1 Kings 8:12
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.

Berean Study Bible
Then Solomon said: “The LORD has said that He would dwell in the thick cloud.

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.

Christian Standard Bible
Then Solomon said: The LORD said that he would dwell in total darkness.

Contemporary English Version
Then Solomon prayed: "Our LORD, you said that you would live in a dark cloud.

Good News Translation
Then Solomon prayed: "You, LORD, have placed the sun in the sky, yet you have chosen to live in clouds and 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.

New Heart English Bible
Then Solomon said, "The LORD has said that he would dwell in the thick cloud.

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

JPS Tanakh 1917
Then spoke Solomon: The LORD hath said that He would dwell in the thick darkness.

New American Standard 1977
Then Solomon said, “The LORD has said that He would dwell in the thick 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;
Study Bible
Solomon Praises the LORD
12Then Solomon said: “The LORD has said that He would dwell in the thick cloud. 13I have indeed built You an exalted house, a place for You to dwell forever.”…
Cross References
Leviticus 16:2
And the LORD said to Moses: "Tell your brother Aaron not to enter freely into the Most Holy Place behind the veil in front of the mercy seat on the ark, or else he will die, because I appear in the cloud above the mercy seat.

2 Samuel 22:10
He parted the heavens and came down with dark clouds beneath His feet.

1 Kings 8:11
so that the priests could not stand there to minister because of the cloud; for the glory of the LORD filled the house of the LORD.

2 Chronicles 6:1
Then Solomon said: "The LORD said that He would dwell in the thick cloud;

Nehemiah 8:5
Ezra opened the book in full view of all the people, since he was standing above them all, and as he opened it, all the people stood up.

Psalm 18:11
He made darkness His hiding place, and storm clouds a canopy around Him.

Psalm 97:2
Clouds and darkness surround Him; righteousness and justice are His throne's foundation.

Treasury of Scripture

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

The lord

Deuteronomy 4:11
And ye came near and stood under the mountain; and the mountain burned with fire unto the midst of heaven, with darkness, clouds, and thick darkness.

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

Psalm 18:8-11
There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it…

the thick

Exodus 20:21
And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was.

Leviticus 16:2
And the LORD said unto Moses, Speak unto Aaron thy brother, that he come not at all times into the holy place within the vail before the mercy seat, which is upon the ark; that he die not: for I will appear in the cloud upon the mercy seat.

Deuteronomy 5:22
These words the LORD spake unto all your assembly in the mount out of the midst of the fire, of the cloud, and of the thick darkness, with a great voice: and he added no more. And he wrote them in two tables of stone, and delivered them unto me.







Lexicon
Then
אָ֖ז (’āz)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 227: At that time, place, therefore

Solomon
שְׁלֹמֹ֑ה (šə·lō·mōh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8010: Solomon -- David's son and successor to his throne

said:
אָמַ֣ר (’ā·mar)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

“The LORD
יְהוָ֣ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

has said
אָמַ֔ר (’ā·mar)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

that He would dwell
לִשְׁכֹּ֖ן (liš·kōn)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 7931: To settle down, abide, dwell

in the thick cloud.
בָּעֲרָפֶֽל׃ (bā·‘ă·rā·p̄el)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6205: Cloud, heavy cloud
(12) The Lord said . . .--The words of Solomon, though--as is natural in a moment of mingled awe and thankfulness--somewhat broken and abrupt, are clear enough in their general meaning and connection. He refers to the frequent declarations made in old time that the cloud is the symbol of God's indwelling presence (such as Exodus 19:9, and Leviticus 16:2);

he recognises in the appearance of the cloud the sign that the Divine presence is granted to the Temple; and accordingly he exults in the proof that his foreordained work is accomplished by the building of a house, a "settled habitation" for the Lord. The description of the cloud as "thick darkness," in no way contradicts the idea of the glory shining through it; for human eyes are easily "darkened by excess of light." This mingled light and darkness symbolises--perhaps more strikingly than even the literal darkness of the Most Holy Place--the mystery which veils the presence of God, known to be, and to be infinitely glorious, but in its nature incomprehensible.

Thenius, from a single Chaldee version, suggests for "thick darkness" the correction "Jerusalem;" dwelling on the closer harmony of the reading with 1Kings 8:16, quoting the promise of Psalm 132:13-14 (closely connected there with the great promise of David), and urging the likelihood of the citation of this promise by Solomon, and the greater simplicity thus given to his whole utterance. The suggestion is ingenious; but it lacks authority, both external and internal. The LXX., in the Alexandrine MS. (for the Vatican MS. omits the whole), and the Vulg. agree with the Hebrew text; and Josephus, though he gives a verbose paraphrase of the prayer, evidently had our reading before him, for he contrasts the mystery and ubiquity of the Divine presence with the material shrine. Nor is it easy to conceive how from a passage so simple and prosaic, as this would be with the reading "Jerusalem," the more difficult, but far more striking, reading of the present text could have arisen.

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). 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.
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