'Build' in the Bible
And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the sky. Let us make a name for ourselves; otherwise, we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”
Then she said, “Here is my slave Bilhah. Go sleep with her, and she’ll bear children for me so that through her I too can build a family.”
God said to Jacob, “Get up! Go to Bethel and settle there. Build an altar there to the God who appeared to you when you fled from your brother Esau.”
We must get up and go to Bethel. I will build an altar there to the God who answered me in my day of distress. He has been with me everywhere I have gone.”
If you make a stone altar for Me, you must not build it out of cut stones. If you use your chisel on it, you will defile it.
Then Balaam said to Balak, “Build me seven altars here and prepare seven bulls and seven rams for me.”
Balaam told Balak, “Build me seven altars here and prepare seven bulls and seven rams for me.”
Then they approached him and said, “We want to build sheepfolds here for our livestock and cities for our dependents.
Build cities for your dependents and folds for your flocks, but do what you have promised.”
“When the Lord your God brings you into the land He swore to your fathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob that He would give you—a land with large and beautiful cities that you did not build,
When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in,
“Do not set up an Asherah of any kind of wood next to the altar you will build for the Lord your God,
But you may destroy the trees that you know do not produce food. You may cut them down to build siege works against the city that is waging war against you, until it falls.
If you build a new house, make a railing around your roof, so that you don’t bring bloodguilt on your house if someone falls from it.
then his sister-in-law will go up to him in the sight of the elders, remove his sandal from his foot, and spit in his face. Then she will declare, ‘This is what is done to a man who will not build up his brother’s house.’
Build an altar of stones there to the Lord your God—you must not use any iron tool on them.
Use uncut stones to build the altar of the Lord your God and offer burnt offerings to the Lord your God on it.
You will become engaged to a woman, but another man will rape her. You will build a house but not live in it. You will plant a vineyard but not enjoy its fruit.
“Therefore we said: Let us take action and build an altar for ourselves, but not for burnt offering or sacrifice.
I gave you a land you did not labor for, and cities you did not build, though you live in them; you are eating from vineyards and olive groves you did not plant.’
Build a well-constructed altar to the Lord your God on the top of this rock. Take the second bull and offer it as a burnt offering with the wood of the Asherah pole you cut down.”
“Go to My servant David and say, ‘This is what the Lord says: Are you to build a house for Me to live in?
He will build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.
since You, Lord of Hosts, God of Israel, have revealed this to Your servant when You said, “I will build a house for you.” Therefore, Your servant has found the courage to pray this prayer to You.
Araunah said, “Why has my lord the king come to his servant?”David replied, “To buy the threshing floor from you in order to build an altar to the Lord, so the plague on the people may be halted.”
Then the king summoned Shimei and said to him, “Build a house for yourself in Jerusalem and live there, but don’t leave there and go anywhere else.
“You know my father David was not able to build a temple for the name of Yahweh his God. This was because of the warfare all around him until the Lord put his enemies under his feet.
So I plan to build a temple for the name of Yahweh my God, according to what the Lord promised my father David: ‘I will put your son on your throne in your place, and he will build the temple for My name.’
Solomon began to build the temple for the Lord in the four hundred eightieth year after the Israelites came out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of his reign over Israel, in the second month, in the month of Ziv.
“Since the day I brought My people Israel out of Egypt,I have not chosen a city to build a temple inamong any of the tribes of Israel,so that My name would be there.But I have chosen David to rule My people Israel.”
It was in the desire of my father Davidto build a temple for the name of Yahweh, the God of Israel.
But the Lord said to my father David,“Since it was your desire to build a temple for My name,you have done well to have this desire.
Yet you are not the one to build it;instead, your son, your own offspring,will build it for My name.”
This is the account of the forced labor that King Solomon had imposed to build the Lord’s temple, his own palace, the supporting terraces, the wall of Jerusalem, and Hazor, Megiddo, and Gezer.
all the storage cities that belonged to Solomon, the chariot cities, the cavalry cities, and whatever Solomon desired to build in Jerusalem, Lebanon, or anywhere else in the land of his dominion.
