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

  • Irene123
    The history of the Bible is, to me, like Eze. ch. 37; searching out the history makes it come alive for me.
  • Irene123
    Dionysius the Areopagite was a judge of the Areopagus (Mars Hill) from where Paul preached, vs. 22-34. I looked up 'Dionysius', 'Areopagite', 'Areopagus' to find all this out. I love the history of the Bible. To know the history, for me, draws the characters so much closer. They're not just 'dry dust' from the past.
  • Irene123
    God bless Ar (from comments pg. 1 on 12/21/14) if he's still with us ...........; what a beautiful testimony.
  • Martha Golds
    Yes we.do. Jesus is an awesome God
    Amen!
  • Linda Qualls
    I think that we have an awesome God.
  • Nelwyn Tipton
    We are Free' in Christ Jeasus' and that we can't do anything without being in the will of God. Jesus promised us that His works are done through us.