2 Chronicles 1:9
New International Version
Now, LORD God, let your promise to my father David be confirmed, for you have made me king over a people who are as numerous as the dust of the earth.

New Living Translation
O LORD God, please continue to keep your promise to David my father, for you have made me king over a people as numerous as the dust of the earth!

English Standard Version
O LORD God, let your word to David my father be now fulfilled, for you have made me king over a people as numerous as the dust of the earth.

Berean Study Bible
Now, O LORD God, let Your promise to my father David be fulfilled. For You have made me king over a people as numerous as the dust of the earth.

King James Bible
Now, O LORD God, let thy promise unto David my father be established: for thou hast made me king over a people like the dust of the earth in multitude.

New King James Version
Now, O LORD God, let Your promise to David my father be established, for You have made me king over a people like the dust of the earth in multitude.

New American Standard Bible
Now, LORD God, Your promise to my father David is fulfilled, for You have made me king over a people as numerous as the dust of the earth.

NASB 1995
“Now, O LORD God, Your promise to my father David is fulfilled, for You have made me king over a people as numerous as the dust of the earth.

NASB 1977
“Now, O LORD God, Thy promise to my father David is fulfilled; for Thou hast made me king over a people as numerous as the dust of the earth.

Amplified Bible
Now, O LORD God, Your promise to my father David is fulfilled, for You have made me king over a people as numerous as the dust of the earth.

Christian Standard Bible
LORD God, let your promise to my father David now come true. For you have made me king over a people as numerous as the dust of the earth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
LORD God, let Your promise to my father David now come true. For You have made me king over a people as numerous as the dust of the earth.

American Standard Version
Now, O Jehovah God, let thy promise unto David my father be established; for thou hast made me king over a people like the dust of the earth in multitude.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Also now, LORD JEHOVAH, my God, let come to pass therefore your words that you have spoken with David my father, because you have made me king over this people, and they have increased as the dust of the Earth.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And now, O Lord God, let, I pray thee, thy name be established upon David my father; for thou hast made me king over a people numerous as the dust of the earth.

Contemporary English Version
I am supposed to rule these people, but there are as many of them as there are specks of dust on the ground. So keep the promise you made to my father

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now therefore, O Lord God, let thy word be fulfilled, which thou hast promised to David my father: for thou hast made me king over thy great people, which is as innumerable as the dust of the earth.

English Revised Version
Now, O LORD God, let thy promise unto David my father be established: for thou hast made me king over a people like the dust of the earth in multitude.

Good News Translation
O LORD God, fulfill the promise you made to my father. You have made me king over a people who are so many that they cannot be counted,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Now, LORD God, you've kept the promise you made to my father David. You've made me king of people who are as numerous as specks of dust on the ground.

International Standard Version
Now, LORD God, your promise to my father David is fulfilled, because you have made me king over a people as numerous as the dust of the earth.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Now, O LORD God, let Thy promise unto David my father be established; for Thou hast made me king over a people like the dust of the earth in multitude.

Literal Standard Version
Now, O YHWH God, Your word with my father David is steadfast, for You have caused me to reign over a people [as] numerous as the dust of the earth;

NET Bible
Now, LORD God, may your promise to my father David be realized, for you have made me king over a great nation as numerous as the dust of the earth.

New Heart English Bible
Now, LORD God, let your promise to David my father be established; for you have made me king over a people like the dust of the earth in multitude.

World English Bible
Now, Yahweh God, let your promise to David my father be established; for you have made me king over a people like the dust of the earth in multitude.

Young's Literal Translation
Now, O Jehovah God, is Thy word with David my father stedfast, for Thou hast caused me to reign over a people numerous as the dust of the earth;

Additional Translations ...
Context
Solomon's Prayer for Wisdom
8Solomon replied to God: “You have shown much loving devotion to my father David, and You have made me king in his place. 9Now, O LORD God, let Your promise to my father David be fulfilled. For You have made me king over a people as numerous as the dust of the earth. 10Now grant me wisdom and knowledge, so that I may lead this people. For who is able to govern this great people of Yours?”…

Cross References
Genesis 13:16
I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth, so that if one could count the dust of the earth, then your offspring could be counted.

