New International Version
I have indeed built a magnificent temple for you, a place for you to dwell forever."
New Living Translation
Now I have built a glorious Temple for you, a place where you can live forever!"
English Standard Version
I have indeed built you an exalted house, a place for you to dwell in forever.”
New American Standard Bible
"I have surely built You a lofty house, A place for Your dwelling forever."
King James Bible
I have surely built thee an house to dwell in, a settled place for thee to abide in for ever.
Holman Christian Standard Bible
I have indeed built an exalted temple for You, a place for Your dwelling forever.
International Standard Version
Now I have been constructing a magnificent Temple dedicated to you that will serve as a place for you to inhabit forever."
O LORD, truly I have built a lofty temple for you, a place where you can live permanently."
GOD'S WORD® Translation
I certainly have built you a high temple, a home for you to live in permanently."
JPS Tanakh 1917
I have surely built Thee a house of habitation, A place for Thee to dwell in for ever.
New American Standard 1977
“I have surely built Thee a lofty house,
A place for Thy dwelling forever.”
Parallel CommentariesMatthew Henry's Concise Commentary
8:12-21 Solomon encouraged the priests, who were much astonished at the dark cloud. The dark dispensations of Providence should quicken us in fleeing for refuge to the hope of the gospel. Nothing can more reconcile us to them, than to consider what God has said, and to compare his word and works together. Whatever good we do, we must look on it as the performance of God's promise to us, not of our promises to him.
Verse 13. - I have surely built [Heb. to build, I have built] thee a house to dwell in, a settled place for thee to abide in forever. [The temple was primarily, as already remarked, a shrine for the ark, between the cherubim of the mercy seat of which God dwelt. This was a מָכֹון (from כוּן, statuit), a settled place. The tabernacle was but a poor and transitory abode, partaking of the frailty of the shepherd's tent (Isaiah 38:12). For עולָמִים (αἰῶνες), cf. Isaiah 26:4; Isaiah 51:9; Daniel 9:24; Psalm 145:13.
Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible
I have surely built thee an house to dwell in,.... Turning himself from the priests and people, he quieted with a few words, he addressed the Lord; having built an house for him, for his worship and glory, with this view, that he might dwell in it, he was now, by the above token, fully assured it would be an habitation for him:
a settled place for thee to abide in for ever; which is observed in distinction from the tabernacle of Moses, which was often removed from place to place, otherwise this did not continue for ever; though Solomon might hope it would, at least unto the times of the Messiah; and indeed such a building on this spot, for such use, did continue so long, excepting the interval of the seventy years' captivity in Babylon.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary
13. I have surely built thee an house—This is an apostrophe to God, as perceiving His approach by the cloud, and welcoming Him to enter as guest or inhabitant of the fixed and permanent dwelling-place, which, at His command, had been prepared for His reception.
1 Kings 8:13 Additional Commentaries
Solomon Praises the Lord
12Then Solomon said, "The LORD has said that He would dwell in the thick cloud. 13"I have surely built You a lofty house, A place for Your dwelling forever." 14Then the king faced about and blessed all the assembly of Israel, while all the assembly of Israel was standing.…
And anyone who swears by the temple swears by it and by the one who dwells in it.
You will bring them in and plant them on the mountain of your inheritance-- the place, LORD, you made for your dwelling, the sanctuary, Lord, your hands established.
2 Samuel 7:13
He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.
"This is my resting place for ever and ever; here I will sit enthroned, for I have desired it.
Treasury of Scripture
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