6:1 Then a said Solomon, The LORD hath said that he would dwell in the thick darkness.
(a) After he had seen the glory of the Lord in
And in it have I put the ark, wherein [is] the b
covenant of the LORD, that he made with the children of Israel.
(b) Meaning the two tables, in which is contained
the effect of the covenant that God made with our fathers.
6:12 And c
he stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the congregation of
Israel, and spread forth his hands:
(c) On a scaffold that was made for that purpose,
that he praying for the whole people might be heard by all, as in (1 Kings
6:13 For Solomon had made a brasen scaffold, of
five cubits long, and five cubits broad, and three cubits high, and had set it
in the midst of the court: and upon it he stood, and kneeled down upon his knees
before all the congregation of Israel, and d
spread forth his hands toward heaven,
(d) Both to give thanks for the great benefits of
God bestowed on him, and also to pray for the perseverance and prosperity of
That thine e eyes may be open upon this
house day and night, upon the place whereof thou hast said that thou wouldest
put thy name there; to hearken unto the prayer which thy servant prayeth toward
(e) That you may declare in effect that you have
a continual care over this place.
6:22 If a man sin
against his f neighbour, and an oath be
laid upon him to make him swear, and the oath come before thine altar in this
(f) By retaining anything from him, or by denying
that which he has left him to keep, or do him any wrong.
6:23 Then hear thou from heaven, and do, and
judge thy servants, by requiting the wicked, by recompensing his way g
upon his own head; and by justifying the righteous, by giving him according to
(g) Meaning, to give him that which he has
Then hear thou from heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive, and render unto
every man according unto all his ways, whose h
heart thou knowest; (for thou only knowest the hearts of the children of men:)
(h) He declares that the prayers of hypocrites
cannot be heard, nor of any but of them who pray to God with a true faith and
in true repentance.
concerning the stranger, which is not of thy people Israel, but is come from a
far country for thy great name's sake, and thy mighty hand, and thy stretched
out arm; if they come and i pray in this
(i) He shows that before God there is no
deception of person, but all people who fear him and work righteousness are
6:34 If thy people go out
to war against their enemies by the way that k
thou shalt send them, and they pray unto thee toward this city which thou hast
chosen, and the house which I have built for thy name;
(k) Meaning, that no one should enterprise any
war, but at the Lord's command, that is, which is lawful by his word.
Now therefore arise, O LORD God, into thy l
resting place, thou, and the ark of thy strength: let thy priests, O LORD God,
be clothed with m salvation, and let thy
saints rejoice in goodness.
(l) That is, into your temple.
(m) Let them be preserved by your power, and made
virtuous and holy.
6:42 O LORD God, turn not away the face of n
thine anointed: remember the mercies of David thy servant.
(n) Hear my prayer, I who am your anointed king.