2 Chronicles 6:34-42

34 “When your people go to war against their enemies, wherever you send them, and when they pray to you toward this city you have chosen and the temple I have built for your Name,
35 then hear from heaven their prayer and their plea, and uphold their cause.
36 “When they sin against you—for there is no one who does not sin—and you become angry with them and give them over to the enemy, who takes them captive to a land far away or near;
37 and if they have a change of heart in the land where they are held captive, and repent and plead with you in the land of their captivity and say, ‘We have sinned, we have done wrong and acted wickedly’;
38 and if they turn back to you with all their heart and soul in the land of their captivity where they were taken, and pray toward the land you gave their ancestors, toward the city you have chosen and toward the temple I have built for your Name;
39 then from heaven, your dwelling place, hear their prayer and their pleas, and uphold their cause. And forgive your people, who have sinned against you.
40 “Now, my God, may your eyes be open and your ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.
41 “Now arise, LORD God, and come to your resting place, you and the ark of your might. May your priests, LORD God, be clothed with salvation, may your faithful people rejoice in your goodness.
42 LORD God, do not reject your anointed one. Remember the great love promised to David your servant.”

2 Chronicles 6:34 in Other Translations

KJV
34 If thy people go out to war against their enemies by the way that thou shalt send them, and they pray unto thee toward this city which thou hast chosen, and the house which I have built for thy name;
ESV
34 "If your people go out to battle against their enemies, by whatever way you shall send them, and they pray to you toward this city that you have chosen and the house that I have built for your name,
NLT
34 “If your people go out where you send them to fight their enemies, and if they pray to you by turning toward this city you have chosen and toward this Temple I have built to honor your name,
MSG
34 When your people go to war against their enemies at the time and place you send them and they pray to God toward the city you chose and The Temple I've built to honor your Name,
CSB
34 When Your people go out to fight against their enemies, wherever You send them, and they pray to You in the direction of this city You have chosen and the temple that I have built for Your name,

2 Chronicles 6:34-42 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO LEVITICUS 21

This chapter respects the priests, the sons of Aaron, and forbids their mourning for the dead, unless in some cases, Le 21:1-6; or their marriage with an whore or a divorced woman, Le 21:7,8; and the daughters of any of them to commit fornication, which is made punishable with death, Le 21:9; and it contains particular laws for the high priest to observe, who was not to mourn for any, even for his parents, Le 21:10,11; nor to go out of the sanctuary, Le 21:12; nor to marry any woman but a virgin, Le 21:13-15; and it also directs, that none of the priests having any blemish in them should be employed in divine service, though they might eat of the holy things, Le 21:16-24.

2 Chronicles 6:34-42 In-Context

32 “As for the foreigner who does not belong to your people Israel but has come from a distant land because of your great name and your mighty hand and your outstretched arm—when they come and pray toward this temple,
33 then hear from heaven, your dwelling place. Do whatever the foreigner asks of you, so that all the peoples of the earth may know your name and fear you, as do your own people Israel, and may know that this house I have built bears your Name.
34 “When your people go to war against their enemies, wherever you send them, and when they pray to you toward this city you have chosen and the temple I have built for your Name,
35 then hear from heaven their prayer and their plea, and uphold their cause.
36 “When they sin against you—for there is no one who does not sin—and you become angry with them and give them over to the enemy, who takes them captive to a land far away or near;
37 and if they have a change of heart in the land where they are held captive, and repent and plead with you in the land of their captivity and say, ‘We have sinned, we have done wrong and acted wickedly’;
38 and if they turn back to you with all their heart and soul in the land of their captivity where they were taken, and pray toward the land you gave their ancestors, toward the city you have chosen and toward the temple I have built for your Name;
39 then from heaven, your dwelling place, hear their prayer and their pleas, and uphold their cause. And forgive your people, who have sinned against you.
40 “Now, my God, may your eyes be open and your ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.
41 “Now arise, LORD God, and come to your resting place, you and the ark of your might. May your priests, LORD God, be clothed with salvation, may your faithful people rejoice in your goodness.
42 LORD God, do not reject your anointed one. Remember the great love promised to David your servant.”

Cross References 13

  • 1. Deuteronomy 28:7
  • 2. S 1 Chronicles 5:20
  • 3. S 1 Kings 8:46; Job 11:12; Job 15:14; Psalms 143:2; Ecclesiastes 7:20; Jeremiah 9:5; Jeremiah 13:23; Jeremiah 17:9; S Romans 3:9; Ephesians 2:3; James 3:1; 1 John 1:8-10
  • 4. S Leviticus 26:44
  • 5. 1 Kings 8:48; 2 Chronicles 7:14; 2 Chronicles 12:6,12; 2 Chronicles 30:11; 2 Chronicles 33:12,19,23; 2 Chronicles 34:27; 2 Chronicles 36:12; Isaiah 58:3; Jeremiah 24:7; Jeremiah 29:13
  • 6. S ver 27; 2 Chronicles 30:9
  • 7. S 1 Kings 8:29,52; 2 Chronicles 7:15; Nehemiah 1:6,11; Psalms 17:1,6; Psalms 116:1; Psalms 130:2; Isaiah 37:17
  • 8. Psalms 3:7; Psalms 7:6; Psalms 59:4; Isaiah 33:10
  • 9. 1 Chronicles 28:2
  • 10. Psalms 132:16
  • 11. Psalms 13:6; Psalms 27:13; Psalms 116:12; Psalms 142:7
  • 12. Psalms 2:2
  • 13. Psalms 89:24,28; Isaiah 55:3
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