2 Chronicles 20:9

9 They said, ‘Whenever we are faced with any calamity such as war, plague, or famine, we can come to stand in your presence before this Temple where your name is honored. We can cry out to you to save us, and you will hear us and rescue us.’

2 Chronicles 20:9 Meaning and Commentary

2 Chronicles 20:9

If when evil cometh upon us
Any calamity, as the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine,
God's four sore judgments, if by "judgment" is meant wild beasts: we stand before this house;
in the court before the holy place, and holy of holies: and in thy presence, for thy name is in this house;
called upon in it, and it was called by his name, and in which he dwelt: and cry unto thee in our affliction;
as Solomon prayed at the dedication of it: then thou wilt hear and help;
as the Lord promised, see ( 1 Kings 8:33 1 Kings 8:37 ) ( 9:3 ) .

2 Chronicles 20:9 In-Context

7 O our God, did you not drive out those who lived in this land when your people Israel arrived? And did you not give this land forever to the descendants of your friend Abraham?
8 Your people settled here and built this Temple to honor your name.
9 They said, ‘Whenever we are faced with any calamity such as war, plague, or famine, we can come to stand in your presence before this Temple where your name is honored. We can cry out to you to save us, and you will hear us and rescue us.’
10 “And now see what the armies of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir are doing. You would not let our ancestors invade those nations when Israel left Egypt, so they went around them and did not destroy them.
11 Now see how they reward us! For they have come to throw us out of your land, which you gave us as an inheritance.

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Or sword of judgment; or sword, judgment.