Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

1 Kings 9:3

The Lord said to him, "I have heard your prayer and your supplication, which you have made before Me; I have consecrated this house which you have built by putting My name there forever, and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually.
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Blessing;   Church;   Government;   Prayer;   Solomon;   Temple;   Thompson Chain Reference - Prayer;   The Topic Concordance - God;   Hearing;   Jerusalem;   Name;   Obedience;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Egypt;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Appear, Appearance;   Elect, Election;   Temple;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Solomon;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Kings, 1 and 2;   Temple of Jerusalem;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Alliance;   Israel;   Solomon;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Dream;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Perpetual;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Captivity;   Eye;  

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

The answer given by God to Solomon‘s prayer is reported more fully in 2 Chronicles 7:12-22.

When God puts His Name in the temple He does it, in intention, “forever.” He will not arbitrarily withdraw it; there it will remain “forever,” so far as God is concerned. But the people may by unfaithfulness drive it away 1 Kings 9:7-9.

And mine eyes and my heart - An answer in excess of the prayer 1 Kings 8:29; “Not Mine eyes only, but Mine eyes and Mine heart.”

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on 1 Kings 9:3". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/1-kings-9.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And the Lord said unto him, I have heard thy prayer and thy supplication that thou hast made before me,.... With delight and pleasure, and had accepted it; meaning the prayer recorded in the preceding chapter:

I have hallowed this house which thou hast built; by the cloud of glory filling it, and by fire descending from heaven, and consuming the sacrifices offered in it, 2 Chronicles 7:1.

to put my name there for ever; there to grant his presence, so long as his pure worship should be continued in it; so the Targum adds,

"and my Shechinah or divine Majesty shall abide in it, if my will is done there continually:'

and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually; his eyes of Providence should be upon it, to watch over it, and protect it, and his worshippers in it; and he should have a cordial regard to the sacrifices there offered, and to the persons of the offerers, so long as they offered them in a right way, and to right ends and purposes.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 1 Kings 9:3". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/1-kings-9.html. 1999.

Keil & Delitzsch Old Testament Commentary

The divine promise to Solomon, that his prayer should be answered, is closely connected with the substance of the prayer; but in our account we have only a brief summary, whereas in the Chronicles it is given more elaborately (vid., 2 Chronicles 7:12-16). “I have sanctified this house which thou hast built, to put my name there.” For the expression, see Deuteronomy 12:11. The sanctifying consisted in the fact, that Jehovah put His name in the temple; i.e., that by filling the temple with the cloud which visibly displayed His presence, He consecrated it as the scene of the manifestation of His grace. To Solomon's prayer, “May Thine eyes stand open over this house” (1 Kings 8:29), the Lord replies, giving always more than we ask, “My eyes and my heart shall be there perpetually.”

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Keil, Carl Friedrich & Delitzsch, Franz. "Commentary on 1 Kings 9:3". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/kdo/1-kings-9.html. 1854-1889.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

And the LORD said unto him, I have heard thy prayer and thy supplication, that thou hast made before me: I have hallowed this house, which thou hast built, to put my name there for ever; and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.

For ever — As long as the Mosaic dispensation lasts; whereas hitherto my worship has been successively in several places.

Eyes — My watchful and gracious providence.

Heart — My tender affection.

Shall be there — Shall be towards this place and people.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on 1 Kings 9:3". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/1-kings-9.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

1 Kings 9:3 And the LORD said unto him, I have heard thy prayer and thy supplication, that thou hast made before me: I have hallowed this house, which thou hast built, to put my name there for ever; and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.

Ver. 3. I have heard thy prayer.] God sometimes answereth his people before they ask, [Isaiah 65:24] as he did David; [Psalms 32:5] sometimes as they are asking, as he did Daniel; [Daniel 9:20] but certainly after they have prayed, provided that they bring to him lawful petitions and honest hearts. The reason whereof, see John 16:26-27.

