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The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible

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1 Kings 8:35

When heaven is shut up
As it may be said to be when the air is quite serene, and not a cloud in it:

and there is no rain;
in its season, neither the former nor the latter, as it was in the times of Elijah:

because they have sinned against thee;
want of rain was threatened in case of sin, and was always the effect of it, (Leviticus 26:19,20) (Deuteronomy 28:23,24) ,

if they pray towards this place;
in any part of the country where they were; for it sometimes rained on one city, and not on another, (Amos 4:7)

and confess thy name;
own his power and his providence, and the justness of his dealings with them:

and turn from their sin, when thou afflictest them;
their affliction being made useful, to bring them to a sense of their sin, and to repentance for it, and reformation from it; or, "when thou hearest" or "answerest them" F7; so the Targum, receives their prayer; thus the goodness of God leads to repentance.


FOOTNOTES:

F7 (Mnet yk) "cum exaudieris eos", Vatablus.

 


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The New John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible Modernised and adapted for the computer by Larry Pierce of Online Bible. All Rightes Reserved, Larry Pierce, Winterbourne, Ontario.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on 1 Kings 8:35". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=1ki&chapter=008&verse=035>. 1999.

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