2 Chronicles 20:9
New International Version
If calamity comes upon us, whether the sword of judgment, or plague or famine, we will stand in your presence before this temple that bears your Name and will cry out to you in our distress, and you will hear us and save us.'

New Living Translation
They said, ‘Whenever we are faced with any calamity such as war, plague, or famine, we can come to stand in your presence before this Temple where your name is honored. We can cry out to you to save us, and you will hear us and rescue us.’

English Standard Version
‘If disaster comes upon us, the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we will stand before this house and before you—for your name is in this house—and cry out to you in our affliction, and you will hear and save.’

Berean Study Bible
‘If disaster comes upon us—whether sword or judgment, plague or famine—we will stand before this temple and before You, for Your Name is in this temple. We will cry out to You in our distress, and You will hear us and deliver us.’

New American Standard Bible
Should evil come upon us, the sword, or judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we will stand before this house and before You (for Your name is in this house) and cry to You in our distress, and You will hear and deliver us.'

King James Bible
If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in thy presence, (for thy name is in this house,) and cry unto thee in our affliction, then thou wilt hear and help.

Christian Standard Bible
"If disaster comes on us--sword or judgment, pestilence or famine--we will stand before this temple and before you, for your name is in this temple. We will cry out to you because of our distress, and you will hear and deliver."

Contemporary English Version
They believed that whenever this land is struck by war or disease or famine, your people can pray to you at the temple, and you will hear their prayer and save them.

Good News Translation
that if any disaster struck them to punish them--a war, an epidemic, or a famine--then they could come and stand in front of this Temple where you are worshiped. They could pray to you in their trouble, and you would hear them and rescue them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"If disaster comes on us--sword or judgment, pestilence or famine--we will stand before this temple and before You, for Your name is in this temple. We will cry out to You because of our distress, and You will hear and deliver."

International Standard Version
If evil comes upon us, such as war as punishment, disease, or famine and we stand in your presence in this Temple (because your Name is in this Temple) and cry out to you in our distress, then you will hear and deliver.'

NET Bible
If disaster comes on us in the form of military attack, judgment, plague, or famine, we will stand in front of this temple before you, for you are present in this temple. We will cry out to you for help in our distress, so that you will hear and deliver us.'

New Heart English Bible
If evil comes on us--the sword, judgment, pestilence, or famine--we will stand before this house, and before you, (for your name is in this house), and cry to you in our affliction, and you will hear and save.'

GOD'S WORD® Translation
'If evil comes in the form of war, flood, plague, or famine, we will stand in front of this temple and in front of you because your name is in this temple. We will cry out to you in our troubles, and you will hear us and save us.'

JPS Tanakh 1917
If evil come upon us, the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we will stand before this house, and before Thee--for Thy name is in this house--and cry unto Thee in our affliction, and Thou wilt hear and save.

New American Standard 1977
‘Should evil come upon us, the sword, or judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we will stand before this house and before Thee (for Thy name is in this house) and cry to Thee in our distress, and Thou wilt hear and deliver us.’

Jubilee Bible 2000
If evil comes upon us or the sword of judgment or pestilence or famine, we shall stand before this house and in thy presence (for thy name is in this house) and cry unto thee out of our tribulations, and thou wilt hear us and save us.

King James 2000 Bible
If, when evil comes upon us, as the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in your presence, (for your name is in this house,) and cry unto you in our affliction, then you will hear and help.

American King James Version
If, when evil comes on us, as the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in your presence, (for your name is in this house,) and cry to you in our affliction, then you will hear and help.

American Standard Version
If evil come upon us, the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we will stand before this house, and before thee, (for thy name is in this house,) and cry unto thee in our affliction, and thou wilt hear and save.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
If there should come upon us evils, sword, judgment, pestilence, famine, we will stand before this house, and before thee, (for thy name is upon this house,)and we will cry to thee because of the affliction, and thou shalt hear, and deliver.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If evils fall upon us, the sword of judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we will stand in thy presence before this house, in which thy name is called upon: and we will cry to thee in our afflictions, and thou wilt hear, and save us.

