2 Chronicles
Chapter 7

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1 Now when Solomon had made an end of praying, the fire came down from heaven, and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the LORD filled the house.

2 And the priests could not enter into the house of the LORD, because the glory of the LORD had filled the LORD'S house.

3 And when all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the LORD upon the house, they bowed themselves with their faces to the ground upon the pavement, and worshipped, and praised the LORD, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.

4 Then the king and all the people offered sacrifices before the LORD.

5 And king Solomon offered a sacrifice of twenty and two thousand oxen, and an hundred and twenty thousand sheep: so the king and all the people dedicated the house of God.

6 And the priests waited on their offices: the Levites also with instruments of musick of the LORD, which David the king had made to praise the LORD, because his mercy endureth for ever, when David praised by their ministry; and the priests sounded trumpets before them, and all Israel stood.

7 Moreover Solomon hallowed the middle of the court that was before the house of the LORD: for there he offered burnt offerings, and the fat of the peace offerings, because the brasen altar which Solomon had made was not able to receive the burnt offerings, and the meat offerings, and the fat.

8 Also at the same time Solomon kept the feast seven days, and all Israel with him, a very great congregation, from the entering in of Hamath unto the river of Egypt.

9 And in the eighth day they made a solemn assembly: for they kept the dedication of the altar seven days, and the feast seven days.

10 And on the three and twentieth day of the seventh month he sent the people away into their tents, glad and merry in heart for the goodness that the LORD had shewed unto David, and to Solomon, and to Israel his people.

11 Thus Solomon finished the house of the LORD, and the king's house: and all that came into Solomon's heart to make in the house of the LORD, and in his own house, he prosperously effected.

12 And the LORD appeared to Solomon by night, and said unto him, I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for an house of sacrifice.

13 If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people;

14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

15 Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place.

16 For now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that my name may be there for ever: and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.

17 And as for thee, if thou wilt walk before me, as David thy father walked, and do according to all that I have commanded thee, and shalt observe my statutes and my judgments;

18 Then will I stablish the throne of thy kingdom, according as I have covenanted with David thy father, saying, There shall not fail thee a man to be ruler in Israel.

19 But if ye turn away, and forsake my statutes and my commandments, which I have set before you, and shall go and serve other gods, and worship them;

20 Then will I pluck them up by the roots out of my land which I have given them; and this house, which I have sanctified for my name, will I cast out of my sight, and will make it to be a proverb and a byword among all nations.

21 And this house, which is high, shall be an astonishment to every one that passeth by it; so that he shall say, Why hath the LORD done thus unto this land, and unto this house?

22 And it shall be answered, Because they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, which brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, and laid hold on other gods, and worshipped them, and served them: therefore hath he brought all this evil upon them.

Commentary for 2 Chronicles 7

God's answer to Solomon's prayer.

- God gave a gracious answer to Solomon's prayer. The mercies of God to sinners are made known in a manner well suited to impress all who receive them, with his majesty and holiness. The people worshipped and praised God. When he manifests himself as a consuming Fire to sinners, his people can rejoice in him as their Light. Nay, they had reason to say, that God was good in this. It is of the Lord's mercies we are not consumed, but the sacrifice in our stead, for which we should be very thankful. And whoever beholds with true faith, the Saviour agonizing and dying for man's sin, will, by that view, find his godly sorrow enlarged, his hatred of sin increased, his soul made more watchful, and his life more holy. Solomon prosperously effected all he designed, for adorning both God's house and his own. Those who begin with the service of God, are likely to go on successfully in their own affairs. It was Solomon's praise, that what he undertook, he went through with; it was by the grace of God that he prospered in it. Let us then stand in awe, and sin not. Let us fear the Lord's displeasure, hope in his mercy, and walk in his commandments.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for 2 Chronicles 7

  • A disciple
    Bruce; You are so right; and I appreciate that you say that! We all need the Lord's mercy, and each other's every day. But setting things in order among ourselves by the Rule of the Scriptures does not make one an enemy, but a friend and a brother! When you see your neighbor doing something dangerous (perhaps because he doesn't know what he's doing); don't you want to correct an unsafe situation?
  • A disciple
    From the way Solomon prayed, and the way the LORD answered by fire and by further revelation, there can be no mistaking the point, that idols and sinning and pride is against the Law of God; and by breaking the Law comes wrath and punishment. The grace of Christ is not for releasing us from the Law, but so that we through the Spirit should show forth the teachings and works of the Law by our life.
  • A disciple
    Thanks Peter for writing back; very nice to talk to you. Without Jesus we can do nothing; AMEN AND AMEN! He takes us by the arms and teaches us how to go; He causes us to be born in this world, and born from above; He causes us to grow up into manhood, physically and spiritually; He commands us how to think, how to believe, how we should be in our innermost selves, like Him; and we WALK!
  • Bruce
    disciple: One who sins Restore with Meekness: Galatians 6:1. I have an Advocate with The Father:1 John2:1-2. These Verses are for His Children. Why do you think He Wrote These? Surely He Knew we Mess-up,Maybe?
    Call on Him when He is Near. You to can be His. There are some Pastors that Preach Truth. Getting harder to Find. What Church do you go to?
  • Peter A. Okebukola
    A Disciple: You are absolutely correct; I cannot agree with you less! It should be stressed however that the power to overcome sin does not rest with us alone. The accuser of the brethren is ever lurking to let is stray. We should rest on the power of the Holy Spirit and seek divine Grace to flee the devil and run away from sin. Without Him (Jesus), we can do NOTHING (John 15:5).
  • A disciple
    Peter; Another great example of the most important truth; that God gives us His commandments FOR OUR GOOD, with the expectation that we do them. There is a deadly poisonous false teaching, that plagues the Christian Room today; which says that No one can keep the commandments or entirely stop sinning! God's commands that materialized in the creation of all things, is not respected nor honored!
  • Peter A. Okebukola
    God accepted Solomon's burnt offering and entreated him to "walk before me, as David thy father walked, and do according to all that I have commanded thee, and shalt observe my statutes and my judgments" so that he can be blessed. If he does otherwise, destruction results. The message for us is clear. Do not worship other Gods, love God with all our hearts and His mercy will endure forever.
  • Vinay Belagala
    India needs this. There are many rebellious people.

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Bible Trivia

What came down from heaven as soon as King Solomon finished his prayer?
  • An Angel
  • The Holy Spirit
  • Rain
  • Fire