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1 Kings 9:8 ASV
And though this house is so high, yet shall every one that passeth by it be astonished, and shall hiss; and they shall say, Why hath Jehovah done thus unto this land, and to this house?
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1 Kings 9:8 BBE
And this house will become a mass of broken walls, and everyone who goes by will be overcome with wonder at it and make whistling sounds; and they will say, Why has the Lord done so to this land and to this house?
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1 Kings 9:8 CEB
Everyone who passes by this temple, so lofty now, will be shocked and will whistle, wondering, Why has the LORD done such a thing to this land and this temple?
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1 Kings 9:8 CJB
This house, now so exalted - everyone passing by will gasp in shock at the sight of it and will ask, 'Why has ADONAI done this to this land and to this house?'
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1 Kings 9:8 RHE
And this house shall be made an example of: every one that shall pass by it, shall be astonished, and shall hiss, and say: Why hath the Lord done thus to this land, and to this house?
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1 Kings 9:8 ESV
And this house will become a heap of ruins. Everyone passing by it will be astonished and will hiss, and they will say, 'Why has the LORD done thus to this land and to this house?'
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1 Kings 9:8 GW
Everyone passing by this temple, as impressive as it is, will be appalled. They will gasp and ask, 'Why did the LORD do these things to this land and this temple?'
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1 Kings 9:8 GNT
This Temple will become a pile of ruins, and everyone who passes by will be shocked and amazed. "Why did the Lord do this to this land and this Temple?' they will ask.
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1 Kings 9:8 HNV
Though this house is so high, yet shall everyone who passes by it be astonished, and shall hiss; and they shall say, Why has the LORD done thus to this land, and to this house?
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1 Kings 9:8 CSB
Though this temple is [now] exalted, every passerby will be appalled and will hiss. They will say: Why did the Lord do this to this land and this temple?
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1 Kings 9:8 KJV
And at this house, which is high, every one that passeth by it shall be astonished , and shall hiss ; and they shall say , Why hath the LORD done thus unto this land, and to this house?
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1 Kings 9:8 LEB
This house shall become a heap of ruins; all those passing by will be appalled by it and hiss, and they will say, 'On what account did Yahweh do this to this land and to this house?'
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1 Kings 9:8 NAS
"And this house will become a heap of ruins; everyone who passes by will be astonished and hiss and say, 'Why has the LORD done thus to this land and to this house?'
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1 Kings 9:8 NCV
If the Temple is destroyed, everyone who passes by will be shocked. They will make fun of you and ask, 'Why did the Lord do this terrible thing to this land and this Temple?'
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1 Kings 9:8 NIRV
"This temple is now grand and beautiful. But the time is coming when all those who pass by it will be shocked. They will make fun of it. And they will say, 'Why has the LORD done a thing like this to this land and temple?'
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1 Kings 9:8 NIV
And though this temple is now imposing, all who pass by will be appalled and will scoff and say, 'Why has the LORD done such a thing to this land and to this temple?'
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1 Kings 9:8 NKJV
And as for this house, which is exalted, everyone who passes by it will be astonished and will hiss, and say, 'Why has the Lord done thus to this land and to this house?'
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1 Kings 9:8 NLT
And though this Temple is impressive now, it will become an appalling sight for all who pass by. They will scoff and ask, 'Why did the LORD do such terrible things to his land and to his Temple?'
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1 Kings 9:8 NRS
This house will become a heap of ruins; everyone passing by it will be astonished, and will hiss; and they will say, "Why has the Lord done such a thing to this land and to this house?'
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1 Kings 9:8 RSV
And this house will become a heap of ruins; everyone passing by it will be astonished, and will hiss; and they will say, 'Why has the LORD done thus to this land and to this house?'
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1 Kings 9:8 DBY
and this house, [which] is high, every one that passes by it shall be astonished at, and shall hiss, and they shall say, Why has Jehovah done thus to this land and to this house?
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1 Kings 9:8 MSG
And this Temple, splendid as it now is, will become an object of contempt; visitors will shake their heads, saying, 'Whatever happened here? What's the story behind these ruins?'
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1 Kings 9:8 WBT
And at this house [which] is high, every one that passeth by it shall be astonished, and shall hiss; and they shall say, Why hath the LORD done thus to this land, and to this house?
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1 Kings 9:8 TMB
And at this house, which is high, every one who passeth by it shall be astonished and shall hiss; and they shall say, `Why hath the LORD done thus unto this land and to this house?'
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1 Kings 9:8 TNIV
This temple will become a heap of rubble. All who pass by will be appalled and will scoff and say, 'Why has the LORD done such a thing to this land and to this temple?'
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1 Kings 9:8 WEB
Though this house is so high, yet shall everyone who passes by it be astonished, and shall hiss; and they shall say, Why has Yahweh done thus to this land, and to this house?
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1 Kings 9:8 WYC
And this house shall be into (an) ensample of God's offence; each man that shall pass by it, shall wonder, and shall hiss, and shall say, Why hath the Lord done thus to this land, and to this house?
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1 Kings 9:8 YLT
as to this house, [that] is high, every one passing by it is astonished, and hath hissed, and they have said, Wherefore hath Jehovah done thus to this land and to this house?
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1 Kings 9 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 9

