7:1 Now when Solomon had made an end of praying, the a fire came down from heaven, and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the LORD filled the house.
(a) By this God declared that he was pleased with Solomons prayer. 7:8 Also at the same time Solomon kept b the feast seven days, and all Israel with him, a very great congregation, from the entering in of Hamath unto the river of Egypt.
(b) The feast of the tabernacles which was kept in the seventh month. 7:9 And in the eighth day they c made a solemn assembly: for they kept the dedication of the altar seven days, and the feast seven days.
(c) They assembled to hear the word of God, after they had remained seven days in the booths or tabernacles. 7:10 And on the d 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.
(d) They had permission to depart on the 22nd day, ( 1 Kings 8:66 ) but they did not leave till the next day. 7:14 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 e heal their land.
(e) I will cause the pestilence to cease and destroy the beasts that hurt the fruit of the earth, and send rain in due season. 7:20 Then will I pluck them up by the roots out of my land which I have given them; and this house, which I have f 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.
(f) Declaring that God had more concern for their salvation than for the advancement of his own glory: and where men abuse those things which God has appointed to set forth his praise, he withdraws his graces.