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Acts 17

Acts 17:29 KJV (With Strong’s)

ho (Greek #3588)
the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom)
KJV usage: the, this, that, one, he, she, it, etc.
Pronounce: ho
Origin: ἡ (hay), and the neuter τό (to) in all their inflections
Forasmuch then
oun (Greek #3767)
(adverbially) certainly, or (conjunctionally) accordingly
KJV usage: and (so, truly), but, now (then), so (likewise then), then, therefore, verily, wherefore.
Pronounce: oon
Origin: apparently a primary word
as we are
huparcho (Greek #5225)
to begin under (quietly), i.e. come into existence (be present or at hand); expletively, to exist (as copula or subordinate to an adjective, participle, adverb or preposition, or as an auxiliary to a principal (verb)
KJV usage: after, behave, live.
Pronounce: hoop-ar'-kho
Origin: from 5259 and 756
the offspring
genos (Greek #1085)
"kin" (abstract or concrete, literal or figurative, individual or collective)
KJV usage: born, country(-man), diversity, generation, kind(-red), nation, offspring, stock.
Pronounce: ghen'-os
Origin: from 1096
of God
ho (Greek #3588)
the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom)
KJV usage: the, this, that, one, he, she, it, etc.
Pronounce: ho
Origin: ἡ (hay), and the neuter τό (to) in all their inflections
theos (Greek #2316)
a deity, especially (with 3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very
KJV usage: X exceeding, God, god(-ly, -ward).
Pronounce: theh'-os
Origin: of uncertain affinity
, we ought
opheilo (Greek #3784)
to owe (pecuniarily); figuratively, to be under obligation (ought, must, should); morally, to fail in duty
KJV usage: behove, be bound, (be) debt(-or), (be) due(-ty), be guilty (indebted), (must) need(-s), ought, owe, should. See also 3785.
Pronounce: of-i'-lo
Origin: ὀφειλέω (of-i-leh'-o) probably from the base of 3786 (through the idea of accruing)
ou (Greek #3756)
the absolute negative (compare 3361) adverb; no or not
KJV usage: + long, nay, neither, never, no (X man), none, (can-)not, + nothing, + special, un(-worthy), when, + without, + yet but. See also 3364, 3372.
Pronounce: oo
Origin: οὐκ (ook), and (before an aspirate) οὐχ (ookh) a primary word
k to think that
nomizo (Greek #3543)
properly, to do by law (usage), i.e. to accustom (passively, be usual); by extension, to deem or regard
KJV usage: suppose, thing, be wont.
Pronounce: nom-id'-zo
Origin: from 3551
the Godhead
theios (Greek #2304)
godlike (neuter as noun, divinity)
KJV usage: divine, godhead.
Pronounce: thi'-os
Origin: from 2316
einai (Greek #1511)
to exist
KJV usage: am, was. come, is, X lust after, X please well, there is, to be, was.
Pronounce: i'-nahee
Origin: present infinitive from 1510
like unto
homoios (Greek #3664)
similar (in appearance or character)
KJV usage: like, + manner.
Pronounce: hom'-oy-os
Origin: from the base of 3674
chrusos (Greek #5557)
gold; by extension, a golden article, as an ornament or coin
KJV usage: gold.
Pronounce: khroo-sos'
Origin: perhaps from the base of 5530 (through the idea of the utility of the metal)
, or
e (Greek #2228)
disjunctive, or; comparative, than
KJV usage: and, but (either), (n-)either, except it be, (n-)or (else), rather, save, than, that, what, yea. Often used in connection with other particles. Compare especially 2235, 2260, 2273.
Pronounce: ay
Origin: a primary particle of distinction between two connected terms
arguros (Greek #696)
silver (the metal, in the articles or coin)
KJV usage: silver.
Pronounce: ar'-goo-ros
Origin: from ἀργός (shining)
, or
e (Greek #2228)
disjunctive, or; comparative, than
KJV usage: and, but (either), (n-)either, except it be, (n-)or (else), rather, save, than, that, what, yea. Often used in connection with other particles. Compare especially 2235, 2260, 2273.
Pronounce: ay
Origin: a primary particle of distinction between two connected terms
lithos (Greek #3037)
a stone (literally or figuratively)
KJV usage: (mill-, stumbling-)stone.
Pronounce: lee'-thos
Origin: apparently a primary word
, graven
charagma (Greek #5480)
a scratch or etching, i.e. stamp (as a badge of servitude), or scupltured figure (statue)
KJV usage: graven, mark.
Pronounce: khar'-ag-mah
Origin: from the same as 5482
by art
techne (Greek #5078)
art (as productive), i.e. (specially), a trade, or (generally) skill
KJV usage: art, craft, occupation.
Pronounce: tekh'-nay
Origin: from the base of 5088
kai (Greek #2532)
and, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words
KJV usage: and, also, both, but, even, for, if, or, so, that, then, therefore, when, yet.
Pronounce: kahee
Origin: apparently, a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force
anthropos (Greek #444)
man-faced, i.e. a human being
KJV usage: certain, man.
Pronounce: anth'-ro-pos
Origin: from 435 and ὤψ (the countenance; from 3700)
enthumesis (Greek #1761)
KJV usage: device, thought.
Pronounce: en-thoo'-may-sis
Origin: from 1760

