1 Kings 8:41
New International Version
"As for the foreigner who does not belong to your people Israel but has come from a distant land because of your name--

New Living Translation
“In the future, foreigners who do not belong to your people Israel will hear of you. They will come from distant lands because of your name,

English Standard Version
“Likewise, when a foreigner, who is not of your people Israel, comes from a far country for your name’s sake

Berean Study Bible
And as for the foreigner who is not of Your people Israel but has come from a distant land because of Your name—

King James Bible
Moreover concerning a stranger, that is not of thy people Israel, but cometh out of a far country for thy name's sake;

New King James Version
“Moreover, concerning a foreigner, who is not of Your people Israel, but has come from a far country for Your name’s sake

New American Standard Bible
“Also regarding the foreigner who is not of Your people Israel, when he comes from a far country on account of Your name

NASB 1995
"Also concerning the foreigner who is not of Your people Israel, when he comes from a far country for Your name's sake

NASB 1977
“Also concerning the foreigner who is not of Thy people Israel, when he comes from a far country for Thy name’s sake

Amplified Bible
“Moreover, concerning a foreigner who is not of Your people Israel, but comes from a far (distant) country for the sake of Your name [to plead with You]

Christian Standard Bible
Even for the foreigner who is not of your people Israel but has come from a distant land because of your name —

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Even for the foreigner who is not of Your people Israel but has come from a distant land because of Your name--

American Standard Version
Moreover concerning the foreigner, that is not of thy people Israel, when he shall come out of a far country for thy name's sake;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Also concerning the foreigner that was not of your people, Israel, and will come from a distant land, because of your name

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And for the stranger who is not of thy people,

Douay-Rheims Bible
Moreover also the stranger, who is not of thy people Israel, when he shall come out of a far country for thy name's sake, (for they shall hear every where of thy great name and thy mighty hand,

English Revised Version
Moreover concerning the stranger, that is not of thy people Israel, when he shall come out of a far country for thy name's sake;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"People will hear about your great name, mighty hand, and powerful arm. So when people who are not Israelites come from distant countries because of your name

International Standard Version
"Now concerning the foreigner who is not from your people Israel, when he comes from a land far away for the sake of your name

JPS Tanakh 1917
Moreover concerning the stranger that is not of Thy people Israel, when he shall come out of a far country for Thy name's sake--

Literal Standard Version
And also, to the stranger who is not of Your people Israel, and has come from a far-off land for Your Name’s sake—

NET Bible
"Foreigners, who do not belong to your people Israel, will come from a distant land because of your reputation.

New Heart English Bible
"Moreover concerning the foreigner, who is not of your people Israel, when he shall come out of a far country for your name's sake

World English Bible
"Moreover concerning the foreigner, who is not of your people Israel, when he shall come out of a far country for your name's sake

Young's Literal Translation
'And also, unto the stranger who is not of Thy people Israel, and hath come from a land afar off for Thy name's sake --

Additional Translations ...
Context
Solomon's Prayer of Dedication
40so that they may fear You all the days they live in the land that You gave to our fathers. 41And as for the foreigner who is not of Your people Israel but has come from a distant land because of Your name— 42for they will hear of Your great name and mighty hand and outstretched arm—when he comes and prays toward this temple,…

Cross References
Acts 8:27
So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official in charge of the entire treasury of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians. He had gone to Jerusalem to worship,

1 Kings 8:40
so that they may fear You all the days they live in the land that You gave to our fathers.

1 Kings 8:42
for they will hear of Your great name and mighty hand and outstretched arm--when he comes and prays toward this temple,


Treasury of Scripture

Moreover concerning a stranger, that is not of your people Israel, but comes out of a far country for your name's sake;

a stranger

1 Kings 10:1,2
And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the LORD, she came to prove him with hard questions…

Ruth 1:16
And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:

Ruth 2:11
And Boaz answered and said unto her, It hath fully been shewed me, all that thou hast done unto thy mother in law since the death of thine husband: and how thou hast left thy father and thy mother, and the land of thy nativity, and art come unto a people which thou knewest not heretofore.

cometh out

1 Kings 10:1,2
And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the LORD, she came to prove him with hard questions…

