The divine warning about the destruction of the Temple (2 Chr 7:19-7:22)

“But if you turn aside and forsake my statutes

If you forsake my commandments which I have set before you,

If you go and serve other gods

If you worship them,

Then I will pluck you up from the land which I have given you.

I will pluck you from this house,

That I have consecrated for my name.

I will cast you out of my sight.

I will make it a proverb

I will make it a byword among all peoples.

Regarding this house, now exalted,

Every one passing by will be astonished, and say.

‘Why has Yahweh done such a thing to this land and to this house?’

Then they will say.

‘Because they abandoned Yahweh the God of their ancestors

Who brought them out of the land of Egypt.

They adopted other gods,

They worshiped them

They served them.

Therefore he has brought this entire calamity upon them.’”

This section is almost word for word from 1 Kings, chapter 9. There are also the negative consequences, even as they were still rejoicing over their great feat. Interesting enough, this seems to be from the time of exile, where the temple has been demolished to ruins for the sinfulness of Israel. Worshiping other gods would lead to losing the land and the destruction of the Temple. This heap of ruins will leave people astonished as they pass by. The reason that Yahweh would abandon Israel and their house of worship would be because they embraced, worshiped, and served other gods.

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