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2 Chronicles 6:13

 

 

Now Solomon had made a bronze platform, five cubits long, five cubits wide and three cubits high, and had set it in the midst of the court; and he stood on it, knelt on his knees in the presence of all the assembly of Israel and spread out his hands toward heaven.

Geneva Study Bible

For Solomon had made a brasen scaffold, of five cubits long, and five cubits broad, and three cubits high, and had set it in the midst of the court: and upon it he stood, and kneeled down upon his knees before all the congregation of Israel, and d spread forth his hands toward heaven,

(d) Both to give thanks for the great benefits of God bestowed on him, and also to pray for the perseverance and prosperity of his people.

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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on 2 Chronicles 6:13". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/2-chronicles-6.html. 1599-1645.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Solomon had made a brazen scaffold — a sort of platform. But the Hebrew term rendered “scaffold,” being the same as that used to designate the basin, suggests the idea that this throne might bear some resemblance, in form or structure, to those lavers in the temple, being a sort of round and elevated pulpit, placed in the middle of the court, and in front of the altar of burnt offering.

upon it he stood, and kneeled down upon his knees — After ascending the brazen scaffold, he assumed those two attitudes in succession, and with different objects in view. He stood while he addressed and blessed the surrounding multitude (2 Chronicles 6:3-11). Afterwards he knelt down and stretched out his hands towards heaven, with his face probably turned towards the altar, while he gave utterance to the beautiful and impressive prayer which is recorded in the remainder of this chapter. It is deserving of notice that there was no seat in this pulpit - for the king either stood or knelt all the time he was in it. It is not improbable that it was surmounted by a canopy, or covered by a veil, to screen the royal speaker from the rays of the sun.


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Bibliography
Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on 2 Chronicles 6:13". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/2-chronicles-6.html. 1871-8.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Scaffold, (basim.) The Hebrew (kiyor) is used for "a shell, (concha.; Tirinus) or bowl," as the throne was probably of the same form, and was placed on a square pedestal, at the higher end of the court of the people, (Calmet) which is here styled the temple, (basilicæ) or "hall," chap. iv. 9. Septuagint Greek: aules. Hebrew chatsar, which denotes that great court where (Haydock) the body of the people stood bare-headed, before the Lord, (Grotius, &c.; chap. xx. 5.) in the open air. (Du Hamel) --- We are assured that the king himself never sat in his tribune. (Calmet) --- Others reserve that privilege to him alone. (Haydock) --- While he addressed the people, he turned towards them.


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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on 2 Chronicles 6:13". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/2-chronicles-6.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

had made. This also is complementary to 1Ki 8.

scaffold: or platform (round, and bowl-like, like a Pulpit). Hebrew same word as rendered laver.

cubits. See App-51.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 2 Chronicles 6:13". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/2-chronicles-6.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

For Solomon had made a brasen scaffold, of five cubits long, and five cubits broad, and three cubits high, and had set it in the midst of the court: and upon it he stood, and kneeled down upon his knees before all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands toward heaven,

A brasen scaffold - a sort of platform; but the Hebrew term rendered scaffold, being the same as that used to designate the basin, suggests the idea that this throne might bear some resemblance, in form or structure, to those layers in the temple, being a sort of round and elevated pulpit, placed in the middle of the court, and in front of the altar of burnt offering.

Upon it he stood, and kneeled down upon his knees. After ascending the brasen scaffold, he assumed those two attitudes in succession, and with different objects in view. He stood while he addressed and blessed the surrounding multitude (2 Chronicles 6:3-11), afterward he knelt down and stretched out his hands toward heaven, with his face probably turned toward the altar, while he gave utterance to the beautiful and impressive prayer which is recorded in the remainder of this chapter. It is deserving of notice that there was no seat in this pulpit-for the king either stood or knelt all the time he was in it. It is not improbable that it was surmounted by a canopy, or covered by a veil, to screen the royal speaker or the rays of the sun.


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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on 2 Chronicles 6:13". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/2-chronicles-6.html. 1871-8.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(13) For Solomon had made a brasen scaffold.—This verse is not in Kings. But it may once have followed 1 Kings 8:22. At least, marks of the chronicler’s individual style are not apparent in it.

Scaffold.—Literally, pan (kîyôr; see 2 Chronicles 4:6). The “scaffold” looked like a “laver” turned upside down, and was doubtless hollow underneath. (Comp. Nehemiah 9:4 for an analogous structure.)

Kneeled down upon his knees, and spread forth his hands.—An attitude of prayer which may be seen figured upon the monuments of ancient Egypt.

Toward heaven (ha-shâmấy’mâh).—The chronicler has used the exact form for the less precise hashâmấayim of 1 Kings 8:22.


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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on 2 Chronicles 6:13". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/2-chronicles-6.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

For Solomon had made a brasen scaffold, of five cubits long, and five cubits broad, and three cubits high, and had set it in the midst of the court: and upon it he stood, and kneeled down upon his knees before all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands toward heaven,
scaffold
Nehemiah 8:4
long
Heb. the length thereof, etc. the court.
4:9; 1 Kings 6:36; 7:12
kneeled down
1 Kings 8:54; Ezra 9:5; Psalms 95:6; Daniel 6:10; Luke 22:41; Acts 20:36; 21:5

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 2 Chronicles 6:13". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/2-chronicles-6.html.

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