Then the glory of the LORD departed from off the threshold of the house, and stood over the cherubim.…
Observe with how many steps and pauses God departs, as loth to go, as if to see if there be any that will intercede with Him to return. None of the priests in the inner court between the temple and the altar would court His stay; therefore He leaves their court and stands at the east gate, which led into the court of the people, to see if any of them would yet at length stand in the gap. God removes by degrees from a provoking people; and, when He is ready to depart in displeasure, would return to them in mercy if they were but a repenting, praying people.
( M. Henry.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Then the glory of the LORD departed from off the threshold of the house, and stood over the cherubims.