New American Standard Bible
Then the king faced about and blessed all the assembly of Israel, while all the assembly of Israel was standing.
King James Bible
And the king turned his face about, and blessed all the congregation of Israel: (and all the congregation of Israel stood;)
Darby Bible Translation
And the king turned his face, and blessed the whole congregation of Israel; and the whole congregation of Israel stood.
World English Bible
The king turned his face about, and blessed all the assembly of Israel: and all the assembly of Israel stood.
Young's Literal Translation
And the king turneth round his face, and blesseth the whole assembly of Israel; and all the assembly of Israel is standing.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Solomon had spoken the preceding words, addressed to God, with his face directed to the holy of holies. He now turned around and looked outward toward the people. The people "stood" to hear him the attitude of respect and attention. This first blessing seems to have been without speech - an inward prayer accompanied by the ordinary gesture of blessing.
In our yard, a few feet from the door, stands an apple-tree. In the early spring I watched its swelling buds from day to day. Soon they burst forth into snowy blossoms, beautifying the tree, and filling the air with their fragrance. There was the promise of a bountiful crop of fruit. In a few days the petals had fallen like a belated snow. As the leaves unfolded and grew larger, there appeared here and there a little apple that gave promise of maturing into full-ripened fruit. But, alas! how few …
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2 Samuel 6:18
When David had finished offering the burnt offering and the peace offering, he blessed the people in the name of the LORD of hosts.
1 Kings 8:55
And he stood and blessed all the assembly of Israel with a loud voice, saying:
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