2 Chronicles 6:38
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New International Version
and if they turn back to you with all their heart and soul in the land of their captivity where they were taken, and pray toward the land you gave their ancestors, toward the city you have chosen and toward the temple I have built for your Name;

King James Bible
If they return to thee with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their captivity, whither they have carried them captives, and pray toward their land, which thou gavest unto their fathers, and toward the city which thou hast chosen, and toward the house which I have built for thy name:

Darby Bible Translation
and if they return unto thee with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their captivity, whither they have carried them captives, and pray toward their land which thou gavest unto their fathers, and the city that thou hast chosen, and the house that I have built unto thy name;

World English Bible
if they return to you with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their captivity, where they have carried them captive, and pray toward their land, which you gave to their fathers, and the city which you have chosen, and toward the house which I have built for your name:

Young's Literal Translation
yea, they have turned back unto Thee with all their heart, and with all their soul, in the land of their captivity, whither they have taken them captive, and they have prayed the way of their land that Thou hast given to their fathers, and of the city that Thou hast chosen, and of the house that I have built for Thy name:

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

If they bethink themselves - "If thy fear should return into their hearts." - Targum.

The whole of this prayer is amply considered in the parallel place, 1 Kings 8:22-53 (note), where see the notes.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

return

Deuteronomy 30:2-6 And shall return to the LORD your God, and shall obey his voice according to all that I command you this day, you and your children...

Jeremiah 29:12-14 Then shall you call on me, and you shall go and pray to me, and I will listen to you...

Hosea 14:1-4 O Israel, return to the LORD your God; for you have fallen by your iniquity...

Joel 2:12,13 Therefore also now, said the LORD, turn you even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning...

pray toward

2 Chronicles 33:11-13 Why the LORD brought on them the captains of the host of the king of Assyria, which took Manasseh among the thorns...

Daniel 9:3,4 And I set my face to the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes...

the city

2 Chronicles 6:34 If your people go out to war against their enemies by the way that you shall send them...

Daniel 6:10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem...

Library
December the Eighth Judged by Our Aspirations
"Thou didst well, it was in thine heart." --2 CHRONICLES vi. 1-15. And this was a purpose which the man was not permitted to realize. It was a temple built in the substance of dreams, but never established in wood and stone. And God took the shadowy structure and esteemed it as a perfected pile. The sacred intention was regarded as a finished work. The will to build a temple was regarded as a temple built. And hence I discern the preciousness of all hallowed purpose and desire, even though it
John Henry Jowett—My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year

Sanctification.
VI. Objections answered. I will consider those passages of scripture which are by some supposed to contradict the doctrine we have been considering. 1 Kings viii. 46: "If they sin against thee, (for there is no man that sinneth not,) and thou be angry with them, and deliver them to the enemy, so that they carry them away captives unto the land of the enemy, far or near," etc. On this passage, I remark:-- 1. That this sentiment in nearly the same language, is repeated in 2 Chron. vi. 26, and in Eccl.
Charles Grandison Finney—Systematic Theology

Cross References
2 Chronicles 6:37
and if they have a change of heart in the land where they are held captive, and repent and plead with you in the land of their captivity and say, 'We have sinned, we have done wrong and acted wickedly';

2 Chronicles 6:39
then from heaven, your dwelling place, hear their prayer and their pleas, and uphold their cause. And forgive your people, who have sinned against you.

Jeremiah 29:12
Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.

Jeremiah 29:13
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

Jonah 2:4
I said, 'I have been banished from your sight; yet I will look again toward your holy temple.'

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