8:30 Respond to the request of your servant and your people Israel for this place. 1 Hear from inside your heavenly dwelling place 2 and respond favorably. 3
1 Kings 8:43Context
8:43 Then listen from your heavenly dwelling place and answer all the prayers of the foreigners. 4 Then all the nations of the earth will acknowledge your reputation, 5 obey 6 you like your people Israel do, and recognize that this temple I built belongs to you. 7
1 tn Heb “listen to the request of your servant and your people Israel which they are praying concerning this place.”
2 tn Heb “and you, hear inside your dwelling place, inside heaven.” The precise nuance of the preposition אֶל (’el), used here with the verb “hear,” is unclear. One expects the preposition “from,” which appears in the parallel text in 2 Chr 6:21. The nuance “inside; among” is attested for אֶל (see Gen 23:19; 1 Sam 10:22; Jer 4:3), but in each case a verb of motion is employed with the preposition, unlike 1 Kgs 8:30. The translation above (“from inside”) is based on the demands of the immediate context rather than attested usage elsewhere.
3 tn Heb “hear and forgive.”
4 tn Heb “and do all which the foreigner calls to [i.e., “requests of”] you.”
6 tn Heb “fear.”