2 Chronicles 2:6
New International Version
But who is able to build a temple for him, since the heavens, even the highest heavens, cannot contain him? Who then am I to build a temple for him, except as a place to burn sacrifices before him?

New Living Translation
But who can really build him a worthy home? Not even the highest heavens can contain him! So who am I to consider building a Temple for him, except as a place to burn sacrifices to him?

English Standard Version
But who is able to build him a house, since heaven, even highest heaven, cannot contain him? Who am I to build a house for him, except as a place to make offerings before him?

Berean Study Bible
But who is able to build a house for Him, since the heavens, even the highest heavens, cannot contain Him? Who then am I, that I should build a house for Him, except as a place to burn sacrifices before Him?

New American Standard Bible
"But who is able to build a house for Him, for the heavens and the highest heavens cannot contain Him? So who am I, that I should build a house for Him, except to burn incense before Him?

King James Bible
But who is able to build him an house, seeing the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain him? who am I then, that I should build him an house, save only to burn sacrifice before him?

Christian Standard Bible
But who is able to build a temple for him, since even heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain him? Who am I then that I should build a temple for him except as a place to burn incense before him?

Contemporary English Version
No one can ever build a temple large enough for God--even the heavens are too small a place for him to live in! All I can do is build a place where we can offer sacrifices to him.

Good News Translation
Yet no one can really build a temple for God, because even all the vastness of heaven cannot contain him. How then can I build a temple that would be anything more than a place to burn incense to God?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But who is able to build a temple for Him, since even heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain Him? Who am I then that I should build a temple for Him except as a place to burn incense before Him?

International Standard Version
But who can build a temple for him, since neither heaven nor the highest of the heavens can contain him? So who am I, that I should build a temple to him, except to burn incense in his presence?

NET Bible
Of course, who can really build a temple for him, since the sky and the highest heavens cannot contain him? Who am I that I should build him a temple! It will really be only a place to offer sacrifices before him.

New Heart English Bible
But who is able to build him a house, since heaven and the heaven of heavens can't contain him? Who am I then, that I should build him a house, except just to burn incense before him?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But who is able to build him a temple when heaven itself, the highest heaven, cannot hold him? Who am I to build him a temple except as a place to sacrifice in his presence?

JPS Tanakh 1917
But who is able to build Him a house, seeing the heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain Him? who am I then, that I should build Him a house, save only to offer before Him?

New American Standard 1977
“But who is able to build a house for Him, for the heavens and the highest heavens cannot contain Him? So who am I, that I should build a house for Him, except to burn incense before Him?

Jubilee Bible 2000
But who is so powerful as to build him a house, seeing the heavens and heavens of the heavens cannot contain him? Who am I then that I should build him a house, except to burn incense before him?

King James 2000 Bible
But who is able to build him a house, seeing the heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain him? who am I then, that I should build him a house, except only to burn sacrifices before him?

American King James Version
But who is able to build him an house, seeing the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain him? who am I then, that I should build him an house, save only to burn sacrifice before him?

American Standard Version
But who is able to build him a house, seeing heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain him? who am I then, that I should build him a house, save only to burn incense before him?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who then can be able to build him a worthy house? if heaven, and the heavens of heavens cannot contain him: who am I that I should be able to build him a house? but to this end only, that incense may be burnt before him.

Darby Bible Translation
But who is able to build him a house, seeing the heavens and the heaven of heavens cannot contain him? And who am I that I should build him a house, except to burn sacrifice before him?

English Revised Version
But who is able to build him an house, seeing the heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain him? who am I then, that I should build him an house, save only to burn incense before him?

Webster's Bible Translation
But who is able to build him a house, seeing the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain him? who am I then that I should build him a house, save only to burn sacrifice before him?

World English Bible
But who is able to build him a house, since heaven and the heaven of heavens can't contain him? who am I then, that I should build him a house, except just to burn incense before him?

Young's Literal Translation
and who doth retain strength to build to Him a house, for the heavens, even the heavens of the heavens, do not contain Him? and who am I that I do build to Him a house, except to make perfume before Him?
Study Bible
Preparations for the Temple
5The house that I am building will be great, for our God is greater than all gods. 6But who is able to build a house for Him, since the heavens, even the highest heavens, cannot contain Him? Who then am I, that I should build a house for Him, except as a place to burn sacrifices before Him? 7Send me, therefore, a craftsman who is skilled in engraving to work with gold and silver, bronze and iron, purple, crimson, and blue yarn. He will work with my craftsmen in Judah and Jerusalem, whom my father David provided.…
Cross References
1 Kings 8:27
But will God indeed dwell upon the earth? Even heaven, the highest heaven, cannot contain You, much less this temple I have built.

