6 "But if you[1] or your descendants turn away from me and do not observe the commands and decrees I have given you[1] and go off to serve other gods and worship them,

Matthew Henry's Commentary on 1 Kings 9:6

Commentary on 1 Kings 9:1-9

(Read 1 Kings 9:1-9)

God warned Solomon, now he had newly built and dedicated the temple, that he and his people might not be high-minded, but fear. After all the services we can perform, we stand upon the same terms with the Lord as before. Nothing can purchase for us liberty to sin, nor would the true believer desire such a licence. He would rather be chastened of the Lord, than be allowed to go on with ease and prosperity in sin.