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The Shekinah Glory

1 aNow when Solomon had finished praying, bfire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the LORD filled the house. 2 aThe priests could not enter into the house of the LORD because the glory of the LORD filled the LORDS house. 3 All the sons of Israel, seeing the fire come down and the glory of the LORD upon the house, bowed down on the pavement with their faces to the ground, and they worshiped and gave praise to the LORD, [saying], “aTruly He is good, truly His lovingkindness is everlasting.”

[1] a1K 8:54 bLv 9:23f; 1K 18:24, 38
[2] a2Ch 5:14
[3] a2Ch 5:13; 20:21

Sacrifices Offered

4aThen the king and all the people offered sacrifice before the LORD. 5 King Solomon offered a sacrifice of 22,000 oxen and 120,000 sheep. Thus the king and all the people dedicated the house of God. 6 The priests stood at their posts, and athe Levites also, with the instruments of music to the LORD, which King David had made for giving praise to the LORD—“for His lovingkindness is everlasting”—whenever Ihe gave praise by their IImeans, while bthe priests on the other side blew trumpets; and all Israel was standing.

[4] a1K 8:62, 63
[6] ILit David IILit hand a1Ch 15:16-21 b2Ch 5:12

7aThen Solomon consecrated the middle of the court that [was] before the house of the LORD, for there he offered the burnt offerings and the fat of the peace offerings because the bronze altar which Solomon had made was not able to contain the burnt offering, the grain offering and the fat.

[7] a1K 8:64-66

The Feast of Dedication

8 ¶ So aSolomon observed the feast at that time for seven days, and all Israel with him, a very great assembly [who came] from the entrance of Hamath to the bbrook of Egypt. 9 On the eighth day they held aa solemn assembly, for the dedication of the altar they observed seven days and the feast seven days. 10 Then on the twenty-third day of the seventh month he sent the people to their tents, rejoicing and happy of heart because of the goodness that the LORD had shown to David and to Solomon and to His people Israel.

[8] a1K 8:65 bGn 15:18
[9] aLv 23:36

God’s Promise and Warning

11aThus Solomon finished the house of the LORD and the king’s palace, and successfully completed all that Ihe had planned on doing in the house of the LORD and in his palace.

[11] ILit came upon the heart of Solomon to do a1K 9:1-9

12 ¶ Then the LORD appeared to Solomon at night and said to him, “I have heard your prayer and ahave chosen this place for Myself as a house of sacrifice. 13 aIf I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people, 14 aand My people Iwho are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 15 aNow My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to the Iprayer [offered] in this place. 16 For anow I have chosen and consecrated this house that My name may be there forever, and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually. 17 As for you, if you walk before Me as your father David walked, even to do according to all that I have commanded you, and will keep My statutes and My ordinances, 18 then I will establish your royal throne as I covenanted with your father David, saying, ‘IaYou shall not lack a man [to be] ruler in Israel.’

[12] aDt 12:5, 11
[13] a2Ch 6:26-28
[14] ILit over whom My name is called a2Ch 6:37-39; Jm 4:10
[15] ILit prayer of this place a2Ch 6:20, 40
[16] a2Ch 7:12
[18] ILit There shall not be cut off to you a man a1K 2:4; 2Ch 6:16

19 ¶ “aBut if you turn away and forsake My statutes and My commandments which I have set before you, and go and serve other gods and worship them, 20 athen I will uproot you from My land which I have given Iyou, and this house which I have consecrated for My name I will cast out of My sight and I will make it ba proverb and a byword among all peoples. 21 As for this house, which was exalted, everyone who passes by it will be astonished and say, ‘aWhy has the LORD done thus to this land and to this house?’ 22 And they will say, ‘Because athey forsook the LORD, the God of their fathers who brought them from the land of Egypt, and they adopted other gods and worshiped them and served them; therefore He has brought all this adversity on them.’”

[19] aLv 26:14, 33; Dt 28:15
[20] IAncient versions and Heb read them aDt 29:28; 1K 14:15 bDt 28:37
[21] aDt 29:24-27
[22] aJg 2:13


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God having given testimony to Solomon's prayer by fire from heaven, and glory in the Temple, the people worship him.

