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But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded?

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

8:27 dwell on the earth. Solomon’s concept of God was not that of a mere tribal deity, nor was his temple built merely to house an idol or an oracle. He knew that the God of Israel was nothing less than the personal Creator of the entire universe.

8:27 heaven of heavens. This phrase “heaven of heavens” probably answers to “the third heaven” (II Corinthians 12:2). The first heaven is the atmosphere. Above that is the heaven of the stars, extending unknown billions of light years out into space. Then, still above that is the heaven of heavens, projecting infinitely beyond all the stars, and this is where God now has His throne. After His resurrection, Christ “ascended up far above all heavens” (Ephesians 4:10) to the right hand of God.

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