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27 He has done this so that every person would long for God, feel their way to him,[a] and find him—for he is the God who is easy to discover![b] 28 It is through him that we live and function and have our identity; just as your own poets have said,[c] ‘Our lineage comes from him.’[d]

29 “Since our lineage can be traced back to God, how could we even think that the divine image could be compared to something made of gold, silver, or stone, sculpted by man’s artwork and clever imagination?

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Footnotes

  1. Acts 17:27 The Aramaic is “investigating him in his creation.”
  2. Acts 17:27 Or “the God who is not far from each one of us.”
  3. Acts 17:28 Paul is quoting two classical Greek writers (ca. 270 BC): Aratus (Phaenomena, 5) and Cleanthes (Hymn to Zeus, 5).
  4. Acts 17:28 Or “Our nature comes from him,” as translated from the Aramaic. The Greek is “We are his offspring.” The Greek word is genos, which means “kindred” or “family” (taken from his genes).

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