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New Defender's Study Bible Notes
14:17 without witness. In addition to God’s testimony to Himself in the power and order manifest in the physical creation (Psalm 19:1; Romans 1:20), men should be able to discern Him also as a God of grace and love. Even though as a result of sin and the curse, “the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now” (Romans 8:22) and man has to eat of his labors “in sorrow” (Genesis 3:17); nevertheless, life goes on and provision is made for “food and gladness” even in a world of pain. Therefore men should know, even if they don’t, that there is a God of all creation—a God who makes provision for life even while He must invoke the death-wages of sin.