Matthew Henry's Commentary

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Outline of 1 Kings 6

The building of Solomon's temple. (Verse 1-10.)

Promise given concerning the temple. (Verse 11-14.)

Particulars respecting the temple. (Verse 15-38.)


Read 1 Kings 6:1-10

Verse 1-10 — The temple is called the house of the Lord, because it was directed and modelled by him, and was to be employed in his service. This gave it the beauty of holiness, that it was the house of the Lord, which was far beyond all other beauties. It was to be the temple of the God of peace, therefore no iron tool must be heard; quietness and silence suit and help religious exercises. God's work should be done with much care and little noise. Clamour and violence often hinder, but never further the work of God. Thus the kingdom of God in the heart of man grows up in silence, Mark 5:27.

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Read 1 Kings 6:11-14

Verse 11-14 — None employ themselves for God, without having his eye upon them. But God plainly let Solomon know that all the charge for building this temple, would neither excuse from obedience to the law of God, nor shelter from his judgments, in case of disobedience.

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Read 1 Kings 6:15-38

Verse 15-38 — See what was typified by this temple. 1. Christ is the true Temple. In him dwells all the fulness of the Godhead; in him meet all God's spiritual Israel; through him we have access with confidence to God. 2. Every believer is a living temple, in whom the Spirit of God dwells, 1 Corinthians

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