New International Version
In the past, he let all nations go their own way.
King James Bible
Who in times past suffered all nations to walk in their own ways.
Darby Bible Translation
who in the past generations suffered all the nations to go in their own ways,
World English Bible
who in the generations gone by allowed all the nations to walk in their own ways.
Young's Literal Translation
who in the past generations did suffer all the nations to go on in their ways,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Who in times past suffered all nations, etc. - The words παντα τα εθνη, which we here translate, all nations, should be rendered, all the Gentiles, merely to distinguish them from the Jewish people: who having a revelation, were not left to walk in their own ways; but the heathens, who had not a revelation, were suffered to form their creed, and mode of worship, according to their own caprice.
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'The gods are come down to us in the likeness of men.' --ACTS xiv. 11. This was the spontaneous instinctive utterance of simple villagers when they saw a deed of power and kindness. Many an English traveller and settler among rude people has been similarly honoured. And in Lycaonia the Apostles were close upon places that were celebrated in Greek mythology as having witnessed the very two gods, here spoken of, wandering among the shepherds and entertained with modest hospitality in their huts. The …
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So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices.
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In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent.
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