2 Chronicles 7:12 [study!]
American Standard Version (ASV 1901) 
And Jehovah appeared to Solomon by night, and said unto him, I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for a house of sacrifice.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
And the LORD appeared to Solomon by night, and said unto him, I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for an house of sacrifice.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
Then the LORD appeared to Solomon at night and said to him, “I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for Myself as a house of sacrifice.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
And the LORD appeared to Solomon by night, and said to him, I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for a house of sacrifice.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
Then Jehovah appeared to Solomon by night, and said to him: I have heard thy prayer, and I have chosen for myself this place for a house of sacrifice.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
Then appeared Yahweh unto Solomon by night,and said to him, I have heard thy prayer, and have made choice of this place for myself, as a house of sacrifice:
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
And Jehovah appeareth unto Solomon by night, and saith to him, 'I have heard thy prayer, and have fixed on this place to Me for a house of sacrifice.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
And the Lord appeared to him by night, and said: I have heard thy prayer, and I have chosen this place to myself for a house of sacrifice.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) 
And the LORD appeared to Solomon by night, and said vnto him, I haue heard thy prayer, and haue chosen this place to my selfe for an house of sacrifice.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
And the Lord appeared to Solomon by night, and said to him, I have heard thy prayer, and I have chosen this place to myself for a house of sacrifice.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008)  
And Yahweh appeared to Shelomoh by night, and said unto him, I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for an house of sacrifice.
; (the) self Existent
or eternal; Jehovah
, Jewish national name of God.
A primitive root; to see
, literally or figuratively (in numerous applications, direct and implied, transitively, intransitively and causatively).
Stem - Niphal (See H8833
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811
Count - 1602
(Used only in the shortened constructive form (the second form)); a primitive particle, properly denoting motion towards
, but occasionally used of a quiescent position, that is, near
; often in general, to
, David's successor.
From the same as H3883
; properly a twist
(away of the light), that is, night
; figuratively adversity
A primitive root; to say
(used with great latitude).
Stem - Qal (See H8851
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811
Count - 19885
unto him, I have heard
A primitive root; to hear
intelligently (often with implication of attention, obedience, etc.; causatively to tell
Stem - Qal (See H8851
Mood - Perfect (See H8816
Count - 12562
Apparently contracted from H0226
in the demonstrative sense of entity
; properly self
(but generally used to point out more definitely the object of a verb or preposition, even
; by implication a hymn
and have chosen
A primitive root; properly to try
, that is, (by implication) select
Stem - Qal (See H8851
Mood - Perfect (See H8816
Count - 12562
A primitive word; the masculine demonstrative pronoun, this
; properly a standing
, that is, a spot
; but used widely of a locality
(generally or specifically); also (figuratively) of a condition
(of body or mind).
to myself for an house
Probably from H1129
abbreviated; a house
(in the greatest variation of applications, especially family
; properly a slaughter
, that is, the flesh
of an animal; by implication a sacrifice
(the victim or the act).
2 Chronicles 7:12
_ _ 2 Chronicles 7:12-22. God appears to him.
_ _ the Lord appeared to Solomon by night (See on 1 Kings 9:1-9). The dedication of the temple must have been an occasion of intense national interest to Solomon and his subjects. Nor was the interest merely temporary or local. The record of it is read and thought of with an interest that is undiminished by the lapse of time. The fact that this was the only temple of all nations in which the true God was worshipped imparts a moral grandeur to the scene and prepares the mind for the sublime prayer that was offered at the dedication. The pure theism of that prayer its acknowledgment of the unity of God as well as of His moral perfections in providence and grace, came from the same divine source as the miraculous fire. They indicated sentiments and feelings of exalted and spiritual devotion, which sprang not from the unaided mind of man, but from the fountain of revelation. The reality of the divine presence was attested by the miracle, and that miracle stamped the seal of truth upon the theology of the temple-worship.
