Acts 17:27

“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:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

That they should seeke the Lord, if haply they might feele after him and finde him, though he be not farre from euery one of vs.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

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:
- American Standard Version (1901)

So that they might make search for God, in order, if possible, to get knowledge of him and make discovery of him, though he is not far from every one of us:
- Basic English Bible

that they may seek God; if indeed they might feel after him and find him, although he is not far from each one of us:
- Darby Bible

That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he is not far from every one of us:
- Webster's Bible

that they might seek God, if perhaps they could grope for Him and find Him. Yes, though He is not far from any one of us.
- Weymouth Bible

that they should seek the Lord, if perhaps they might reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.
- World English Bible

to seke God, if perauenture thei felen hym, ether fynden, thouy he be not fer fro eche of you.
- Wycliffe Bible

to seek the Lord, if perhaps they did feel after Him and find, -- though, indeed, He is not far from each one of us,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Acts 17:27


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.


Discussion for Acts 17:27

  • Jessica for verse 27
    I feel that the Lord is trying to use Paul to let people know that He is right beside us and though it is His desire to see us all saved,He will not force Himself on us.God is the perfect gentleman.He will not make us live for Him,we have to love Him because of who He is . Not Some idol,that can neither save nor teach.God is right here if we want Him.He don 't need us , We need Him.

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