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Acts 17:27 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— that they should seek God, if haply they might feel after him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us:
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us;
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he is not far from every one of us:
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— that they may seek God; if indeed they might feel after him and find him, although he is not far from each one of us:
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— that they might be seeking God—if, after all, indeed, they might feel after him and find him,—although, in truth, he is already not far from any one of us.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— to seek the Lord, if perhaps they did feel after Him and find,—though, indeed, He is not far from each one of us,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— That they should seek God, if haply they may feel after him or find him, although he be not far from every one of us.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— That they should seeke the Lord, if haply they might feele after him and finde him, though he be not farre from euery one of vs.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— that they should seek Aloha and inquire, and from his creatures find himself, because he is not far from every one of us.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— that they might inquire and search after God, and, by means of his creations, might find him; because he is not afar off from each one of us:

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
That they should seek 2212
{2212} Prime
ζητέω
zeteo
{dzay-teh'-o}
Of uncertain affinity; to seek (literally or figuratively); specifically (by Hebraism) to worship (God), or (in a bad sense) to plot (against life).
z5721
<5721> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Infinitive (See G5795)
Count - 647
the x3588
(3588) Complement

ho
{ho}
The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
Lord, 2962
{2962} Prime
κύριος
kurios
{koo'-ree-os}
From κῦρος [[kuros]] (supremacy); supreme in authority, that is, (as noun) controller; by implication Mr. (as a respectful title).
if 1487
{1487} Prime
εἰ
ei
{i}
A primary particle of conditionality; if, whether, that, etc.
haply 686
{0686} Prime
άρα
ara
{ar'-ah}
Probably from G0142 (through the idea of drawing a conclusion); a particle denoting an inference more or less decisive (as follows).
x1065
(1065) Complement
γέ
ge
{gheh}
A primary particle of emphasis or qualification (often used with other particles prefixed).
they might feel y5584
[5584] Standard
ψηλαφάω
pselaphao
{psay-laf-ah'-o}
From the base of G5567 (compare G5586); to manipulate, that is, verify by contact; figuratively to search for.
z5659
<5659> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Optative (See G5793)
Count - 19
after x5584
(5584) Complement
ψηλαφάω
pselaphao
{psay-laf-ah'-o}
From the base of G5567 (compare G5586); to manipulate, that is, verify by contact; figuratively to search for.
him, 846
{0846} Prime
αὐτός
autos
{ow-tos'}
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.
and 2532
{2532} Prime
καί
kai
{kahee}
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.
find x2147
(2147) Complement
εὑρίσκω
heurisko
{hyoo-ris'-ko}
A prolonged form of a primary word εὕρω [[heuro]], {hyoo'-ro}; which (together with another cognate form, εὑρέω [[heureo]], {hyoo-reh'-o}) is used for it in all the tenses except the present and imperfect; to find (literally or figuratively).
him, y2147
[2147] Standard
εὑρίσκω
heurisko
{hyoo-ris'-ko}
A prolonged form of a primary word εὕρω [[heuro]], {hyoo'-ro}; which (together with another cognate form, εὑρέω [[heureo]], {hyoo-reh'-o}) is used for it in all the tenses except the present and imperfect; to find (literally or figuratively).
z5630
<5630> Grammar
Tense - Second Aorist (See G5780)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Optative (See G5793)
Count - 15
though 2544
{2544} Prime
καίτοιγε
kaitoige
{kah'-ee-toyg-eh}
From G2543 and G1065; and yet indeed, that is, although really.
he be 5225
{5225} Prime
ὑπάρχω
huparcho
{hoop-ar'-kho}
From G5259 and G0756; to begin under (quietly), that is, come into existence (be present or at hand); expletively, to exist (as copula or subordinate to an adjective, participle, adverb or preposition, or as auxilliary to principal verb).
z5723
<5723> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 2549
not 3756
{3756} Prime
οὐ
ou
{oo}
A primary word; the absolutely negative (compare G3361) adverb; no or not.
far 3112
{3112} Prime
μακράν
makran
{mak-ran'}
Feminine accusative singular of G3117 (G3598 being implied); at a distance (literally or figuratively).
from 575
{0575} Prime
ἀπό
apo
{ap-o'}
A primary particle; 'off', that is, away (from something near), in various senses (of place, time, or relation; literally or figuratively).
every 1538
{1538} Prime
ἕκαστος
hekastos
{hek'-as-tos}
As if a superlative of ἕκας [[hekas]] (afar); each or every.
one 1520
{1520} Prime
εἷς
heis
{hice}
(Including the neuter [etc.] ἕν [[hen]]); a primary numeral; one.
of us: 2257
{2257} Prime
ἡμῶν
hemon
{hay-mone'}
Genitive plural of G1473; of (or from) us.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

See commentary on Acts 17:26-27.


Acts 17:27

_ _ That they should seek the Lord — That is the high end of all these arrangements of Divine Power, Wisdom, and Love.

_ _ if haply they might feel after him — as men groping their way in the dark.

_ _ and find him — a lively picture of the murky atmosphere of Natural Religion.

_ _ though he be not far from every one of us — The difficulty of finding God outside the pale of revealed religion lies not in His distance from us, but in our distance from Him through the blinding effect of sin.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Acts 17:22-31.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Acts 17:27

If haply — The way is open; God is ready to be found. But he will lay no force upon man; they might feel after him — This is in the midst between seeking and finding. Feeling being the lowest and grossest of all our senses, is fitly applied to the low knowledge of God; though he be not far from every one of us — We need not go far to seek or find him. He is very near us; in us. It is only perverse reason which thinks he is afar off.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Acts 17:27

That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might (p) feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:

(p) For as blind men we could not seek out God except by groping, before the true light came and enlightened the world.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
they:

Acts 15:17 That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things.
Psalms 19:1-6 [[To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.]] The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. ... His going forth [is] from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.
Romans 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, [even] his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Romans 2:4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

he be:

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.
1 Kings 8:27 But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded?
Psalms 139:1-13 [[To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.]] O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known [me]. ... For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb.
Jeremiah 23:23-24 [Am] I a God at hand, saith the LORD, and not a God afar off? ... Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD.
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