On the eighth day he sent the people away: and they blessed the king, and went unto their tents joyful and glad of heart for all the goodness that the LORD had done for David his servant, and for Israel his people.
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But we should note this too: having explained the dedication and subsequent festival, Scripture concludes, “And Solomon dismissed the people, who blessed the king and set out for their own dwellings joyfully and glad of heart for all the goodness the Lord had done for David his servant and for his people Israel.” When he has brought to completion the gift of resurrection, our Lord dismisses his elect joyfully to their eternal dwelling places. Surely he does not move them further away from his presence but lets them pass into the dwelling place of the heavenly fatherland after the division at the final judgment (which, according to the saying of the apostle, we know will take place in the air), so that each may receive his promised seat in the kingdom in proportion to his deserts. What is said here, that the people set out for their own dwellings, refers to the setting-out of which our Lord speaks in the Gospel: “In my Father’s house are many mansions.” And it is well said that the peop...
Eighth day, at the conclusion of the second octave. (Haydock)
Blessed the king, as he had done them before. The most honourable performs this office, Hebrew vii. 7. (Calmet)
The king and people wished all sorts of happiness to each other.
David. The glory of his son reflected honour on him. (Haydock)