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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - 1 Kings 8:54-61

Solomon, after his sermon in Ecclesiastes, gives us the conclusion of the whole matter; so he does here, after this long prayer; it is called his blessing the people, 1 Kgs. 8:55. He pronounced it standing, that he might be the better heard, and because he blessed as one having authority. Never were words more fitly spoken, nor more pertinently. Never was congregation dismissed with that which was more likely to affect them and abide with them. I. He gives God the glory of the great and kind... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 1 Kings 8:59

And let these my words, wherewith I have made supplication before the Lord ,.... At this time: be nigh unto the Lord our God day and night ; be continually remembered and regarded by him, that so gracious answers might always be returned to those who supplicated in this place: that he maintain the cause of his servant ; of himself and his successors in the throne, that they may continue to possess it in peace, to the glory of God, and the good of the people: and the cause of his... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - 1 Kings 8:59

And let these my words - This and the following verse is a sort of supplement to the prayer which ended 1 Kings 8:53 ; but there is an important addition to this prayer in the parallel place, 2 Chronicles 6:41 , 2 Chronicles 6:42 ; : "Now therefore arise, O Lord God, into thy resting place, thou and the ark of thy strength: let thy priests, O Lord God, be clothed with salvation, and let thy saints rejoice in goodness. O Lord God, turn not away the face of thine anointed:... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Kings 8:59

And let these my words, wherewith I have made supplication before the Lord, be nigh unto the Lord our God day and night, that he maintain the cause of [Heb. to do the judgment of ] his servant, and the cause of his people Israel at all times, as the matter shall require [Heb. the thing of a day in his day . Same phrase Exodus 5:18 ; Exodus 16:4 ]: read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - 1 Kings 8:59

1 Kings 8:59 . Let these my words be nigh unto the Lord our God, day and night Let a gracious return be made to every prayer that shall be made there, and that will be a constant answer to this prayer. That he maintain the cause if his servant and of his people Of me their king, and consequently of all my successors, and of the whole kingdom. As the matters shall require According to mine or their various necessities and exigences. What Solomon asks here, with regard to his prayer, is... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - 1 Kings 8:22-66

The dedication ceremony (8:22-9:9)Solomon then went up on to a specially made bronze platform, knelt down and prayed to God in the presence of the assembled people (2 Chronicles 6:12-13). He admitted that only God’s grace had allowed his father and himself to fulfil their wish of building God a symbolic dwelling place. He prayed that God’s grace would rest likewise upon his royal descendants after him (22-26). Solomon knew there was no necessity for the temple, because God dwells everywhere.... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - 1 Kings 8:59

at all times. Hebrew the matter of a day in its day: i.e. day by day. read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - 1 Kings 8:1-66

5. The temple dedication ch. 8This chapter climaxes the writer’s emphasis on the greatness of Yahweh as Israel’s God. It is the most detailed account of a dedication service in the Bible. It is also one of the most theologically significant texts in 1 and 2 Kings. read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - 1 Kings 8:54-61

Solomon’s benediction on the people 8:54-61This benediction began with a review of God’s past faithfulness (1 Kings 8:56). Solomon then voiced three wishes (1 Kings 8:57-59) with an explanation concerning his motive (1 Kings 8:60). He concluded with a challenge for the future (1 Kings 8:61). The three desires of Solomon’s heart were, first, that God would bless his generation with His divine presence (1 Kings 8:57). Second, he asked that He would give His people the will to walk in obedience to... read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - 1 Kings 8:1-66

The Dedication of the Temple. Solomon’s Prayer1. The chief of the fathers] i.e. heads of families. Out of the city] The Temple and Palace were built on the site of Araunah’s threshing floor (2 Chronicles 3:1), which would naturally be outside the city walls and on higher ground: cp. 1 Kings 9:24. 2. Ethanim] The later Tishri, corresponding to Sept.-Oct. The feast referred to was Tabernacles (Leviticus 23:34).3. The priests] 2 Chronicles 5:4 has ’the Levites,’ certain of whom (the Kohathites)... read more

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