1 Kings 8:54-61

Solomon's Benediction

54 1Now as Solomon finished offering all this prayer and plea to the LORD, he arose from before the altar of the LORD, where he had 2knelt with hands outstretched toward heaven.
55 And he stood and 3blessed all the assembly of Israel with a loud voice, saying,
56 "Blessed be the LORD who has given rest to his people Israel, according to all that he promised. 4Not one word has failed of all his good promise, which he spoke by Moses his servant.
57 The LORD our God be with us, as he was with our fathers. 5May he not leave us or forsake us,
58 that he may 6incline our hearts to him, to walk in all his ways and to keep his commandments, his statutes, and his rules, which he commanded our fathers.
59 Let these words of mine, with which I have pleaded before the LORD, be near to the LORD our God day and night, and may he maintain the cause of his servant and the cause of his people Israel, as each day requires,
60 that 7all the peoples of the earth may know that 8the LORD is God; there is no other.
61 9Let your heart therefore be wholly true to the LORD our God, walking in his statutes and keeping his commandments, as at this day."

1 Kings 8:54-61 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO 1 KINGS 8

This chapter gives an account of the introduction of the ark into the temple, 1Ki 8:1-9 of the glory of the Lord filling it, 1Ki 8:10,11 of a speech Solomon made to the people concerning the building of the temple, and how he came to be engaged in it, 1Ki 8:12-21, of a prayer of his he put up on this occasion, requesting, that what supplications soever were made at any time, or on any account, by Israelites or strangers, might be accepted by the Lord, 1Ki 8:22-53, and of his blessing the people of Israel at the close of it, with some useful exhortations, 1Ki 8:54-61, and of the great number of sacrifices offered up by him, and the feast he made for the people, upon which he dismissed them, 1Ki 8:62-66.

1 Kings 8:54-61 In-Context

52 Let your eyes be open to the plea of your servant and to the plea of your people Israel, giving ear to them whenever they call to you.
53 For you separated them from among all the peoples of the earth to be your heritage, as you declared through Moses your servant, when you brought our fathers out of Egypt, O Lord GOD."
54 Now as Solomon finished offering all this prayer and plea to the LORD, he arose from before the altar of the LORD, where he had knelt with hands outstretched toward heaven.
55 And he stood and blessed all the assembly of Israel with a loud voice, saying,
56 "Blessed be the LORD who has given rest to his people Israel, according to all that he promised. Not one word has failed of all his good promise, which he spoke by Moses his servant.
57 The LORD our God be with us, as he was with our fathers. May he not leave us or forsake us,
58 that he may incline our hearts to him, to walk in all his ways and to keep his commandments, his statutes, and his rules, which he commanded our fathers.
59 Let these words of mine, with which I have pleaded before the LORD, be near to the LORD our God day and night, and may he maintain the cause of his servant and the cause of his people Israel, as each day requires,
60 that all the peoples of the earth may know that the LORD is God; there is no other.
61 Let your heart therefore be wholly true to the LORD our God, walking in his statutes and keeping his commandments, as at this day."
62 Then the king, and all Israel with him, offered sacrifice before the LORD.
63 Solomon offered as peace offerings to the LORD 22,000 oxen and 120,000 sheep. So the king and all the people of Israel dedicated the house of the LORD.

Cross References 9

  • 1. 2 Chronicles 7:1
  • 2. [2 Chronicles 6:13]
  • 3. ver. 14
  • 4. Joshua 21:45; Joshua 23:14
  • 5. [Deuteronomy 31:6; Joshua 1:5; 1 Samuel 12:22]
  • 6. Psalms 119:36
  • 7. ver. 43
  • 8. Deuteronomy 4:35, 39; [1 Kings 18:39]
  • 9. 2 Kings 20:3; [1 Kings 11:4; 1 Kings 15:3, 14]
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