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Acts 17:24

    Acts 17:24 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwells not in temples made with hands;

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    The God that made the world and all things therein, he, being Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    The God who made the earth and everything in it, he, being Lord of heaven and earth, is not housed in buildings made with hands;

    Webster's Revision

    The God that made the world and all things therein, he, being Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;

    World English Bible

    The God who made the world and all things in it, he, being Lord of heaven and earth, doesn't dwell in temples made with hands,

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    The God that made the world and all things therein, he, being Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;

    Clarke's Commentary on Acts 17:24

    God that made the world, etc. - Though the Epicureans held that the world was not made by God, but was the effect of a fortuitous concourse of atoms, yet this opinion was not popular; and the Stoics held the contrary:

    1. St. Paul assumes, as an acknowledged truth, that there was a God who made the world and all things.

    2. That this God could not be confined within temples made with hands, as he was the Lord or governor of heaven and earth.

    3. That, by fair consequence, the gods whom they worshipped, which were shut up in their temples could not be this God; and they must be less than the places in which they were contained. This was a strong, decisive stroke against the whole system of the Grecian idolatry.

    Barnes' Notes on Acts 17:24

    God that made the world - The main object of this discourse of Paul is to convince them of the folly of idolatry Acts 17:29, and thus to lead them to repentance. For this purpose he commences with a statement of the true doctrine respecting God as the Creator of all things. We may observe here:

    (1) That he speaks here of God as the Creator of the world, thus opposing indirectly their opinions that there were many gods.

    (2) he speaks of him as the Creator of the world, and thus opposes the opinion that matter was eternal; that all things were controlled by Fate; and that God could be confined to temples. The Epicureans held that matter was eternal, and that the world was formed by a fortuitous concourse of atoms. To this opinion Paul opposed the doctrine that all things were made by one God. Compare Acts 14:15.

    Seeing that ... - Greek: "He being Lord of heaven and earth."

    Lord of heaven and earth - Proprietor and Ruler of heaven and earth. It is highly absurd, therefore, to suppose that he who is present in heaven and in earth at the same time, and who rules over all, should be confined to a temple of an earthly structure, or dependent on man for anything.

    Dwelleth not ... - See the notes on Acts 7:48.

    Wesley's Notes on Acts 17:24

    17:24 God who made the world - Thus is demonstrated even to reason, the one true, good God; absolutely different from the creatures, from every part of the visible creation.