|New International Version (© 2011)|
"Therefore since we are God's offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone--an image made by human design and skill.
King James Bible
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.
American Standard Version
Being then the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and device of man.
Young's Literal Translation
'Being, therefore, offspring of God, we ought not to think the Godhead to be like to gold, or silver, or stone, graving of art and device of man;
Acts 17:29 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, etc. - 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: -
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Psalm 94:7-9 Yet they say, The LORD shall not see, neither shall the God of Jacob regard it...
Psalm 106:20 Thus they changed their glory into the similitude of an ox that eats grass.
Psalm 115:4-8 Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands...
Isaiah 40:12-18 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span...
Isaiah 44:9-20 They that make a graven image are all of them vanity; and their delectable things shall not profit; and they are their own witnesses...
Habakkuk 2:19,20 Woe to him that said to the wood, Awake; to the dumb stone, Arise, it shall teach! Behold, it is laid over with gold and silver...
Romans 1:20-23 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made...
Exodus 20:4 You shall not make to you any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath...
Exodus 32:4 And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a engraving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said...
Isaiah 46:5,6 To whom will you liken me, and make me equal, and compare me, that we may be like...
Jeremiah 10:4-10 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not...
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2 Kings 19:18 They have thrown their gods into the fire and destroyed them, for they were not gods but only wood and stone, fashioned by human hands.
Isaiah 40:18 With whom, then, will you compare God? To what image will you liken him?
Acts 19:26 And you see and hear how this fellow Paul has convinced and led astray large numbers of people here in Ephesus and in practically the whole province of Asia. He says that gods made by human hands are no gods at all.
Romans 1:23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.