2 Chronicles 6:20
New International Version
May your eyes be open toward this temple day and night, this place of which you said you would put your Name there. May you hear the prayer your servant prays toward this place.

New Living Translation
May you watch over this Temple day and night, this place where you have said you would put your name. May you always hear the prayers I make toward this place.

English Standard Version
that your eyes may be open day and night toward this house, the place where you have promised to set your name, that you may listen to the prayer that your servant offers toward this place.

Berean Study Bible
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.

King James Bible
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.

New King James Version
that Your eyes may be open toward this temple day and night, toward the place where You said You would put Your name, that You may hear the prayer which Your servant makes toward this place.

New American Standard Bible
that Your eye will be open toward this house day and night, toward the place of which You have said that You would put Your name there, to listen to the prayer which Your servant shall pray toward this place.

NASB 1995
that Your eye may be open toward this house day and night, toward the place of which You have said that You would put Your name there, to listen to the prayer which Your servant shall pray toward this place.

NASB 1977
that Thine eyes may be open toward this house day and night, toward the place of which Thou hast said that Thou wouldst put Thy name there, to listen to the prayer which Thy servant shall pray toward this place.

Amplified Bible
that Your eyes may be open toward this house day and night, toward the place in which You have said that You would put Your Name (Presence), to listen to the prayer which Your servant shall pray toward this place.

Christian Standard Bible
so that your eyes watch over this temple day and night, toward the place where you said you would put your name; and so that you may hear the prayer your servant prays toward this place.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
so that Your eyes watch over this temple day and night, toward the place where You said You would put Your name; and so that You may hear the prayer Your servant prays toward this place.

American Standard Version
that thine eyes may be open toward this house day and night, even toward the place whereof thou hast said that thou wouldest put thy name there; to hearken unto the prayer which thy servant shall pray toward this place.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Behold, to be before you, know to hear the voice of the prayer of him who will come and will pray before you in this house by night and by day; this is the place that you spoke to cause your Shechinah Presence to dwell there.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
so that thine eyes should be open over this house by day and by night, towards this place, whereon thou saidst thy name should be called, so as to hear the prayer which thy servant prays towards this house.

Contemporary English Version
This is the temple where you have chosen to be worshiped. Please watch over it day and night and listen when I turn toward it and pray.

Douay-Rheims Bible
That thou mayest open thy eyes upon this house day and night, upon the place wherein thou hast promised that thy name should be called upon,

Good News Translation
Watch over this Temple day and night. You have promised that this is where you will be worshiped, so hear me when I face this Temple and pray.

International Standard Version
Let your eyes always look toward this Temple day and night, toward the location where you have said you would place your name. Listen to the prayer that your servant prays in this direction.

JPS Tanakh 1917
that Thine eyes may be open toward this house day and night, even toward the place whereof Thou hast said that thou wouldest put Thy name there; to hearken unto the prayer which Thy servant shall pray toward this place.

Literal Standard Version
for Your eyes being open toward this house by day and by night, toward the place that You have said to put Your Name there, to listen to the prayer that Your servant prays toward this place.

New American Bible
May your eyes be open day and night toward this house, the place where you have decreed your name shall be; listen to the prayer your servant makes toward this place.

NET Bible
Night and day may you watch over this temple, the place where you promised you would live. May you answer your servant's prayer for this place.

New Revised Standard Version
May your eyes be open day and night toward this house, the place where you promised to set your name, and may you heed the prayer that your servant prays toward this place.

New Heart English Bible
that your eyes may be open toward this house day and night, even toward the place where you have said that you would put your name; to listen to the prayer which your servant shall pray toward this place.

World English Bible
that your eyes may be open toward this house day and night, even toward the place where you have said that you would put your name; to listen to the prayer which your servant shall pray toward this place.

Young's Literal Translation
for Thine eyes being open towards this house by day and by night, towards the place that Thou hast said to put Thy name there, to hearken unto the prayer that Thy servant prayeth towards this place.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Solomon's Prayer of Dedication
19Yet regard the prayer and plea of Your servant, O LORD my God, so that You may hear the cry and the prayer that Your servant is praying before You. 20May 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. 21Hear the plea of Your servant and of Your people Israel when they pray toward this place. May You hear from heaven, Your dwelling place. May You hear and forgive.…

Cross References
Deuteronomy 12:11
then the LORD your God will choose a dwelling for His Name. And there you are to bring everything I command you: your burnt offerings and sacrifices, your tithes and special gifts, and all the choice offerings you vow to the LORD.

