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2 Chronicles 2:1 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Now Solomon purposed to build a house for the name of Jehovah, and a house for his kingdom.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— And Solomon determined to build an house for the name of the LORD, and an house for his kingdom.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Now Solomon decided to build a house for the name of the LORD and a royal palace for himself.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— And Solomon determined to build a house for the name of the LORD, and a house for his kingdom.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— And Solomon purposed to build a house for the name of Jehovah, and a house for his kingdom.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Then Solomon gave word to build a house for the Name of Yahweh, and a house for his kingdom.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— And Solomon saith to build a house for the name of Jehovah, and a house for his kingdom,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— And Solomon determined to build a house to the name of the Lord, and a palace for himself.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— And Solomon determined to build an house for the Name of the LORD, and an house for his kingdome.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— And Solomon said that he would build a house to the name of the Lord, and a house for his kingdom.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— And Shelomoh determined to build an house for the name of Yahweh, and an house for his kingdom.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
And lm שְׁלֹמֹה 8010
{8010} Prime
From H7965; peaceful; Shelomoh, David's successor.
determined 559
{0559} Prime
A primitive root; to say (used with great latitude).
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
to build 1129
{1129} Prime
A primitive root; to build (literally and figuratively).
<8800> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Infinitive (See H8812)
Count - 4888
an house 1004
{1004} Prime
Probably from H1129 abbreviated; a house (in the greatest variation of applications, especially family, etc.).
for the name 8034
{8034} Prime
A primitive word (perhaps rather from H7760 through the idea of definite and conspicuous position; compare H8064); an appellation, as a mark or memorial of individuality; by implication honor, authority, character.
of Yhw יָהוֶה, 3068
{3068} Prime
From H1961; (the) self Existent or eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God.
and an house 1004
{1004} Prime
Probably from H1129 abbreviated; a house (in the greatest variation of applications, especially family, etc.).
for his kingdom. 4438
{4438} Prime
From H4427; a rule; concretely a dominion.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

2 Chronicles 2:1

_ _ 2 Chronicles 2:1, 2 Chronicles 2:2. Solomon’s laborers for building the Temple.

_ _ Solomon determined to build — The temple is the grand subject of this narrative, while the palace — here and in other parts of this book — is only incidentally noticed. The duty of building the temple was reserved for Solomon before his birth. As soon as he became king, he addressed himself to the work, and the historian, in proceeding to give an account of the edifice, begins with relating the preliminary arrangements.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

2 Chronicles 2:1-10

_ _ Solomon's wisdom was given him, not merely for speculation, to entertain himself (though it is indeed a princely entertainment), nor merely for conversation, to entertain his friends, but for action; and therefore to action he immediately applies himself. Observe,

_ _ I. His resolution within himself concerning his business (2 Chronicles 2:1): He determined to build, in the first place, a house for the name of the Lord. It is fit that he who is the first should be served — first a temple and then a palace, a house not so much for himself, or his own convenience and magnitude, as for the kingdom, for the honour of it among its neighbours and for the decent reception of the people whenever they had occasion to apply to their prince; so that in both he aimed at the public good. Those are the wisest men that lay out themselves most for the honour of the name of the Lord and the welfare of communities. We are not born for ourselves, but for God and our country.

_ _ II. His embassy to Huram, king of Tyre, to engage his assistance in the prosecution of his designs. The purport of his errand to him is much the same here as we had it 1 Kings 5:2, etc., only here it is more largely set forth.

