1 Kings 8:23
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and said: "LORD, the God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven above or on earth below--you who keep your covenant of love with your servants who continue wholeheartedly in your way.

King James Bible
And he said, LORD God of Israel, there is no God like thee, in heaven above, or on earth beneath, who keepest covenant and mercy with thy servants that walk before thee with all their heart:

Darby Bible Translation
And he said, Jehovah, God of Israel! there is no God like thee, in the heavens above, or on the earth beneath, who keepest covenant and mercy with thy servants that walk before thee with all their heart;

World English Bible
and he said, "Yahweh, the God of Israel, there is no God like you, in heaven above, or on earth beneath; who keep covenant and loving kindness with your servants, who walk before you with all their heart;

Young's Literal Translation
and saith, 'Jehovah, God of Israel, there is not a God like Thee, in the heavens above, and on the earth beneath, keeping the covenant and the kindness for Thy servants, those walking before Thee with all their heart,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Stood - He ascended the brazen scaffold, five cubits long, and five cubits broad, and three cubits high, and then kneeled down upon his knees, with his hands spread up to heaven, and offered up the following prayer: see 1 Kings 8:54, and 2 Chronicles 5:12, 2 Chronicles 5:13.

And spread forth his hands toward heaven - This was a usual custom in all nations: in prayer the hands were stretched out to heaven, as if to invite and receive assistance from thence; while, humbly kneeling on their knees, they seemed acknowledge at once their dependence and unworthiness. On this subject I have spoken elsewhere. In the Scriptures we meet with several examples of the kind: Hear my voice - when I Lift Up My Hands toward thy holy oracle; Psalm 28:2. Lift Up Your Hands in the sanctuary, and bless the Lord; Psalm 134:2. Let my prayer be set forth - and the Lifting Up of My Hands as the evening sacrifice; Psalm 141:2. And see 1 Timothy 2:8, etc.

In heathen writers examples are not less frequent:

Sustulit exutas vinclis ad sidera Palmas.

Vos aeterni ignes, et non violabile vestrum Testor numen, ait.

Virg. Aen. lib. ii., ver. 153.

Ye lamps of heaven, he said, and Lifted High His Hands, now free; thou venerable sky, Inviolable powers!

And that they kneeled down when supplicating I have also proved. Of this too the Scriptures afford abundant evidence, as do also the heathen writers.

I need add but one word: -

Et Genbius Pronis supplex, similisque roganti,

Circumfert tacitos, tanquam sun brachia, vultus.

Ovid, Met. lib. iii., f. 3, ver. 240.

Indeed, so universal were these forms in praying, that one of the heathens has said, "All men, in praying, lift up their hands to heaven.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Lord God

Genesis 33:20 And he erected there an altar, and called it EleloheIsrael.

Exodus 3:15 And God said moreover to Moses, Thus shall you say to the children of Israel, the LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham...

no God

Exodus 15:11 Who is like to you, O LORD, among the gods? who is like you, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?

1 Samuel 2:2 There is none holy as the LORD: for there is none beside you: neither is there any rock like our God.

2 Samuel 7:22 Why you are great, O LORD God: for there is none like you, neither is there any God beside you...

Psalm 35:10 All my bones shall say, LORD, who is like to you, which deliver the poor from him that is too strong for him, yes...

Psalm 86:8 Among the gods there is none like to you, O Lord; neither are there any works like to your works.

Psalm 89:6-8 For who in the heaven can be compared to the LORD? who among the sons of the mighty can be likened to the LORD...

Psalm 113:5 Who is like to the LORD our God, who dwells on high,

Isaiah 40:18,25 To whom then will you liken God? or what likeness will you compare to him...

Jeremiah 10:6,16 For as much as there is none like to you, O LORD; you are great, and your name is great in might...

Micah 7:18 Who is a God like to you, that pardons iniquity, and passes by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage?...

who keepest

Deuteronomy 7:9 Know therefore that the LORD your God, he is God, the faithful God...

Nehemiah 1:5 And said, I beseech you, O LORD God of heaven, the great and terrible God...

Nehemiah 9:32 Now therefore, our God, the great, the mighty, and the terrible God, who keep covenant and mercy...

Psalm 89:3-5 I have made a covenant with my chosen, I have sworn to David my servant...

Daniel 9:4 And I prayed to the LORD my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God...

Micah 7:19,20 He will turn again, he will have compassion on us; he will subdue our iniquities...

Luke 1:72 To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant;

walk before

1 Kings 2:4 That the LORD may continue his word which he spoke concerning me, saying, If your children take heed to their way...

1 Kings 3:6 And Solomon said, You have showed to your servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before you in truth...

1 Kings 6:12 Concerning this house which you are in building, if you will walk in my statutes, and execute my judgments...

Genesis 17:1 And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said to him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me...

2 Kings 20:3 I beseech you, O LORD, remember now how I have walked before you in truth and with a perfect heart...

Library
'The Matter of a Day in Its Day'
'At all times, as the matter shall require.'--1 KINGS viii. 59. I have ventured to diverge from my usual custom, and take this fragment of a text because, in the forcible language of the original, it carries some very important lessons. The margin of our Bible gives the literal reading of the Hebrew; the sense, but not the vigorous idiom, of which is conveyed in the paraphrase in our version. 'At all times, as the matter shall require,' is, literally, 'the thing of a day in its day'; and that is
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Next Words Are, which Art in Heaven. ...
The next words are, WHICH ART IN HEAVEN. From this we are not to infer that he is enclosed and confined within the circumference of heaven, as by a kind of boundaries. Hence Solomon confesses, "The heaven of heavens cannot contain thee" (1 Kings 8:27); and he himself says by the Prophet, "The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool" (Isa. 56:1); thereby intimating, that his presence, not confined to any region, is diffused over all space. But as our gross minds are unable to conceive of
John Calvin—Of Prayer--A Perpetual Exercise of Faith

The Whole Heart
LET me give the principal passages in which the words "the whole heart," "all the heart," are used. A careful study of them will show how wholehearted love and service is what God has always asked, because He can, in the very nature of things, ask nothing less. The prayerful and believing acceptance of the words will waken the assurance that such wholehearted love and service is exactly the blessing the New Covenant was meant to make possible. That assurance will prepare us for turning to the Omnipotence
Andrew Murray—The Two Covenants

The Gospel of John
As we turn to the fourth Gospel we come to entirely different ground from that which we have traversed in the other three. True, the period of time which is covered by it, is the same as in the others; true, that some of the incidents that have already been looked at will here come before us again; and true it is that he who has occupied the central position in the narratives of the first three Evangelists, is the same One that is made preeminent by John; but otherwise, everything here is entirely
Arthur W. Pink—Why Four Gospels?

Cross References
Exodus 15:11
Who among the gods is like you, LORD? Who is like you-- majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?

Deuteronomy 7:9
Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.

1 Samuel 2:2
"There is no one holy like the LORD; there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God.

2 Samuel 7:22
"How great you are, Sovereign LORD! There is no one like you, and there is no God but you, as we have heard with our own ears.

1 Kings 8:24
You have kept your promise to your servant David my father; with your mouth you have promised and with your hand you have fulfilled it--as it is today.

Ezra 1:3
Any of his people among you may go up to Jerusalem in Judah and build the temple of the LORD, the God of Israel, the God who is in Jerusalem, and may their God be with them.

Nehemiah 1:5
Then I said: "LORD, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments,

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