For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.
For in him we live, and move, and have our being – He is the very source of our existence: the principle of life comes from him: . . .
And have our being – Και εσμεν, And we are: we live in him, move in him, and are in him. Without him we not only can do nothing, but without him we are nothing . . .
As certain also of your own poets – Probably he means not only Aratus, in whose poem, entitled Phaenomena, the words quoted by St. Paul are to be found. . .
We are also his offspring – Του γαρ και γενος εσμεν The Phaenomena of Aratus, in which these words are found, begins thus: –
With Jove we must begin; nor from him rove;
Him always praise, for all is full of Jove!
He fills all places where mankind resort,
The wide-spread sea, with every shelt’ring port.
Jove’s presence fills all space, upholds this ball;
All need his aid; his power sustains us all.
For we his offspring are; and he in love
Points out to man his labor from above:
Where signs unerring show when best the soil,
By well-timed culture, shall repay our toil, etc., etc.
Trust God for your day…Today