2 Chronicles 7:13-14

13 “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people,
14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

2 Chronicles 7:13 in Other Translations

KJV
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;
ESV
13 When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command the locust to devour the land, or send pestilence among my people,
NLT
13 At times I might shut up the heavens so that no rain falls, or command grasshoppers to devour your crops, or send plagues among you.
MSG
13 If I ever shut off the supply of rain from the skies or order the locusts to eat the crops or send a plague on my people,
CSB
13 If I close the sky so there is no rain, or if I command the grasshopper to consume the land, or if I send pestilence on My people,

2 Chronicles 7:13-14 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO 2 CHRONICLES 7

In this chapter is an account of the Lord's acceptance of the sacrifices offered at the dedication of the temple by fire, to the great surprise and encouragement of the people, 2Ch 7:1-7, and of the feast kept on that account, and the feast of tabernacles, 2Ch 7:8-12, and of the Lord's appearance to Solomon, giving an answer to his prayer, 2Ch 7:13-22.

2 Chronicles 7:13-14 In-Context

11 When Solomon had finished the temple of the LORD and the royal palace, and had succeeded in carrying out all he had in mind to do in the temple of the LORD and in his own palace,
12 the LORD appeared to him at night and said: “I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for myself as a temple for sacrifices.
13 “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people,
14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
15 Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.
16 I have chosen and consecrated this temple so that my Name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there.

Cross References 8

  • 1. S Deuteronomy 11:17; 2 Chronicles 6:26-28; Amos 4:7
  • 2. S Numbers 6:27
  • 3. S Exodus 10:3; S Leviticus 26:41; S 2 Chronicles 6:37; James 4:10
  • 4. S 1 Chronicles 16:11
  • 5. S 2 Kings 17:13; Isaiah 55:7; Ezekiel 18:32; Zechariah 1:4
  • 6. S 2 Chronicles 6:20
  • 7. S 2 Chronicles 6:27
  • 8. S Exodus 15:26; 2 Chronicles 30:20; Psalms 60:2; Isaiah 30:26; Isaiah 53:5; Isaiah 57:18; Jeremiah 33:6; Malachi 4:2
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