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thy servant, and unto the supplication of thy people Israel, to

53 hearken unto them in all that they call for unto thee. For
thou didst separate them from among all the people of the
earth, to be thine inheritance, as thou spakest by the hand of



that God has taken up His abode there. 44. If thy people

(jo out to battle] The case here is of a war undertaken by God's
direction, and therefore in a righteous cause. shall pray

unto the Lord toward the city'] As Daniel did in Babylon (Dan. vi.
10). The Mohammedans turn towards Mecca, and the early Chris-
tians inherited from the Jews the custom of turning to the East
when they prayed. 46. If they sin against thee] Cp. with

the language of these verses, Leviticus (xxvi.) and Deuteronomy
(xxviii.). 49. and maintain their cause] The words are the

same as hi verse 45, but the idea is a little different. There the
'cause' was a righteous war undertaken at God's direction; here
the phrase implies that God shall do His people right by deliver-
ing them from their oppressors. 50. give them compassion
So God stirred up the heart of Cyrus to permit Israel to return
from Babylon (Ezra i. 1). 51. from the midst of the furnace
of iron] The bondage of Egypt is so called, Dent. iv. "20.

52. in all that they call for unto thee] K.V. whensoever
they cry unto thee. 53, as thou spakest by the hand of



I. KINGS, VIII. 54—61. 59

Moses thy servant, when thou broughtest our fathers out of
Egypt, Lord God.

And it was so, that when Solomon had made an end of 54
praying all this prayer and supplication unto the Lord, he
arose from before the altar of the Lord, from kneeling on his
knees with his hands spread up to heaven. And he stood, and 55
blessed all the congregation of Israel tvith a loud voice, saying,
Blessed be the Lord, that hath given rest unto his people 50
Israel, according to all that he promised: there hath not
failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised by
the hand of Moses his servant. The Lord our God be with us, 57
as he was with our fathers : let him not leave us, nor forsake
us: that he may incline our hearts unto him, to walk in all 5it
his ways, and to keep his commandments, and his statutes,
and his judgments, which he commanded our fathers. And 59
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 his servant, and the cause of his
people Israel at all times, as the matter shall require : that all 6«
the people of the earth may know that the Lord is God, and
that there is none else. Let your heart therefore be perfect i
with the Lord our God, to walk in his statutes, and to keep
his commandments, as at this day.

Moses] The reference is to Exod. xix. 5, 6, where God promises
that Israel shall be to Him 'a peculiar treasure.' 'By the hand
of ' is a not uncommon Hebrew phrase for 'by' (see below verse
56), and it is so represented in A.V.

54. he arose from before the altar'] In verse 22 we are only
told that Solomon stood before the altar. It appears from this
verse that the addition in 2 Chron. vi. 13, where we read that he
first stood and then kneeled down before the people, gives the cor-
rect idea of what took place. 56. that hath given rest unto
his people] For Solomon's reign was to be specially a time of
peace (cf. 1 Kings ii. 33), and it was only in a time of profound
tranquillity that the great works of the Temple and the king's
house could have been carried out. 58. that he may incline
our hearts unto him] Which will not happen if He leave or forsake
His people. 59. be nigh unto the Lord our God day and
night] That He may have them always in remembrance. as
the matter shall require] The Hebrew is 'the thing of a day in its
day,' and the R.V. gives 'as every day shall require.' 60. that
all the people of the earth may know] This was always the view of
the pious Israelite that God's glory might be known among all
nations. Cf. Josh. iv. 24; 1 Sam. xvii. 46. In 2 Chron. we are
told, that fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt
offering and the sacrifice, that the glory of God filled the house
so that the priests could not enter, and that at the sight thereof all
the people worshipped and praised the Lord. 61. perfect]
i.e, 'Entirely surrendered.'



60 I. KINGS, VIII. 62—60.

2 And the king, and all Israel with him, offered sacrifice before
63 the Lord. And Solomon offered a sacrifice of peace offerings,
which he offered unto the Lord, two and twenty thousand
oxen, and an hundred and twenty thousand sheep. So the
king and all the children of Israel dedicated the house of the


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