God's answer to Solomon. (1-9) The presents of Solomon and Hiram. (10-14) Solomon's buildings, His trade. (15-28)

Verses 1-9 God warned Solomon, now he had newly built and dedicated the temple, that he and his people might not be high-minded, but fear. After all the services we can perform, we stand upon the same terms with the Lord as before. Nothing can purchase for us liberty to sin, nor would the true believer desire such a licence. He would rather be chastened of the Lord, than be allowed to go on with ease and prosperity in sin.

Verses 10-14 Solomon gave Hiram twenty cities. Hiram did not like them. If Solomon would gratify him, let it be in his own element, by becoming his partner in trade, as he did. See how the providence of God suits this earth to the various tempers of men, and the dispositions of men to the earth, and all for the good of mankind in general.

Verses 15-28 Here is a further account of Solomon's greatness. He began at the right end, for he built God's house first, and finished that before he began his own; then God blessed him, and he prospered in all his other buildings. Let piety begin, and profit follow; leave pleasure to the last. Whatever pains we take for the glory of God, and to profit others, we are likely to have the advantage. Canaan, the holy land, the glory of all lands, had no gold in it; which shows that the best produce is that which is for the present support of life, our own and others; such things did Canaan produce. Solomon got much by his merchandise, and yet has directed us to a better trade, within reach of the poorest. Wisdom is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold, ( Proverbs 3:14 ) .

1 Kings 9 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

CHAPTER 9

1 Kings 9:1-9 . GOD'S COVENANT IN A SECOND VISION WITH SOLOMON.

1. And it came to pass, when Solomon had finished the building of the house--This first verse is connected with 1 Kings 9:11 , all that is contained between 1 Kings 9:2-10 being parenthetical.

2. That--rather, "For."
the Lord appeared--This appearance was, like the former one at Gibeon, most probably made in a supernatural vision, and on the night immediately following the dedication of the temple ( 2 Chronicles 7:12 ). The strain of it corresponds to this view, for it consists of direct answers to his solemn inaugural prayer ( 1 Kings 9:3 is in answer to 1 Kings 8:29 , 1 Kings 9:4 1 Kings 9:5 is in answer to 1 Kings 8:25 1 Kings 8:26 , 9:6-9 to 1 Kings 8:33-46 ; see also Deuteronomy 29:22-24 ).

8, 9. this house, which is high--"high," either in point of situation, for it was built on a hill, and therefore conspicuous to every beholder; or "high" in respect to privilege, honor, and renown; or this "house of the Most High," notwithstanding all its beauty and magnificence, shall be destroyed, and remain in such a state of ruin and degradation as to be a striking monument of the just judgment of God. The record of this second vision, in which were rehearsed the conditions of God's covenant with Solomon and the consequences of breaking them, is inserted here as a proper introduction to the narrative about to be given of this king's commercial enterprises and ambitious desire for worldly glory; for this king, by encouraging an influx of foreign people and a taste for foreign luxuries, rapidly corrupted his own mind and that of this subjects, so that they turned from following God, they and their children ( 1 Kings 9:6 ).

