Acts 17:25

25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else.

Read Acts 17:25 Using Other Translations

Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;
nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything.
and human hands can’t serve his needs—for he has no needs. He himself gives life and breath to everything, and he satisfies every need.

What does Acts 17:25 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Acts 17:25

Neither is worshipped with men's hands
Or "served" with them; or "ministered unto" by them, as the Syriac version renders it: and the sense is, that men by worshipping God do not give anything to him, that can be of any use or service to him; he, being God all sufficient, stands in need of nothing; for external worship is not here intended by worshipping with men's hands, in distinction from, and opposition to, internal worship, or to the worship of God with the heart; but that whether it be with the one or with the other, or both, nothing is given to God, as adding any thing to his essential glory and happiness:

as though he needed anything;
for he does not, he is "El Shaddai", God all sufficient; nor can anything be given to him, he has not; or otherwise all perfection would not be in him: but that he cannot be indigent of anything, appears from hence,

seeing he giveth to all life and breath;
or "the breath of life", as the Ethiopic version renders it; this God breathed into man at first, and he became a living soul; and every animate creature, everyone that has life and breath, have them from God; he gives them to them, and continues them:

and all things;
that are enjoyed by them, and are necessary for their subsistence, and for the comfort of life, and for both their use and profit, and for their delight and pleasure; wherefore he that gives them all things, cannot want anything himself, nor receive anything at their hands. This clause is left out in the Syriac, Arabic, and Ethiopic versions.

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