R T l1 1. Words of Yahaveh. Recited. m1 2. The house. Built. U 3. Blessing. The People. U 4. Blessing. Yahaveh. T l2 5,6. Words of Yahaveh. To David. Rehearsed. m2 7. The house. David's purpose. l3 8,9. Words of Yahaveh. Rehearsed. m3 10,11. The house built.
2 Chronicles 6)
1 Then said Solomon, (see 1 Kings 12-50) "The Lord has said that He would dwell in the thick darkness. (Dark cloud, hidden)
2 But I have built an house of habitation for You, and a place for Your dwelling for ever."
3 And the king turned his face, and blessed the whole assembly (or muster, convocation) of Israel: and all the assembly of Israel stood.
4 And he said, "Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, Who has with His hands fulfilled that which He spoke with Kis mouth to my father David, saying,
5 'Since the day that I brought forth my people out of the land of Egypt I chose no city among all the tribes of Israel to build a house in, that my name might be there; neither chose I any man to be a ruler over my people Israel: (This true of Saul. God did not choose him as He chose David; though He overruled the choice of the People. Cp. 1 Sm. 8:5)
6 But I have chosen Jerusalem, that My name might be there; and have chosen David to be over My people Israel.'
7 Now it was in the heart of David my father to build an house for the name of the Lord God of Israel. (Cp. 2 Sam. 7:2,3. 1 Chron. 28:2)
8 But the Lord said to David my father, 'Forasmuch as it was in your heart to build a house for My name, you didst well in that it was in your heart:
9 Notwithstanding you shall not build the house; but your son which shall come forth out of your loins, he shall build the house for My name.'
10 The Lord therefore has performed His word that He has spoken: for I am risen up in the room of David my father, and am set on the throne of Israel, according as the Lord promised, and have built the house for the name of the Lord God of Israel.
11 And in it have I put the ark, wherein is the covenant of the Lord, that He made with the sons of Israel."
12 And he stood (and then knelt down. See v.13 No discrepancy, as alleged) before the altar of the Lord in the presence of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands:
13 For Solomon had made (this also is complementary to 1 Kings 8) a brass platform of five cubits long, (round, and bowl-like, like a pulpit) and five cubits broad, and three cubits high, and had set it in the midst of the court: and upon it he stood, and knelled down upon his knees before all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands toward heaven.
R n 14-20. For himself. o 21-39. For others. The People. p 40,41-. The house. o -41. For others. The priests. n 42. For himself.
n q 14,15. Plea. Yahaveh's faithfulness. o 16,17. Prayer. q 18. Plea. Yahaveh's condensation. o 19,20. Prayer.
14 And said, "O Lord God of Israel, there is no God like you in the heaven, nor in the earth; which keeps covenant, and shows loving-kindness (or grace) to your servants, that walk before you with all their hearts:
15 You which have kept with Your servant David my father that which You have promised him; and spoke with your mouth, and have fulfilled it with Your hand, as it is this day.
16 Now therefore, O Lord God of Israel, keep with Your servant David my father that which You have promised him, saying, 'There shall not fail you a man in My sight sitting upon the throne of Israel; if only that Your sons take heed to their way to walk in My law, (same condition as in 2 Sam. 7:14. Conditional to Solomon, but unconditional to David, as the Land was to Abraham [Gen. 15]. Therefore the throne must, and will yet be, filled by David's son and David's Lord) according as you have walked before Me.'
17 Now then, O Lord God of Israel, let Your word be verified, (some codices read "I beseech You") which You have spoken to Your servant David.
18 But will God in very deed dwell with mankind on the earth? behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain You; how much less this house which I have built! (Cp. Acts 7:48-50)
19 Have respect therefore to the prayer of Your servant, and to his supplication, O Lord my God, to hearken to the cry and the prayer which Your servant prays before You:
20 That Your eyes may be open toward this house day and night, upon the place whereof You have said that You would put your name there; to hearken to the prayer which Your servant prays toward this place.
o s 21-31. Israel. t 32. Stranger. t 33. Stranger. s 34-39. Israel.
s u1 21-. Worship. v11 -21. Regard. u2 22. Trouble. Sin. v2 23. Regard. u3 24. Trouble. Defeat. v3 25. Regard. u4 26. Trouble. Drought. v4 27. Regard. u5 28. Trouble. Pestilence, &c. v5 29-31. Regard.
