2 Chronicles 8:12-18
Then Solomon offered burnt offerings to the LORD on the altar of the LORD, which he had built before the porch,…
Solomon was great in burnt offerings. Do not men sometimes make up in burnt offerings what they lack in moral consistency? Is not an ostentatious religion sometimes the best proof of internal decay? It ought not to be so. The outward and inward should correspond. The action should be the incarnation of the thought. It is beautiful to look upon the Church engaged in much church-building and in strenuous endeavours against public sin; yet we must never forget that all this may possibly coexist with internal loss, decay, corruption. All action does not spring from life. Sometimes we try to make up by complex mechanism what is wanting in real vitality. It is often easier to offer burnt offering than to do some deed of moral heroism.
(J. Parker, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Then Solomon offered burnt offerings unto the LORD on the altar of the LORD, which he had built before the porch,
WEB: Then Solomon offered burnt offerings to Yahweh on the altar of Yahweh, which he had built before the porch,