“‘After that, if you obey all I command you, walk in My ways, and do what is right in My sight in order to keep My statutes and My commands as My servant David did, I will be with you. I will build you a lasting dynasty just as I built for David, and I will give you Israel.
Please let us go to the Jordan where we can each get a log and can build ourselves a place to live there.”“Go,” he said.
Therefore, this is what the Lord says about the king of Assyria:He will not enter this cityor shoot an arrow thereor come before it with a shieldor build up an assault ramp against it.
He built altars in the Lord’s temple, where the Lord had said, “Jerusalem is where I will put My name.”
King Hiram of Tyre sent envoys to David, along with cedar logs, stonemasons, and carpenters to build a palace for him.
“Go to David My servant and say, ‘This is what the Lord says: You are not the one to build Me a house to dwell in.
ever since the day I ordered judges to be over My people Israel. I will also subdue all your enemies.“‘Furthermore, I declare to you that the Lord Himself will build a house for you.
He will build a house for Me, and I will establish his throne forever.
Since You, my God, have revealed to Your servant that You will build him a house, Your servant has found courage to pray in Your presence.
Then David said to Ornan, “Give me this threshing-floor plot so that I may build an altar to the Lord on it. Give it to me for the full price, so the plague on the people may be stopped.”
Then he summoned his son Solomon and instructed him to build a house for the Lord God of Israel.
“My son,” David said to Solomon, “It was in my heart to build a house for the name of Yahweh my God,
but the word of the Lord came to me: ‘You have shed much blood and waged great wars. You are not to build a house for My name because you have shed so much blood on the ground before Me.
He is the one who will build a house for My name. He will be My son, and I will be his father. I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel forever.’
Then King David rose to his feet and said, “Listen to me, my brothers and my people. It was in my heart to build a house as a resting place for the ark of the Lord’s covenant and as a footstool for our God. I had made preparations to build,
but God said to me, ‘You are not to build a house for My name because you are a man of war and have shed blood.’
He said to me, ‘Your son Solomon is the one who is to build My house and My courts, for I have chosen him to be My son, and I will be his father.
Realize now that the Lord has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary. Be strong, and do it.”
Give my son Solomon a whole heart to keep and to carry out all Your commands, Your decrees, and Your statutes, and to build the temple for which I have made provision.
Solomon decided to build a temple for the name of Yahweh and a royal palace for himself,
Then Solomon sent word to King Hiram of Tyre:Do for me what you did for my father David. You sent him cedars to build him a house to live in.
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?
Hiram also said:May the Lord God of Israel, who made the heavens and the earth, be praised! He gave King David a wise son with insight and understanding, who will build a temple for the Lord and a royal palace for himself.
Then Solomon began to build the Lord’s temple in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah where the Lord had appeared to his father David, at the site David had prepared on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite.
He began to build on the second day of the second month in the fourth year of his reign.
“Since the day I brought My people Israelout of the land of Egypt,I have not chosen a city to build a temple inamong any of the tribes of Israel,so that My name would be there,and I have not chosen a manto be ruler over My people Israel.
Now it was in the heart of my father Davidto build a temple for the name of Yahweh, the God of Israel.
However, Yahweh said to my father David,“Since it was your desire to build a temple for My name,you have done well to have this desire.
Yet, you are not the one to build the temple,but your son, your own offspring,will build the temple for My name.”
Baalath, all the storage cities that belonged to Solomon, all the chariot cities, the cavalry cities, and everything Solomon desired to build in Jerusalem, Lebanon, or anywhere else in the land of his dominion.
So he said to the people of Judah, “Let’s build these cities and surround them with walls and towers, with doors and bars. The land is still ours because we sought the Lord our God. We sought Him and He gave us rest on every side.” So they built and succeeded.
This is what King Cyrus of Persia says: The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and has appointed me to build Him a temple at Jerusalem in Judah. Whoever among you of His people may go up, and may the Lord his God be with him.
