Hebrews 3:4
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New International Version
For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything.

New Living Translation
For every house has a builder, but the one who built everything is God.

English Standard Version
(For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.)

New American Standard Bible
For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.

King James Bible
For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now every house is built by someone, but the One who built everything is God.

International Standard Version
After all, every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything.

NET Bible
For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For every house is built by some man, but he who built all things is God.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
After all, every house has a builder, but the builder of everything is God.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For every house is built by someone, but he that created all things is God.

King James 2000 Bible
For every house is built by some man; but he that built all things is God.

American King James Version
For every house is built by some man; but he that built all things is God.

American Standard Version
For every house is builded by some one; but he that built all things is God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For every house is built by some man: but he that created all things, is God.

Darby Bible Translation
For every house is built by some one; but he who has built all things [is] God.

English Revised Version
For every house is builded by some one; but he that built all things is God.

Webster's Bible Translation
For every house is built by some man; but he that built all things is God.

Weymouth New Testament
For every house has had a builder, and the builder of all things is God.

World English Bible
For every house is built by someone; but he who built all things is God.

Young's Literal Translation
for every house is builded by some one, and He who the all things did build is God,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:1-6 Christ is to be considered as the Apostle of our profession, the Messenger sent by God to men, the great Revealer of that faith which we profess to hold, and of that hope which we profess to have. As Christ, the Messiah, anointed for the office both of Apostle and High Priest. As Jesus, our Saviour, our Healer, the great Physician of souls. Consider him thus. Consider what he is in himself, what he is to us, and what he will be to us hereafter and for ever. Close and serious thoughts of Christ bring us to know more of him. The Jews had a high opinion of the faithfulness of Moses, yet his faithfulness was but a type of Christ's. Christ was the Master of this house, of his church, his people, as well as their Maker. Moses was a faithful servant; Christ, as the eternal Son of God, is rightful Owner and Sovereign Ruler of the Church. There must not only be setting out well in the ways of Christ, but stedfastness and perseverance therein to the end. Every meditation on his person and his salvation, will suggest more wisdom, new motives to love, confidence, and obedience.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 4. - For every house is builded (or, established) by some one; but he that built (or, established) all things is God. Of the second clause of this verse "God" is rightly taken by modern commentators as the subject, not the predicate, though the Fathers generally take it otherwise. Thus Theodoret, regarding as a ὁ πάντα κατασκευάσας designation of Christ, views this clause as an assertion of his Deity on the ground of his being the Founder of all things. But this view introduces an idea out of keeping with the argument, and especially with the preceding expression, "faithful to him who appointed him," in which Christ, in his office as the Christ, is distinguished from the Creator of all who appointed him to that office. The verse seems to be interposed in elucidation of the preceding ὁ κατασκευάσας αὕτον, to make it clear that the Founder of the house spoken of is God himself, and thus to give full effect to the proportionate glory of Christ in comparison with that of Moses. Thus: the glory of Christ is greater than that of Moses by so much as the honor of the founder of a house is greater than that of the house; - of the founder, we say; for every house has some founder: but God is the original Founder of all things, and therefore of necessity the Founder of this house of his own in which Moses was a servant. The verse, thus interpreted, seems (as intimated there) to fall in with the train of thought mere naturally than it can be shown to do if Christ is 'regarded as the Builder. Possibly "all things" may be purposely used to denote the house itself over which Christ, as Son, is Lord. For, though the expression seems too wide for the limited house in which Moses was a servant, it is net so for the expanded and consummated house over which Christ in glory reigns; cf. Hebrews 1:2, "Whom he appointed Heir of all things;" and Hebrews 2:8, "Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet;" the last being said in especial connection with the "glory and honor" wherewith Christ "has been counted worthy" to be crowned. It is not necessary to confine the meaning of "God's house" to the Mosaic dispensation, or to assign to it (as some have done) two separate meanings in the cases of Moses and of Christ. It may be regarded as a comprehensive term, including in its general meaning the Law, the gospel, and the final consummation the whole dispensation of redemption, beginning with the Law, and completed at the second advent. Moses held office in its early stage, and there only as a servant; in its ultimate development it comprises "all things," and over "all things," thus comprised, Christ, as SON, has been shown to be by inheritance absolute Lord.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For every house is built by some man,.... Or by some one; for a house does not build itself: this is true of houses properly taken, or improperly, as nations, tribes, families, and kindred, of the whole church in general, of particular congregations, and of individual believers; the greatest saints, even apostles and prophets, such an one as Moses, are built by and upon Christ; their persons are built on him; they receive all their gifts for edification from him, and their success is owing to him; though they are to be esteemed of in their proper places: the apostle's design is to bring down the high esteem the Jews had of Moses, that they might rightly value Christ.

But he that built all things is God; Christ has built all things, and therefore he is God, and must be infinitely above Moses; for this is not to be understood of God and of the creation of the world, and of all things in it by him; but of Christ, and of his building the church, and of his ordering and managing of that, and all affairs relating to it; such as the constitution of it, settling the worship of God, and the ordinances in it, the redemption and salvation of the members of it, and its rule and government; all which prove him to be God, and above Moses.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

4. Someone must be the establisher of every house; Moses was not the establisher of the house, but a portion of it (but He who established all things, and therefore the spiritual house in question, is God). Christ, as being instrumentally the Establisher of all things, must be the Establisher of the house, and so greater than Moses.

Hebrews 3:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jesus Our Apostle and High Priest
3For He has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, by just so much as the builder of the house has more honor than the house. 4For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God. 5Now Moses was faithful in all His house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken later;…
Cross References
Hebrews 3:3
Jesus has been found worthy of greater honor than Moses, just as the builder of a house has greater honor than the house itself.

Hebrews 3:5
"Moses was faithful as a servant in all God's house," bearing witness to what would be spoken by God in the future.
Treasury of Scripture

For every house is built by some man; but he that built all things is God.

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Hebrews 3:3 For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch …

Hebrews 1:2 Has in these last days spoken to us by his Son, whom he has appointed …

Esther 2:10 Esther had not showed her people nor her kindred: for Mordecai had …

Esther 3:9 If it please the king, let it be written that they may be destroyed…

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