New International Version
for they themselves report what kind of reception you gave us. They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God,
King James Bible
For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God;
Darby Bible Translation
for they themselves relate concerning us what entering in we had to you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve a living and true God,
World English Bible
For they themselves report concerning us what kind of a reception we had from you; and how you turned to God from idols, to serve a living and true God,
Young's Literal Translation
for they themselves concerning us do declare what entrance we had unto you, and how ye did turn unto God from the idols, to serve a living and true God,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
How ye turned to God from idols - This could not be spoken either of the Jews or of the devout persons, but of the heathen Greeks, and of such it appears that the majority of the Church was formed. See what is said on this subject in the preface to this epistle.
To serve the living and true God - The living God; in opposition to the idols, which were either inanimate stocks or stones, or the representations of dead men.
The true God - In opposition to the whole system of idolatry, which was false in the objects of its adoration, false in its pretensions, false in its promises, and false in all its prospects.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryA Summary of Experience and a Body of Divinity
In those days there was a good deal of practical atheism abroad, and therefore the wonder was not so much that men left their idols, as that they turned unto the living God. It became a matter of talk all over the city, and the Jews in their violence helped to make the matter more notorious; for the mobs in the street and the attack upon the house of Jason all stirred the thousand tongues of rumour. Everybody spoke of the sudden appearance of three poor Jews, of their remarkable teaching in the synagogue, …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 30: 1884
Of Love to God
This is how you will know that the living God is among you and that he will certainly drive out before you the Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites and Jebusites.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?
Simon Peter answered, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God."
"Friends, why are you doing this? We too are only human, like you. We are bringing you good news, telling you to turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made the heavens and the earth and the sea and everything in them.
1 Corinthians 12:2
You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols.
1 Thessalonians 2:1
You know, brothers and sisters, that our visit to you was not without results.
1 John 5:21
Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.
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