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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - 1 Kings 8:1-11

The temple, though richly beautified, yet while it was without the ark was like a body without a soul, or a candlestick without a candle, or (to speak more properly) a house without an inhabitant. All the cost and pains bestowed on this stately structure are lost if God do not accept them; and, unless he please to own it as the place where he will record his name, it is after all but a ruinous heap. When therefore all the work is ended (1 Kgs. 7:51), the one thing needful is yet behind, and... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 1 Kings 8:10

And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy place ,.... The most holy place, having set up the ark of the Lord there, who were all sanctified that were there, and did not wait by course as at other times, see 2 Chronicles 5:11 , where in 2 Chronicles 5:12 it is said, that at this time, the Levites, who were singers of the families of Asaph, Heman, and Jeduthun, arrayed in fine linen, with their musical instruments in their hands, stood at the east end of the altar of... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - 1 Kings 8:10

When the priests were come out - That is, after having carried the ark into the holy of holies, before any sacred service had yet commenced. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Kings 8:8-11

The Dedication of the Temple and its Teaching. The eighth day of the seventh month of the year 1004 B.C or, according to some, B.C. 1000, was one of the brightest days of Jewish history— "a day in golden letters to be set Among the high tides of the calendar;" for on that day the holy and beautiful house, which had been seven and a half years in building, for which preparations had been made for a much longer period ( 1 Chronicles 22:5 ), and on which a force of some one hundred... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Kings 8:10

And it came to pass, when the priests were come out [Rather, as the priests came out ] of the holy place [It has been supposed that "the holy" ( הַקֹּדֶשׁ ) is here put for the most holy place, as in Ezekiel 41:23 . But this is not by any means the necessary interpretation. The cloud may obviously have filled the entire building only as the priests left it. It would seem, however, from Ezekiel 41:11 as if the priests, having left the oracle , were about to min later in... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Kings 8:10-11

The Presence of the Lord in the House of the Lord. The Shechinah, which is here referred to, was a most brilliant and glorious light, usually concealed by a cloud; a fit emblem, therefore, of Jehovah, the God of light and of glory, who is retied from His creatures. As the visible symbol of the Divine presence, "the pillar of cloud and fire," had gone before Israel in the wilderness, proving their guide and defence. Suddenly and mysteriously it appeared in the new temple of Solomon, at the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Kings 8:10-11

The Glory cloud. Never did Solomon appear so much "in all his glory" as on this memorial day of the dedication of the temple. The solemnities of the service, the procession of the sacred ark from the city of David into its resting place, the robed priests, the rapturous multitude, the unnumbered sacrifices, the music and the songs, must have formed altogether a marvellous spectacle. But of all the incidents of the day none could be compared with that of the sudden appearance of the... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - 1 Kings 8:10

The cloud - the visible symbol of the divine presence - the Shechinah of the Targums - which halt been promised before the ark was begun Exodus 29:43, and had filled the tabernacle as soon as it was completed Exodus 40:34, and which had probably been seen from time to time during the long interval when we have no express mention of it, now once more appeared in full magnificence, and took, as it were, possession of the building which Solomon was dedicating. The presence of God in the temple... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - 1 Kings 8:10-11

1 Kings 8:10-11. When the priests were come out of the holy place That is, the most holy, where they had set down the ark. The cloud The usual token of God’s glorious presence, Exodus 16:10; Exodus 24:15-16; Numbers 9:15; filled the house of the Lord In testimony of his gracious acceptance of this work and their service; and to beget an awe and reverence in them and in all others when they approached to God. So that the priests could not stand to minister By this it appears that the... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - 1 Kings 8:1-21

The ark brought to the temple (8:1-21)People came from all over Israel to celebrate the dedication of the temple (see v. 65). The ceremony took place at the time of the mid-year festival season (8:1-2; see Leviticus 23:24,Leviticus 23:27,Leviticus 23:34).In transferring the ark from David’s temporary tent to the temple, Solomon, evidently remembering the mistake of his father, was careful to see that the priests and Levites carried the ark and all the holy vessels in the proper manner (3-9; cf.... read more

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