Acts 14:17
New International Version
Yet he has not left himself without testimony: He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy.”

New Living Translation
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.”

English Standard Version
Yet he did not leave himself without witness, for he did good by giving you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness.”

Berean Study Bible
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.”

Berean Literal Bible
And yet He has not left Himself without witness, doing good, giving to you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, filling your hearts with food and gladness."

King James Bible
Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.

New King James Version
Nevertheless He did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good, gave us rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.”

New American Standard Bible
yet He did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good and gave you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness.”

NASB 1995
and yet He did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good and gave you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness.”

NASB 1977
and yet He did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good and gave you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness.”

Amplified Bible
yet He did not leave Himself without some witness [as evidence of Himself], in that He kept constantly doing good things and showing you kindness, and giving you rains from heaven and productive seasons, filling your hearts with food and happiness.”

Christian Standard Bible
although he did not leave himself without a witness, since he did what is good by giving you rain from heaven and fruitful seasons and filling you with food and your hearts with joy.”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
although He did not leave Himself without a witness, since He did what is good by giving you rain from heaven and fruitful seasons and satisfying your hearts with food and happiness.”

American Standard Version
And yet He left not himself without witness, in that he did good and gave you from heaven rains and fruitful seasons, filling your hearts with food and gladness.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
While he did not leave himself without a testimony, as he was giving them precious things from the Heavens and sending rain down to them, multiplying their fruits in their times and was satisfying their hearts with food and gladness.”

Contemporary English Version
But he showed he was there by the good things he did. God sends rain from heaven and makes your crops grow. He gives food to you and makes your hearts glad.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Nevertheless he left not himself without testimony, doing good from heaven, giving rains and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.

English Revised Version
And yet he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave you from heaven rains and fruitful seasons, filling your hearts with food and gladness.

Good News Translation
But he has always given evidence of his existence by the good things he does: he gives you rain from heaven and crops at the right times; he gives you food and fills your hearts with happiness."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Yet, by doing good, he has given evidence of his existence. He gives you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons. He fills you with food and your lives with happiness."

International Standard Version
yet he has not abandoned his witness: he continues to do good, to give you rain from heaven, to give you fruitful seasons, and to fill you with food and your hearts with joy."

Literal Standard Version
though, indeed, He did not leave Himself without witness, doing good—giving rains to us from Heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness”;

NET Bible
yet he did not leave himself without a witness by doing good, by giving you rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying you with food and your hearts with joy."

New Heart English Bible
Yet he did not leave himself without witness, in that he did good and gave you rains from the sky and fruitful seasons, filling your hearts with food and gladness."

Weymouth New Testament
and yet by His beneficence He has not left His existence unattested--His beneficence, I mean, in sending you rain from Heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and joyfulness."

World English Bible
Yet he didn't leave himself without witness, in that he did good and gave you rains from the sky and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness."

Young's Literal Translation
though, indeed, without witness He did not leave himself, doing good -- from heaven giving rains to us, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness;'

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Visit to Lystra and Derbe
16In past generations, He let all nations go their own way. 17Yet 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.” 18Even with these words, Paul and Barnabas could hardly stop the crowds from sacrificing to them.…

Cross References
Deuteronomy 11:14
then I will provide rain for your land in season, the autumn and spring rains, that you may gather your grain, new wine, and oil.

Job 5:10
He gives rain to the earth and sends water upon the fields.

Job 36:31
For by these He judges the nations and provides food in abundance.

Psalm 4:7
You have filled my heart with more joy than when grain and new wine abound.

Psalm 65:10
You soak its furrows and level its ridges; You soften it with showers and bless its growth.

Isaiah 40:21
Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been declared to you from the beginning? Have you not understood since the foundation of the earth?

Jeremiah 5:24
They have not said in their hearts, 'Let us fear the LORD our God, who gives the rains, both autumn and spring, in season, who keeps for us the appointed weeks of harvest.'


Treasury of Scripture

Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.

he left.

Acts 17:27,28
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: …

Psalm 19:1-4
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork…

Romans 1:19,20
Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them…

in that.

Psalm 36:5-7
Thy mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds…

Psalm 52:1
To the chief Musician, Maschil, A Psalm of David, when Doeg the Edomite came and told Saul, and said unto him, David is come to the house of Ahimelech. Why boastest thou thyself in mischief, O mighty man? the goodness of God endureth continually.

