2Chronicles 5


וַתִּשְׁלַם כָּל־הַמְּלָאכָה אֲשֶׁר־עָשָׂה שְׁלֹמֹה לְבֵית יְהוָה וַיָּבֵא שְׁלֹמֹה אֶת־קָדְשֵׁי דָּוִיד אָבִיו וְאֶת־הַכֶּסֶף   5:1

 וְאֶת־הַזָּהָב וְאֶת־כָּל־הַכֵּלִים נָתַן בְּאֹצְרֹות בֵּית הָאֱלֹהִים׃

2Chr. 5:1   And all the work that Solomon had done for the house of the Lord was complete, and Solomon brought in the hallowed things of David, his father, and the silver and the gold and all the implements he put in the treasure rooms of the house of God.

The remaining thirteen verses of this chapter are primarily a near repeat of 1Kin. 8:1 to 8:11.  This verse is almost identical to 1Kin. 7:51.

אָז יַקְהֵיל שְׁלֹמֹה אֶת־זִקְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל וְאֶת־כָּל־רָאשֵׁי הַמַּטּוֹת נְשִׂיאֵי הָאָבוֹת לִבְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל אֶל־יְרוּשָׁלִָם   5:2

 לְהַעֲלוֹת אֶת־אֲרוֹן בְּרִית־יְהוָה מֵעִיר דָּוִיד הִיא צִיּוֹן׃

2Chr. 5:2   Then Solomon could gather the elders of Israel, and all the heads of the tribes, the princes of households for the children of Israel, to Jerusalem to bring up the ark of the covenant of the Lord from the city of David -- it is Zion.

וַיִּקָּהֲלוּ אֶל־הַמֶּלֶךְ כָּל־אִישׁ יִשְׂרָאֵל בֶּחָג הוּא הַחֹדֶשׁ הַשְּׁבִעִי׃   5:3

2Chr. 5:3   And all the men of Israel assembled to the king on the festival that was of the seventh month.

In 1Kin. 8:2 a feast is mentioned but the wording of that verse left it unclear that it was a specific holiday.  Here it seems evident that the day is what we now call Rosh Hashanah, the first day of the month of Tishrei..  It is followed ten days later by Yom Kippur.

וַיָּבֹאוּ כֹּל זִקְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל וַיִּשְׂאוּ הַלְוִיִּם אֶת־הָאָרוֹן׃   5:4

2Chr. 5:4   And all the elders of Israel came, and the Levites lifted up the ark.

וַיַּעֲלוּ אֶת־הָאָרוֹן וְאֶת־אֹהֶל מוֹעֵד וְאֶת־כָּל־כְּלֵי הַקֹּדֶשׁ אֲשֶׁר בָּאֹהֶל הֶעֱלוּ אֹתָם הַכֹּהֲנִים הַלְוִיִּם׃   5:5

2Chr. 5:5   And they brought up the ark and the tent of meeting and all the implements of holiness that were in the tent.  The priests, the Levites, brought them up.

In Solomon’s time the tent of meeting was apparently near or in the Temple.

וְהַמֶּלֶךְ שְׁלֹמֹה וְכָל־עֲדַת יִשְׂרָאֵל הַנּוֹעָדִים עָלָיו לִפְנֵי הָאָרוֹן מְזַבְּחִים צֹאן וּבָקָר אֲשֶׁר לֹא־יִסָּפְרוּ   5:6

 וְלֹא יִמָּנוּ מֵרֹב׃

2Chr. 5:6   And the king, Solomon, and all the congregation of Israel who had gathered to him, were before the ark sacrificing sheep and oxen that could not be numbered or counted because of abundance.

וַיָּבִיאוּ הַכֹּהֲנִים אֶת־אֲרוֹן בְּרִית־יְהוָה אֶל־מְקוֹמוֹ אֶל־דְּבִיר הַבַּיִת אֶל־קֹדֶשׁ הַקְּדָשִׁים אֶל־תַּחַת כַּנְפֵי   5:7


2Chr. 5:7   And the priests brought the ark of the covenant of the Lord to its place, to the sanctuary of the house, to the holiest of holy places, to be beneath the wings of the cherubim.