Genesis 22:17
I will surely bless you, and I will multiply your descendants like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will possess the gates of their enemies.

Genesis 28:14
Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and east and north and south. All the families of the earth will be blessed through you and your offspring.

2 Samuel 7:12
And when your days are fulfilled and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up your descendant after you, who will come from your own body, and I will establish his kingdom.


Treasury of Scripture

Now, O LORD God, let your promise to David my father be established: for you have made me king over a people like the dust of the earth in multitude.

let thy promise

2 Samuel 7:12-16,25-29
And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom…

1 Chronicles 17:11-14,23-27
And it shall come to pass, when thy days be expired that thou must go to be with thy fathers, that I will raise up thy seed after thee, which shall be of thy sons; and I will establish his kingdom…

1 Chronicles 28:6,7
And he said unto me, Solomon thy son, he shall build my house and my courts: for I have chosen him to be my son, and I will be his father…

for thou hast

1 Kings 3:7,8
And now, O LORD my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in…

like the dust [heb] much as the dust

Genesis 13:16
And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered.

Genesis 22:17
That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;

Numbers 23:10
Who can count the dust of Jacob, and the number of the fourth part of Israel? Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his!









(9) Now, O Lord God, let thy promise unto David my father be established.--A reminiscence of 1Chronicles 17:23.

Over a people like the dust of the earth in multitude.--Over a people numerous as the dust of the earth. This last clause freely corresponds with 1Kings 3:8. (Comp. the common title of Assyrian monarchs, "king of multitudes," sar kiss?ti.)

Verse 9. - Now, O Lord God, let thy promise unto David my father be established. This challenge on the part of Solomon, intended, without doubt, most reverently, is not given in the parallel place, and forms not only a distinctive but an interesting additional feature of the present account. It is thought by some that the "promise "here challenged is not very distinctly recorded anywhere, but surely passages like 1 Chronicles 17:12-14; 1 Chronicles 22:10; 1 Chronicles 28:6, 7 amply meet the case. See also 2 Samuel 7:12, 15. King over a people like the dust. It is noteworthy that, though the equivalent of this phrase is found in the parallel, the distinctiveness of this simile is not found there. (For the use of the simile to express a vast number, see Genesis 28:14; Numbers 23:10; Zephaniah 1:17; Zechariah 9:3.) It is not at all of frequent use in Scripture.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Now,
עַתָּה֙ (‘at·tāh)
Adverb
Strong's 6258: At this time

O LORD
יְהוָ֣ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3069: YHWH

God,
אֱלֹהִ֔ים (’ĕ·lō·hîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative

let Your promise
דְּבָ֣רְךָ֔ (də·ḇā·rə·ḵā)
Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 1697: A word, a matter, thing, a cause

to
עִ֖ם (‘im)
Preposition
Strong's 5973: With, equally with

my father
אָבִ֑י (’ā·ḇî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's 1: Father

David
דָּוִ֣יד (dā·wîḏ)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 1732: David -- perhaps 'beloved one', a son of Jesse

be fulfilled.
יֵֽאָמֵן֙ (yê·’ā·mên)
Verb - Nifal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 539: To confirm, support

For
כִּ֤י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

You
אַתָּה֙ (’at·tāh)
Pronoun - second person masculine singular
Strong's 859: Thou and thee, ye and you

have made me king
הִמְלַכְתַּ֔נִי (him·laḵ·ta·nî)
Verb - Hifil - Perfect - second person masculine singular | first person common singular
Strong's 4427: To reign, inceptively, to ascend the throne, to induct into royalty, to take counsel

over
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's 5921: Above, over, upon, against

a people
עַ֕ם (‘am)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 5971: A people, a tribe, troops, attendants, a flock

as numerous
רַ֖ב (raḇ)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 7227: Much, many, great

as the dust
כַּעֲפַ֥ר (ka·‘ă·p̄ar)
Preposition-k | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 6083: Dust, clay, earth, mud

of the earth.
הָאָֽרֶץ׃ (hā·’ā·reṣ)
Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 776: Earth, land


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