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2 Chronicles 5:11

 

 

When the priests came forth from the holy place (for all the priests who were present had sanctified themselves, without regard to divisions),

Adam Clarke Commentary

When the priests were come out - After having carried the ark into the holy of holies, before the sacred service had commenced.


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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on 2 Chronicles 5:11". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/2-chronicles-5.html. 1832.

Geneva Study Bible

And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy [place]: (for all the priests [that were] present were e sanctified, [and] did not [then] wait by course:

(e) Were prepared to serve the Lord.

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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on 2 Chronicles 5:11". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/2-chronicles-5.html. 1599-1645.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

all the priests that were present … did not then wait by course — The rotation system of weekly service introduced by David was intended for the ordinary duties of the priesthood; on extraordinary occasions, or when more than wonted solemnity attached to them, the priests attended in a body.


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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on 2 Chronicles 5:11". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/2-chronicles-5.html. 1871-8.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy place: (for all the priests that were present were sanctified, and did not then wait by course:

By course — According to David's appointment, 1 Chronicles 24:1-31; 25:1-22, which was only for the ordinary service, but in extraordinary solemnities, such as this, they all came together.


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Wesley, John. "Commentary on 2 Chronicles 5:11". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/2-chronicles-5.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

2 Chronicles 5:11 And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy [place]: (for all the priests [that were] present were sanctified, [and] did not [then] wait by course:

Ver. 11. And did not then wait by course.] Because the work was extraordinary.


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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 2 Chronicles 5:11". John Trapp Complete Commentary. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/2-chronicles-5.html. 1865-1868.

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible

2 Chronicles 5:11. For all the priests that were present were sanctified, &c.— For all the priests then present had purified themselves, nor did any one wait for his course: that is, being all desirous of ministering at this solemn assembly, they did not observe the particular turn or course of waiting which was appointed for them. Houbigant.

REFLECTIONS.—1st, This solemnity we met with 1 Kings 8:2. The treasures that his father had dedicated, besides what were used in the building, or for the vessels, Solomon laid up in the temple for any future occasion. The pious and charitable bequests of our parents we must carefully discharge. The ark he brought up with great ceremony, at a general convention assembled for that purpose, with all the appurtenances belonging to it, and placed it under the cherubims in the most holy place; where it continued to the day when the records were written whence Ezra made this extract.

The sacrifices on this occasion were immense, and sacred festal joy was universally diffused around. Note; (1.) The most gorgeous structure, without the presence of God, is not to be compared with a poor tent where he is pleased to manifest his glory. (2.) Wherever the faithful assemble, there Jesus hath promised to be in the midst of them. This ark, probably, was carried into captivity with the people, and is long since lost; but he is with us always to the end of the world. (3.) When the Divine Spirit is pleased to come and take up his abode in our heart, then shall we taste greater joys, unspeakable and full of glory.

2nd, Not all the gold or jewels could be compared with the presence of the celestial inhabitant whose glory filled the temple. No sooner were the priests retired from the holy place, and the song of thanksgiving with united voice and instruments had begun to sound, than lo! the present Deity appears, answering their grateful acknowledgments, that his mercy endureth for ever; testifying how pleasing the work of praise was to him, and that he intended to take up his abode with them, as he did with their fathers in the wilderness. The priests, who were all assembled on this occasion, with the courses of Levites and singers, were no longer able to minister by reason of the cloud: a proof of their infirmity, and an intimation of the imperfection of the Levitical priesthood. Note; (1.) When with united voice we join in prayer and praise, then shall the cloud of glory be in the midst of us. (2.) The enduring mercy of God deserves to be the subject of our continual songs. (3.) Great as the glory of the first temple was, the glory of the second was greater; as being favoured with the visits of Him in whom dwelt the fulness of the Godhead bodily.


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Coke, Thomas. "Commentary on 2 Chronicles 5:11". Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tcc/2-chronicles-5.html. 1801-1803.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

According to David’s appointment, 1Ch 24 1Ch 25, which was only for the ordinary service; but in extraordinary solemnities, such as this eminently was they all came together.


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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on 2 Chronicles 5:11". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/2-chronicles-5.html. 1685.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Sanctified; free from all legal impediments to offer sacrifice. (Haydock) --- Divided. Hebrew, "observed." (Tirinus) --- Protestants, "and they did not then wait by course," which was the case also with the singers, &c., on this solemn occasion; as the number regulated by David for each week, would not have been sufficient. (Haydock) --- The regulation had not yet been reduced to practice. (Menochius) (Calmet) --- As yet (Du Hamel) at that time, is omitted (Haydock) by the Septuagint (Du Hamel) and Hebrew.


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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on 2 Chronicles 5:11". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/2-chronicles-5.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

all. On this occasion all served; not "by course". Note the parenthesis in verses: 2 Chronicles 5:11-12.

were sanctified = had sanctified themselves.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 2 Chronicles 5:11". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/2-chronicles-5.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy place: (for all the priests that were present were sanctified, and did not then wait by course:

All the priests ... present ... did not then wait by course. The rotation system of weekly service introduced by David was intended for the ordinary duties of the priesthood; on extraordinary occasions, or when more than wonted solemnity attached to them, the priests attended in a body.


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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on 2 Chronicles 5:11". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/2-chronicles-5.html. 1871-8.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(11) For all the priests.—From this point to “for his mercy endureth for ever,” 2 Chronicles 5:13, the narrative is peculiar to the chronicler. He has characteristically inserted between the two halves of the short verse (1 Kings 8:10) a long parenthesis, dwelling upon the Levitical ministrations.

That were present.—That could be found. So Vulg. (Comp. 2 Kings 19:4.)

Were sanctified.—Had sanctified (or purified) themselves, for the purpose of taking part in the ceremony (1 Chronicles 15:12).

And did not then wait by course.—They had not to observe courses (1 Chronicles 24). Not merely the class of priests then on duty, but all the classes indiscriminately took part in the solemnity.


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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on 2 Chronicles 5:11". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/2-chronicles-5.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy place: (for all the priests that were present were sanctified, and did not then wait by course:
present
Heb. found. sanctified.
29:5,15,34; 30:15,17-20; Exodus 19:10,14,15; Job 1:5
wait by course
35:4; 1 Chronicles 24:1-31

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 2 Chronicles 5:11". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/2-chronicles-5.html.

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