God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
a. NLT: Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets.
b. NIV: In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways,
c. YLT: In many parts, and many ways, God of old having spoken to the fathers in the prophets,
d. Amplified Bible Classic: In many separate revelations [each of which set forth a portion of the Truth] and in different ways God spoke of old to [our] forefathers in and by the prophets,
e. Worrell Translation: God, having in many parts and man ways spoken, of old, to the fathers in the prophets.
f. Wuest Translation: In many parts and in different ways God in former times having spoken to the fathers by means of the prophets,
1. “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,”
a. God [Strong: 2316 theos theh'-os of uncertain affinity; a deity, especially (with 3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very:--X exceeding, God, god(-ly,
b. who at sundry times [Strong: 4181 polumeros pol-oo-mer'-oce adverb from a compound of 4183 and 3313; in many portions, i.e. variously as to time and agency (piecemeal):--at sundry times.]
c. and [Strong: 2532 kai kahee apparently, a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; and, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words:--and, also, both, but, even, for, if, or, so, that, then, therefore, when, yet.
d. in divers maners [Strong: 4187 polutropos pol-oot-rop'-oce adverb from a compound of 4183 and 5158; in many ways, i.e. variously as to method or form:--in divers manners.]
e. spake [Strong: 2980 laleo lal-eh'-o a prolonged form of an otherwise obsolete verb; to talk, i.e. utter words:--preach, say, speak (after), talk, tell, utter.]
f. in time past [Strong: 3819 palai pal'-ahee probably another form for 3825 (through the idea of retrocession); (adverbially) formerly, or (by relatively) sometime since; (elliptically as adjective) ancient:--any while, a great while ago, (of) old, in time past.]
g. unto the [Strong: 3588 ho ho, including the feminine he hay, and the neuter to to in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom):--the, this, that, one, he, she, it, etc.]
h. fathers [Strong: 3962 pater pat-ayr' apparently a primary word; a "father" (literally or figuratively, near or more remote):--father, parent.]
i. by [Strong: 1722 en en a primary preposition denoting (fixed) position (in place, time or state), and (by implication) instrumentality (medially or constructively), i.e. a relation of rest (intermediate between 1519 and 1537); "in," at, (up-)on, by, etc.:--about, after, against, + almost, X altogether, among, X as, at, before, between, (here-)by (+ all means), for (... sake of), + give self wholly to, (here-)in(-to, -wardly), X mightily, (because) of, (up-)on, (open-)ly, X outwardly, one, X quickly, X shortly, (speedi-)ly, X that, X there(-in, -on), through(-out), (un-)to(-ward), under, when, where(-with), while, with(-in). Often used in compounds, with substantially the same import; rarely with verbs of motion, and then not to indicate direction, except (elliptically) by a separate (and different) preposition.]
j. the [Strong: 3588 ho ho, including the feminine he hay, and the neuter to to in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom):--the, this, that, one, he, she, it, etc.]
k. prophets [Strong: 4396 prophetes prof-ay'-tace from a compound of 4253 and 5346; a foreteller ("prophet"); by analogy, an inspired speaker; by extension, a poet:--prophet.]