2 Chronicles 6:12
And he stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands:
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(Comp. 1Kings 8:22-53.)

The whole is given as in Kings, save that one verse (2Chronicles 6:13) is added, and the peroration (2Chronicles 6:40-42) is quite different.

(12) Stood.Took his place. It is not implied that he remained standing. (Comp. 1Samuel 17:51; 2Chronicles 6:3, supr.)

Spread forth his hands.Towards heaven (Kings). Syriac and Arabic have both.

6:1-42 Solomon's prayer at the dedication of the temple. - The order of Solomon's prayer is to be observed. First and chiefly, he prays for repentance and forgiveness, which is the chief blessing, and the only solid foundation of other mercies: he then prays for temporal mercies; thereby teaching us what things to mind and desire most in our prayers. This also Christ hath taught us in his perfect pattern and form of prayer, where there is but one prayer for outward, and all the rest are for spiritual blessings. The temple typified the human nature of Christ, in whom dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. The ark typified his obedience and sufferings, by which repenting sinners have access to a reconciled God, and communion with him. Jehovah has made our nature his resting-place for ever, in the person of Emmanuel, and through him he dwells with, and delights in his church of redeemed sinners. May our hearts become his resting-place; may Christ dwell therein by faith, consecrating them as his temples, and shedding abroad his love therein. May the Father look upon us in and through his Anointed; and may he remember and bless us in all things, according to his mercy to sinners, in and through Christ.Compare Kings (marginal references).

Compare Kings (marginal references).


2Ch 6:1-41. Solomon Blesses the People and Praises God.

1. The Lord hath said that he would dwell in the thick darkness—This introduction to Solomon's address was evidently suggested by the remarkable incident recorded at the close of the last chapter: the phenomenon of a densely opaque and uniformly shaped cloud, descending in a slow and majestic manner and filling the whole area of the temple. He regarded it himself, and directed the people also to regard it, as an undoubted sign and welcome pledge of the divine presence and acceptance of the building reared to His honor and worship. He referred not to any particular declaration of God, but to the cloud having been all along in the national history of Israel the recognized symbol of the divine presence (Ex 16:10; 24:16; 40:34; Nu 9:15; 1Ki 8:10, 11).

No text from Poole on this verse. See Introduction to Chapter 5 And {c} he stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands:

(c) On a scaffold that was made for that purpose, that he praying for the whole people might be heard by all, as in 1Ki 8:22.

12–39 (= 1 Kings 8:22-50). Solomon’s Prayer

The prayer is reproduced from 1 Kings with a few verbal changes and with the omission of v. 50–53. it is chiefly to the effect that future prayers made “in” or “towards this house” may be heard. The subjects of the different parts of the prayer are as follows:—

  2 Chronicles 6:14-17.

  The promise made to David.

  2 Chronicles 6:18-21.

  Prayer made towards this place.

  2 Chronicles 6:22-23.

  The oath of ordeal taken in this place.

  2 Chronicles 6:24-25.

  Prayer under defeat.

  2 Chronicles 6:26-27.

  Prayer for rain.

  2 Chronicles 6:28-31.

  Prayer under diverse afflictions.

  2 Chronicles 6:32-33.

  The stranger’s prayer.

  2 Chronicles 6:34-35.

  The prayer of the army at war abroad.

  2 Chronicles 6:36-39.

  The prayer of Israel in captivity.

13. Solomon had made a brasen scaffold] This “scaffold” is not mentioned in 1 Kings. The word used (kiyyôr) properly means a “laver” (Song of Solomon 4:6).Verse 12. - Before the altar. This means to say that Solomon stood (and afterwards knelt down) eastward of the altar indeed, but with his face to the temple and congregation. Although the voice of Solomon was raised in prayer to God, yet the prayer was to be that of the whole congregation and not of priestly proxy, and therefore of the whole congregation it must be heard. The words with which Solomon celebrates this wondrous evidence of the divine favour, entirely coincide with the narrative in 1 Kings 8:12-21, except that in 2 Chronicles 6:5. the actual words of Solomon's speech are more completely given than in 1 Kings 8:16, where the words, "and I have not chosen a man to be prince over my people Israel, and I have chosen Jerusalem that my name might be there," are omitted. For the commentary on this address, see on 1 Kings 8:12-21.
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