Psalm 104:24-28
O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches…

and gave.

Leviticus 26:4
Then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.

Deuteronomy 11:14
That I will give you the rain of your land in his due season, the first rain and the latter rain, that thou mayest gather in thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil.

Deuteronomy 28:12
The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.

filling.

Deuteronomy 8:12-14
Lest when thou hast eaten and art full, and hast built goodly houses, and dwelt therein; …

Nehemiah 9:25
And they took strong cities, and a fat land, and possessed houses full of all goods, wells digged, vineyards, and oliveyards, and fruit trees in abundance: so they did eat, and were filled, and became fat, and delighted themselves in thy great goodness.

Isaiah 22:13
And behold joy and gladness, slaying oxen, and killing sheep, eating flesh, and drinking wine: let us eat and drink; for to morrow we shall die.









(17) He left not himself without witness.--Here again we have the outline of what is afterwards expanded (Romans 1:19-20). In speaking to peasants like those at Lystra, St. Paul naturally dwells most on the witness given through the divine goodness as manifested in nature. In addressing philosophers at Athens and at Rome, he points to the yet fuller witness of consciousness and conscience (Acts 17:28; Romans 2:14-15).

In that he did good.--Better, as expressing the continuous manifestation of the divine will, "working good, giving rain, filling our hearts." The MSS. vary, some giving "us" and "our," and some "you" and "your." The former is more characteristic of the sympathy which led St. Paul to identify himself with Gentile as well as Jew. The "joy of harvest" (Isaiah 9:3) was the common inheritance of each. The latter words in the Greek, from "giving us rain from heaven," are so distinctly rhythmical that they suggest the thought that St. Paul quotes from some hymn of praise which he had heard in a harvest or vintage festival, and which, as with the altar to the Unknown God at Athens, he claims as due to Him whom men ignorantly worshipped. (See Note on Acts 17:23.) . . .

Verse 17. - And yet for nevertheless, A.V.; you from heaven rains for us rain from hearer, A.V. and T.R.; your for our, A.V. and T.R. Observe how the apostle adapts his preaching to his hearers. How different this address to the heathen Lycaonians from those to Jews and proselytes! Here he leads them from nature to God; there from prophecy to Jesus.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
Yet
καίτοι (kaitoi)
Conjunction
Strong's 2543: And yet, although, though. From kai and toi; and yet, i.e. Nevertheless.

He has not left
ἀφῆκεν (aphēken)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 863: From apo and hiemi; to send forth, in various applications.

Himself
αὑτὸν (hauton)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 848: Her own, his own, their own, themselves, they. Contracted for heautou; self.

without testimony
ἀμάρτυρον (amartyron)
Adjective - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's 267: Without witness, untestified to. Unattested.

to His goodness:
ἀγαθουργῶν (agathourgōn)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 14: To work that which is good, perform good deeds. From agathos and ergon; to work good.

He gives
διδοὺς (didous)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 1325: To offer, give; I put, place. A prolonged form of a primary verb; to give.

you
ὑμῖν (hymin)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

rain
ὑετοὺς (hyetous)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's 5205: Rain. From a primary huo; rain, especially a shower.

from heaven
οὐρανόθεν (ouranothen)
Adverb
Strong's 3771: From heaven, from the sky. From ouranos and the enclitic of source; from the sky.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's 2532: And, even, also, namely.

fruitful
καρποφόρους (karpophorous)
Adjective - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's 2593: Fruitful. From karpos and phero; fruitbearing.

seasons,
καιροὺς (kairous)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's 2540: Fitting season, season, opportunity, occasion, time. Of uncertain affinity; an occasion, i.e. Set or proper time.

filling
ἐμπιπλῶν (empiplōn)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 1705: To fill up, satisfy. Or empletho em-play'-tho; from en and the base of pleistos;to fill in, i.e. to satisfy.

your
ὑμῶν (hymōn)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

hearts
καρδίας (kardias)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Plural
Strong's 2588: Prolonged from a primary kar; the heart, i.e. the thoughts or feelings; also the middle.

with food
τροφῆς (trophēs)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's 5160: Food, nourishment, maintenance. From trepho; nourishment; by implication, rations.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's 2532: And, even, also, namely.

gladness.”
εὐφροσύνης (euphrosynēs)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's 2167: Joy, gladness, rejoicing. From the same as euphraino; joyfulness.


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