1 ¶ Now when Solomon had made an end of praying, the fire came down from heaven, and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the LORD filled the house. 2 And the priests could not enter into the house of the LORD, because the glory of the LORD had filled the LORD'S house. 3 And when all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the LORD upon the house, they bowed themselves with their faces to the ground upon the pavement, and worshipped, and praised the LORD, [saying], For [he is] good; for his mercy [endureth] for ever.

[1] Gn 15:17; Ex 29:43; 40:34; Lv 9:23, 24; Jg 6:21; 1K 8:10, 54; 18:24, 38; 1Ch 21:26; 2Ch 5:13; Is 6:1; 65:24; Ezk 10:3; 43:5; 44:4; Dn 9:20; Hg 2:7; Mal 3:1; Ac 4:31; 16:25; Rv 21:23.
[2] Ex 24:17; 2Ch 5:14; Is 6:5; Rv 15:8.
[3] Ex 4:31; Lv 9:24; Nu 14:5; 16:22; 1K 18:39; 1Ch 16:41; 29:20; 2Ch 5:13; 20:21; Ezr 3:11; Ps 95:6; 103:17; 136:1; Is 63:7; Jr 33:11; Lk 1:50; He 7:24.

Solomon's solemn sacrifice.

4 ¶ Then the king and all the people offered sacrifices before the LORD. 5 And king Solomon offered a sacrifice of twenty and two thousand oxen, and an hundred and twenty thousand sheep: so the king and all the people dedicated the house of God. 6 And the priests waited on their offices: the Levites also with instruments of musick of the LORD, which David the king had made to praise the LORD, because his mercy [endureth] for ever, when David praised by their ministry; and the priests sounded trumpets before them, and all Israel stood. 7 Moreover Solomon hallowed the middle of the court that [was] before the house of the LORD: for there he offered burnt offerings, and the fat of the peace offerings, because the brasen altar which Solomon had made was not able to receive the burnt offerings, and the meat offerings, and the fat.

[4] 2Ch 7:4.
[5] Nu 7:10; 1K 8:62, 63; 1Ch 29:21; 2Ch 1:6; 2:4; 5:6; 15:11; 29:32; 30:24; 35:7; Ezr 6:16; Ezk 45:17; Mi 6:7; Jn 10:22.
[6] Nu 10:1; Jsh 6:4; 1Ch 6:31; 13:8; 15:16, 24; 16:4, 6, 34, 39, 41, 42; 24:1; 25:1; 2Ch 5:12; 7:3; 29:25; Ps 87:7; 106:1; 107:1; 118:1; 138:8; Is 52:6; Am 6:5.
[7] Nu 16:37; 1K 8:64; 2Ch 4:1; 36:14; He 13:10.

Solomon having kept the feast of Tabernacles, and the feast of the dedication of the altar, dismisseth the people.

8 ¶ Also at the same time Solomon kept the feast seven days, and all Israel with him, a very great congregation, from the entering in of Hamath unto the river of Egypt. 9 And in the eighth day they made a solemn assembly: for they kept the dedication of the altar seven days, and the feast seven days. 10 And on the three and twentieth day of the seventh month he sent the people away into their tents, glad and merry in heart for the goodness that the LORD had shewed unto David, and to Solomon, and to Israel his people. 11 Thus Solomon finished the house of the LORD, and the king's house: and all that came into Solomon's heart to make in the house of the LORD, and in his own house, he prosperously effected.

[8] Gn 15:18; Lv 23:34; Nu 29:12; 34:5; Dt 16:13; Jsh 13:3; 1K 4:21; 8:65; 2Ch 30:13; Ne 8:13; Am 6:14; Zc 14:16; Jn 7:2, 27.
[9] Lv 23:36; Dt 16:8; 1K 8:65; 2Ch 30:23; Ne 8:18; Jol 1:14.
[10] Ex 18:1; Dt 12:7, 12, 18; 16:11, 14; 1K 8:66; 2Ch 6:41; 29:36; 30:26; Ne 8:10; Ps 32:11; 33:1; 92:4; 100:2; 105:3; 106:5; Ac 2:46; 16:34; Php 4:4.
[11] 1K 9:1; 2Ch 2:1; Ec 2:4, 10.

