Acts 14:16
New International Version
In the past, he let all nations go their own way.

New Living Translation
In the past he permitted all the nations to go their own ways,

English Standard Version
In past generations he allowed all the nations to walk in their own ways.

Berean Study Bible
In past generations, He let all nations go their own way.

Berean Literal Bible
who in the generations past allowed all the nations to go their own ways.

King James Bible
Who in times past suffered all nations to walk in their own ways.

New King James Version
who in bygone generations allowed all nations to walk in their own ways.

New American Standard Bible
In past generations He permitted all the nations to go their own ways;

NASB 1995
"In the generations gone by He permitted all the nations to go their own ways;

NASB 1977
“And in the generations gone by He permitted all the nations to go their own ways;

Amplified Bible
In generations past He permitted all the nations to go their own ways;

Christian Standard Bible
In past generations he allowed all the nations to go their own way,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
In past generations He allowed all the nations to go their own way,

American Standard Version
who in the generations gone by suffered all the nations to walk in their own ways.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He who in the former ages was allowing all nations to go in their own way,

Contemporary English Version
In times past, God let each nation go its own way.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who in times past suffered all nations to walk in their own ways.

English Revised Version
who in the generations gone by suffered all the nations to walk in their own ways.

Good News Translation
In the past he allowed all people to go their own way.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
In the past God allowed all people to live as they pleased.

International Standard Version
In past generations he allowed all the nations to go their own ways,

Literal Standard Version
who in the past generations permitted all the nations to go on in their ways,

NET Bible
In past generations he allowed all the nations to go their own ways,

New Heart English Bible
who in the generations gone by allowed all the nations to walk in their own ways.

Weymouth New Testament
In times gone by He allowed all the nations to go their own ways;

World English Bible
who in the generations gone by allowed all the nations to walk in their own ways.

Young's Literal Translation
who in the past generations did suffer all the nations to go on in their ways,

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Visit to Lystra and Derbe
15“Men, why are you doing this? We too are only men, human like you. We are bringing you good news that you should turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made heaven and earth and sea and everything in them. 16In past generations, He let all nations go their own way. 17Yet He has not left Himself without testimony to His goodness: He gives you rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, filling your hearts with food and gladness.”…

Cross References
Psalm 81:12
So I gave them up to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices.

Micah 4:5
Though each of the peoples may walk in the name of his god, yet we will walk in the name of the LORD our God forever and ever.

Acts 17:30
Although God overlooked the ignorance of earlier times, He now commands all people everywhere to repent.

Romans 3:25
God presented Him as the atoning sacrifice through faith in His blood, in order to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance He had passed over the sins committed beforehand.


Treasury of Scripture

Who in times past suffered all nations to walk in their own ways.

suffered.

Acts 17:30
And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:

Psalm 81:12
So I gave them up unto their own hearts' lust: and they walked in their own counsels.

Psalm 147:20
He hath not dealt so with any nation: and as for his judgments, they have not known them. Praise ye the LORD.









(16) Who in times past suffered all nations.--Better, all the heathen; the term used being that which is always employed of the nations outside the covenant of Israel. We have here the first germ of what may be fairly described as St. Paul's philosophy of history. The times of ignorance had been permitted by God, and those who had lived in them would be equitably dealt with, and judged according to their knowledge. The same thought meets us again in the speech at Athens (Acts 17:30). In Romans 1, 2, 11, we meet with it, in an expanded form, as a more complete vindication of the righteousness of God. The ignorance and the sins of the Gentile world had been allowed to run their course, as the Law had been allowed to do its partial and imperfect work among the Jews, as parts, if one may so speak, of a great divine drama, leading both to feel the need of redemption, and preparing both for its reception. All were included in unbelief that God might have mercy upon all (Romans 11:32).

Verse 16. - The generations gone by for times past, A.V.; the nations for nations, A.V.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
In
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

past
παρῳχημέναις (parōchēmenais)
Verb - Perfect Participle Middle or Passive - Dative Feminine Plural
Strong's 3944: To pass away time. From para and oichomai; to escape along, i.e. Be gone.

generations,
γενεαῖς (geneais)
Noun - Dative Feminine Plural
Strong's 1074: From genos; a generation; by implication, an age.

[He]
ὃς (hos)
Personal / Relative Pronoun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 3739: Who, which, what, that.

let
εἴασεν (eiasen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 1439: To allow, permit, let alone, leave. Of uncertain affinity; to let be, i.e. Permit or leave alone.

all
πάντα (panta)
Adjective - Accusative Neuter Plural
Strong's 3956: All, the whole, every kind of. Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole.

nations
ἔθνη (ethnē)
Noun - Accusative Neuter Plural
Strong's 1484: Probably from etho; a race, i.e. A tribe; specially, a foreign one.

go
πορεύεσθαι (poreuesthai)
Verb - Present Infinitive Middle or Passive
Strong's 4198: To travel, journey, go, die.

their
αὐτῶν (autōn)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Neuter 3rd Person Plural
Strong's 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

[own]
ταῖς (tais)
Article - Dative Feminine Plural
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

way.
ὁδοῖς (hodois)
Noun - Dative Feminine Plural
Strong's 3598: A way, road, journey, path. Apparently a primary word; a road; by implication, a progress; figuratively, a mode or means.


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