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God answers by fire, the people worship, ver. 1 - 3.
Solomon's sacrifices, ver. 4 - 7.
After keeping the feast he sends the people away, ver. 8 - 11.
God appears to him in a vision, ver. 12 - 22.
1: The fire &c. - In token of God's acceptance of his prayer. The
surest evidence of God's acceptance of our prayers is the descent of
his holy fire upon us. As a farther token that God accepted Solomon's
prayer, the glory of the Lord filled the house; the heart that is filled
with an holy awe and reverence of the divine glory, to which God manifests
his greatness, and (which is no less his glory) his goodness, is thereby
owned as a living temple.
3: With their faces - Thus expressing their awful dread of the Divine
Majesty, their chearful submission to the Divine authority, and the sense
they had of their utter unworthiness to enter into his presence.
Upon - The cloud first came down upon the house, and then entered into the
house, and was seen both within it by the priests, and without it by the
6: David praised - For David composed the psalms or hymns, and
appointed them to be sung by the Levites, and instrumental music
to be joined to their voices.
16: This house - There will I make myself known, and there will I be