Darby Bible Translation
If evil come upon us, sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, and we stand before this house and before thee -- for thy name is in this house -- and cry unto thee in our distress, then thou wilt hear and save.

English Revised Version
If evil come upon us, the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we will stand before this house, and before thee, (for thy name is in this house,) and cry unto thee in our affliction, and thou wilt hear and save.

Webster's Bible Translation
If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in thy presence, (for thy name is in this house,) and cry to thee in our affliction, then thou wilt hear and help.

World English Bible
'If evil comes on us--the sword, judgment, pestilence, or famine--we will stand before this house, and before you, (for your name is in this house), and cry to you in our affliction, and you will hear and save.'

Young's Literal Translation
If evil doth come upon us -- sword, judgment, and pestilence, and famine -- we stand before this house, and before Thee, for Thy name is in this house, and cry unto Thee out of our distress, and Thou dost hear and save.
Study Bible
Jehoshaphat's Prayer
8They have lived in the land and have built in it a sanctuary for Your Name, saying, 9‘If disaster comes upon us— whether sword or judgment, plague or famine— we will stand before this temple and before You, for Your Name is in this temple. We will cry out to You in our distress, and You will hear us and deliver us.’ 10And now, here are the men of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, whom You did not let Israel invade when they came out of Egypt; but Israel turned away from them and did not destroy them.…
Cross References
2 Chronicles 6:20
May Your eyes be open toward this temple day and night, toward the place of which You said You would put Your Name there, so that You may hear the prayer that Your servant prays toward this place.

2 Chronicles 6:28
When famine or pestilence comes upon the land, or blight or mildew or locusts or grasshoppers, when their enemies besiege them in their cities, whatever plague or sickness there is,

2 Chronicles 20:8
They have lived in the land and have built in it a sanctuary for Your Name, saying,

Ezra 10:1
While Ezra prayed and confessed, weeping and falling facedown before the house of God, a very large assembly of Israelites--men, women, and children--gathered around him, and the people wept bitterly as well.

Psalm 91:3
Surely He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler, and from the deadly plague.

Treasury of Scripture

If, when evil comes on us, as the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in your presence, (for your name is in this house,) and cry to you in our affliction, then you will hear and help.

If, when evil

2 Chronicles 6:28-30
If there be dearth in the land, if there be pestilence, if there be blasting, or mildew, locusts, or caterpillers; if their enemies besiege them in the cities of their land; whatsoever sore or whatsoever sickness there be: …

1 Kings 8:33,37
When thy people Israel be smitten down before the enemy, because they have sinned against thee, and shall turn again to thee, and confess thy name, and pray, and make supplication unto thee in this house: …

and in thy presence

Matthew 18:20
For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

thy name

2 Chronicles 6:20
That thine eyes may be open upon this house day and night, upon the place whereof thou hast said that thou wouldest put thy name there; to hearken unto the prayer which thy servant prayeth toward this place.

Exodus 20:24
An altar of earth thou shalt make unto me, and shalt sacrifice thereon thy burnt offerings, and thy peace offerings, thy sheep, and thine oxen: in all places where I record my name I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee.

Exodus 23:21
Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions: for my name is in him.

is in this house.







Lexicon
‘If
אִם־ (’im-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 518: Lo!, whether?, if, although, Oh that!, when, not

disaster
רָעָ֗ה (rā·‘āh)
Adjective - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7451: Bad, evil

comes
תָּב֨וֹא (tā·ḇō·w)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 935: To come in, come, go in, go

upon us—
עָלֵ֜ינוּ (‘ā·lê·nū)
Preposition | first person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

whether sword
חֶרֶב֮ (ḥe·reḇ)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2719: Drought, a cutting instrument, as a, knife, sword

