1 Kings 9:3
Parallel Verses
New International Version
The LORD said to him: "I have heard the prayer and plea you have made before me; I have consecrated this temple, which you have built, by putting my Name there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there.

New Living Translation
The LORD said to him, "I have heard your prayer and your petition. I have set this Temple apart to be holy--this place you have built where my name will be honored forever. I will always watch over it, for it is dear to my heart.

English Standard Version
And the LORD said to him, “I have heard your prayer and your plea, which you have made before me. I have consecrated this house that you have built, by putting my name there forever. My eyes and my heart will be there for all time.

New American Standard Bible
The LORD said to him, "I have heard your prayer and your supplication, which you have made before Me; I have consecrated this house which you have built by putting My name there forever, and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually.

King James Bible
And the LORD said unto him, I have heard thy prayer and thy supplication, that thou hast made before me: I have hallowed this house, which thou hast built, to put my name there for ever; and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The LORD said to him: I have heard your prayer and petition you have made before Me. I have consecrated this temple you have built, to put My name there forever; My eyes and My heart will be there at all times.

International Standard Version
The LORD told him: "I've heard your prayer and your request that you made to me. I have consecrated this Temple that you have built by placing my name there forever. My eyes and my heart will be there continuously.

NET Bible
The LORD said to him, "I have answered your prayer and your request for help that you made to me. I have consecrated this temple you built by making it my permanent home; I will be constantly present there.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The LORD said to him, "I have heard your prayer for mercy that you made to me. I have declared that this temple which you have built is holy so that my name may be placed there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the LORD said unto him, I have heard thy prayer and thy supplication that thou hast made in my presence. I have sanctified this house, which thou hast built, to put my name there for ever, and my eyes and my heart shall be there all the days.

King James 2000 Bible
And the LORD said unto him, I have heard your prayer and your supplication, that you have made before me: I have hallowed this house, which you have built, to put my name there forever; and my eyes and my heart shall be there perpetually.

American King James Version
And the LORD said to him, I have heard your prayer and your supplication, that you have made before me: I have hallowed this house, which you have built, to put my name there for ever; and my eyes and my heart shall be there perpetually.

American Standard Version
And Jehovah said unto him, I have heard thy prayer and thy supplication, that thou hast made before me: I have hallowed this house, which thou hast built, to put my name there for ever; and mine eyes and my heart shall be there perpetually.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the Lord said to him: I have heard thy prayer and thy supplication, which thou hast made before me: I have sanctified this house, which thou hast built, to put my name there for ever, and my eyes and my heart shall be there always.

Darby Bible Translation
And Jehovah said to him, I have heard thy prayer and thy supplication which thou hast made before me: I have hallowed this house, which thou hast built, to put my name there for ever; and mine eyes and my heart shall be there perpetually.

English Revised Version
And the LORD said unto him, I have heard thy prayer and thy supplication, that thou hast made before me: I have hallowed this house, which thou hast built, to put my name there for ever; and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the LORD said to him, I have heard thy prayer and thy supplication that thou hast made before me: I have hallowed this house, which thou hast built, to put my name there for ever; and my eyes and my heart shall be there perpetually.

World English Bible
Yahweh said to him, "I have heard your prayer and your supplication, that you have made before me. I have made this house holy, which you have built, to put my name there forever; and my eyes and my heart shall be there perpetually.

Young's Literal Translation
and Jehovah saith unto him, 'I have heard thy prayer and thy supplication with which thou hast made supplication before Me; I have hallowed this house that thou hast built to put My name there -- unto the age, and Mine eyes and My heart have been there all the days.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 3. - And the Lord said unto him [This message is given at greater length in 2 Chronicles 7:12-22. Vers. 13, 14, e.g., contain a reference to that part of the prayer which related to drought and rain], I have heard thy prayer and thy supplication [These two words are found similarly united in Solomon's prayer, vers. 38, 45, 54], that thou hast made [Heb. supplicated] before me; I have hallowed this house which thou hast built [sc. by the manifestation described 1 Kings 8:11. Cf. Exodus 29:43: "the tabernacle shall be sanctified" (same word) "by my glory." In 2 Chronicles we read, "I have chosen this place to myself for a house of sacrifice," where, however, it is worth considering whether instead of the somewhat singular בית זבח the original text may not have been בית זבל, as in 1 Kings 8:13] to put my name there [1 Kings 8:29; cf. vers. 16, 17, 18, 19; also Deuteronomy 12:11; Luke 11:12] forever [1 Kings 8:13. As Solomon offered it, so God accepted it, in perpetuity. That the house was subsequently "left desolate" and destroyed (2 Kings 25:9) was because of the national apostasy (vers. 8, 9) ], and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually. [In 1 Kings 8:29 Solomon asked that God's "eyes may be open... towards the house." The answer is that not only His eyes shall be open, but eyes and heart shall be there [Ephesians 3:20; see Homiletics on 1 Kings 3:5); - the eye to watch, the heart to cherish it.]

