Acts 17:29

“Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Forasmuch then as wee are the offspring of God, wee ought not to thinke that the Godhead is like vnto golde, or siluer, or stone grauen by arte, and mans deuice.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Being then the children of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and thought of man.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Being then the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and device of man.
- American Standard Version (1901)

If then we are the offspring of God, it is not right for us to have the idea that God is like gold or silver or stone, formed by the art or design of man.
- Basic English Bible

Being therefore [the] offspring of God, we ought not to think that which is divine to be like gold or silver or stone, [the] graven form of man's art and imagination.
- Darby Bible

Being then the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like to gold, or silver, or stone graven by art and man's device.
- Webster's Bible

Since then we are God's offspring, we ought not to imagine that His nature resembles gold or silver or marble, or anything sculptured by the art and inventive faculty of man.
- Weymouth Bible

Being then the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold, or silver, or stone, engraved by art and design of man.
- World English Bible

Therfor sithen we ben the kynde of God, we schulen not deme, that godli thing is lijk gold, and siluer, ethir stoon, ethir to grauyng of craft and thouyt of man.
- Wycliffe Bible

`Being, therefore, offspring of God, we ought not to think the Godhead to be like to gold, or silver, or stone, graving of art and device of man;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Acts 17:29


17:29 We ought not to think - A tender expression especially in the first per son plural. As if he had said, Can God himself be a less noble being than we who are his offspring? Nor does he only here deny, that these are like God, but that they have any analogy to him at all, so as to be capable of representing him.


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.

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