Bible Commentaries

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

2 Chronicles 6

Verse 1

said. The first thirty-nine verses repeat 1 Kings 8:12-50, with one or two complementary items, 1 Kings 8:51-61 being omitted, and three verses added.

The LORD. Hebrew. Jehovah. App-4.

Verse 3

congregation = assembly, muster, or convocation.

Verse 4

God. Hebrew. Elohim. App-4.

hands. Some codices write "hand", but read "hands" (plural)

Verse 5

neither chose I. This true of Saul. God did not choose him as He chose David; though He overruled the choice of the People. Compare 1 Samuel 8:5.

Verse 7

it was in the heart. Compare 2 Samuel 7:2, 2 Samuel 7:3; 1 Chronicles 28:2.

Verse 10

as = according as.

Verse 11

children = sons.

Verse 12

stood. And then knelt down. See 2 Chronicles 6:13. No discrepancy, as alleged.

Verse 13

had made. This also is complementary to 1Ki 8.

scaffold: or platform (round, and bowl-like, like a Pulpit). Hebrew same word as rendered laver.

cubits. See App-51.

Verse 14

mercy = lovingkindness, or grace.

Verse 16

to sit = sitting.

yet so = if only. Same condition as 2 Samuel 7:14. Conditional to Solomon, but unconditional to David, as the Land was to Abraham (Genesis 15). Therefore the throne must, and will yet be, filled by David"s son and David"s Lord.

as = according as.

Verse 17

verified. Some codices, with one early printed edition, Septuagint, and Syriac, read "I beseech Thee".

Verse 18

men. Hebrew. "adam (with Art. = mankind). App-14.

behold. Figure of speech Asterismos. App-6.

heaven . . . heaven . . . heavens. Figure of speech Polyptoton (App-6), for emphasis.

how much less. Compare Acts 7:48-50.

Verse 20

upon = toward.

Verse 22

Sin. Hebrew. chata". App-44.

and an oath be laid upon = and he [his neighbour] lay an oath upon (Exodus 22:7-11. Leviticus 5:1. Proverbs 29:4. Hebrews 6:16).

Verse 23

wicked = lawless. Hebrew. rasha". App-44.

justifying = acquitting.

Verse 27

good: i.e. hast directed them into the good way (compare Genesis 46:28).

Verse 28

enemies. Septuagint reads "enemy", as in 1 Kings 8:37.

Verse 30

children = sons.

Verse 31

in the land. Hebrew "upon the face of the land". Figures of speech Pleonasm and Prosopopoeia. App-6.

Verse 32

in = toward, as in 2 Chronicles 6:20.

Verse 33

peopled = Peoples.

called by: or invoked upon.

Verse 35

maintain: or vindicate.

Verse 36

for there is, &c. Figure of speech Paroemia (by way of Parenthesis).

Verse 37

wickedly = lawlessly. Hebrew. rasha".

Verse 38

soul. Hebrew. nephesh. App-13.

Verse 41

arise. The following words are found in Psalms 68:1; Psalms 132:8, Psalms 132:9, by which Solomon connects his own work with David"s.

saints = gracious ones. Hebrew "men of grace": i.e. those who are the subjects of Jehovah"s saving grace.

goodness = prosperity, well-being, blessedness.

Verse 42

Thine Anointed. Hebrew Messiah.

the mercies of David. Genitive of Relation (App-17) = the mercies, or lovingkindnesses, shown and assured to David (Psalms 89:49).

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 2 Chronicles 6". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". 1909-1922.