New International Version
"However, the Most High does not live 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,
Darby Bible Translation
But the Most High dwells not in [places] made with hands; as says the prophet,
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:
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
The Most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands - Here St. Stephen evidently refers to Solomon's speech, 1 Kings 8:27. But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, the heaven, and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee, how much less this house that I have builded? Both Solomon and St. Stephen mean that the majesty of God could not be contained, not even in the whole vortex of nature; much less in any temple which human hands could erect.
As saith the prophet - The place referred to is Isaiah 66:1, Isaiah 66:2 : Thus saith the Lord, the heaven is my throne, and the earth my footstool. Where is the house that ye build unto me? And where is the place of my rest, etc., with which the quotation by Stephen agrees.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
the most High.
'Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God'--ACTS vii. 56. I. The vision of the Son of Man, or the abiding manhood of Jesus. Stephen's Greek name, and his belonging to the Hellenistic part of the Church, make it probable that he had never seen Jesus during His earthly life. If so, how beautiful that he should thus see and recognise Him! How significant, in any case, is it he should instinctively have taken on his lips that name, 'the Son of Man,' to designate …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture: The Acts
The Prayer of Stephen.
Whether Christ's Birth Should have Been Manifested by Means of the Angels and the Star?
Whether it is Fitting that Christ Should Sit at the Right Hand of God the Father?
This is what the LORD says: "Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. Where is the house you will build for me? Where will my resting place be?
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,
"The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands.
2 Corinthians 5:1
For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.
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