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1 Kings 9:7-9

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9:7 then I will remove Israel from the land 1  I have given them, I will abandon this temple I have consecrated with my presence, 2  and Israel will be mocked and ridiculed 3  among all the nations. 9:8 This temple will become a heap of ruins; 4  everyone who passes by it will be shocked and will hiss out their scorn, 5  saying, ‘Why did the Lord do this to this land and this temple?’ 9:9 Others will then answer, 6  ‘Because they abandoned the Lord their God, who led their ancestors 7  out of Egypt. They embraced other gods whom they worshiped and served. 8  That is why the Lord has brought all this disaster down on them.’”

1 tn Heb “I will cut off Israel from upon the surface of the land.”

2 tn Heb “and the temple which I consecrated for my name I will send away from before my face.”

sn Instead of “I will send away,” the parallel text in 2 Chr 7:20 has “I will throw away.” The two verbs sound very similar in Hebrew, so the discrepancy is likely due to an oral transmissional error.

3 tn Heb “will become a proverb and a taunt,” that is, a proverbial example of destruction and an object of reproach.

4 tn Heb “and this house will be high [or elevated].” The statement makes little sense in this context, which predicts the desolation that judgment will bring. Some treat the clause as concessive, “Even though this temple is lofty [now].” Others, following the lead of several ancient versions, emend the text to, “this temple will become a heap of ruins.”

5 tn Heb “hiss,” or perhaps “whistle.” This refers to a derisive sound one would make when taunting an object of ridicule.

6 tn Heb “and they will say.”

7 tn Heb “fathers.”

8 tn Heb “and they took hold of other gods and bowed down to them and served them.”



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