New American Standard Bible
"In the generations gone by He permitted all the nations to go their own ways;
King James Bible
Who in times past suffered all nations to walk in their own ways.
Darby Bible Translation
who in the past generations suffered all the nations to go in 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,
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Who in times past - Previous to the gospel; in past ages.
Suffered all nations - Permitted all nations; that is, all Gentiles, Acts 17:30. "And the times of this ignorance God winked at."
To walk in their own ways - To conduct themselves without the restraints and instructions of a written law. They were permitted to follow their own reason and passions, and their own system of religion. God gave them no written laws, and sent to them no messengers. Why he did this we cannot determine. It might have been, among other reasons, to show to the world conclusively:
(1) The insufficiency of reason to guide people in the matters of religion. The experiment was made under the most favorable circumstances. The most enlightened nations, the Greeks and Romans, were left to pursue the inquiry, and failed no less than the most degraded tribes of people. The trial was made for four thousand years, and attended with the same results everywhere.
(2) it showed the need of revelation to guide man.
(3) it evinced, beyond the possibility of mistake, the depravity of man. In all nations, in all circumstances, people had shown the same alienation from God. By suffering them to walk in their own ways, it was seen that those ways were sin, and that some power more than human was necessary to bring people back to God.
LibraryDeified and Stoned
'And when the people saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in the speech of Lycaonia, The gods are come down to us in the likeness of men. 12. And they called Barnabas, Jupiter; and Paul, Mercurius, because he was the chief speaker. 13. Then the priest of Jupiter, which was before their city, brought oxen and garlands unto the gates, and would have done sacrifice with the people. 14. Which when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of, they rent their clothes, and ran in among …
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Jew and Gentile
The Sovereignty of God in Reprobation
"So I gave them over to the stubbornness of their heart, To walk in their own devices.
Though all the peoples walk Each in the name of his god, As for us, we will walk In the name of the LORD our God forever and ever.
"Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent,
whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed;
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