_ _ 1. The reasons why he makes this application to Huram are here more fully represented, for information to Huram as well as for inducement. (1.) He pleads his father's interest in Huram, and the kindness he had received from him (2 Chronicles 2:3): As thou didst deal with David, so deal with me. As we must show kindness to, so we may expect kindness from, our fathers' friends, and with them should cultivate a correspondence. (2.) He represents his design in building the temple: he intended it for a place of religious worship (2 Chronicles 2:4), that all the offerings which God had appointed for the honour of his name might be offered up there. The house was built that it might be dedicated to God and used in his service. This we should aim at in all our business, that our havings and doings may be all to the glory of God. He mentions various particular services that were there to be performed, for the instruction of Huram. The mysteries of the true religion, unlike those of the Gentile superstition, coveted not concealment. (3.) He endeavors to inspire Huram with very great and high thoughts of the God of Israel, by expressing the mighty veneration he had for his holy name: Great is our God above all gods, above all idols, above all princes. Idols are nothing, princes are little, and both under the control of the God of Israel; and therefore, [1.] “The house must be great; not in proportion to the greatness of that God to whom it is to be dedicated (for between finite and infinite there can be no proportion), but in some proportion to the great value and esteem we have for this God.” [2.] “Yet, be it ever so great, it cannot be a habitation for the great God. Let not Huram think that the God of Israel, like the gods of the nations, dwells in temples made with hands, Acts 17:24. No, the heaven of heavens cannot contain him. It is intended only for the convenience of his priests and worshippers, that they may have a fit place wherein to burn sacrifice before him.” [3.] He looked upon himself, though a mighty prince, as unworthy the honour of being employed in this great work: Who am I that I should build him a house? It becomes us to go about every work for God with a due sense of our utter insufficiency for it and our incapacity to do any thing adequate to the divine perfections. It is part of the wisdom wherein we ought to walk towards those that are without carefully to guard against all misapprehension which any thing we say or do may occasion concerning God; so Solomon does here in his treaty with Huram.

_ _ 2. The requests he makes to him are more particularly set down here. (1.) He desired Huram would furnish him with a good hand to work (2 Chronicles 2:7): Send me a man. He had cunning men with him in Jerusalem and Judah, whom David provided, 1 Chronicles 22:15. Let them not think but that Jews had some among them that were artists. But “send me a man to direct them. There are ingenious men in Jerusalem, but not such engravers as are in Tyre; and therefore, since temple-work must be the best in its kind, let me have the best workmen that can be got.” (2.) With good materials to work on (2 Chronicles 2:8), cedar and other timber in abundance (2 Chronicles 2:8, 2 Chronicles 2:9); for the house must be wonderfully great, that is, very stately and magnificent, no cost must be spared, nor any contrivance wanting in it.

_ _ 3. Here is Solomon's engagement to maintain the workmen (2 Chronicles 2:10), to give them so much wheat and barley, so much wine and oil. He did not feed his workmen with bread and water, but with plenty, and every thing of the best. Those that employ labourers ought to take care they be not only well paid, but well provided for with sufficient of that which is wholesome and fit for them. Let the rich masters do for their poor workmen as they would be done by if the tables were turned.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

2 Chronicles 2:1

His kingdom — A royal palace for himself and his successors.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

1 Kings 5:5 And, behold, I purpose to build an house unto the name of the LORD my God, as the LORD spake unto David my father, saying, Thy son, whom I will set upon thy throne in thy room, he shall build an house unto my name.

for the name:

Deuteronomy 12:5 But unto the place which the LORD your God shall choose out of all your tribes to put his name there, [even] unto his habitation shall ye seek, and thither thou shalt come:
Deuteronomy 12:11 Then there shall be a place which the LORD your God shall choose to cause his name to dwell there; thither shall ye bring all that I command you; your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, your tithes, and the heave offering of your hand, and all your choice vows which ye vow unto the LORD:
Deuteronomy 28:58 If thou wilt not observe to do all the words of this law that are written in this book, that thou mayest fear this glorious and fearful name, THE LORD THY GOD;
1 Kings 8:18 And the LORD said unto David my father, Whereas it was in thine heart to build an house unto my name, thou didst well that it was in thine heart.
1 Kings 8:20 And the LORD hath performed his word that he spake, and I am risen up in the room of David my father, and sit on the throne of Israel, as the LORD promised, and have built an house for the name of the LORD God of Israel.
1 Chronicles 22:10 He shall build an house for my name; and he shall be my son, and I [will be] his father; and I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel for ever.
Matthew 6:9-10 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. ... Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as [it is] in heaven.

an house:

1 Kings 7:1 But Solomon was building his own house thirteen years, and he finished all his house.
1 Kings 9:1 And it came to pass, when Solomon had finished the building of the house of the LORD, and the king's house, and all Solomon's desire which he was pleased to do,
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