2 Chronicles 6:19
Yet regard the prayer and plea of Your servant, O LORD my God, so that You may hear the cry and the prayer that Your servant is praying before You.

2 Chronicles 7:15
Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.

2 Chronicles 20:9
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.'

Psalm 33:18
Surely the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear Him, on those whose hope is in His loving devotion

Psalm 34:15
The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and His ears are inclined to their cry.


Treasury of Scripture

That your eyes may be open on this house day and night, on the place whereof you have said that you would put your name there; to listen to the prayer which your servant prays toward this place.

thine eyes

2 Chronicles 16:9
For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.

1 Kings 8:29,30
That thine eyes may be open toward this house night and day, even toward the place of which thou hast said, My name shall be there: that thou mayest hearken unto the prayer which thy servant shall make toward this place…

2 Kings 19:16
LORD, bow down thine ear, and hear: open, LORD, thine eyes, and see: and hear the words of Sennacherib, which hath sent him to reproach the living God.

put thy name

2 Chronicles 6:6
But I have chosen Jerusalem, that my name might be there; and have chosen David to be over my people Israel.

Deuteronomy 26:2
That thou shalt take of the first of all the fruit of the earth, which thou shalt bring of thy land that the LORD thy God giveth thee, and shalt put it in a basket, and shalt go unto the place which the LORD thy God shall choose to place his name there.

Colossians 2:9
For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

toward this place.

Daniel 6:10
Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.











(20) Upon.--Unto or toward. "Day and night" (as in Psalm 1:2); Kings, "night and day" (as in Isaiah 27:3); for which the chronicler has substituted a more usual phrase. The Syriac and Arabic follow Kings.

Prayeth.--Shall pray, scil., at any time.

Toward this place.--The margin is wrong, though supported by the Syriac, Arabic, and Vulg. The Temple of Jerusalem was, and is, the Kebla of the Jew. (Comp. Daniel 6:10, and 2Chronicles 6:34 infr., which is a kind of paraphrase of this expression.)

Verse 20. - This house .... the place whereof;... this place (so Exodus 29:43; Deuteronomy 12:5; Deuteronomy 14:23; Deuteronomy 15:20; Deuteronomy 16:2).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
May Your eyes
לִהְיוֹת֩ (lih·yō·wṯ)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

be
עֵינֶ֨יךָ (‘ê·ne·ḵā)
Noun - cdc | second person masculine singular
Strong's 5869: An eye, a fountain

open
פְתֻח֜וֹת (p̄ə·ṯu·ḥō·wṯ)
Verb - Qal - QalPassParticiple - feminine plural
Strong's 6605: To open wide, to loosen, begin, plough, carve

toward
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's 413: Near, with, among, to

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

day
יוֹמָ֣ם (yō·w·mām)
Adverb
Strong's 3119: Daytime, by day

and night,
וָלַ֔יְלָה (wā·lay·lāh)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3915: A twist, night, adversity

toward
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's 413: Near, with, among, to

the place
הַ֨מָּק֔וֹם (ham·mā·qō·wm)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 4725: A standing, a spot, a condition

of which
אֲשֶׁ֣ר (’ă·šer)
Pronoun - relative
Strong's 834: Who, which, what, that, when, where, how, because, in order that

You said
אָמַ֔רְתָּ (’ā·mar·tā)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 559: To utter, say

You would put
לָשׂ֥וּם (lā·śūm)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's 7760: Put -- to put, place, set

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

there,
שָׁ֑ם (šām)
Adverb
Strong's 8033: There, then, thither

so that You may hear
לִשְׁמ֙וֹעַ֙ (liš·mō·w·a‘)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's 8085: To hear intelligently

the prayer
הַתְּפִלָּ֔ה (hat·tə·p̄il·lāh)
Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 8605: Intercession, supplication, a hymn

that
אֲשֶׁ֣ר (’ă·šer)
Pronoun - relative
Strong's 834: Who, which, what, that, when, where, how, because, in order that

Your servant
עַבְדְּךָ֔ (‘aḇ·də·ḵā)
Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 5650: Slave, servant

prays
יִתְפַּלֵּ֣ל (yiṯ·pal·lêl)
Verb - Hitpael - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 6419: To judge, to intercede, pray

toward
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's 413: Near, with, among, to

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

place.
הַמָּק֖וֹם (ham·mā·qō·wm)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 4725: A standing, a spot, a condition


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