1 Kings 8:55
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New International Version
He stood and blessed the whole assembly of Israel in a loud voice, saying:

New Living Translation
He stood and in a loud voice blessed the entire congregation of Israel:

English Standard Version
And he stood and blessed all the assembly of Israel with a loud voice, saying,

New American Standard Bible
And he stood and blessed all the assembly of Israel with a loud voice, saying:

King James Bible
And he stood, and blessed all the congregation of Israel with a loud voice, saying,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
and he stood and blessed the whole congregation of Israel with a loud voice: "

International Standard Version
stood up, and blessed all of the assembly of Israel in a loud voice. He said:

NET Bible
When he stood up, he pronounced a blessing over the entire assembly of Israel, saying in a loud voice:

New Heart English Bible
He stood, and blessed all the assembly of Israel with a loud voice, saying,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then he stood and in a loud voice blessed the entire assembly of Israel,

JPS Tanakh 1917
And he stood, and blessed all the congregation of Israel with a loud voice, saying:

New American Standard 1977
And he stood and blessed all the assembly of Israel with a loud voice, saying,

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he stood and blessed all the congregation of Israel with a loud voice, saying,

King James 2000 Bible
And he stood, and blessed all the congregation of Israel with a loud voice, saying,

American King James Version
And he stood, and blessed all the congregation of Israel with a loud voice, saying,

American Standard Version
And he stood, and blessed all the assembly of Israel with a loud voice, saying,

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he stood and blessed all the assembly of Israel with a, loud voice, saying:

Darby Bible Translation
and he stood and blessed the whole congregation of Israel with a loud voice, saying,

English Revised Version
And he stood, and blessed all the congregation of Israel with a loud voice, saying,

Webster's Bible Translation
And he stood, and blessed all the congregation of Israel with a loud voice, saying,

World English Bible
He stood, and blessed all the assembly of Israel with a loud voice, saying,

Young's Literal Translation
and he standeth and blesseth all the assembly of Israel with a loud voice, saying,
Study Bible
Solomon's Benediction
54When Solomon had finished praying this entire prayer and supplication to the LORD, he arose from before the altar of the LORD, from kneeling on his knees with his hands spread toward heaven. 55And he stood and blessed all the assembly of Israel with a loud voice, saying: 56"Blessed be the LORD, who has given rest to His people Israel, according to all that He promised; not one word has failed of all His good promise, which He promised through Moses His servant.…
Cross References
Numbers 6:23
"Speak to Aaron and to his sons, saying, 'Thus you shall bless the sons of Israel. You shall say to them:

2 Samuel 6:18
When David had finished offering the burnt offering and the peace offering, he blessed the people in the name of the LORD of hosts.

1 Kings 8:14
Then the king faced about and blessed all the assembly of Israel, while all the assembly of Israel was standing.
Treasury of Scripture

And he stood, and blessed all the congregation of Israel with a loud voice, saying,

blessed

1 Kings 8:14 And the king turned his face about, and blessed all the congregation …

Numbers 6:23-26 Speak to Aaron and to his sons, saying, On this wise you shall bless …

2 Samuel 6:18 And as soon as David had made an end of offering burnt offerings …

1 Chronicles 16:2 And when David had made an end of offering the burnt offerings and …

(55) Blessed all the children of Israel.--To bless the congregation was the special duty and privilege of the priests (see Numbers 6:23-27); but throughout the whole of this narrative the king, and the king alone, is conspicuous. It is, however, to be noted that Solomon's words here are not strictly of blessing, but rather of praise and prayer to God, and exhortation to the people.

Verse 55. - And he stood [this does not necessarily imply that he drew nearer to the congregation, as Keil], and blessed [cf. 2 Samuel 6:18, and see note on ver. 14. The words of blessing, which are presently given (vers. 56-61), prove that he did not assume priestly functions and put any blessing upon the people, Numbers 6:27] all the congregation of Israel with a loud [Heb. great] voice, saying, And he stood and blessed all the congregation of Israel with a loud voice,.... Turning himself the altar, and his face to the people, giving them his benediction, not only as the father of his people, but as preacher in Jerusalem, closing it with a word of exhortation to them:

saying: as follows. 8:54-61 Never was a congregation dismissed with what was more likely to affect them, and to abide with them. What Solomon asks for in this prayer, is still granted in the intercession of Christ, of which his supplication was a type. We shall receive grace sufficient, suitable, and seasonable, in every time of need. No human heart is of itself willing to obey the gospel call to repentance, faith, and newness of life, walking in all the commandments of the Lord, yet Solomon exhorts the people to be perfect. This is the scriptural method, it is our duty to obey the command of the law and the call of the gospel, seeing we have broken the law. When our hearts are inclined thereto, feeling our sinfulness and weakness, we pray for Divine assistance; thus are we made able to serve God through Jesus Christ.
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