1 Kings 9:10-23 . THE MUTUAL PRESENTS OF SOLOMON AND HIRAM.

10. at the end of twenty years--Seven and a half years were spent in building the temple, and twelve and a half or thirteen in the erection of his palace ( 1 Kings 7:1 , 2 Chronicles 8:1 ). This verse is only a recapitulation of 1 Kings 9:1 , necessary to recover the thread of connection in the narrative.

11. Solomon gave Hiram twenty cities in the land of Galilee--According to JOSEPHUS, they were situated on the northwest of it, adjacent to Tyre. Though lying within the boundaries of the promised land ( Genesis 15:18 , Joshua 1:4 ), they had never been conquered till then, and were inhabited by Canaanite heathens ( Judges 4:2-13 , 2 Kings 15:29 ). They were probably given to Hiram, whose dominions were small, as a remuneration for his important services in furnishing workmen, materials, and an immense quantity of wrought gold ( 1 Kings 9:14 ) for the temple and other buildings [MICHAELIS]. The gold, however, as others think, may have been the amount of forfeits paid to Solomon by Hiram for not being able to answer the riddles and apothegms, with which, according to JOSEPHUS, in their private correspondence, the two sovereigns amused themselves. Hiram having refused these cities, probably on account of their inland situation making them unsuitable to his maritime and commercial people, Solomon satisfied his ally in some other way; and, taking these cities into his own hands, he first repaired their shattered walls, then filled them with a colony of Hebrews ( 2 Chronicles 8:2 ).

15-24. this is the reason of the levy--A levy refers both to men and money, and the necessity for Solomon making it arose from the many gigantic works he undertook to erect.
Millo--part of the fort of Jerusalem on Mount Zion ( 2 Samuel 5:9 , 1 Chronicles 11:8 ), or a row of stone bastions around Mount Zion, Millo being the great corner tower of that fortified wall ( 1 Kings 11:27 , 2 Chronicles 32:5 ).
the wall of Jerusalem--either repairing some breaches in it ( 1 Kings 11:27 ), or extending it so as to enclose Mount Zion.
Hazor--fortified on account of its importance as a town in the northern boundary of the country.
Megiddo--(now Leijun)--Lying in the great caravan road between Egypt and Damascus, it was the key to the north of Palestine by the western lowlands, and therefore fortified.
Gezer--on the western confines of Ephraim, and, though a Levitical city, occupied by the Canaanites. Having fallen by right of conquest to the king of Egypt, who for some cause attacked it, it was given by him as a dowry to his daughter, and fortified by Solomon.

17. Beth-horon the nether--situated on the way from Joppa to Jerusalem and Gibeon; it required, from so public a road, to be strongly garrisoned.

18. Baalath--Baal-bek.
Tadmor--Palmyra, between Damascus and the Euphrates, was rebuilt and fortified as a security against invasion from northern Asia. In accomplishing these and various other works which were carried on throughout the kingdom, especially in the north, where Rezon of Damascus, his enemy, might prove dangerous, he employed vast numbers of the Canaanites as galley slaves ( 2 Chronicles 2:18 ), treating them as prisoners of war, who were compelled to do the drudgery and hard labor, while the Israelites were only engaged in honorable employment.

23. These were the chief of the

1 Kings 9:24-28 . SOLOMON'S YEARLY SACRIFICES.

24, 25. three times in a year--namely, at the passover, pentecost, and feast of tabernacles ( 2 Chronicles 8:13 , 31:3 ). The circumstances mentioned in these two verses form a proper conclusion to the record of his buildings and show that his design in erecting those at Jerusalem was to remedy defects existing at the commencement of his reign (see 1 Kings 3:1-4 ).

26. Ezion-geber, which is beside Eloth--These were neighboring ports at the head of the eastern or Elanitic branch of the Red Sea. Tyrian ship carpenters and sailors were sent there for Solomon's vessels
Ezion-geber--that is, "the giant's backbone"; so called from a reef of rocks at the entrance of the harbor.
Eloth--Elim or Elath; that is, "the trees"; a grove of terebinths still exists at the head of the gulf.

28. Ophir--a general name, like the East or West Indies with us, for all the southern regions lying on the African, Arabian, or Indian seas, in so far as at that time known [HEEREN].
gold, four hundred and twenty At one hundred twenty-five pounds Troy, or fifteen hundred ounces to the talent, and about 4 to the ounce, this would make 2,604,000, or about $12,350,000.