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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - Acts 17:24


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    King James Bible - Acts 17:24

    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;

    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,

    Douay-Rheims - Acts 17:24

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

    Webster's Bible Translation

    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;

    Greek Textus Receptus


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    Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge

    VERSE (24) -
    :26-28; 4:24; 14:15 Ps 146:5 Isa 40:12,28; 45:18 Jer 10:11; 32:17

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 17:24

    El Dios que hizo el mundo y todas las cosas que en l hay, ste, como es Seor del cielo y de la tierra, no habita en templos hechos de mano,

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - Acts 17:24

    Verse 24.
    God that made the world, &c.] 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: 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.

    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 24.
    God that made the world, and all things therein , etc.] In this account of the divine Being, as the Creator of the world, and all things in it, as the apostle agrees with Moses, and the rest of the sacred Scriptures; so he condemns both the notion of the Epicurean philosophers, who denied that the world was made by God, but said that it owed its being to a fortuitous concourse of atoms; and the notion of the Peripatetics, or Aristotelians, who asserted the eternity of the world; and some of both sects were doubtless present. Seeing that he is the Lord of heaven and earth ; as appears by his being the Creator of both; hence he supports them in their being, and governs all creatures in them by his providence. Dwelleth not in temples made with hands ; such as were the idol temples at Athens; nor in any other edifices built by man, so as to be there fixed and limited; no, not in the temple at Jerusalem: but he dwells in temples that are not made with hands, as in the temple of Christs human nature, in which the fulness of the Godhead dwells bodily, and in the hearts of his people, who are the temples of the Holy Ghost. This strikes at a notion of the Athenians, as if God was limited, and circumscribed, and included within the bounds of a shrine, or temple, though it is not at all contrary to his promises, or the hopes of his own people, of his presence in places appointed for divine worship, but is expressive of the infinity and immensity of God.

    Matthew Henry Commentary

    Verses 22-31 - Here we have a sermon to heathens, who worshipped false gods, and wer without the true
    God in the world; and to them the scope of the discourse was different from what the apostle preached to the Jews. I the latter case, his business was to lead his hearers by prophecies an miracles to the knowledge of the Redeemer, and faith in him; in the former, it was to lead them, by the common works of providence, to know the Creator, and worship Him. The apostle spoke of an altar he ha seen, with the inscription, "TO THE UNKNOWN GOD." This fact is state by many writers. After multiplying their idols to the utmost, some a Athens thought there was another god of whom they had no knowledge. An are there not many now called Christians, who are zealous in their devotions, yet the great object of their worship is to them an unknow God? Observe what glorious things Paul here says of that God whom he served, and would have them to serve. The Lord had long borne with idolatry, but the times of this ignorance were now ending, and by his servants he now commanded all men every where to repent of their idolatry. Each sect of the learned men would feel themselves powerfull affected by the apostle's discourse, which tended to show the emptines or falsity of their doctrines.


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    Vincent's NT Word Studies

    24.
    God. With the article: "the God."

    The world (ton kosmon). Originally, order, and hence the order of the world; the ordered universe. So in classical Greek. In the Septuagint, never the world, but the ordered total of the heavenly bodies; the host of heaven (Deut. iv. 19; xvii. 3; Isa. xxiv. 21; xl. 26). Compare, also, Proverbs xvii. 6, and see note on Jas. iii. 6. In the apocryphal books, of the universe, and mainly in the relation between God and it arising out of the creation. Thus, the king of the world (2 Macc. vii. 9); the creator or founder of the world (2 Maec. vii. 23); the great potentate of the world (2 Macc. xii. 15). In the New Testament: 1. In the classical and physical sense, the universe (John xvii. 5; xxi. 25; Rom. i. 20; Eph. i. 4, etc.). 2. As the order of things of which man is the center (Matt. xiii. 38; Mark xvi. 15; Luke ix. 25; John xvi. 21; Eph. ii. 12; 1 Tim. vi. 7). 3. Humanity as it manifests itself in and through this order (Matt. xviii. 7; 2 Pet. ii. 5; iii. 6; Romans iii. 19). Then, as sin has entered and disturbed the order of things, and made a breach between the heavenly and the earthly order, which are one in the divine ideal - 4. The order of things which is alienated from God, as manifested in and by the human race: humanity as alienated from God, and acting in opposition to him (John i. 10; xii. 31; xv. 18, 19; 1 Corinthians i. 21; 1 John ii. 15, etc.). The word is used here in the classical sense of the visible creation, which would appeal to the Athenians. Stanley, speaking of the name by which the Deity is known in the patriarchal age, the plural Elohim, notes that Abraham, in perceiving that all the Elohim worshipped by the numerous clans of his race meant one God, anticipated the declaration of Paul in this passage ("Jewish Church," i., 25). Paul's statement strikes at the belief of the Epicureans, that the world was made by "a fortuitous concourse of atoms," and of the Stoics, who denied the creation of the world by God, holding either that God animated the world, or that the world itself was God.

    Made with hands (ceiropoihtoiv). Probably pointing to the magnificent temples above and around him. Paul's epistles abound in architectural metaphors. He here employs the very words of Stephen, in his address to the Sanhedrim; which he very probably heard. See ch. vii. 48.


    Robertson's NT Word Studies

    17:24 {The God that made the world} (ho qeos ho poiesas ton kosmon). Not a god for this and a god for that like the 30,000 gods of the Athenians, but the one God who made the Universe (kosmos on the old Greek sense of orderly arrangement of the whole universe). {And all things therein} (kai panta ta en autwi). All the details in the universe were created by this one God. Paul is using the words of #Isa 42:5. The Epicureans held that matter was eternal. Paul sets them aside. this one God was not to be confounded with any of their numerous gods save with this "Unknown God." {Being Lord of heaven and earth} (ouranou kai ges huparcwn kurios). kurios here owner, absolute possessor of both heaven and earth (#Isa 45:7), not of just parts. {Dwelleth not in temples made with hands} (ouken ceiropoietois naois katoikei). The old adjective ceiropoietos (ceir, poiew) already in Stephen's speech (#7:48). No doubt Paul pointed to the wonderful Parthenon, supposed to be the home of Athene as Stephen denied that God dwelt alone in the temple in Jerusalem.


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