Acts 17:28

“For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For in him we liue, and mooue, and haue our being, as certaine also of your owne Poets haue said, For we are also his offspring.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, 'For we also are His children.'
- New American Standard Version (1995)

for in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain even of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For in him we have life and motion and existence; as certain of your verse writers have said, For we are his offspring.
- Basic English Bible

for in him we live and move and exist; as also some of the poets amongst you have said, For we are also his offspring.
- Darby Bible

For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, for we are also his offspring.
- Webster's Bible

For it is in closest union with Him that we live and move and have our being; as in fact some of the poets in repute among yourselves have said, `For we are also His offspring.'
- Weymouth Bible

'For in him we live, and move, and have our being.' As some of your own poets have said, 'For we are also his offspring.'
- World English Bible

For in hym we lyuen, and mouen, and ben. As also summe of youre poetis seiden, And we ben also the kynde of hym.
- Wycliffe Bible

for in Him we live, and move, and are; as also certain of your poets have said: For of Him also we are offspring.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Acts 17:28


17:28 In him - Not in ourselves, we live, and move, and have our being - This denotes his necessary, intimate, and most efficacious presence. No words can better express the continual and necessary dependence of all created beings, in their existence and all their operations, on the first and almighty cause, which the truest philosophy as well as divinity teaches. As certain also of your own poets have said - Aratus, whose words these are, was an Athenian, who lived almost three hundred years before this time. They are likewise to be found, with the alteration of one letter only, in the hymn of Cleanthes to Jupiter or the supreme being, one of the purest and finest pieces of natural religion in the whole world of Pagan antiquity.


People's Bible Notes for Acts 17:28


Ac 17:28 Certain also of your own poets. Aratus, who wrote about 200 years before. Also Cleanthes, in his Hymn to Jupiter.

Discussion for Acts 17

  • Ray321
    Acts 17:30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at but now commandeth all men every where to repent: They had to change there ways of believing and turn to God's ways by the Word. Change of ways means repent.
  • A disciple
    "They received the word with all readiness of mind..." READINESS; Gk prothumia; a predisposition, i.e. alacrity (eager willingness or readiness, often manifested by quick, lively action; liveliness or briskness); forwardness of mind, readiness (of mind), ready (willing) mind. This goes with Isaiah 8:20; that, not speaking according to "THIS WORD" is because of no urgency, as if up early to a task.
  • A disciple
    "But the Jews which believed not, moved with envy, took unto them certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, and gathered a company, and set all the city on an uproar, and assaulted.." Doesn't this sound like a certain wicked spirit at work today? It is the heathen spirit of anti-Christ in all those who have set themselves to rebel against God, reject the Lord Jesus Christ, and instead worship Satan.
  • Douglas Gilbert Wells
    The Unites States of America of today sound like. Isreal of old days
  • Steve morrow
    ACTS 17:11 THESE WERE MORE NOBLE THAN THOSE IN THESSALONICA IN THAT THEY RECEIVED THE WORD WITH ALL READINESS OF MIND AND SEARCHED --- THE SCRIPTURES ---DAILY WHETHER THOSE THINGS WERE SO 2 TIMOTHY 2:15 STUDY TO SHOW THYSELF APPROVED UNTO GOD A WORKMAN THAT NEEDETH NOT TO BE ASHAMED RIGHTLY DIVIDING THE WORD OF TRUTH 1 THESSALONIANS 5:21 PROVE ALL THINGS HOLD FAST THAT WHICH IS GOOD
  • Steve morrow
    ACTS 17:2 AND PAUL AS HIS MANNER WAS WENT IN UNTO THEM AND THREE SABBATH DAYS REASONED WITH THEM OUT OF THE SCRIPTURES 1 CORINTHIANS 10:17 FOR WE BEING MANY ARE ONE BREAD AND ONE BODY FOR WE ARE ALL PARTAKERS OF THAT ONE BREAD