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Acts 17:25 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— neither is he served by men's hands, as though he needed anything, seeing he himself giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all [people] life and breath and all things;
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Neither is worshiped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— nor is served by men's hands as needing something, himself giving to all life and breath and all things;
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— nor, by human hands, is waited upon, as though in want of anything, himself, giving unto all life and breath and all things;
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— neither by the hands of men is He served—needing anything, He giving to all life, and breath, and all things;
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Neither is he served with men's hands, as though he needed any thing: seeing it is he who giveth to all life and breath and all things:
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Neither is worshipped with mens hands as though he needed any thing, seeing hee giueth to all, life and breath, and all things,
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— Neither is he served by the hands of men, nor needeth he any thing, for it is he who giveth to every man life and soul.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— Nor is he ministered to by human hands, neither hath he any wants; for he it is giveth life and breath to every man.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Neither 3761
{3761} Prime
From G3756 and G1161; not however, that is, neither, nor, not even.
is worshipped 2323
{2323} Prime
From the same as G2324; to wait upon menially, that is, (figuratively) to adore (God), or (specifically) to relieve (of disease).
<5743> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Passive (See G5786)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 271
with 5259
{5259} Prime
A primary preposition; under, that is, (with the genitive) of place (beneath), or with verbs (the agency or means, through); (with the accusative) of place (whither [underneath] or where [below]) or time (when [at]).
men's 444
{0444} Prime
From G0435 and ὤψ [[ops]] (the countenance; from G3700); manfaced, that is, a human being.
hands, 5495
{5495} Prime
Perhaps from the base of G5494 in the sense of its congener the base of G5490 (through the idea of hollowness for grasping); the hand (literally or figuratively [power]; especially [by Hebraism] a means or instrument).
as though he needed 4326
{4326} Prime
From G4314 and G1189; to require additionally, that is, want further.
<5740> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Middle or Passive Deponent (See G5790)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 544
any thing, 5100
{5100} Prime
An enclitic indefinite pronoun; some or any person or object.
seeing he 846
{0846} Prime
From the particle αὖ [[au]] (perhaps akin to the base of G0109 through the idea of a baffling wind; backward); the reflexive pronoun self, used (alone or in the compound of G1438) of the third person, and (with the proper personal pronoun) of the other persons.
giveth 1325
{1325} Prime
A prolonged form of a primary verb (which is used as an alternate in most of the tenses); to give (used in a very wide application, properly or by implication, literally or figuratively; greatly modified by the connection).
<5723> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 2549
to all 3956
{3956} Prime
Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole.
life, 2222
{2222} Prime
From G2198; life (literally or figuratively).
and 2532
{2532} Prime
Apparently a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; and, also, even, so, then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words.
breath, 4157
{4157} Prime
From G4154; respiration, a breeze.
and y2596
[2596] Standard
A primary particle; (preposition) down (in place or time), in varied relations (according to the case [genitive, dative or accusative] with which it is joined).
all things; 3956
{3956} Prime
Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole.
(2596) Complement
A primary particle; (preposition) down (in place or time), in varied relations (according to the case [genitive, dative or accusative] with which it is joined).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

See commentary on Acts 17:24-25.

Acts 17:25

_ _ Neither is worshipped with — ministered unto, served by

_ _ men’s hands, as though he needed anything — No less familiar as this thought also is to us, even from the earliest times of the Old Testament (Job 35:6, Job 35:8; Psalms 16:2, Psalms 16:3; Psalms 50:12-14; Isaiah 40:14-18), it would pour a flood of light upon any candid heathen mind that heard it.

_ _ seeing he — He Himself.

_ _ giveth to all life, and breath, and all things — The Giver of all cannot surely be dependent for aught upon the receivers of all (1 Chronicles 29:14). This is the culminating point of a pure Theism.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Acts 17:22-31.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Acts 17:25

Neither is he served as though he needed any thing — or person — The Greek word equally takes in both. To all — That live and breathe; — in him we live; and breathe — In him we move. By breathing life is continued. I breathe this moment: the next is not in my power: and all things — For in him we are. So exactly do the parts of this discourse answer each other.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Job 22:2 Can a man be profitable unto God, as he that is wise may be profitable unto himself?
Job 35:6-7 If thou sinnest, what doest thou against him? or [if] thy transgressions be multiplied, what doest thou unto him? ... If thou be righteous, what givest thou him? or what receiveth he of thine hand?
Psalms 16:2 [O my soul], thou hast said unto the LORD, Thou [art] my Lord: my goodness [extendeth] not to thee;
Psalms 50:8-13 I will not reprove thee for thy sacrifices or thy burnt offerings, [to have been] continually before me. ... Will I eat the flesh of bulls, or drink the blood of goats?
Jeremiah 7:20-23 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, mine anger and my fury shall be poured out upon this place, upon man, and upon beast, and upon the trees of the field, and upon the fruit of the ground; and it shall burn, and shall not be quenched. ... But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you.
Amos 5:21-23 I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies. ... Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols.
Matthew 9:13 But go ye and learn what [that] meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.


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.
Acts 14:17 Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.
Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God formed man [of] the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
Numbers 16:22 And they fell upon their faces, and said, O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, shall one man sin, and wilt thou be wroth with all the congregation?
Numbers 27:16 Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation,
Job 12:10 In whose hand [is] the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind.
Job 27:3 All the while my breath [is] in me, and the spirit of God [is] in my nostrils;
Job 33:4 The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.
Job 34:14 If he set his heart upon man, [if] he gather unto himself his spirit and his breath;
Psalms 104:27-30 These wait all upon thee; that thou mayest give [them] their meat in due season. ... Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth.
Isaiah 42:5 Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein:
Isaiah 57:16 For I will not contend for ever, neither will I be always wroth: for the spirit should fail before me, and the souls [which] I have made.
Zechariah 12:1 The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him.
Matthew 5:45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
Romans 11:35 Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?
1 Timothy 6:17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;
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Gn 2:7. Nu 16:22; 27:16. Jb 12:10; 22:2; 27:3; 33:4; 34:14; 35:6. Ps 16:2; 50:8; 104:27. Is 42:5; 57:16. Jr 7:20. Am 5:21. Zc 12:1. Mt 5:45; 9:13. Ac 14:17; 17:28. Ro 11:35. 1Ti 6:17.

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