or judgment,
שְׁפוֹט֮ (šə·p̄ō·wṭ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8196: A judicial sentence, punishment

plague
וְדֶ֣בֶר (wə·ḏe·ḇer)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1698: A pestilence

or famine—
וְרָעָב֒ (wə·rā·‘āḇ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7458: Famine, hunger

we will stand
נַֽעַמְדָ֞ה (na·‘am·ḏāh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect Cohortative - first person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 5975: To stand, in various relations

before
לִפְנֵ֨י (lip̄·nê)
Preposition-l | Noun - common plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 6440: The face

this
הַזֶּה֙ (haz·zeh)
Article | Pronoun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2088: This, that

temple
הַבַּ֤יִת (hab·ba·yiṯ)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1004: A house

and before You,
וּלְפָנֶ֔יךָ (ū·lə·p̄ā·ne·ḵā)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-l | Noun - common plural construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6440: The face

for
כִּ֥י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

Your Name
שִׁמְךָ֖ (šim·ḵā)
Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8034: A name

is in this
הַזֶּ֑ה (haz·zeh)
Article | Pronoun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2088: This, that

temple.
בַּבַּ֣יִת (bab·ba·yiṯ)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1004: A house

We will cry out
וְנִזְעַ֥ק (wə·niz·‘aq)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive imperfect - first person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 2199: To shriek, to announce, convene publicly

to You
אֵלֶ֛יךָ (’ê·le·ḵā)
Preposition | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 413: Near, with, among, to

in our distress,
מִצָּרָתֵ֖נוּ (miṣ·ṣā·rā·ṯê·nū)
Preposition-m | Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 6869: Tightness, a female rival

and You will hear us
וְתִשְׁמַ֥ע (wə·ṯiš·ma‘)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8085: To hear intelligently

and deliver us.?
וְתוֹשִֽׁיעַ׃ (wə·ṯō·wō·šî·a‘)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Conjunctive imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3467: To be open, wide, free, to be safe, to free, succor
(9) If when evil cometh upon us.--A summary of part of Solomon's Prayer of Dedication (2Chronicles 6:24-30). The reference to this prayer implies a confidence that it had been accepted in heaven, as the sign that followed it indicated (2Chronicles 7:1-3). Syriac, "When the sanctuary is amongst us, there will not come upon us evil, nor sword, nor judgment, &c., and we will come and stand before this house, and before Thee, because Thy name is invoked in this house; and we will come and pray before Thee in this house and thou wilt hearken to the voice of our prayer, and deliver us." The Hebrew seems to say, "If there come upon us evil--sword (judgment), and pestilence and famine--we will stand (i.e., come forward) before this house, and before Thee, for Thy name is in this house, and we will cry unto Thee out of our distress, and Thou shalt (or that Thou mayest) hear and save." The word rendered "judgment" (sh?ph?t) is not used as a noun anywhere else; and, lacking a conjunction, it spoils the symmetry of the sentence. It is probably an ancient gloss. All the versions have it; and the Vulg. renders, "sword of judgment." (Comp. the Syriac in 2Chronicles 20:12, infra.)

20:1-13 In all dangers, public or personal, our first business should be to seek help from God. Hence the advantage of days for national fasting and prayer. From the first to the last of our seeking the Lord, we must approach him with humiliation for our sins, trusting only in his mercy and power. Jehoshaphat acknowledges the sovereign dominion of the Divine Providence. Lord, exert it on our behalf. Whom should we seek to, whom should we trust to for relief, but the God we have chosen and served. Those that use what they have for God, may comfortably hope he will secure it to them. Every true believer is a son of Abraham, a friend of God; with such the everlasting covenant is established, to such every promise belongs. We are assured of God's love, by his dwelling in human nature in the person of the Saviour. Jehoshaphat mentions the temple, as a token of God's favourable presence. He pleads the injustice of his enemies. We may well appeal to God against those that render us evil for good. Though he had a great army, he said, We have no might without thee; we rely upon thee.
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