1 Kings 6

1 Kings 6:11-14
6:11 The word of the LORD came [the precise method of speaking remains unspecified] to Solomon:

6:12 “As for this temple you are building, if [blessing conditional on obedience; presence of the temple would not guarantee God’s presence] you follow my decrees, carry out my regulations and keep all my commands and obey [the temple and all its ritual worship could not substitute for obedience] them, I will fulfill through you the promise I gave to David your father.

6:13 And I will live among the Israelites and will not abandon [used in OT to describe physical act of leaving (Ex. 2:20) and the spiritual act of forsaking God (Jer. 1:6); God refused to completely abandon His people (Isa. 54:7); cf. Amos 9:11-15 re: a remnant] my people Israel [Solomon’s obedience directly affected the people of Israel].”

6:14 So Solomon built the temple and completed [project took a little more than seven years (1 Kings 6:37-38)] it.

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