Mine eyes and my heart shall be there.] It shall well be seen that this house is mihi chara, cordi, et curae.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 1 Kings 9:3". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/1-kings-9.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

I have hallowed this house; I have, by my glorious presence in the cloud, and by my acceptation of thy sacrifices, sanctified it to my proper use and service.

For ever; as long as the Mosaical dispensation lasts; whereas hitherto my name and worship hath been successively in several places.

Mine eyes, i.e. my watchful and gracious providence.

Mine heart; my true and tender affection.

Shall be there; shall be towards this place and people, Perpetually; upon condition of your obedience, as it here follows.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on 1 Kings 9:3". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/1-kings-9.html. 1685.

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments

1 Kings 9:3. The Lord said, I have heard thy prayer — This shows that the first verse is to be understood as we have just stated: for otherwise we must suppose this appearance of God to Solomon to have taken place, and this answer to have been given to his prayer, eleven years after he had finished the house, and addressed that prayer to him at the dedication of it; which is very unlikely. I have hallowed this house — By my glorious presence in the cloud, and by my acceptance of thy sacrifices. I have sanctified it to my proper use and service. Solomon had dedicated it, but it was God’s prerogative to hallow or consecrate it. Men cannot make a place holy; yet what we in sincerity devote to God, we may hope he will graciously accept as his. To put my name there for ever — As long as the Mosaic dispensation lasts: whereas hitherto my worship has been successively in several places. And mine eyes — My watchful and gracious providence. My heart — My true and tender affection. Shall be there perpetually — Shall be toward this place and people, upon condition of your obedience, as it here follows. Apply this to persons, to God’s living temples: those whom he hallows or sanctifies; whom he sets apart for himself, in consequence of their repentance and faith in Jesus, have his eye upon and his heart toward them; they have his love and his care, and this perpetually.

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Benson, Joseph. "Commentary on 1 Kings 9:3". Joseph Benson's Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/1-kings-9.html. 1857.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

Mine eyes. Mine heart. Figure of speech Anthropopatheia.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 1 Kings 9:3". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/1-kings-9.html. 1909-1922.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(3) To put my name there for ever.—The meaning of the words “for ever” is determined by the prayer which they answer. They simply mark the Temple as the “settled habitation to abide in for ever” (see 1 Kings 8:13), in contradistinction from the movable tabernacle. Whether they were to have a larger significance is expressly declared to depend on the faithfulness of Israel (see 1 Kings 9:7-8).

Mine eyes and mine heart.—See .

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on 1 Kings 9:3". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/1-kings-9.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And the LORD said unto him, I have heard thy prayer and thy supplication, that thou hast made before me: I have hallowed this house, which thou hast built, to put my name there for ever; and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.
I have heard
2 Kings 20:5; Psalms 10:17; 66:19; 116:1; Daniel 9:23; John 11:42; Acts 10:31; 1 John 5:14
I have hallowed
8:10,11; Exodus 20:11; Numbers 16:38; Matthew 6:9
to put
8:29; Deuteronomy 12:5,11,21; 16:11
mine eyes
Deuteronomy 11:12; 2 Chronicles 6:40; 7:15,16; Psalms 132:13,14; Song of Solomon 4:9,10; Jeremiah 15:1
Reciprocal: Exodus 20:24 - in all places;  1 Kings 6:12 - if thou wilt;  1 Kings 9:7 - this house;  1 Kings 11:36 - the city;  2 Kings 21:4 - In Jerusalem;  2 Kings 21:7 - In this house;  2 Kings 23:27 - My name;  1 Chronicles 22:7 - unto the name;  2 Chronicles 33:4 - In Jerusalem;  Ezra 6:12 - caused;  Ezra 10:1 - before the house;  Nehemiah 1:9 - the place;  Psalm 68:16 - the hill;  Isaiah 37:14 - and Hezekiah went;  Jeremiah 25:30 - his holy;  Haggai 1:8 - and I will take;  John 4:20 - and ye;  Ephesians 6:18 - supplication

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 1 Kings 9:3". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/1-kings-9.html.