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2 Chronicles 7:21-22

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7:21 As for this temple, which was once majestic, 1  everyone who passes by it will be shocked and say, ‘Why did the Lord do this to this land and this temple?’ 7:22 Others will then answer, 2  ‘Because they abandoned the Lord God of their ancestors, 3  who led them out of Egypt. They embraced other gods whom they worshiped and served. 4  That is why he brought all this disaster down on them.’”

1 tn Heb “and this house which was high/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.”

2 tn Heb “and they will say.”

3 tn Heb “fathers.”

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



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