Acts 14:17
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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.”

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.

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.

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.

Webster's Bible Translation
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.

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."

Acts 14:17 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

Rains

Jupiter was lord of the air. He dispensed the thunder and lightning, the rain and the hail, the rivers and tempests. "All signs and portents whatever, that appear in the air, belong primarily to him, as does the genial sign of the rainbow" (Gladstone, "Homer and the Homeric Age"). The mention of rain is appropriate, as there was a scarcity of water in Lycaonia.

Food

Mercury, as the god of merchandise, was also the dispenser of food.

"No one can read the speech without once more perceiving its subtle and inimitable coincidence with his (Paul's) thoughts and expressions. The rhythmic conclusion is not unaccordant with the style of his most elevated moods; and besides the appropriate appeal to God's natural gifts in a town not in itself unhappily situated, but surrounded by a waterless and treeless plain, we may naturally suppose that the 'filling our hearts with food and gladness' was suggested by the garlands and festive pomp which accompanied the bulls on which the people would afterward have made their common banquet" (Farrar, "Life and Work of Paul"). For the coincidences between this discourse and other utterances of Paul, compare Acts 14:15, and 1 Thessalonians 1:9; Acts 14:16, and Romans 3:25; Acts 17:30; Acts 14:17, and Romans 1:19, Romans 1:20.

Acts 14:17 Parallel Commentaries

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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 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows his handiwork...

Romans 1:19,20 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God has showed it to them...

in that.

Psalm 36:5-7 Your mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; and your faithfulness reaches to the clouds...

Psalm 52:1 Why boast you yourself in mischief, O mighty man? the goodness of God endures continually.

Psalm 104:24-28 O LORD, how manifold are your works! in wisdom have you made them all: the earth is full of your riches...

Psalm 145:9,15,16 The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works...

Luke 6:35 But love you your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great...

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 you may gather in your corn...

Deuteronomy 28:12 The LORD shall open to you his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain to your land in his season...

1 Kings 18:1 And it came to pass after many days, that the word of the LORD came to Elijah in the third year, saying, Go, show yourself to Ahab...

Job 5:10 Who gives rain on the earth, and sends waters on the fields:

Job 37:6 For he said to the snow, Be you on the earth; likewise to the small rain, and to the great rain of his strength.

Job 38:26-28 To cause it to rain on the earth, where no man is; on the wilderness, wherein there is no man...

Psalm 65:9-13 You visit the earth, and water it: you greatly enrich it with the river of God, which is full of water: you prepare them corn...

Psalm 68:9,10 You, O God, did send a plentiful rain, whereby you did confirm your inheritance, when it was weary...

Psalm 147:7,8 Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving; sing praise on the harp to our God...

Isaiah 5:6 And I will lay it waste: it shall not be pruned, nor dig; but there shall come up briers and thorns...

Jeremiah 5:24 Neither say they in their heart, Let us now fear the LORD our God, that gives rain, both the former and the latter, in his season...

Jeremiah 14:22 Are there any among the vanities of the Gentiles that can cause rain? or can the heavens give showers? are not you he, O LORD our God?...

Matthew 5:45 That you may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he makes his sun to rise on the evil and on the good...

James 5:17,18 Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain...

filling.

Deuteronomy 8:12-14 Lest when you have eaten and are full, and have built goodly houses, and dwelled therein...

Nehemiah 9:25 And they took strong cities, and a fat land, and possessed houses full of all goods, wells dig, vineyards, and olive groves...

Isaiah 22:13 And behold joy and gladness, slaying oxen, and killing sheep, eating flesh, and drinking wine: let us eat and drink...

1 Timothy 6:17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God...

Cross References
Deuteronomy 11:14
he will give the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the later rain, that you may gather in your grain and your wine and your oil.

Job 5:10
he gives rain on the earth and sends waters on the fields;

Job 36:31
For by these he judges peoples; he gives food in abundance.

Psalm 4:7
You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound.

Psalm 65:10
You water its furrows abundantly, settling its ridges, softening it with showers, and blessing its growth.

Isaiah 40:21
Do you not know? Do you not hear? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?

Jeremiah 5:24
They do not say in their hearts, 'Let us fear the LORD our God, who gives the rain in its season, the autumn rain and the spring rain, and keeps for us the weeks appointed for the harvest.'

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