2 Chronicles 7:12-22
_ _ That God accepted Solomon's prayer appeared by the fire from heaven. But a prayer may be accepted and yet not answered in the letter of it; and therefore God appeared to him in the night, as he did once before (2 Chronicles 1:7), and after a day of sacrifice too, as then, and gave him a peculiar answer to his prayer. We had the substance of it before, 1 Kings 9:2-9.
_ _ I. He promised to own this house for a house of sacrifice to Israel and a house of prayer for all people (Isaiah 56:7): My name shall be there for ever (2 Chronicles 7:12, 2 Chronicles 7:16), that is, “There will I make myself known, and there will I be called upon.”
_ _ II. He promised to answer the prayers of his people that should at any time be made in that place, 2 Chronicles 7:13-15. National judgments are here supposed (2 Chronicles 7:13), famine, and pestilence, and perhaps war, for by the locusts devouring the land meant enemies as greedy as locusts, and laying all waste. 2. National repentance, prayer, and reformation, are required, 2 Chronicles 7:14. God expects that his people who are called by his name, if they have dishonoured his name by their iniquity, should honour it by accepting the punishment of their iniquity. They must be humble themselves under his hand, must pray for the removal of the judgment, must seek the face and favour of God; and yet all this will not do unless they turn from their wicked ways, and return to the God from whom they have revolted. 3. National mercy is then promised, that God will forgive their sin, which brought the judgment upon them, and then heal their land, redress all their grievances. Pardoning mercy makes ways for healing mercy, Psalms 103:3; Matthew 9:2.
_ _ III. He promised to perpetuate Solomon's kingdom, upon condition that he persevered in his duty, 2 Chronicles 7:17, 2 Chronicles 7:18. If he hoped for the benefit of God's covenant with David, he must imitate the example of David. But he set before him death as well as life, the curse as well as the blessing. 1. He supposed it possible that though they had this temple built to the honour of God, yet they might be drawn aside to worship other gods, 2 Chronicles 7:19. He knew their proneness to backslide into that sin. 2. He threatened it as certain that, if they did so, it would certainly be the ruin of both church and state. (1.) It would be the ruin of their state, 2 Chronicles 7:20. “Though they have taken deep root, and taken root long, in this good land, yet I will pluck them up by the roots, extirpate the whole nation, pluck them up as men pluck up weeds out of their garden, which are thrown to the dunghill.” (2.) It would be the ruin of their church. This sanctuary would be no sanctuary to them, to protect them from the judgment of God, as they imagined, saying, The temple of the Lord are we, Jeremiah 7:4. “This house which is high, not only for the magnificence of its structure, but for the designed ends and uses of it, shall be an astonishment, it shall come down wonderfully (Lamentations 1:9), to the amazement of all the neighbours.”
- the LORD[YHWH]:
2 Chronicles 1:7 In that night did God appear unto Solomon, and said unto him, Ask what I shall give thee.
Genesis 17:1 And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I [am] the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.
1 Kings 9:2 That the LORD appeared to Solomon the second time, as he had appeared unto him at Gibeon.
- I have heard:
2 Kings 20:5 Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the LORD.
Psalms 10:17 LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear:
Psalms 66:19 [But] verily God hath heard [me]; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer.
Luke 1:13 But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.
Acts 10:31 And said, Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God.
1 John 5:14-15 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: ... And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
- have chosen:
2 Chronicles 7:16 For now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that my name may be there for ever: and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.
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:
Psalms 78:68-69 But chose the tribe of Judah, the mount Zion which he loved. ... And he built his sanctuary like high [palaces], like the earth which he hath established for ever.
Psalms 132:13-14 For the LORD hath chosen Zion; he hath desired [it] for his habitation. ... This [is] my rest for ever: here will I dwell; for I have desired it.
- an house of sacrifice:
2 Kings 2:6 And Elijah said unto him, Tarry, I pray thee, here; for the LORD hath sent me to Jordan. And he said, [As] the LORD liveth, and [as] thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. And they two went on.
Deuteronomy 12:6 And thither ye shall bring your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, and your tithes, and heave offerings of your hand, and your vows, and your freewill offerings, and the firstlings of your herds and of your flocks:
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