Then spoke Solomon, The LORD said that he would dwell in the thick darkness.
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George Leo Haydock
Cloud. He alludes to Leviticus xvi. 2. (Menochius)
God had so frequently appeared in this manner, that Solomon was authorized to consider it as the symbol of his presence, Exodus xiv. 19., xxiv. 16., and xl. 32., and Psalm xvii. 12. This luminous cloud filled the whole temple, to convince all that the Lord was pleased with the devotion of the king, and of his people. (Calmet)