Exodus 18:8-12
And Moses told his father in law all that the LORD had done unto Pharaoh and to the Egyptians for Israel's sake, and all the travail that had come upon them by the way, and how the LORD delivered them…

2 Kings 5:1-7,16,17
Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honourable, because by him the LORD had given deliverance unto Syria: he was also a mighty man in valour, but he was a leper…









(41-43) Moreover, concerning a stranger.--These verses in a striking digression (perhaps suggested by the general acknowledgment in the previous verse of God's knowledge of every human heart), interpose in the series of references to Israel a prayer for the acceptance of the prayer of the "stranger" who should come from afar to confess the Lord Jehovah, and to "pray toward this house." Such recognition of the stranger, not as an enemy or even a complete alien, but as in some sense capable of communion with the true God, was especially natural in Solomon; first, because in his days many strangers came from afar, drawn by the fame of his wisdom and magnificence, so that the old exclusiveness of the Israelites must have been greatly broken down; and next, because the character of the thought and writing of his age, searching (as in the books of Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes) into the great religious problems which belong to man as man, naturally led to that wider view of the kingdom of God over all nations, which is worked out so strikingly in the writings of the prophets. That the case contemplated is probably not imaginary, is shown by the examples of King Hiram and the Queen of Sheba. Admiration of the glory of Israel would lead inevitably to some belief in, and "fear" of, the God of Israel; and it might well go on to the further result, here contemplated, of a fuller acknowledgment of the Lord Jehovah, and of the sacredness of the worship of His appointed Temple, which would tell silently on all the religions of the East. It was expressly provided for in the Law (Numbers 15:14-16): and in spite of the greater exclusiveness of the ages after the Captivity, heathen princes were often allowed to offer in the Temple. This recognition of the stranger from afar is different from the frequent recognition of the resident "stranger within their gates," as being under the protection of God, and to be "loved" by those who had been "strangers in the land of Egypt" (Deuteronomy 10:18-19). But, like it, it nobly distinguished the Law of Israel from most ancient codes; it stood out as a striking, though often unheeded, protest against the hard exclusiveness of the Jewish temper; it was a tacit anticipation of the future gathering in of all nations to enjoy the blessing which was from the beginning expressly destined for "all families of the earth."

Verse 41. - Moreover concerning a stranger, that is not of thy people Israel, but cometh out of a far country for thy name's sake; [Solomon takes it for granted that such will come, and not without good reason, for the house was "exceeding magnifical" and destined to be "of fame and glory throughout all countries" (1 Chronicles 22:5). And we can hardly doubt that in the visit of the Queen of Sheba we are to see one fulfilment of this anticipation. (Note the expression of ch. 10:1 "concerning the name of the Lord.") One who blessed God, as she did (ver. 9), would certainly pray towards the house. In the time of the second temple there were several instances of strangers (e.g., Alexander the Great, Ptolemy Philadelphus, and Seleucus; see Keil in loc.) worshipping the God of Jacob in Jerusalem.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
And
וְגַם֙ (wə·ḡam)
Conjunctive waw | Conjunction
Strong's 1571: Assemblage, also, even, yea, though, both, and

as for
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's 413: Near, with, among, to

the foreigner
הַנָּכְרִ֔י (han·nā·ḵə·rî)
Article | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 5237: Foreign, alien

who
אֲשֶׁ֛ר (’ă·šer)
Pronoun - relative
Strong's 834: Who, which, what, that, when, where, how, because, in order that

is not
לֹא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

of Your people
מֵעַמְּךָ֥ (mê·‘am·mə·ḵā)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 5971: A people, a tribe, troops, attendants, a flock

Israel
יִשְׂרָאֵ֖ל (yiś·rā·’êl)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3478: Israel -- 'God strives', another name of Jacob and his desc

but has come
וּבָ֛א (ū·ḇā)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 935: To come in, come, go in, go

from a distant
רְחוֹקָ֖ה (rə·ḥō·w·qāh)
Adjective - feminine singular
Strong's 7350: Remote, of place, time, precious

land
מֵאֶ֥רֶץ (mê·’e·reṣ)
Preposition-m | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 776: Earth, land

because of
לְמַ֥עַן (lə·ma·‘an)
Preposition
Strong's 4616: Purpose -- intent

Your name—
שְׁמֶֽךָ׃ (šə·me·ḵā)
Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 8034: A name


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