God appearing to Solomon giveth him promises upon condition.

12 ¶ And the LORD appeared to Solomon by night, and said unto him, I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for an house of sacrifice. 13 If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; 14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 15 Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer [that is made] in this place. 16 For now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that my name may be there for ever: and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually. 17 And as for thee, if thou wilt walk before me, as David thy father walked, and do according to all that I have commanded thee, and shalt observe my statutes and my judgments; 18 Then will I stablish the throne of thy kingdom, according as I have covenanted with David thy father, saying, There shall not fail thee a man [to be] ruler in Israel. 19 But if ye turn away, and forsake my statutes and my commandments, which I have set before you, and shall go and serve other gods, and worship them; 20 Then will I pluck them up by the roots out of my land which I have given them; and this house, which I have sanctified for my name, will I cast out of my sight, and will make it [to be] a proverb and a byword among all nations. 21 And this house, which is high, shall be an astonishment to every one that passeth by it; so that he shall say, Why hath the LORD done thus unto this land, and unto this house? 22 And it shall be answered, Because they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, which brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, and laid hold on other gods, and worshipped them, and served them: therefore hath he brought all this evil upon them.

[12] Gn 17:1; Dt 12:5, 6, 11; 1K 9:2; 2K 2:6; 20:5; 2Ch 1:7; 7:16; Ps 10:17; 66:19; 78:68; 132:13; Lk 1:13; Ac 10:31; 1Jn 5:14.
[13] Ex 10:4; Nu 14:12; 16:46; Dt 11:17; 2S 24:13; 2Ch 6:26; Jb 11:10; 12:14; Ps 105:34; 107:34; Ezk 14:19; Jol 1:4; 2:25; Lk 4:25; Rv 3:7; 11:6.
[14] Lv 26:40; Dt 4:29; 30:1; 2Ch 6:27, 30, 37, 39; 33:12, 18; Ps 60:2; Pv 28:13; Is 45:19; 55:6; 59:20; 63:19; Jr 8:22; 33:6; 51:9; Lm 3:40; Ezk 18:27; 33:11; Ac 9:11; Jm 4:9.
[15] Dt 11:12; 2Ch 6:20, 40; Ne 1:6; Ps 65:2; 130:2; 1P 3:12.
[16] Dt 12:21; 16:11; 1K 8:16, 35, 44, 48; 9:3; 2K 21:4, 7; 2Ch 6:5, 20; 7:15; 33:4; Ps 132:14; Zc 3:2; Mt 3:17; Jn 2:19; Col 2:9.
[17] Dt 4:40; 28:1; 1K 2:3; 3:14; 8:25; 9:4; 11:38; 1Ch 28:9; Ps 105:45; Ezk 36:27; Zc 3:7; Jn 14:21; 15:10.
[18] 2S 7:13; 1K 9:5; 2Ch 6:16; Ps 89:28; 132:11; Jr 33:20, 25.
[19] Lv 26:14, 33; Dt 4:23; 28:15, 36, 37; Jsh 23:15; 1S 12:25; 1K 9:6; 11:4; 1Ch 28:9.
[20] Dt 28:37; 1K 9:7; 2K 17:20; Ne 4:1; Ps 44:14; 52:5; Jr 12:17; 18:7; 24:9; 31:28; 45:4; Lm 2:15; Jde 1:12.
[21] Dt 29:24; 1K 9:8; 2Ch 29:8; Jr 5:19; 13:22; 16:10; 19:8; 22:8, 28; 49:17; 50:13.
[22] Jg 2:12; 2Ch 36:17; Jr 1:16; Lm 2:16; 4:13; Ezk 14:23; 36:17; Dn 9:12.


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