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,
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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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Howbeit - But. Stephen was charged with speaking against the temple. He had now shown that he had due veneration for it, by his declaring that it had been built by the command of God. But he "now" adds that God does not need such a temple. Heaven is his throne; the universe his dwelling-place; and "therefore" this temple might be destroyed. A new, glorious truth was to be revealed to mankind, that God was not "confined" in his worship to any age, or people, or nation. In entire consistency, therefore, with all proper respect for the temple at Jerusalem, it might be maintained that the time would come when that temple would be destroyed, and when God might be worshipped by all nations.
The Most High - God. This sentiment was expressed by Solomon when the temple was dedicated, 1 Kings 8:27.
As saith the prophet - Isaiah 66:1-2. The place is not literally quoted, but the sense is given.
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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?
"He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David;
"The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands;
2 Corinthians 5:1
For we know that if the earthly tent which is our house is torn down, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
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