Acts 7:48
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New International Version
"However, the Most High does not live in houses made by human hands. As the prophet says:

New Living Translation
However, the Most High doesn't live in temples made by human hands. As the prophet says,

English Standard Version
Yet the Most High does not dwell in houses made by hands, as the prophet says,

Berean Study Bible
However, the Most High does not live in houses made by human hands. As the prophet says:

Berean Literal Bible
Yet the Most High does not dwell in hand-made houses. As the prophet says:

New American Standard Bible
"However, the Most High does not dwell in houses made by human hands; as the prophet says:

King James Bible
Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
However, the Most High does not dwell in sanctuaries made with hands, as the prophet says:

International Standard Version
However, the Most High does not live in buildings made by human hands. As the prophet says,

NET Bible
Yet the Most High does not live in houses made by human hands, as the prophet says,

New Heart English Bible
However, the Most High does not dwell in temples made with hands, as the prophet says,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And The Exalted One does not dwell in the product of hands as The Prophet says:

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"However, the Most High doesn't live in a house built by humans, as the prophet says:

New American Standard 1977
“However, the Most High does not dwell in houses made by human hands; as the prophet says:

Jubilee Bible 2000
Howbeit the most High does not dwell in temples made with hands, as saith the prophet,

King James 2000 Bible
Yet the most High dwells not in temples made with hands; as says the prophet,

American King James Version
However, the most High dwells not in temples made with hands; as said the prophet,

American Standard Version
Howbeit the Most High dwelleth not in houses made with hands; as saith the prophet,

Douay-Rheims Bible
Yet the most High dwelleth not in houses made by hands, as the prophet saith:

Darby Bible Translation
But the Most High dwells not in [places] made with hands; as says the prophet,

English Revised Version
Howbeit the Most High dwelleth not in houses made with hands; as saith the prophet,

Webster's Bible Translation
Yet, the Most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands, as saith the prophet,

Weymouth New Testament
Yet the Most High does not dwell in buildings erected by men's hands. But, as the Prophet declares,

World English Bible
However, the Most High doesn't dwell in temples made with hands, as the prophet says,

Young's Literal Translation
'But the Most High in sanctuaries made with hands doth not dwell, according as the prophet saith:
Study Bible
Stephen's Address to the Sanhedrin
47But it was Solomon who built the house for Him. 48However, the Most High does not live in houses made by human hands. As the prophet says: 49‘Heaven is My throne and the earth is My footstool. What kind of house will you build for Me, says the Lord, or what will be My place of repose?…
Cross References
Isaiah 66:1
Thus says the LORD, "Heaven is My throne and the earth is My footstool. Where then is a house you could build for Me? And where is a place that I may rest?

Luke 1:32
He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David,

Acts 17:24
The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples made by human hands.

2 Corinthians 5:1
Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is dismantled, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.
Treasury of Scripture

However, the most High dwells not in temples made with hands; as said the prophet,

the most High.

Deuteronomy 32:8 When the Most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when …

Psalm 7:17 I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness: and will sing …

Psalm 46:4 There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of …

Psalm 91:1,9 He that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under …

Psalm 92:8 But you, LORD, are most high for ever more.

Daniel 4:17,24,25,34 This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the …

Hosea 7:16 They return, but not to the most High: they are like a deceitful bow…

dwelleth.

Acts 17:24,25 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is …

1 Kings 8:27 But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven …

2 Chronicles 2:5,6 And the house which I build is great: for great is our God above all gods…

2 Chronicles 6:18 But will God in very deed dwell with men on the earth? behold, heaven …

as.

Isaiah 66:1,2 Thus said the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my …

(48) Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples.--The sequel shows the impression which these words made on the hearers. Stephen had risen to the truth which, though it had been proclaimed before, had been practically dormant. It broke down the thought of any exclusive holiness in the Temple, and therefore placed its downfall among the chances and changes which might be involved in God's chastisement of the people, and His education of mankind. The inference which we have seen reason to draw as to the probability of some connection, direct or indirect, between Stephen and the Samaritans (see Notes on Acts 7:16 and Acts 6:5), suggests the thought that we may trace here something like an echo of the teaching of our Lord in His dialogue with the woman of Samaria (John 4:21-23). It is a fact of singular interest to note how one who now listened to the words as applied to the Temple of the God of Israel, afterwards embraced them in all their fulness, and used them as his text in asserting the truth they embodied as against the Temples of Zeus and Athen (Acts 17:24).

As saith the prophet.--The truth which Stephen asserted had been uttered in the very dedication prayer of the Temple (1Kings 8:27). The builder of the Temple had himself felt that it was the witness not of a localised but a universal Presence. But he turns to what might seem to his hearers a yet higher authority--to the great prophet (Isaiah 66:1-2), who was preeminently the preacher of glad tidings, and who had closed his mission with the utterance of the truth that, whatever glory and greatness might attach to the Temple in Jerusalem, the prayer of him that was "poor and of a contrite spirit" was equally acceptable wherever it might be offered. The words were full of deep meaning in themselves. They were yet more significant as showing that the thoughts of Stephen had been turned to that great close of a great work, and that he must thus have been led to that wider vision of the future when all nations and tongues should be gathered to see the glory of the Eternal; and the work of Israel, especially of those who, like himself, belonged to the Dispersion, should be to declare His glory to the Gentiles, and when they, too, should be accepted as priests and Levites in the true Temple (Isaiah 66:21). Here also we may think of him as anticipating the widest and highest teaching of St. Paul.

Verse 48. - Houses (in italics) for temples, A.V. and T.R. The word ναοῖς (here, but not in Acts 17:24) is omitted in the R.T. In Isaiah 16:12. LXX. (quoted by Meyer), χειροποίητα (plural) is used without a substantive for the "sanctuary" (מִקְדּושׁ) of Moab. For the sentiment that the infinite God, Creator of heaven and earth, cannot be contained in a house built by the hands of men, see also 2 Chronicles 6:18, as well as the passages above quoted. Stephen justifies himself from the charge of having spoken blasphemous words against the temple by citing Isaiah 66:1. Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands,.... Such an one as Solomon's was; he did indeed dwell in his temple, but he was not confined to it, nor included in it, or circumscribed by it; and so much Solomon himself suggests, when he expresses his wonder at his dwelling on earth, seeing the heaven of heavens could not contain him, and still less the house which he had built, 1 Kings 8:27, "the most High", is one of the names of God, Genesis 14:18 the Apostle Paul says the same of God as Stephen does here; Acts 17:24 "as saith the prophet"; the prophet Isaiah, Isaiah 66:1. 7:42-50 Stephen upbraids the Jews with the idolatry of their fathers, to which God gave them up as a punishment for their early forsaking him. It was no dishonour, but an honour to God, that the tabernacle gave way to the temple; so it is now, that the earthly temple gives way to the spiritual one; and so it will be when, at last, the spiritual shall give way to the eternal one. The whole world is God's temple, in which he is every where present, and fills it with his glory; what occasion has he then for a temple to manifest himself in? And these things show his eternal power and Godhead. But as heaven is his throne, and the earth his footstool, so none of our services can profit Him who made all things. Next to the human nature of Christ, the broken and spiritual heart is his most valued temple.
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