2 Chronicles 6


Solomon's prayer at the dedication of the temple, 1-42.


Verse 1. The Lord hath said that he would dwell] Solomon, seeing

the cloud descend and fill the house, immediately took for granted

that the Lord had accepted the place, and was now present. What

occurred now was precisely the same with what took place when

Moses reared the tabernacle in the wilderness; see Ex 40:34, 35:

A cloud covered the tent-and the glory of the Lord filled the

tabernacle. And Moses was not able to enter into the tent-because

the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.

The Chaldee paraphrases thus: "Then said Solomon, It has pleased

God to place his majesty in the city of Jerusalem, in the house of

the sanctuary which I have built to the name of his WORD, and he

hath placed a dark cloud before him."

Verse 10. For the name of the Lord] "For the name of the WORD of

the Lord God of Israel."-Targum.

Verse 14. That walk before thee with all their hearts] "With all

the will of their souls and with all the affection of their


Verse 18. But will God in very deed dwell with men] "But who

could have imagined, who could have thought it credible, that God

should place his majesty among men dwelling upon earth? Behold,

the highest heavens, the middle heavens, and the lowest heavens,

cannot bear the glory of thy majesty, (for thou art the God who

sustainest all the heavens, and the earth, and the deep, and all

that is in them,) nor can this house which I have built contain


Verse 22. If a man sin against his neighbour] For the SEVEN

cases put here by Solomon in his prayer, see the notes on

1Ki 8:31-46.

Verse 36. For there is no man which sinneth not] See this case

largely considered in Clarke's note on "1Ki 8:46".

Verse 37. If they bethink themselves] "If thy fear should return

into their hearts."-Targum.

The whole of this prayer is amply considered in the parallel

place, 1Ki 8:22-53, where see the notes.

Verse 41. Let thy saints rejoice in goodness] "In the abundance

of the tithes and other goods which shall be given to the Levites,

as their reward for keeping the ark, and singing before


Verse 42. Turn not away the face of thine anointed] "At least do

me good; and if not for my sake, do it for thy own sake."-Jarchi.

These two last verses are not in the parallel place in

1Ki 8:22-53. There are other differences between the two places

in this prayer, but they are not of much consequence.

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