1 Kings 8:57

57 May the LORD our God be with us as he was with our ancestors; may he never leave us nor forsake us.

Read 1 Kings 8:57 Using Other Translations

The LORD our God be with us, as he was with our fathers: let him not leave us, nor forsake us:
The LORD our God be with us, as he was with our fathers. May he not leave us or forsake us,
May the LORD our God be with us as he was with our ancestors; may he never leave us or abandon us.

What does 1 Kings 8:57 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
1 Kings 8:57

The Lord our God be with us as he was with our fathers
Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and those that came out of Egypt, and especially that entered into the land of Canaan under Joshua, and subdued it; as the Lord had been with them to guide and direct them, protect and defend them, succeed and prosper them, so Solomon desires he might be with them: nothing is more desirable than the presence of God; Solomon could not have prayed for a greater blessing for himself and his people; the Targum is,

``let the Word of the Lord our God be for our help, as he was for the help of our fathers:''

let him not leave us, nor forsake us:
this was no doubt a prayer of faith, founded upon a divine promise, ( Joshua 1:5 ) .
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