New International Version
for about forty years he endured their conduct in the wilderness;
King James Bible
And about the time of forty years suffered he their manners in the wilderness.
Darby Bible Translation
and for a time of about forty years he nursed them in the desert.
World English Bible
For a period of about forty years he put up with them in the wilderness.
Young's Literal Translation
and about a period of forty years He did suffer their manners in the wilderness,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
About the time of forty years - The space of time between their coming out of Egypt, and going into the promised land.
Suffered he their manners - Ετροποφορησεν αυτους; He dealt indulgently with them: howsoever they behaved towards him, he mercifully bore with, and kindly treated them. But instead of ετροποφορησεν, ACE, some others, with the Syriac, Arabic, Coptic, Ethiopic, and some of the fathers, read ετροφοφορησεν, which signifies, he nourished and fed them, or bore them about in his arms as a tender nurse does her child. This reading confirms the marginal conjecture, and agrees excellently with the scope of the place, and is a reading at least of equal value with that in the commonly received text. Griesbach has admitted it, and excluded the other. Both, when rightly understood, speak nearly the same sense; but the latter is the most expressive, and agrees best with Paul's discourse, and the history to which he alludes. See the same form of expression, Numbers 11:12; Exodus 19:4; Isaiah 46:3, Isaiah 46:4; Isaiah 63:9.
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suffered. 'Gr. [tropophoreo,] perhaps for [trophophoreo,] bore, or fed them as a nurse beareth or feedeth her child. De.
1:31; according to the LXX., and so Chrysostom.'
Text: Acts 13, 26-39. 26 Brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and those among you that fear God, to us is the word of this salvation sent forth. 27 For they that dwell in Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew him not, nor the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath, fulfilled them by condemning him. 28 And though they found no cause of death in him, yet asked they of Pilate that he should be slain. 29 And when they had fulfilled all things that were written of him, they …
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For forty years--one year for each of the forty days you explored the land--you will suffer for your sins and know what it is like to have me against you.'
and in the wilderness. There you saw how the LORD your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place."
For many years you were patient with them. By your Spirit you warned them through your prophets. Yet they paid no attention, so you gave them into the hands of the neighboring peoples.
For forty years I was angry with that generation; I said, 'They are a people whose hearts go astray, and they have not known my ways.'
He led them out of Egypt and performed wonders and signs in Egypt, at the Red Sea and for forty years in the wilderness.
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