Hebrews 3:3
New International Version
Jesus has been found worthy of greater honor than Moses, just as the builder of a house has greater honor than the house itself.

New Living Translation
But Jesus deserves far more glory than Moses, just as a person who builds a house deserves more praise than the house itself.

English Standard Version
For Jesus has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses—as much more glory as the builder of a house has more honor than the house itself.

Berean Study Bible
For Jesus has been counted worthy of greater glory than Moses, just as the builder of a house has greater honor than the house itself.

Berean Literal Bible
For He has been counted worthy of greater glory than Moses, by so much as the one having built it has greater honor than the house itself.

New American Standard Bible
For 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.

King James Bible
For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house.

Christian Standard Bible
For Jesus is considered worthy of more glory than Moses, just as the builder has more honor than the house.

Contemporary English Version
But Jesus deserves more honor than Moses, just as the builder of a house deserves more honor than the house.

Good News Translation
A man who builds a house receives more honor than the house itself. In the same way Jesus is worthy of much greater honor than Moses.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For Jesus is considered worthy of more glory than Moses, just as the builder has more honor than the house.

International Standard Version
because he is worthy of greater glory than Moses in the same way that the builder of a house has greater honor than the house itself.

NET Bible
For he has come to deserve greater glory than Moses, just as the builder of a house deserves greater honor than the house itself!

New Heart English Bible
For he has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who built the house has more honor than the house.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For the glory of This One is much greater than that of Moses, as much as the honor of the builder of the house is greater than his building.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jesus deserves more praise than Moses in the same way that the builder of a house is praised more than the house.

New American Standard 1977
For 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.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who has built the house has more honour than the house.

King James 2000 Bible
For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, because he who has built the house has more honor than the house.

American King James Version
For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who has built the house has more honor than the house.

American Standard Version
For he hath been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, by so much as he that built the house hath more honor than the house.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For this man was counted worthy of greater glory than Moses, by so much as he that hath built the house, hath greater honour than the house.

Darby Bible Translation
For he has been counted worthy of greater glory than Moses, by how much he that has built it has more honour than the house.

English Revised Version
For he hath been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, by so much as he that built the house hath more honour than the house.

Webster's Bible Translation
For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath built the house, hath more honor than the house.

Weymouth New Testament
For Jesus has been counted worthy of greater glory than Moses, in so far as he who has built a house has higher honour than the house itself.

World English Bible
For he has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who built the house has more honor than the house.

Young's Literal Translation
for of more glory than Moses hath this one been counted worthy, inasmuch as more honour than the house hath he who doth build it,
Study Bible
Jesus Our Apostle and High Priest
2He was faithful to the One who appointed Him, just as Moses was faithful in all God’s house. 3For Jesus has been counted worthy of greater glory than Moses, just as the builder of a house has greater honor than the house itself. 4And every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything.…
Cross References
2 Corinthians 3:7
Now if the ministry of death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with such glory that the Israelites could not gaze at the face of Moses because of its fleeting glory,

Hebrews 3:4
And every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything.

Treasury of Scripture

For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who has built the house has more honor than the house.

this.

Hebrews 3:6
But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.

Hebrews 1:2-4
Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; …

Hebrews 2:9
But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.

who.

Zechariah 4:9
The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you.

Zechariah 6:12,13
And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD: …

Matthew 16:18
And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.







Lexicon
For
γὰρ (gar)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1063: For. A primary particle; properly, assigning a reason.

[Jesus]
οὗτος (houtos)
Demonstrative Pronoun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3778: This; he, she, it.

has been counted worthy
ἠξίωται (ēxiōtai)
Verb - Perfect Indicative Middle or Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 515: To account or treat as worthy. From axios; to deem entitled or fit.

of greater
Πλείονος (Pleionos)
Adjective - Genitive Feminine Singular - Comparative
Strong's Greek 4119: Or neuter pleion, or pleon comparative of polus; more in quantity, number, or quality; also the major portion.

glory
δόξης (doxēs)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 1391: From the base of dokeo; glory, in a wide application.

than
παρὰ (para)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 3844: Gen: from; dat: beside, in the presence of; acc: alongside of.