This is what King Cyrus of Persia says: “The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and has appointed me to build Him a house at Jerusalem in Judah.
Whoever is among His people, may his God be with him, and may he go to Jerusalem in Judah and build the house of the Lord, the God of Israel, the God who is in Jerusalem.
Jeshua son of Jozadak and his brothers the priests along with Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel and his brothers began to build the altar of Israel’s God in order to offer burnt offerings on it, as it is written in the law of Moses, the man of God.
In the second month of the second year after they arrived at God’s house in Jerusalem, Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, Jeshua son of Jozadak, and the rest of their brothers, including the priests, the Levites, and all who had returned to Jerusalem from the captivity, began to build. They appointed the Levites who were 20 years old or more to supervise the work on the Lord’s house.
they approached Zerubbabel and the leaders of the families and said to them, “Let us build with you, for we also worship your God and have been sacrificing to Him since the time King Esar-haddon of Assyria brought us here.”
But Zerubbabel, Jeshua, and the other leaders of Israel’s families answered them, “You may have no part with us in building a house for our God, since we alone must build it for Yahweh, the God of Israel, as King Cyrus, the king of Persia has commanded us.”
Then the people who were already in the land discouraged the people of Judah and made them afraid to build.
His wife Zeresh and all his friends told him, “Have them build a gallows 75 feet high. Ask the king in the morning to hang Mordecai on it. Then go to the banquet with the king and enjoy yourself.” The advice pleased Haman, so he had the gallows constructed.
For he oppressed and abandoned the poor;he seized a house he did not build.
In Your good pleasure, cause Zion to prosper;build the walls of Jerusalem.
for God will save Zionand build up the cities of Judah.They will live there and possess it.
‘I will establish your offspring foreverand build up your throne for all generations.’”Selah
Complete your outdoor work, and prepare your field;afterward, build your house.
a time to kill and a time to heal;a time to tear down and a time to build;
If she is a wall,we will build a silver parapet on it.If she is a door,we will enclose it with cedar planks.
“Therefore, this is what the Lord says about the king of Assyria:He will not enter this cityor shoot an arrow thereor come before it with a shieldor build up an assault ramp against it.
He said,“Build it up, build it up, prepare the way,remove every obstacle from My people’s way.”
Foreigners will build up your walls,and their kings will serve you.Although I struck you in My wrath,yet I will show mercy to you with My favor.
Go out, go out through the gates;prepare a way for the people!Build it up, build up the highway;clear away the stones!Raise a banner for the peoples.
People will build houses and live in them;they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
They will not build and others live in them;they will not plant and others eat.For My people’s lives will belike the lifetime of a tree.My chosen ones will fully enjoythe work of their hands.
This is what the Lord says:Heaven is My throne,and earth is My footstool.What house could you possibly build for Me?And what place could be My home?
See, I have appointed you todayover nations and kingdomsto uproot and tear down,to destroy and demolish,to build and plant.
At another time I announce that I will build and plant a nation or a kingdom.
who says, “I will build myself a massive palace,with spacious upper rooms.”He will cut windows in it,and it will be paneled with cedarand painted with vermilion.
I will keep My eyes on them for their good and will return them to this land. I will build them up and not demolish them; I will plant them and not uproot them.
“Build houses and live in them. Plant gardens and eat their produce.
For he has sent word to us in Babylon, claiming, “The exile will be long. Build houses and settle down. Plant gardens and eat their produce.”’”
Again I will build you so that you will be rebuilt,Virgin Israel.You will take up your tambourines againand go out in joyful dancing.
Just as I watched over them to uproot and to tear them down, to demolish and to destroy, and to cause disaster, so will I be attentive to build and to plant them,” says the Lord.
You must not build a house or sow seed or plant a vineyard. Those things are not for you. Rather, you must live in tents your whole life, so you may live a long time on the soil where you stay as a temporary resident.’
Then lay siege against it: construct a siege wall, build a ramp, pitch military camps, and place battering rams against it on all sides.
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