2 Chronicles 6:18
But will God indeed dwell with man upon the earth? Even heaven, the highest heaven, cannot contain You, much less this temple I have built.

Jeremiah 23:24
"Can a man hide in secret places where I cannot see him?" declares the LORD. "Do I not fill the heavens and earth?" declares the LORD.

Treasury of Scripture

But who is able to build him an house, seeing the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain him? who am I then, that I should build him an house, save only to burn sacrifice before him?

But who

2 Chronicles 6:18 But will God in very deed dwell with men on the earth? behold, heaven …

1 Kings 8:27 But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven …

Isaiah 66:1 Thus said the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my …

Acts 7:48,49 However, the most High dwells not in temples made with hands; as …

is able [heb] hath returned, or obtained strength
who am I then

2 Chronicles 1:10 Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before …

Exodus 3:11 And Moses said to God, Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh, and …

2 Samuel 7:18 Then went king David in, and sat before the LORD, and he said, Who …

1 Chronicles 29:14 But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer …

2 Corinthians 2:16 To the one we are the smell of death to death; and to the other the …

Ephesians 3:8 To me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given…

save only

Deuteronomy 12:5,6,11,14,26 But to the place which the LORD your God shall choose out of all …







Lexicon
But who
וּמִ֤י (ū·mî)
Conjunctive waw | Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4310: Who?, whoever, in oblique construction with prefix, suffix

is able
יַעֲצָר־ (ya·‘ă·ṣār-)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6113: To inclose, to hold back, to maintain, rule, assemble

to build
לִבְנֽוֹת־ (liḇ·nō·wṯ-)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 1129: To build

a house
בַ֔יִת (ḇa·yiṯ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1004: A house

for Him,
ל֣וֹ (lōw)
Preposition | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew

since
כִּ֧י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

the heavens,
הַשָּׁמַ֛יִם (haš·šā·ma·yim)
Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 8064: Heaven, sky

even the highest heavens,
וּשְׁמֵ֥י (ū·šə·mê)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 8064: Heaven, sky

cannot
לֹ֣א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

contain Him?
יְכַלְכְּלֻ֑הוּ (yə·ḵal·kə·lu·hū)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - third person masculine plural | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3557: To keep in, to measure, to maintain

Who then
וּמִ֤י (ū·mî)
Conjunctive waw | Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4310: Who?, whoever, in oblique construction with prefix, suffix

am I,
אֲנִי֙ (’ă·nî)
Pronoun - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 589: I

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

I should build
אֶבְנֶה־ (’eḇ·neh-)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 1129: To build

a house
בַ֔יִת (ḇa·yiṯ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1004: A house

for Him,
לּ֣וֹ (lōw)
Preposition | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew

except [as a place]
כִּ֖י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

to burn sacrifices
לְהַקְטִ֥יר (lə·haq·ṭîr)
Preposition-l | Verb - Hifil - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 6999: To smoke, turn into fragrance by fire

before Him?
לְפָנָֽיו׃ (lə·p̄ā·nāw)
Preposition-l | Noun - common plural construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6440: The face
(6) But who is able.--Literally, who could keep strength? (See 1Chronicles 29:14.)

The heaven . . . cannot contain him.--This high thought occurs in Solomon's prayer (1Kings 8:27; 2Chronicles 6:18).

Who am I then . . . before him?--That is, I am not so ignorant of the infinite nature of Deity, as to think of localising it within an earthly dwelling. I build not for His residence, but for His worship and service. (Comp. Isaiah 40:22.)

To burn sacrifice.--Literally, to burn incense. Here, as in 2Chronicles 2:4, used in a general sense.

2:1-18 Solomon's message to Huram respecting the temple, His treaty with Huram. - Solomon informs Huram of the particular services to be performed in the temple. The mysteries of the true religion, unlike those of the Gentile superstitions, sought not concealment. Solomon endeavoured to possess Huram with great and high thoughts of the God of Israel. We should not be afraid or ashamed to embrace every opportunity to speak of God, and to impress others with a deep sense of the importance of his favour and service. Now that the people of Israel kept close to the law and worship of God, the neighbouring nations were willing to be taught by them in the true religion, as the Israelites had been willing in the days of their apostacy, to be infected with the idolatries and superstitions of their neighbours. A wise and pious king is an evidence of the Lord's special love for his people. How great then was God's love to his believing people, in giving his only-begotten Son to be their Prince and their Saviour.
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