The Meaning of 1 Kings 8:2 Explained

1 Kings 8:2

KJV: And all the men of Israel assembled themselves unto king Solomon at the feast in the month Ethanim, which is the seventh month.

YLT: and all the men of Israel are assembled unto king Solomon, in the month of Ethanim, in the festival -- is the seventh month.

Darby: And all the men of Israel assembled themselves to king Solomon at the feast in the month Ethanim, that is, the seventh month.

ASV: And all the men of Israel assembled themselves unto king Solomon at the feast, in the month Ethanim, which is the seventh month.

What does 1 Kings 8:2 Mean?

Study Notes

Seventh month i.e. October.

Context Summary

1 Kings 8:1-11 - The Temple Filled With Glory
When the Temple was finished it was dedicated in connection with the Feast of Tabernacles. All Israel in its most festive attire welcomed the Ark to its resting-place, with sacrifices and offerings that defied calculation. The budding rod and manna had gone from the Ark, because they belonged to a stage of experience which had passed away, just as we have to put away the things of our childhood; but the holy Law was there, 1 Kings 8:9, because, in our most ripened experience, we need to build and meditate on the eternal righteousness which is the foundation of God's throne. The staves of the Ark were drawn out, because this was God's resting-place forever. See Psalms 132:1-18.
How comforted Solomon was when he saw the glory cloud settle down, like a bird on its nest! It was the sign of the divine approval and acceptance, Exodus 40:34. May that Presence fill the throne-room of our nature, that there may be no part dark, Luke 11:36, but that soul, mind, and strength may be full of love and light.
1 Kings 8:1-66 - Breaking Three Commandments
From a worldly point of view Naboth might have done a good stroke of business by selling his estate to. Ahab. A royal price and assured favor might have been his-but he had a conscience! Above the persuasive tones of the monarch's offer sounded the voice of God: "The land shall not be sold for ever, for the land is mine." See Leviticus 25:23; Numbers 36:7; Ezekiel 46:18.
Ahab knew perfectly well that Jezebel could not give him the property of another except by foul means, but he took pains not to inquire. Though the direct orders for Naboth's death did not come from him, yet, by his silence, he was an accomplice and an accessory; and divine justice penetrates all such specious excuses. God holds us responsible for wrongs which we do not arrest, though we have the power. The crime was blacker because of the pretext of religion, as suggested by a fast. See also 2 Kings 9:26. The blood of murdered innocence cries to God, and his requital, though delayed, is inevitable. See Revelation 6:9-10. [source]

Chapter Summary: 1 Kings 8

1  The feast of the temple
12  Solomon's blessing
22  Solomon's prayer
54  Solomon's blessing
62  His sacrifice of peace offerings

What do the individual words in 1 Kings 8:2 mean?

Therefore assembled with King Solomon all the men of Israel in the month of Ethanim at the feast it [is] the month seventh
וַיִּקָּ֨הֲל֜וּ אֶל־ הַמֶּ֤לֶךְ שְׁלֹמֹה֙ כָּל־ אִ֣ישׁ יִשְׂרָאֵ֔ל בְּיֶ֥רַח הָאֵֽתָנִ֖ים בֶּחָ֑ג ה֖וּא הַחֹ֥דֶשׁ הַשְּׁבִיעִֽי

וַיִּקָּ֨הֲל֜וּ  Therefore  assembled 
Parse: Conjunctive waw, Verb, Nifal, Consecutive imperfect, third person masculine plural
Root: קָהַל  
Sense: to assemble, gather.
הַמֶּ֤לֶךְ  King 
Parse: Article, Noun, masculine singular
Root: מֶלֶךְ 
Sense: king.
שְׁלֹמֹה֙  Solomon 
Parse: Proper Noun, masculine singular
Root: שְׁלֹמֹה  
Sense: son of David by Bathsheba and 3rd king of Israel; author of Proverbs and Song of Songs.
אִ֣ישׁ  the  men 
Parse: Noun, masculine singular construct
Root: אִישׁ 
Sense: man.
יִשְׂרָאֵ֔ל  of  Israel 
Parse: Proper Noun, masculine singular
Root: יִשְׂרָאֵל  
Sense: the second name for Jacob given to him by God after his wrestling with the angel at Peniel.
בְּיֶ֥רַח  in  the  month 
Parse: Preposition-b, Noun, masculine singular
Root: יֶרַח  
Sense: month (lunar cycle), moon.
הָאֵֽתָנִ֖ים  of  Ethanim 
Parse: Article, Proper Noun, masculine singular
Root: אֵתָנִים  
Sense: seventh Jewish month, corresponding to modern Oct.
בֶּחָ֑ג  at  the  feast 
Parse: Preposition-b, Article, Noun, masculine singular
Root: חַג  
Sense: festival, feast, festival-gathering, pilgrim-feast.
ה֖וּא  it  [is] 
Parse: Pronoun, third person masculine singular
Root: הוּא 
Sense: he, she, it.
הַחֹ֥דֶשׁ  the  month 
Parse: Article, Noun, masculine singular
Root: חֹדֶשׁ  
Sense: the new moon, month, monthly.
הַשְּׁבִיעִֽי  seventh 
Parse: Article, Number, ordinal masculine singular
Root: שְׁבִיעִי  
Sense: seventh.