13 If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people;
English Standard Version
13 When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command the locust to devour the land, or send pestilence among my people,
13 If I ever shut off the supply of rain from the skies or order the locusts to eat the crops or send a plague on my people,
New King James Version
13 When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people,
New Living Translation
13 At times I might shut up the heavens so that no rain falls, or command grasshoppers to devour your crops, or send plagues among you.
Matthew Henry's Commentary on 2 Chronicles 7:13
God's answer to Solomon's prayer.
God gave a gracious answer to Solomon's prayer. The mercies of God to sinners are made known in a manner well suited to impress all who receive them, with his majesty and holiness. The people worshipped and praised God. When he manifests himself as a consuming Fire to sinners, his people can rejoice in him as their Light. Nay, they had reason to say, that God was good in this. It is of the Lord's mercies we are not consumed, but the sacrifice in our stead, for which we should be very thankful. And whoever beholds with true faith, the Saviour agonizing and dying for man's sin, will, by that view, find his godly sorrow enlarged, his hatred of sin increased, his soul made more watchful, and his life more holy. Solomon prosperously effected all he designed, for adorning both God's house and his own. Those who begin with the service of God, are likely to go on successfully in their own affairs. It was Solomon's praise, that what he undertook, he went through with; it was by the grace of God that he prospered in it. Let us then stand in awe, and sin not. Let us fear the Lord's displeasure, hope in his mercy, and walk in his commandments.