Moses,
Μωϋσῆν (Mōusēn)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3475: Or Moses, or Mouses of Hebrew origin; Moseus, Moses, or Mouses, the Hebrew lawgiver.

just
καθ’ (kath’)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 2596: A primary particle; down, in varied relations (genitive, dative or accusative) with which it is joined).

as
ὅσον (hoson)
Personal / Relative Pronoun - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3745: How much, how great, how many, as great as, as much. By reduplication from hos; as As.

the
(ho)
Article - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

builder
κατασκευάσας (kataskeuasas)
Verb - Aorist Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2680: From kata and a derivative of skeuos; to prepare thoroughly; by implication, to construct, create.

[of a house]
αὐτόν (auton)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

has
ἔχει (echei)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2192: To have, hold, possess. Including an alternate form scheo skheh'-o; a primary verb; to hold.

greater
πλείονα (pleiona)
Adjective - Accusative Feminine Singular - Comparative
Strong's Greek 4119: Or neuter pleion, or pleon comparative of polus; more in quantity, number, or quality; also the major portion.

honor
τιμὴν (timēn)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 5092: A price, honor. From tino; a value, i.e. Money paid, or valuables; by analogy, esteem, or the dignity itself.

than the
τοῦ (tou)
Article - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

house [itself].
οἴκου (oikou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3624: A dwelling; by implication, a family.
(3) For this man was counted.--Rather, For He hath been accounted, by God, who hath crowned Him with glory and honour (Hebrews 2:9). In this reward lies contained the proof that He was faithful. This is probably the connection of thought; others join this verse with the first: "Consider Him . . . for He hath received higher glory than Moses."

Inasmuch as.--That is, in proportion as: the glory attained by Jesus exceeds the glory of Moses, as the honour due to the builder of the house exceeds that possessed by the house itself. It is not said that Jesus is the Builder; but the relation in which He stands to the Builder of the house is compared with that of Moses to the house. (See Hebrews 3:5-6.) "Builded" is not a happy word here (especially if we consider the sense in which "house" is used), but it is not easy to find a suitable rendering. The meaning is, He who prepared or formed the house, with all its necessary parts and arrangements.

Verse 3. - For of more glory than Moses hath this man (so A.V., for οὕτος, supplying "man," though it is to be observed that the humanity of the person spoken of is not expressed in the original) been counted worthy (ἠξίωται: cf. Luke 7:7; 1 Timothy 5:17; Hebrews 10:24; 2 Thessalonians 1:11), by so much as more honor than the house hath he that built (or, established) it. Here the account of Christ's superiority to Moses begins. On the several expressions used we remark:

(1) The initiatory γὰρ connects the sentence logically with κατανοήσατε in ver. 1, and thus retains its usual sense of "for."

(2) The form of comparison in the Greek, πλείονος παρὰ, is the same as in Hebrews 1:4, where the account of Christ's superiority to angels began (on which see supra).

(3) The "glory" (δόξα) here assigned to Christ is the" glory and honor" spoken of above as attained by him in consequence of his human obedience (cf. Hebrews 2:9, "because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor"). This, rather than "the glory he had with the Father before the world was" (John 17:5), is suggested by the word ἠξίωται, as well as by the drift of the preceding chapters. We may suppose also a reference, in contrast, to the transitory "glory" on the countenance of Moses ( καταργουμένη), which is contrasted (2 Corinthians 3.) with the ὑπερβαλλούση δόξα in Christ. We observe, further, that in the latter part of the verse τιμή is substituted for δόξα, as more suitable to the mundane comparison of a house and its builder.