21 Hearken therefore to the supplications of Your servant, and of Your people Israel, which they shall make toward this place:
hear You from Your dwelling place, even from heaven; and when You hear, forgive.
22 If a man sin against his neighbor, and he [his neighbor] lay an oath upon him to make him swear, (Ex. 22:7-11. Lev. 5:1. Prov. 29:4. Heb. 6:16) and the oath come before Your altar in this house;
23 Then hear You from heaven, and do, and judge Your servants, by requiting the lawless, by recompensing his way upon his own head; and by acquitting the righteous, by giving him according to his righteousness.
24 And if Your People Israel be put to the worse before the enemy, because they have sinned against You; and shall return and confess Your name, and pray and make supplication before You in this house;
25 Then hear You from the heavens, and forgive the sin of Your people Israel, and bring them again unto the land which You gave to them and to their fathers.
26 When the heaven is shut up, and there is no rain, because they have sinned against You; yet if they pray toward this place, and confess Your name, and turn from their sin, when You do afflict them;
27 Then hear You from heaven, and forgive the sin of Your servants, and of Your people Israel, when You have taught them the good way, (i.e. have directed them into the good way [cp. Gen. 46:28) wherein they should walk; and send rain upon Your land, which You have given to Your People for an inheritance.
28 If there be dearth in the land, if there be pestilence, if there be blasting, or mildew, locusts, or caterpillars; if their enemies besiege them in the cities of their land; whatsoever sore or whatsoever sickness there be:
29 Then what prayer or what supplication soever shall be made of any man, or of all Your People Israel, when every one shall know his own sore and his own grief, and shall spread forth his hands in this house:
30 Then hear You from heaven Your dwelling place, and forgive, and render unto every man according to all his ways, whose heart You know; (for You only know the hearts of the sons of men:)
31 That they may fear (or revere) You, to walk in Your ways, so long as they live in the land which You gave to our fathers.
32 Moreover concerning the stranger, which is not of Your People Israel, but is come from a far country for Your great name's sake, and Your mighty hand, and Your stretched out arm; if they come and pray toward this house;
s w 34. Trouble. Battle. x 35. Regard. w 36-38. Trouble. Captivity. x 39. Regard.
33 Then hear You from the heavens, even from Your dwelling place, and do according to all that the stranger calls to You for; that all people of the earth may know Your name, and fear (or revere) You, as does Your Peoples Israel, and may know that this house which I have built is called by (or invoked upon) Your name.
34 If Your People go out to war against their enemies by the way that You shall send them, and they pray to You toward this city which You have chosen, and the house which I have built for Your name;
35 Then hear You from the heavens their prayer and their supplication, and maintain (or vindicate) their cause.
36 If they sin against You, (for there is no man which sins not,) and You be angry with them, and deliver them over before their enemies, and they carry them away captives to a land far off or near;
37 Yet if they bethink themselves in the land whither they are carried captive, and turn and pray unto thee in the land of their captivity, saying, We have sinned, we have done amiss, and have dealt lawlessly;
38 If they return to You with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their captivity, wherever they have carried them captives, and pray toward their land, which You gave to their fathers, and toward the city which You have chosen, and toward the house which I have built for Your name:
39 Then hear You from the heavens, even from Your dwelling place, their prayer and their supplications, and maintain their cause, and forgive Your people which have sinned against You.
40 Now, my God, let, I beseech You, Your eyes be open, and let Your ears be attentive to the prayer that is made in this place.
41 Now therefore (the following words are found in Pss. 68:1; 132:8,9, by which Solomon connects his own work with David's) arise, O Lord God, into Your resting place, You, and the ark of Your strength:
let Your priests, O Lord God, be clothed with salvation, and let Your gracious ones (Heb. "men of grace": i.e. those who are the subjects of Yehovah's saving grace) rejoice in goodness. (= prosperity, well-being, blessedness)
42 O Lord God, turn not away the face of Your anointed (Messiah): remember the mercies (or loving-kindness) [shown and assured] to Your servant David. (See Ps. 89:49)