The Bible in Its Traditions

2 Chronicles 5:11–6:2


11  And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy place--for all the priests that were present had sanctified themselves, and did not keep their courses;

11  And having gone out from the Sanctuary, the priests (for all the priests who were able to be found there were sanctified, and in that time the turns and orders of the ministries had not yet been divided among them)


12  also the Levites who were the singers, all of them, even Asaph, Heman, Jeduthun, and their sons and their brethren, arrayed in fine linen, with cymbals and psalteries and harps, stood at the east end of the altar, and with them a hundred and twenty priests sounding with trumpets--

12  that all the singing Levites assigned to the sons of Asaph, to Æman, to Idithun, and to his sons, and to his brethren, of them that were clothed in linen garments, with cymbals and lutes and harps, were standing before the altar, and with them a hundred and twenty priests, blowing trumpets.

12  with both the Levites and the singing men, that is, those who were under Asaph, and those who were under Heman, and those who were under Jeduthun, with their sons and brothers, clothed in fine linen, sounded out with cymbals, and psalteries, and harps, standing toward the eastern side of the altar. And with them were one hundred twenty priests, sounding out with trumpets.

13  it came even to pass, when the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking YHWH; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the YHWH: 'for He is good, for His mercy endureth for ever'; that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the LORD,

13  And there was one voice in the trumpeting and in the psalm-singing, and in the loud utterance with one voice to give thanks and praise the Lord; and when they raised their voice together with trumpets and cymbals, and instruments of music, and said, Give thanks to the Lord, for it is good, for his mercy endures for ever:—then the house was filled with the cloud of the glory of the Lord.

13  And when they all sounded out together, with trumpets, and voice, and cymbals, and pipes, and with various kinds of musical instruments, lifting their voice on high, the sound was heard from far away, so that when they had begun to praise the Lord, and to say, “Confess to the Lord, for he is good; for his mercy is eternal,” the house of God was filled with a cloud.

14  so that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud; for the glory of YHWH filled the house of God.

14  And the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud: for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God.

14  Neither were the priests able to stand and to minister, because of the cloud. For the glory of the Lord had filled the house of God.


6:1  Then spoke Solomon: YHWH hath said that He would dwell in the thick darkness.

Then Solomon said: “The Lord has promised that he would dwell in a cloud.


6:2  But I have built Thee a house of habitation, and a place for Thee to dwell in for ever.