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And the Lord said unto him, I have heard thy prayer and thy supplication that thou hast made before me,.... With delight and pleasure, and had accepted it; meaning the prayer recorded in the preceding chapter:

I have hallowed this house which thou hast built; by the cloud of glory filling it, and by fire descending from heaven, and consuming the sacrifices offered in it, 2 Chronicles 7:1.

to put my name there for ever; there to grant his presence, so long as his pure worship should be continued in it; so the Targum adds,

"and my Shechinah or divine Majesty shall abide in it, if my will is done there continually:''

and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually; his eyes of Providence should be upon it, to watch over it, and protect it, and his worshippers in it; and he should have a cordial regard to the sacrifices there offered, and to the persons of the offerers, so long as they offered them in a right way, and to right ends and purposes.



1 Kings 9:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
God's Covenant with Solomon
2that the LORD appeared to Solomon a second time, as He had appeared to him at Gibeon. 3The LORD said to him, "I have heard your prayer and your supplication, which you have made before Me; I have consecrated this house which you have built by putting My name there forever, and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually. 4"As for you, if you will walk before Me as your father David walked, in integrity of heart and uprightness, doing according to all that I have commanded you and will keep My statutes and My ordinances,…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 11:12
It is a land the LORD your God cares for; the eyes of the LORD your God are continually on it from the beginning of the year to its end.

1 Kings 8:29
May your eyes be open toward this temple night and day, this place of which you said, 'My Name shall be there,' so that you will hear the prayer your servant prays toward this place.

2 Kings 20:5
"Go back and tell Hezekiah, the ruler of my people, 'This is what the LORD, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you. On the third day from now you will go up to the temple of the LORD.

2 Kings 21:7
He took the carved Asherah pole he had made and put it in the temple, of which the LORD had said to David and to his son Solomon, "In this temple and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, I will put my Name forever.

2 Chronicles 6:40
"Now, my God, may your eyes be open and your ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.

2 Chronicles 33:7
He took the image he had made and put it in God's temple, of which God had said to David and to his son Solomon, "In this temple and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, I will put my Name forever.

Ezra 6:12
May God, who has caused his Name to dwell there, overthrow any king or people who lifts a hand to change this decree or to destroy this temple in Jerusalem. I Darius have decreed it. Let it be carried out with diligence.

Psalm 10:17
You, LORD, hear the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry,

Psalm 34:17
The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.
Treasury of Scripture

And the LORD said to him, I have heard your prayer and your supplication, that you have made before me: I have hallowed this house, which you have built, to put my name there for ever; and my eyes and my heart shall be there perpetually.

I have heard

2 Kings 20:5 Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus said …

Psalm 10:17 LORD, you have heard the desire of the humble: you will prepare their …

Psalm 66:19 But truly God has heard me; he has attended to the voice of my prayer.

Psalm 116:1 I love the LORD, because he has heard my voice and my supplications.

Daniel 9:23 At the beginning of your supplications the commandment came forth, …

John 11:42 And I knew that you hear me always: but because of the people which …

Acts 10:31 And said, Cornelius, your prayer is heard, and your alms are had …

1 John 5:14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any …

I have hallowed

1 Samuel 8:10,11 And Samuel told all the words of the LORD to the people that asked …

Exodus 20:11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all …

Numbers 16:38 The censers of these sinners against their own souls, let them make …

Matthew 6:9 After this manner therefore pray you: Our Father which are in heaven, …

to put

1 Kings 8:29 That your eyes may be open toward this house night and day, even …

Deuteronomy 12:5,11,21 But to the place which the LORD your God shall choose out of all …

Deuteronomy 16:11 And you shall rejoice before the LORD your God, you, and your son, …

mine eyes

Deuteronomy 11:12 A land which the LORD your God cares for: the eyes of the LORD your …

2 Chronicles 6:40 Now, my God, let, I beseech you, your eyes be open, and let your …

2 Chronicles 7:15,16 Now my eyes shall be open, and my ears attentive to the prayer that …

Psalm 132:13,14 For the LORD has chosen Zion; he has desired it for his habitation…

Songs 4:9,10 You have ravished my heart, my sister, my spouse; you have ravished …

Jeremiah 15:1 Then said the LORD to me, Though Moses and Samuel stood before me, …

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