Psalm 31:15 My times are in your hand: deliver me from the hand of my enemies, and from them that persecute me.
Isaiah 14:31 Howl, O gate; cry, O city; you, whole Palestina, are dissolved...
Isaiah 45:21 Tell you, and bring them near; yes, let them take counsel together: who has declared this from ancient time?...
Daniel 11:27,35 And both of these kings' hearts shall be to do mischief, and they shall speak lies at one table; but it shall not prosper...
Hebrews 2:3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord...
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