2 Kings 21:4
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English Standard Version
And he built altars in the house of the LORD, of which the LORD had said, “In Jerusalem will I put my name.”

King James Bible
And he built altars in the house of the LORD, of which the LORD said, In Jerusalem will I put my name.

American Standard Version
And he built altars in the house of Jehovah, whereof Jehovah said, In Jerusalem will I put my name.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he built altars in the house of the Lord, of which the Lord said: In Jerusalem I will put my name.

English Revised Version
And he built altars in the house of the LORD, whereof the LORD said, In Jerusalem will I put my name.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he built altars in the house of the LORD, of which the LORD said, In Jerusalem will I put my name.

2 Kings 21:4 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The first part of Hezekiah's reply, "Good is the word of Jehovah, which thou hast spoken," is an expression of submission to the will of the Lord, like Eli's answer in 1 Samuel 3:18 (cf. 1 Kings 2:38, 1 Kings 2:42);

(Note: "He calls that good in which it is right to acquiesce, as having proceeded from Him who does nothing but what is not only most just, but tempered with the greatest goodness, even when He inflicts punishment." - Clericus.)

the second part, which the repetition of ויּאמר shows to have been spoken after a pause, and which was not addressed directly to Isaiah, "Is it not so (i.e., is it not purely goodness), if there are to be peace and truth in my days (during my life)?" is a candid acknowledgment of the grace and truth of the Lord.

(Note: "He praises the moderation of the divine decree, because when God, in accordance with His justice, might have brought this calamity upon him in his own person, for His mercy's sake He was willing to spare him and to put off the evil to a future day." - Vitringa.)

הלוא is used, as is frequently the case, in the sense of a lively affirmation. Instead of אם הלוא we have in Isaiah כּי, "for there will be peace and truth," by which this clause is attached more clearly to the first declaration as a reason for it: the word of the Lord is good, for the Lord proves His goodness and truth in the fact, that He will not inflict the merited punishment in my lifetime. "Peace and truth" are connected as in Jeremiah 33:6. אמת does not mean continuance (Ges.), security (Knobel), but fides, faithfulness-not human faithfulness, however, which preserves peace, and observes a tacit treaty (Hitzig), but the faithfulness of God, which preserves the promised grace to the humble.

2 Kings 21:4 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

he built.

2 Kings 16:10-16 And king Ahaz went to Damascus to meet Tiglathpileser king of Assyria, and saw an altar that was at Damascus...

Jeremiah 32:34 But they set their abominations in the house, which is called by my name, to defile it.

In Jerusalem.

Exodus 20:24 An altar of earth you shall make to me, and shall sacrifice thereon your burnt offerings, and your peace offerings, your sheep...

Deuteronomy 12:5 But to the place which the LORD your God shall choose out of all your tribes to put his name there...

2 Samuel 7:13 He shall build an house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom for ever.

1 Kings 8:29 That your eyes may be open toward this house night and day, even toward the place of which you have said, My name shall be there...

1 Kings 9:3 And the LORD said to him, I have heard your prayer and your supplication, that you have made before me: I have hallowed this house...

Psalm 78:68,69 But chose the tribe of Judah, the mount Zion which he loved...

Psalm 132:13,14 For the LORD has chosen Zion; he has desired it for his habitation...

Cross References
2 Samuel 7:13
He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.

1 Kings 8:29
that your eyes may be open night and day toward this house, the place of which you have said, 'My name shall be there,' that you may listen to the prayer that your servant offers toward this place.

2 Kings 16:10
When King Ahaz went to Damascus to meet Tiglath-pileser king of Assyria, he saw the altar that was at Damascus. And King Ahaz sent to Uriah the priest a model of the altar, and its pattern, exact in all its details.

Jeremiah 32:31
This city has aroused my anger and wrath, from the day it was built to this day, so that I will remove it from my sight

Ezekiel 23:38
Moreover, this they have done to me: they have defiled my sanctuary on the same day and profaned my Sabbaths.

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