17:24 The God who made the world and everything in it, 1 who is 2 Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by human hands, 3 17:25 nor is he served by human hands, as if he needed anything, 4 because he himself gives life and breath and everything to everyone. 5
2 tn Or “because he is.” The participle ὑπάρχων (Juparcwn) could be either adjectival, modifying οὗτος (Joutos, “who is Lord…”) or adverbial of cause (“because he is Lord…”). Since the participle διδούς (didou") in v. 25 appears to be clearly causal in force, it is preferable to understand ὑπάρχων as adjectival in this context.
3 sn On the statement does not live in temples made by human hands compare Acts 7:48. This has implications for idols as well. God cannot be represented by them or, as the following clause also suggests, served by human hands.
4 tn L&N 57.45 has “nor does he need anything more that people can supply by working for him.”
5 tn Grk “he himself gives to all [people] life and breath and all things.”