וַיִּהְיוּ הַכְּרוּבִים פֹּרְשִׂים כְּנָפַיִם עַל־מְקוֹם הָאָרוֹן וַיְכַסּוּ הַכְּרוּבִים עַל־הָאָרוֹן וְעַל־בַּדָּיו מִלְמָעְלָה׃   5:8

2Chr. 5:8   As the cherubim were spreading wings over the place of the ark, so the cherubim covered over the ark and over its staves from on high.

וַיַּאֲרִיכוּ הַבַּדִּים וַיֵּרָאוּ רָאשֵׁי הַבַּדִּים מִן־הָאָרוֹן עַל־פְּנֵי הַדְּבִיר וְלֹא יֵרָאוּ הַחוּצָה וַיְהִי־שָׁם עַד הַיּוֹם   5:9


2Chr. 5:9   And the staves were so long that the tips of the staves of the ark were visible at the front of the sanctuary, but could not be seen farther out, and it has been that way up to this day.

אֵין בָּאָרוֹן רַק שְׁנֵי הַלֻּחוֹת אֲשֶׁר־נָתַן מֹשֶׁה בְּחֹרֵב אֲשֶׁר כָּרַת יְהוָה עִם־בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל בְּצֵאתָם   5:10


2Chr. 5:10   Nothing was in the ark but the two tablets that Moses had delivered at Horeb when the Lord had covenanted with the children of Israel on their coming out from Egypt.

וַיְהִי בְּצֵאת הַכֹּהֲנִים מִן־הַקֹּדֶשׁ כִּי כָּל־הַכֹּהֲנִים הַנִּמְצְאִים הִתְקַדָּשׁוּ אֵין לִשְׁמוֹר לְמַחְלְקוֹת׃   5:11

2Chr. 5:11   And it was on the exit of the priests, that all the priests present had sanctified themselves, none giving heed to the courses.

וְהַלְוִיִּם הַמְשֹׁרֲרִים לְכֻלָּם לְאָסָף לְהֵימָן לִידֻתוּן וְלִבְנֵיהֶם וְלַאֲחֵיהֶם מְלֻבָּשִׁים בּוּץ בִּמְצִלְתַּיִם   5:12

 וּבִנְבָלִים וְכִנֹּרֹות עֹמְדִים מִזְרָח לַמִּזְבֵּחַ וְעִמָּהֶם כֹּהֲנִים לְמֵאָה וְעֶשְׂרִים (מַחְצְרִרִים) [מַחְצְרִים


2Chr. 5:12   And the Levites, all of their singers, Asaph's, Heman's, Jeduthun's, and their sons', and their brethren's, wearing fine white linen, with cymbals, and with psalteries and harps, were standing east of the altar, and about a hundred and twenty priests were with them, trumpeters with horns.

The word in the parentheses, translated as trumpeters, is spelled with an extra resh.  The correction following the right bracket eliminates it.

וַיְהִי כְאֶחָד (לַמַּחֲצֹצְרִים) [לַמְחַצְּרִים] וְלַמְשֹׁרֲרִים לְהַשְׁמִיעַ קֹול־אֶחָד לְהַלֵּל וּלְהֹדֹות לַיהוָה   5:13

וּכְהָרִים קֹול בַּחֲצֹצְרֹות וּבִמְצִלְתַּיִם וּבִכְלֵי הַשִּׁיר וּבְהַלֵּל לַיהוָה כִּי טֹוב כִּי לְעֹולָם חַסְדֹּו וְהַבַּיִת מָלֵא

   עָנָן בֵּית יְהוָה׃

2Chr. 5:13   And it was, the trumpeting and singing were being heard as one, one sound praising and giving thanks to the Lord, and as the voice was being lifted up amid the trumpets and amid the cymbals and amid the instruments of song and amid the praise to the Lord that He is good, that His mercy is forever, that the house became full of the cloud of the home of the Lord,

Oddly, the same word is misspelled in this verse also as in the preceding verse, but this time it contains an extra tsadi.  Very strange!  The correction is in the brackets.                                            [Return to 2Chr. 7:6]

וְלֹא־יָכְלוּ הַכֹּהֲנִים לַעֲמוֹד לְשָׁרֵת מִפְּנֵי הֶעָנָן כִּי־מָלֵא כְבוֹד־יְהוָה אֶת־בֵּית הָאֱלֹהִים׃   5:14

2Chr. 5:14   and the priests were not able to stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God.


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