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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - 2 Chronicles 1:1-12

Here is, I. Solomon's great prosperity, 2 Chron. 1:1. Though he had a contested title, yet, God being with him, he was strengthened in his kingdom; his heart and hands were strengthened, and his interest in the people. God's presence will be our strength. II. His great piety and devotion. His father was a prophet, a psalmist, and kept mostly to the ark; but Solomon, having read much in his Bible concerning the tabernacle which Moses built and the altars there, paid more respect to them than,... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 2 Chronicles 1:7-12

In that night did God appear unto Solomon ,.... From hence to the end of 2 Chronicles 1:12 it is the same with 1 Kings 3:5 . See Gill on 1 Kings 3:5 , 1 Kings 3:6 , 1 Kings 3:7 , 1 Kings 3:8 , 1 Kings 3:9 , 1 Kings 3:10 , 1 Kings 3:11 , 1 Kings 3:12 , 1 Kings 3:13 , 1 Kings 3:14 , 1 Kings 3:15 read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Chronicles 1:1-17

Each highest need of life offers to turn into the first accepted and best rewarded prayer of life. This chapter of seventeen verses might remind us of a picture and its mount and frame, a precious stone and its setting. In this sense it is a unity. The first six verses are used just to prepare us for the contents of the six that follow; and the last five summarily assure us that the fulfilment did not fall short of, nor halt long behind, promise. The now sole reign of Solomon, begun with... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Chronicles 1:7-12

The vision and prayer of Solomon, and God ' s answer to that prayer. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Chronicles 1:7-12

The Divine responsiveness, etc. From the interesting scene described in these verses (more fully in 1 Kings 3:1-28 .) we may glean some lasting truths. I. THAT WE MAY CONFIDENTLY RECKON ON THE DIVINE RESPONSIVENESS . Solomon went to Gibeon with "all the congregation," in very great state, to seek the Lord there, and there he offered abundant sacrifices ( 2 Chronicles 1:6 ). And God responded to his act of piety by seeking him, by coming to him and making him a... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Chronicles 1:7-12

A young king's choice. I. THE PERMISSION GRANTED TO SOLOMON . "Ask what I shall give thee." Granted: 1 . By whom ? God ( Elohim ) , the Giver par excellence, of whom David had said, "All things come of thee" ( 1 Chronicles 29:14 ); "The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord" ( Psalms 33:5 ); and whom a New Testament writer describes as "the Father of lights," etc. ( James 1:5 , James 1:17 ). The invitation here accorded to Solomon, after the manner of... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Chronicles 1:8

Thou hast showed great mercy unto David my father . These also are the exact words found in the parallel place, but they omit the words, "thy servant," before "David," found there. And hast made me to reign in his stead . This concise expression takes the place of two equivalent expressions, found at the end of the sixth and beginning of the seventh verses in the parallel passage, the former of which passages also describes it as "this great kindness," i.e. kindness on the part of God—a... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - 2 Chronicles 1:7-12

The verbal differences between this passage and the corresponding one of Kings 1 Kings 3:5-14 are very considerable, and indicate the general truth that the object of the sacred historians is to give a true account of the real bearing of what was said: not ordinarily to furnish us with all or the exact words that were uttered. The most important point omitted in Chronicles, and supplied by Kings, is the conditional promise of long life made to Solomon 1 Kings 3:14; while the chief point absent... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - 2 Chronicles 1:8

2 Chronicles 1:8. And hast made me to reign Give me the spirit of my father David, that Israel may not suffer by the change. The eminence of those that went before us, and the obligation that lies upon us to keep and carry on the good work they were engaged in, should quicken our prayers for wisdom and grace, that we may do the work of God in our day as faithfully as they did in theirs. read more

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