|New Living Translation (© 2007)|
"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.
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:
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:
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,
Acts 17:27 Additional TranslationsWesley's Notes on the Bible
17:27 If haply - The way is open; God is ready to be found. But he will lay no force upon man; they might feel after him - This is in the midst between seeking and finding. Feeling being the lowest and grossest of all our senses, is fitly applied to the low knowledge of God; though he be not far from every one of us - We need not go far to seek or find him. He is very near us; in us. It is only perverse reason which thinks he is afar off.
Acts 17:27 Parallel CommentariesFar Feel Find Grope Haply Hope Indeed Order Perhaps Possible Reach Search SeekFar Feel Find Grope Haply Hope Indeed Order Perhaps Possible Reach Search SeekThe Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188.
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Deuteronomy 4:7 For what great nation has a god as near to them as the LORD our God is near to us whenever we call on him?
Jeremiah 23:23 Am I a God who is only close at hand?" says the LORD. "No, I am far away at the same time.
Acts 14:17 but he never left them without evidence of himself and his goodness. For instance, he sends you rain and good crops and gives you food and joyful hearts."