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Ministry on This Verse

we ought.
Psa. 94:7‑9• 7And say, Jah will not see, neither will the God of Jacob regard it.
8Understand, ye brutish among the people; and ye fools, when will ye be wise?
9He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? He that formed the eye, shall he not see?
(Psa. 94:7‑9)
Psa. 106:20• 20And they changed their glory into the similitude of an ox that eateth grass. (Psa. 106:20)
Psa. 115:4‑8• 4Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands:
5They have a mouth, and they speak not; eyes have they, and they see not;
6They have ears, and they hear not; a nose have they, and they smell not;
7They have hands, and they handle not; feet have they, and they walk not; they give no sound through their throat.
8They that make them are like unto them,--every one that confideth in them.
(Psa. 115:4‑8)
Isa. 40:12‑18• 12Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out the heavens with his span, and grasped the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in a balance, and the hills in scales?
13Who hath directed the Spirit of Jehovah, and, as his counsellor, hath taught him?
14With whom took he counsel, and who gave him intelligence, and instructed him in the path of judgment, and taught him knowledge, and shewed him the way of understanding?
15Behold, the nations are esteemed as a drop of the bucket, and as the fine dust on the scales; behold, he taketh up the isles as an atom.
16And Lebanon is not sufficient to burn, nor the beasts thereof sufficient for a burnt-offering.
17All the nations are as nothing before him; they are esteemed by him less than a cipher, and vanity.
18To whom then will ye liken *God? and what likeness will ye compare unto him?
(Isa. 40:12‑18)
Isa. 44:9‑20• 9They that form a graven image are all of them vanity, and their delectable things are of no profit; and they are their own witnesses: they see not, nor know;--that they may be ashamed.
10Who hath formed a *god, or molten a graven image that is profitable for nothing?
11Behold, all his fellows shall be ashamed; and the workmen are but men. Let them all be gathered together, let them stand up: they shall fear, they shall be ashamed together.
12The iron-smith hath a chisel, and he worketh in the coals, and he fashioneth it with hammers, and worketh it with his strong arm;--but he is hungry, and his strength faileth; he hath not drunk water, and he is faint.
13The worker in wood stretcheth out a line; he marketh it out with red chalk; he formeth it with sharp tools, and he marketh it out with the compass, and maketh it after the figure of a man, according to the beauty of man: that it may remain in the house.
14When he heweth him down cedars, he taketh also a holm-oak and a terebinth--he chooseth for himself among the trees of the forest: he planteth a pine, and the rain maketh it grow.
15And it shall be for a man to burn, and he taketh thereof, and warmeth himself; he kindleth it also, and baketh bread; he maketh also a *god, and worshippeth it; he maketh it a graven image, and falleth down thereto.
16He burneth part thereof in the fire; with part thereof he eateth flesh, he roasteth roast, and is satisfied; yea, he is warm, and saith, Aha, I am become warm, I have seen the fire.
17And with the remainder thereof he maketh a *god, his graven image; he falleth down unto it, and worshippeth it, and prayeth unto it, and saith, Deliver me, for thou art my *god.
18They have no knowledge, and understand not; for he hath plastered their eyes, that they may not see; and their hearts, that they may not understand.
19And none taketh it to heart, neither is there knowledge nor understanding to say, I have burned part of it in the fire, and have also baked bread upon the coals thereof, I have roasted flesh, and eaten it, and with the rest thereof shall I make an abomination? shall I bow down to a block of wood?
20He feedeth on ashes; a deceived heart hath turned him aside, that he cannot deliver his soul, nor say, Is there not a lie in my right hand?
(Isa. 44:9‑20)
Hab. 2:19‑20• 19Woe unto him that saith to the wood, Awake! to the dumb stone, Arise! Shall it teach? Behold it is overlaid with gold and silver, and there is no breath at all in the midst of it.
20But Jehovah is in his holy temple. Let all the earth keep silence before him!
(Hab. 2:19‑20)
Rom. 1:20‑23• 20--for from the world's creation the invisible things of him are perceived, being apprehended by the mind through the things that are made, both his eternal power and divinity,--so as to render them inexcusable.
21Because, knowing God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but fell into folly in their thoughts, and their heart without understanding was darkened:
22professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into the likeness of an image of corruptible man and of birds and quadrupeds and reptiles.
(Rom. 1:20‑23)
Ex. 20:4• 4Thou shalt not make thyself any graven image, or any form of what is in the heavens above, or what is in the earth beneath, or what is in the waters under the earth: (Ex. 20:4)
Ex. 32:4• 4And he took them out of their hand, and fashioned it with a chisel and made of it a molten calf: and they said, This is thy god, Israel, who has brought thee up out of the land of Egypt! (Ex. 32:4)
Isa. 46:5‑6• 5To whom will ye liken me and make me equal, or compare me, that we may be like?
6--They lavish gold out of the bag, and weigh silver in the balance; they hire a goldsmith, and he maketh it a *god: they fall down, yea, they worship.
(Isa. 46:5‑6)
Jer. 10:4‑10• 4they deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.
5They are as a palm-column of turned work, and they speak not; they are carried, for they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good.
6There is none like unto thee, Jehovah; thou art great, and thy name is great in might.
7Who would not fear thee, O King of nations? For to thee doth it appertain; for among all the wise men of the nations, and in all their kingdoms, there is none like unto thee.
8But they are one and all senseless and foolish; the teaching of vanities is a stock.
9Silver spread into plates is brought from Tarshish, and gold from Uphaz, the work of the artizan and of the hands of the founder; blue and purple is their clothing: they are all the work of skilful men.
10But Jehovah Elohim is truth; he is the living God, and the King of eternity. At his wrath the earth trembleth, and the nations cannot abide his indignation.
(Jer. 10:4‑10)
 A lifeless stock that man forms cannot be, or duly represent, the God that made him and all things. (Acts 17:16-34 by W. Kelly)

J. N. Darby Translation

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.

W. Kelly Translation

Being therefore God’s off-spring, we ought not to think that the divinity is like gold, or silver or stone, graven by art and device of man1.

WK Translation Notes

divinity: τὸ θεῖον, the divine, or what is divine, in verse 29, should not be confounded with θειότης or still less θεότης. (Bible Treasury 13:336)