1 Kings 8:12
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New International Version
Then Solomon said, "The LORD has said that he would dwell in a dark cloud;

New Living Translation
Then Solomon prayed, "O LORD, you have said that you would live in a thick cloud of darkness.

English Standard Version
Then Solomon said, “The LORD has said that he would dwell in thick darkness.

New American Standard Bible
Then Solomon said, "The LORD has said that He would dwell in the thick cloud.

King James Bible
Then spake Solomon, The LORD said that he would dwell in the thick darkness.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then Solomon said: The LORD said that He would dwell in thick darkness.

International Standard Version
Then Solomon said, "The LORD has said that he lives shrouded in darkness.

NET Bible
Then Solomon said, "The LORD has said that he lives in thick darkness.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then Solomon said, "The LORD said he would live in a dark cloud.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then Solomon said, The LORD has said that he would dwell in the thick darkness.

King James 2000 Bible
Then spoke Solomon, The LORD said that he would dwell in the thick darkness.

American King James Version
Then spoke Solomon, The LORD said that he would dwell in the thick darkness.

American Standard Version
Then spake Solomon, Jehovah hath said that he would dwell in the thick darkness.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Then Solomon said: The Lord said that he would dwell in a cloud.

Darby Bible Translation
Then said Solomon: Jehovah said that he would dwell in the thick darkness.

English Revised Version
Then spake Solomon, The LORD hath said that he would dwell in the thick darkness.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then spoke Solomon, The LORD said that he would dwell in the thick darkness.

World English Bible
Then Solomon said, "Yahweh has said that he would dwell in the thick darkness.

Young's Literal Translation
Then said Solomon, 'Jehovah hath said to dwell in thick darkness;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

8:12-21 Solomon encouraged the priests, who were much astonished at the dark cloud. The dark dispensations of Providence should quicken us in fleeing for refuge to the hope of the gospel. Nothing can more reconcile us to them, than to consider what God has said, and to compare his word and works together. Whatever good we do, we must look on it as the performance of God's promise to us, not of our promises to him.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 12. - Then spake Solomon [in a transport of emotion at the sight. The cloud and the glory proved that his pious work was accepted. These blessed tokens assured him that "the Lord was there" (Ezekiel 48:35); that the incomprehensible Godhead had entered the earthly shrine he had prepared, and would dwell there], The Lord said that he would dwell in the thick darkness. [Heb. עֲרָפֶל, lit., darkness of clouds. When did God speak of dwelling in dark cloud? The reference, probably, is to Exodus 19:9; Exodus 20:21, Deuteronomy 4:11; Exodus 5:22 (note that, in the three last cited passages, this same word is used, and in the last two in connexion with cloud, which would appear to be a practically synonymous term), but especially to Leviticus 16:2, "I will appear in the cloud upon the mercy seat." Solomon had thus every warrant for connecting a theophany with the thick dark cloud. Cf. Psalm 18:11; Psalm 97:2. The words cannot refer to "the holy of holies not lighted by windows" (Wordsworth).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And then spake Solomon,.... Perceiving by this symbol that the Lord was come into his house, to take up his dwelling in it, and seeing the priests and people in consternation at it, spake the following words to their comfort:

the Lord said that he would dwell in the thick darkness; and now was fulfilling his promise, and therefore to be considered not as a token of his displeasure, but of his gracious presence; this was done for the greater awe of the divine Majesty, and to denote the darkness of the former dispensation; reference may be had to Leviticus 16:2 or rather this was now said by the Lord, that is, it appeared to be his resolution and determination to dwell in this manner; the Targum is,

"the Lord is pleased to cause his Shechinah or divine Majesty to dwell in Jerusalem,''

in the temple there. This was imitated by the Heathens; hence the Lacedemonians had a temple dedicated to Jupiter Scotitas, or the dark, as Pausanias (u) relates; and the Indian Pagans to this day affect darkness in their temples, and are very careful that no light enter into them but by the door, which is commonly strait and low, and by little crevices in the windows (w).

(u) Laconica, sive, I. 3. p. 178. (w) Agreement of Customs between the East-Indians and Jews, art. 5. p. 35.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

1Ki 8:12-21. Solomon's Blessing.

12. Then spake Solomon—For the reassurance of the priests and people, the king reminded them that the cloud, instead of being a sign ominous of evil, was a token of approval.

The Lord said—not in express terms, but by a continuous course of action (Ex 13:21; 24:16; Nu 9:15).

1 Kings 8:12 Additional Commentaries
Context
Solomon Praises the Lord
12Then Solomon said, "The LORD has said that He would dwell in the thick cloud. 13"I have surely built You a lofty house, A place for Your dwelling forever."…
Cross References
Leviticus 16:2
The LORD said to Moses: "Tell your brother Aaron that he is not to come whenever he chooses into the Most Holy Place behind the curtain in front of the atonement cover on the ark, or else he will die. For I will appear in the cloud over the atonement cover.

2 Samuel 22:10
He parted the heavens and came down; dark clouds were under his feet.

1 Kings 8:11
And the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the LORD filled his temple.

2 Chronicles 6:1
Then Solomon said, "The LORD has said that he would dwell in a dark cloud;

Nehemiah 8:5
Ezra opened the book. All the people could see him because he was standing above them; and as he opened it, the people all stood up.

Psalm 18:11
He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him-- the dark rain clouds of the sky.

Psalm 97:2
Clouds and thick darkness surround him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.
Treasury of Scripture

Then spoke Solomon, The LORD said that he would dwell in the thick darkness.

The lord

Deuteronomy 4:11 And you came near and stood under the mountain; and the mountain …

2 Chronicles 6:1,2 Then said Solomon, The LORD has said that he would dwell in the thick …

Psalm 18:8-11 There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth …

Psalm 97:2 Clouds and darkness are round about him: righteousness and judgment …

the thick

Exodus 20:21 And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near to the thick darkness …

Leviticus 16:2 And the LORD said to Moses, Speak to Aaron your brother…

Deuteronomy 5:22 These words the LORD spoke to all your assembly in the mount out …

Isaiah 45:15 Truly you are a God that hide yourself, O God of Israel, the Savior.

Hebrews 12:18 For you are not come to the mount that might be touched, and that …

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