1 Kings 8:14
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New International Version
While the whole assembly of Israel was standing there, the king turned around and blessed them.

New Living Translation
Then the king turned around to the entire community of Israel standing before him and gave this blessing:

English Standard Version
Then the king turned around and blessed all the assembly of Israel, while all the assembly of Israel stood.

Berean Study Bible
And as the whole assembly of Israel stood there, the king turned around and blessed them all

New American Standard Bible
Then the king faced about and blessed all the assembly of Israel, while all the assembly of Israel was standing.

King James Bible
And the king turned his face about, and blessed all the congregation of Israel: (and all the congregation of Israel stood;)

Christian Standard Bible
The king turned around and blessed the entire congregation of Israel while they were standing.

Contemporary English Version
Solomon turned toward the people standing there. Then he blessed them

Good News Translation
As the people stood there, King Solomon turned to face them, and he asked God's blessing on them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The king turned around and blessed the entire congregation of Israel while they were standing.

International Standard Version
Then the king turned to face the entire congregation of Israel while the congregation of Israel remained standing.

NET Bible
Then the king turned around and pronounced a blessing over the whole Israelite assembly as they stood there.

New Heart English Bible
The king turned his face about, and blessed all the assembly of Israel: and all the assembly of Israel stood.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then the king turned around and blessed the whole assembly of Israel while they were standing.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the king turned his face about, and blessed all the congregation of Israel; and all the congregation of Israel stood.

New American Standard 1977
Then the king faced about and blessed all the assembly of Israel, while all the assembly of Israel was standing.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the king turned his face about and blessed all the congregation of Israel, and all the congregation of Israel were standing.

King James 2000 Bible
And the king turned his face around, and blessed all the congregation of Israel: (and all the congregation of Israel stood;)

American King James Version
And the king turned his face about, and blessed all the congregation of Israel: (and all the congregation of Israel stood;)

American Standard Version
And the king turned his face about, and blessed all the assembly of Israel: and all the assembly of Israel stood.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the king turned his face, and blessed all the assembly of Israel: for all the assembly of Israel stood.

Darby Bible Translation
And the king turned his face, and blessed the whole congregation of Israel; and the whole congregation of Israel stood.

English Revised Version
And the king turned his face about, and blessed all the congregation of Israel: and all the congregation of Israel stood.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the king turned his face about, and blessed all the congregation of Israel: and all the congregation of Israel were standing.

World English Bible
The king turned his face about, and blessed all the assembly of Israel: and all the assembly of Israel stood.

Young's Literal Translation
And the king turneth round his face, and blesseth the whole assembly of Israel; and all the assembly of Israel is standing.
Study Bible
Solomon Praises the LORD
13I have indeed built You an exalted house, a place for You to dwell forever.” 14And as the whole assembly of Israel stood there, the king turned around and blessed them all 15and said: “Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, who has fulfilled with His own hand what He spoke with His mouth to my father David, saying,…
Cross References
2 Samuel 6:18
When David had finished sacrificing the burnt offerings and peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the LORD of Hosts.

1 Kings 8:55
And he stood and blessed the whole assembly of Israel in a loud voice, saying:

Treasury of Scripture

And the king turned his face about, and blessed all the congregation of Israel: (and all the congregation of Israel stood;)

blessed all

1 Kings 8:55,56 And he stood, and blessed all the congregation of Israel with a loud …

Joshua 22:6 So Joshua blessed them, and sent them away: and they went to their tents.

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 …

2 Chronicles 6:3 And the king turned his face, and blessed the whole congregation …

2 Chronicles 30:18-20 For a multitude of the people, even many of Ephraim, and Manasseh, …

Psalm 118:26 Blessed be he that comes in the name of the LORD: we have blessed …

Luke 24:50,51 And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, …

all the congregation

2 Chronicles 7:6 And the priests waited on their offices: the Levites also with instruments …

Nehemiah 8:7 Also Jeshua, and Bani, and Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodijah…

Nehemiah 9:2 And the seed of Israel separated themselves from all strangers, and …

Matthew 13:2 And great multitudes were gathered together to him, so that he went …







(14) And the king.--We are told in the book of Chronicles (2Chronicles 6:13) that the king stood on a "brasen scaffold" three cubits high, in the midst of the court before the altar of sacrifice, so that he could alternately turn towards the Temple and towards the people in the outer court.

Verse 14. - And the king turned his face about [He had been earnestly gazing toward the house where the cloud appeared. He now faced the congregation] and blessed [This word here, and in ver. 55, is used somewhat loosely. The blessing was in both cases addressed to God. The Hebrew king was not authorized to bless the people - that was the prerogative of the priests (Numbers 6:23; cf. Leviticus 9:22), and he is only said to bless here as felicitating, as wishing them a blessing. Dean Stanley ] "Jewish Ch.," vol. 2. p 218) characteristically asserts that Solomon "performed the highest sacerdotal act of solemn benediction." But the same word is used in ver. 66, of the people blessing the king. "Did the people," as Wordsworth pertinently asks, "also perform a priestly act?" The word is elsewhere used of saluting. See note on ver. 66, and Gesen. s.v.] all the congregation of Israel: (and all the congregation of Israel stood); [Heb. were standing (עֹמֵד); "stood" conveys the idea that the congregation rose as Solomon spoke, whereas they were standing already in the temple courts. And the king turned his face about,.... He was before the altar, 1 Kings 8:22, with his face to that first, and looking towards the holy and the most holy place, filled with the cloud and glory; and now he turned himself and stood with the altar behind him, and looking to the court of the people:

and blessed all the congregation of Israel; either blessed the Lord before them, or prayed for blessings for them, or congratulated them upon the Lord's taking up his residence in the temple, which was so great an honour and favour to them:

and all the congregation of Israel stood: ready to receive the king's blessing, and in honour of him, and reverence to the divine Being. The Jews say, none might sit in the court but the kings of the house of David. 14. the king turned his face about—From the temple, where he had been watching the movement of the mystic cloud, and while the people were standing, partly as the attitude of devotion, partly out of respect to royalty, the king gave a fervent expression of praise to God for the fulfilment of His promise (2Sa 7:6-16).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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