Exodus 31:3
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New International Version
and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills--

New Living Translation
I have filled him with the Spirit of God, giving him great wisdom, ability, and expertise in all kinds of crafts.

English Standard Version
and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability and intelligence, with knowledge and all craftsmanship,

New American Standard Bible
"I have filled him with the Spirit of God in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all kinds of craftsmanship,

King James Bible
And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I have filled him with God's Spirit, with wisdom, understanding, and ability in every craft

International Standard Version
and I've filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, understanding, knowledge, and all kinds of craftsmanship

NET Bible
and I have filled him with the Spirit of God in skill, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all kinds of craftsmanship,

New Heart English Bible
and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I have filled Bezalel with the Spirit of God, making him highly skilled, resourceful, and knowledgeable in all trades.

JPS Tanakh 1917
and I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship,

New American Standard 1977
“And I have filled him with the Spirit of God in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all kinds of craftsmanship,

Jubilee Bible 2000
and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom and in intelligence and in science and in all manner of workmanship,

King James 2000 Bible
And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship,

American King James Version
And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship,

American Standard Version
and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship,

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I have filled him with the spirit of God, with wisdom and understanding, and knowledge in all manner of work.

Darby Bible Translation
and have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in every work,

English Revised Version
and I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship,

Webster's Bible Translation
And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship,

World English Bible
and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all kinds of workmanship,

Young's Literal Translation
and I fill him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all work,
Study Bible
Bezaleel and Oholiab the Craftsmen
2"See, I have called by name Bezalel, the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. 3"I have filled him with the Spirit of God in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all kinds of craftsmanship, 4to make artistic designs for work in gold, in silver, and in bronze,…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 12:4
There are different gifts, but the same Spirit.

Exodus 28:3
"You shall speak to all the skillful persons whom I have endowed with the spirit of wisdom, that they make Aaron's garments to consecrate him, that he may minister as priest to Me.

Exodus 31:4
to make artistic designs for work in gold, in silver, and in bronze,

Exodus 35:31
"And He has filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding and in knowledge and in all craftsmanship;

Exodus 35:35
"He has filled them with skill to perform every work of an engraver and of a designer and of an embroiderer, in blue and in purple and in scarlet material, and in fine linen, and of a weaver, as performers of every work and makers of designs.

1 Kings 7:14
He was a widow's son from the tribe of Naphtali, and his father was a man of Tyre, a worker in bronze; and he was filled with wisdom and understanding and skill for doing any work in bronze. So he came to King Solomon and performed all his work.

2 Chronicles 2:7
"Now send me a skilled man to work in gold, silver, brass and iron, and in purple, crimson and violet fabrics, and who knows how to make engravings, to work with the skilled men whom I have in Judah and Jerusalem, whom David my father provided.
Treasury of Scripture

And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship,

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Exodus 35:31 And he has filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, …

1 Kings 3:9 Give therefore your servant an understanding heart to judge your …

1 Kings 7:14 He was a widow's son of the tribe of Naphtali, and his father was …

Isaiah 28:6,26 And for a spirit of judgment to him that sits in judgment, and for …

1 Corinthians 12:4-11 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit…

the spirit of God. Ruach Elohim, rather, 'a spirit of God;' which is a usual Hebraism, signifying 'an excellent spirit;' or, as we should now say, 'a distinguished genius for the work he had to perform.' No man, by course of reading or study, ever acquired a genius of any kind: we call it natural, and say it was born with the man; Moses teaches us to consider it divine. The prophet Isaiah, (ch.

Exodus 28:24-29 And you shall put the two wreathen chains of gold in the two rings …

(3-4) I have filled him with the spirit of God . . . to devise cunning works.--"Every good gift and every perfect gift (intellectual power no less than others) is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights" (James 1:17). Artistic ability is a Divine gift, a very precious gift, best employed in God's direct service, and always to be employed in subordination to His will, as an improving, elevating, and refining--not as a corrupting--influence.

In wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge.--By "wisdom" is probably meant the power to invent and originate artistic forms; by "understanding," the ability to appreciate artistic suggestions received from others; by "knowledge," acquaintance with the methods and processes of art. Bezaleel was to possess all these gifts.

In all manner of workmanship.--He was also to possess that wonderful dexterity of hand on which the power of artistic execution mainly depends.

Verse 3. - The Spirit of God. There is no article in the Hebrew, any more than in Genesis 1:1; and some would therefore translate "a Divine Spirit"; but no change is needed. Ruakh elohim contains in itself the idea of singularity, since God has but one Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the medium of communication whereby God the Father bestows all gifts upon us. In wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge. By the first of these terms is meant the power to invent and originate; by the second ability to receive and appreciate directions and suggestions; by the third, such information as is acquired by experience and acquaintance with facts. Bezaleel was to have all these, and, in addition, was to be wise in all manner of workmanship; i.e. - to possess manual dexterity, the power of artistic execution. And I have filled him with the Spirit of God,.... Not with the special graces of the Spirit, or with spiritual gifts fitting for spiritual service in the knowledge of spiritual things, and the instruction of men in them, though, no doubt, he might have them; but with the gifts of ingenuity and skill in manual arts, and mechanical operations, as follows:

in wisdom, and in understanding, and in all manner of workmanship; these explain what is meant by the Spirit of God he was filled with; namely, with a sufficient measure of natural wisdom, knowledge, and understanding in all sorts of workmanship hereafter mentioned, to qualify him for his office as a director therein; that is, he had such a share of knowledge of what was to be wrought, such wisdom and understanding in the ingenious and curious manner of working them, that though he did not work with his own hands, yet could teach, guide, and direct others how to do them: and this was not an ordinary but an extraordinary gift of knowledge of these things; nor was it owing to a fruitful invention, nor to long study and contrivance; but it was by the immediate inspiration of the Spirit of God, which was necessary at this time, the Israelites being now in a general state of ignorance of all ingenious arts and sciences, having lived so many years in a state of servitude, and scarce knew anything but making of bricks: and it may be observed, that God never calls any to any work or service of his but he qualifies for it: in all this Bezaleel was a type of Christ, who was filled with the Holy Spirit without measure; and on whom rested the spirit of wisdom and of counsel, and in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge; and who, as God's righteous and faithful servant as Mediator, dealt wisely and prudently in all his administrations. 3-5. I have filled him with the spirit of God—It is probable that he was naturally endowed with a mechanical genius, and had acquired in Egypt great knowledge and skill in the useful, as well as liberal, arts so as to be a first-class artisan, competent to take charge of both the plain and ornamental work, which the building of the sacred edifice required. When God has any special work to be accomplished, He always raises up instruments capable of doing it; and it is likely that He had given to the son of Uri that strong natural aptitude and those opportunities of gaining mechanical skill, with an ultimate view to this responsible office. Notwithstanding that his grand duty was to conform with scrupulous fidelity to the pattern furnished, there was still plenty of room for inventive talent and tasteful exactness in the execution; and his natural and acquired gifts were enlarged and invigorated for the important work.31:1-11 The Israelites, who had been masons and bricklayers in Egypt, were not qualified for curious workmanship; but the Spirit who gave the apostles utterance in divers tongues, miraculously gave Bezaleel and Aholiab the skill that was wanting. The honour which comes from God, is always attended with a work to be done; to be employed for God is high honour. Those whom God calls to any service, he will find or make fit for it. The Lord gives different gifts to different persons; let each mind his proper work, diligently remembering that whatever wisdom any one possesses, the Lord put it in the heart, to do his commandments.
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