Dave Burnette's Commentary

2 Chronicles Chapter 8

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Ezra
Date Penned: (430 BC)
Overview: A History of God's Chosen People (c 1-36)
Theme: The Reign of Solomon (c 1-9)
Message: Solomon's Riches and Wisdom (v 1-22)

2 Chronicles 8 Commentary 

(8:11) Solomon Marries Pagan Women -  Solomon married Pharaoh's daughter to secure a military alliance with Egypt. He did not let the woman live in David's palace, however, where the ark of God had once been kept. This implies that Solomon knew his pagan marriage would not please God. Solomon married many other foreign women, and this was contrary to God's law (Deuteronomy 7:3-4). These women worshiped false gods and were certain to lead the people of Israel astray with their beliefs and practices. Eventually Solomon's pagan wives caused his downfall (a Kings 11:1-11).

(8:15) Solomon Fails to Follow the Instruction of the Lord - Although Solomon carefully followed God's instructions for building the temple and offering sacrifices (8:13), he paid no attention to what God had said about marrying pagan women. His sin of marrying a foreign wife (S:ll) was his first step away from God. No matter how good or obedient we are in most areas of life, one unsurrendered area can begin a downfall. Guard carefully every area of your life, especially your relationships and deepest desires. Don't give sin any foothold.

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Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we Continue in the book of 2 Chronicles with Chapter 8 and we see how Solomon had followed the creation of the Temple to the letter of the law. When is came to his own life and the selection of his wives he went totally in contradiction to God's instruction choosing wives that had false Gods. In making application we see that we are to follow the instruction for our personal lives just as we do for our lives in public. The Bible is full of instruction for who to marry, how to handle your finances, and relationships with family, friends, and even enemies. The Bible is more that just a Historical book but also a book on Life's Instructions and what choices to make. How about You? Do you follow the Lord's instructions for Marriage and every aspect of your life? Let us learn from Solomon's good choices as well as his mistakes to be reminded that the Bible is our instruction book for life's choices.


2 Chronicles 8

2 Chronicles 8

 1And it came to pass at the end of twenty years, wherein Solomon had built the house of the LORD, and his own house,

 2That the cities which Huram had restored to Solomon, Solomon built them, and caused the children of Israel to dwell there.

 3And Solomon went to Hamathzobah, and prevailed against it.

 4And he built Tadmor in the wilderness, and all the store cities, which he built in Hamath.

 5Also he built Bethhoron the upper, and Bethhoron the nether, fenced cities, with walls, gates, and bars;

 6And Baalath, and all the store cities that Solomon had, and all the chariot cities, and the cities of the horsemen, and all that Solomon desired to build in Jerusalem, and in Lebanon, and throughout all the land of his dominion.

 7As for all the people that were left of the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, which were not of Israel,

 8But of their children, who were left after them in the land, whom the children of Israel consumed not, them did Solomon make to pay tribute until this day.

 9But of the children of Israel did Solomon make no servants for his work; but they were men of war, and chief of his captains, and captains of his chariots and horsemen.

 10And these were the chief of king Solomon's officers, even two hundred and fifty, that bare rule over the people.

 11And Solomon brought up the daughter of Pharaoh out of the city of David unto the house that he had built for her: for he said, My wife shall not dwell in the house of David king of Israel, because the places are holy, whereunto the ark of the LORD hath come.

 12Then Solomon offered burnt offerings unto the LORD on the altar of the LORD, which he had built before the porch,

 13Even after a certain rate every day, offering according to the commandment of Moses, on the sabbaths, and on the new moons, and on the solemn feasts, three times in the year, even in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles.

 14And he appointed, according to the order of David his father, the courses of the priests to their service, and the Levites to their charges, to praise and minister before the priests, as the duty of every day required: the porters also by their courses at every gate: for so had David the man of God commanded.

 15And they departed not from the commandment of the king unto the priests and Levites concerning any matter, or concerning the treasures.

 16Now all the work of Solomon was prepared unto the day of the foundation of the house of the LORD, and until it was finished. So the house of the LORD was perfected.

 17Then went Solomon to Eziongeber, and to Eloth, at the sea side in the land of Edom.

 18And Huram sent him by the hands of his servants ships, and servants that had knowledge of the sea; and they went with the servants of Solomon to Ophir, and took thence four hundred and fifty talents of gold, and brought them to king Solomon.