Solomon’s Prayer at the Dedication of the Temple (6:1–42)

From: 2 Chronicles

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81 1/ Then Solomon said, “Yahweh intended to dwell in thick darkness. 2/ But I have built1 for you an exalted house2 , a place for your enthronement forever.”3 3/ Then the king turned his face and blessed the assembly of Israel, while all the assembly of Israel was standing. 4/ And he said, “Blessed be Yahweh the God of Israel, who has spoken by his mouth to David my father, and who has fulfilled that promise by his hands,4 saying, 5/ ‘From the day that I brought my people out from the land of Egypt,5 I have not chosen a city from all the tribes of Israel to build a house, so that my name might be there, and I did not choose a person to be prince over my people Israel; 6/ but I chose Jerusalem so that my name might be there,6 and I chose David to be7 over my people Israel.’ 7/ My father David had it in his heart to build a house for the name of Yahweh the God of Israel. 8/ But Yahweh said to my father David, ‘Because you had it in your heart to build a house for my name, you did well in that it was in your heart; 9/ nevertheless you shall not build the house, but8 your son who comes out of your loins, he will build the house for my name.’ 10/ Yahweh has fulfilled his promise that he made; for I have risen up in the place of my father David, and I have sat down on the throne of Israel, just as Yahweh promised, and I have built the house for the name of Yahweh the God of Israel. 11/ There I have put the ark, in which is the covenant of Yahweh, that he made with the Israelites.”9 12/ Then he stood10 before the altar of Yahweh in the presence of the whole assembly of Israel, and spread out his hands.11 13/ Solomon had made a bronze platform12 five cubits long, five cubits wide, and three cubits high,13 and he had set it in the midst of the court; and he stood on it. Then he knelt on his knees in the presence of the whole assembly of Israel and spread out his hands toward heaven.14 14/ He said, “Yahweh, God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven or on earth,15 keeping the covenant loyalty16 to your servants who walk before you with all their heart—15/ you who have kept for your servant, David my father, what you promised him. Indeed, you promised with your mouth and fulfilled with your hand, as this day shows. 16/ Now, Yahweh God of Israel, keep for your servant David my father what you promised him, saying, ‘There shall never fail you a person before me who will sit on the throne of Israel, if only your descendants guard their way, 6:1-42  Solomon’s Prayer at the Dedication of the Temple 1 ytynb ynaw. Note the stress on the pronoun. 1 Kgs 8:12 ytynb hnb (infinitive absolute and finite verb). In the text indicated by nn. 4, 6, 14, 18, 21, 25, 34, 37, 50, 54-57, 59, and 60, Chronicles presupposes a text of Kings that is different from Kings MT. 2 lbz tyb. Chr LXX oi\kon twæ' ojnovmativ sou a{gion. Allen (Greek Chronicles, 1:122; 2:36) suggests that twæ' ojnovmativ sou is not original (added from v. 9) and that oi\kon a{gion is an appropriate translation for the Hebrew. 3 The LXX translation for the corresponding verses in the Vorlage (1 Kgs 8:12-13) has been moved to 1 Kgs 8:53a , where it has been significantly modified. 4 wydybw; cf. 1 Kgs 8:15 LXX kai; ejn tai'~ cersi;n aujtou'. Kgs MT wdybw “and by his hand.” 5 !yrxm $ram; 1 Kgs 8:16 !yrxmm. Cf. 2 Chr 5:10, where Chronicles uses the shorter expression while the longer expression is found in the Vorlage (1 Kgs 8:9). 6 2 Chr 6:5b-6a (“And I did not choose a person . . . so that my name might be there”) is missing in 1 Kgs 8:16 MT because a scribe’s eye skipped from !v ymv twyhl at the end of 1 Kgs 8:16a (cf. 2 Chr 6:5a) to the end of the same three words now attested only at the...


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