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 save 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.

New King James Version
‘If disaster comes upon us—sword, judgment, pestilence, or famine—we will stand before this temple and in Your presence (for Your name is in this temple), and cry out to You in our affliction, and You will hear and save.’

New American Standard Bible
‘If disaster comes upon us, the sword, or judgment, or plague, 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 distress, and You will hear and save us.

NASB 1995
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.’

NASB 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.’

Amplified Bible
‘If evil comes on us, or the sword of judgment, or plague, or famine, we will stand before this house and before You (for Your Name and Your Presence is in this house) and we will cry out to You in our distress, and You will hear and save us.’

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.”

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.”

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.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
‘From now on, because the Holy Place is with us, no evil is coming upon us, neither sword, neither judgment, neither the plague, and famine, and we will come and we will stand before this house and before you, because your name is called in this house, and we will pray before you in this house, and you will listen to the voice of our prayer and you will save us!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.'

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.'

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.

Literal Standard Version
If evil comes on us—sword, judgment, and pestilence, and famine—we stand before this house, and before You, for Your Name [is] in this house, and cry to You out of our distress, and You hear and save.

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.'

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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
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 save 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 the land 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 where You said You would put Your Name, so that You may hear the prayer that Your servant prays toward this place.

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

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 made this confession, 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.









(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.)



Parallel Commentaries ...


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

temple
הַבַּ֤יִת (hab·ba·yiṯ)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 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 6440: The face

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

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

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

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

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

to You
אֵלֶ֛יךָ (’ê·le·ḵā)
Preposition | second person masculine singular
Strong's 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 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 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 3467: To be open, wide, free, to be safe, to free, succor


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