The Meaning of 1 Kings 8:13 Explained

1 Kings 8:13

KJV: I have surely built thee an house to dwell in, a settled place for thee to abide in for ever.

YLT: I have surely built a house of habitation for Thee; a fixed place for Thine abiding to the ages.'

Darby: I have indeed built a house of habitation for thee, a settled place for thee to abide in for ever.

ASV: I have surely built thee a house of habitation, a place for thee to dwell in for ever.

What does 1 Kings 8:13 Mean?

Context Summary

1 Kings 8:12-21 - The Builder's Dedication Address
Solomon, standing on the great platform within, view of the vast, thronging multitudes, recited tie steps that had led them to that illustrious hour. His whole speech was of God's dealings. Why do we not speak of God more often, as the most important factor in life! It is a blessed thing to trace the connection between what God has promised and what He has fulfilled, 1 Kings 8:15. "The Lord hath performed His word that He spoke," 1 Kings 8:20. Many of us could say that, and we ought to say it.
Solomon brought out clearly in this address that God took account of David's good intentions. "Thou didst well that it was in thine heart," 1 Kings 8:18. Circumstances may prevent the execution of a desire and a purpose with which, years ago, our hearts were filled. God, however, will never forget it, and will see that the project is carried out in some other way-perhaps by another instrument. It was well that it was in thine heart to become a foreign missionary, though the need of widowed mother, or the claims of home, rendered literal obedience impossible. Thou shalt have the missionary's place and crown hereafter, for it was in thine heart.
1 Kings 8:1-66 - Breaking Three Commandments
From a worldly point of view Naboth might have done a good stroke of business by selling his estate to. Ahab. A royal price and assured favor might have been his-but he had a conscience! Above the persuasive tones of the monarch's offer sounded the voice of God: "The land shall not be sold for ever, for the land is mine." See Leviticus 25:23; Numbers 36:7; Ezekiel 46:18.
Ahab knew perfectly well that Jezebel could not give him the property of another except by foul means, but he took pains not to inquire. Though the direct orders for Naboth's death did not come from him, yet, by his silence, he was an accomplice and an accessory; and divine justice penetrates all such specious excuses. God holds us responsible for wrongs which we do not arrest, though we have the power. The crime was blacker because of the pretext of religion, as suggested by a fast. See also 2 Kings 9:26. The blood of murdered innocence cries to God, and his requital, though delayed, is inevitable. See Revelation 6:9-10. [source]

Chapter Summary: 1 Kings 8

1  The feast of the temple
12  Solomon's blessing
22  Solomon's prayer
54  Solomon's blessing
62  His sacrifice of peace offerings

What do the individual words in 1 Kings 8:13 mean?

Surely I have built an house exalted You and a place for You to dwell in forever
בָּנֹ֥ה בָנִ֛יתִי בֵּ֥ית זְבֻ֖ל לָ֑ךְ מָכ֥וֹן לְשִׁבְתְּךָ֖ עוֹלָמִֽים

בָּנֹ֥ה  Surely 
Parse: Verb, Qal, Infinitive absolute
Root: בָּנָה  
Sense: to build, rebuild, establish, cause to continue.
בָנִ֛יתִי  I  have  built 
Parse: Verb, Qal, Perfect, first person common singular
Root: בָּנָה  
Sense: to build, rebuild, establish, cause to continue.
בֵּ֥ית  an  house 
Parse: Noun, masculine singular construct
Root: בַּיִת 
Sense: house.
זְבֻ֖ל  exalted 
Parse: Noun, masculine singular
Root: זְבֻל 
Sense: exalted, residence, elevation, lofty abode, height, habitation.
מָכ֥וֹן  and  a  place 
Parse: Noun, masculine singular
Root: מָכֹון  
Sense: fixed or established place, foundation.
לְשִׁבְתְּךָ֖  for  You  to  dwell  in 
Parse: Preposition-l, Verb, Qal, Infinitive construct, second person masculine singular
Root: יָשַׁב 
Sense: to dwell, remain, sit, abide.
עוֹלָמִֽים  forever 
Parse: Noun, masculine plural
Root: עֹולָם  
Sense: long duration, antiquity, futurity, for ever, ever, everlasting, evermore, perpetual, old, ancient, world.