(4) Κατασκευάζειν may include the idea of fitting up and furnishing a house as well as building it. But what is the drift of the intended argument? It is usual, with the Fathers generally, to suppose that Christ (οὕτος) is intended to be denoted as the Builder or Establisher of the house in which Hoses was a servant, and that the argument is that he, as such, is necessarily greater than the servant, who was but a part of the house, or household, thus established. Οϊκος, it is to be observed, may include in its meaning the familia, as well as the house itself, as κατασκευάζειν may include the idea of constituting the whole establishment (cf. infra, "whose house we are"). Among moderns, Hofmann and Delitzsch deny this identification of ὁ κατασκευάσας with οὕτος: against which there are the following reasons:

(1) The SON has not been represented so far in the Epistle as the originator of the economy of redemption. Notwithstanding distinct intimations of his eternal proexistent Deity (as in Hebrews 1:1, 2, 10), it has been as the Messiah, the Apostle and High Priest, manifested in time, and passing through humanity to glory, that he has been regarded in the preceding argument. Nor is there any proof here adduced of his being the Builder of the "house," so as to justify the conclusion on this ground of his glory being greater than that of Moses.

(2) The word ἠξίωται ("has been counted worthy of") suggests (as has been already remarked) refer once to the glory won by him, "on account of the suffering of death," rather than to his pristine glory as the Divine Builder.

(3) Elsewhere in the New Testament, when the Church is referred to under the figure of a house, it is spoken of as God's building (cf. Hebrews 10:21; 1 Timothy 3:15; 1 Corinthians 3:9, 16; 2 Corinthians 6:16; Ephesians 2:22; 1 Peter 4:17; 1 Peter 2:5). It is never spoken of as Christ's.

(4) The wording of ver. 3 does not necessitate the identification of ὁ κατασκευάσας with οὕτος. Καθ ὅσον means "so far as;" it implies only that the glory of Christ is greater than that of Moses, in proportion as the honor of the builder is greater than that of the house.

(5) The identification increases the difficulty of understanding the relevance to the argument of ver. 4, of which more will be said presently. Taking, then, ὁ κατασκευάσας to denote God the Father, we may state the argument thus: God is the Builder, or Founder, of his own house. Christ has been already shown to be his SON, associated with him in dignity and power, and, as such, Lord over his Father's house. Moses, on the other hand, as appears from Numbers 12:7, was but a servant in God's house. As, then, the Founder is to the house, so is the Son and Lord to a servant in it; the Son partaking of the glory of the Founder; the servant only of that of the house in which he serves. According to this view of the argument, the premises have been established, and the conclusion follows; the relation of Christ to the Builder of the house has been set forth in the preceding chapter, and may be now assumed; that of Moses is sufficiently shown by the quotation from the Pentateuch. Thus also vers. 5 and 6 are found to carry out naturally the idea here introduced, instead of unexpectedly starting a different one. 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.
Jump to Previous
Build Builded Builder Built Counted Far Found Glory Greater Higher Honor Honour House Inasmuch Itself Jesus Moses Worthy
Jump to Next
Build Builded Builder Built Counted Far Found Glory Greater Higher Honor Honour House Inasmuch Itself Jesus Moses Worthy
Links
Hebrews 3:3 NIV
Hebrews 3:3 NLT
Hebrews 3:3 ESV
Hebrews 3:3 NASB
Hebrews 3:3 KJV

Hebrews 3:3 Bible Apps
Hebrews 3:3 Biblia Paralela
Hebrews 3:3 Chinese Bible
Hebrews 3:3 French Bible
Hebrews 3:3 German Bible

Alphabetical: a as been builder by counted For found glory greater has He honor house itself Jesus just more Moses much of so than the worthy

NT Letters: Hebrews 3:3 For he has been counted worthy (Heb. He. Hb) Christian Bible Study Resources, Dictionary, Concordance and Search Tools
Hebrews 3:2
Top of Page
Top of Page