The Application Of 2 Chronicles 7:13-15 -- By: Jonathan G. Taylor

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 168:670 (Apr 2011)
Article: The Application Of 2 Chronicles 7:13-15
Author: Jonathan G. Taylor

The Application Of 2 Chronicles 7:13-15

Jonathan G. Taylor

Jonathan G. Taylor is a member of the FIEC Pastors Association and a researcher for the Reachout Trust, which is based in Surrey, England.

God’s promises in 2 Chronicles 7:13-15 in response to Solomon’s intercession for Israel in 6:14-42 have been utilized and applied in various ways, particularly in recent decades. Hence exegesis of this pericope is needed to provide a foundation for evaluating its use in contemporary settings.


After Solomon had finished building the temple and his own palace (7:11), God appeared to him at night and made a direct reference to his prayer: “I have heard your prayer” (v. 12).1 The burden of Solomon’s petition in 6:18-40 “is given divine approval.”2 God’s words in 7:13-15 in reply to Solomon’s prayer “conform very closely to those in which Solomon prayed.”3 At least seven parallels may be noted.


2 Chronicles 7

2 Chronicles 6

The heavens will be shut, and there will be no rain

v. 13

v. 26

A locust plague will occur

v. 13

v. 28

Pestilence will occur

v. 13

v. 28


v. 14

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