1Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel and all the heads of the tribes, the chiefs of the fathers’ households of the children of Israel, to king Solomon in Jerusalem to bring up the ark of the covenant of Yahweh out of the city of David, which is Zion.
2All the men of Israel assembled themselves to king Solomon at the feast in the month Ethanim, which is the seventh month.
3All the elders of Israel came, and the priests took up the ark.
4They brought up the ark of Yahweh and the Tent of Meeting and all the holy vessels that were in the Tent, even these the priests and the Levites brought up.
5King Solomon and all the congregation of Israel who were assembled to him were with him before the ark, sacrificing sheep and cattle that could not be counted nor numbered for multitude.
6The priests brought in the ark of the covenant of Yahweh to its place, into the inner sanctuary of the house, to the most holy place, even under the wings of the cherubim.
7For the cherubim spread out their wings over the place of the ark, and the cherubim made a covering over the ark and its poles from above.
8But the poles were so long that the ends of the poles could be seen from the holy place before the inner sanctuary, but they could not be seen from outside the Temple; and there they are to this day.
9There was nothing in the ark except the two tablets of stone that Moses put there at Horeb when Yahweh cut a covenant with the children of Israel when they came out of the land of Egypt.
10It came to pass when the priests had come out of the holy place that the cloud filled the house of Yahweh
11so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of Yahweh filled the house of Yahweh.
14The king turned his face around and blessed all the assembly of Israel, and all the assembly of Israel stood.
15He said, “Blessed is Yahweh, the God of Israel, who with his hand has fulfilled what he spoke with his mouth to your father David saying,
16‘Since the day that I brought my people Israel out of Egypt, I chose no city out of all the tribes of Israel to build a house, that my name might be there; but I chose David to be over my people Israel.’
17Now it was in the heart of David my father to build a house for the name of Yahweh the God of Israel.
18But Yahweh said to David my father, ‘Whereas it was in your heart to build a house for my name, you did well that it was in your heart.
19Nevertheless, you will not build the house, but your son who will come forth out of your body, he will build the house for my name.’
20Yahweh has established his word that he spoke, for I have risen up in the place of David my father and I sit on the throne of Israel as Yahweh promised, and have built the house for the name of Yahweh, the God of Israel.
21There I have set a place for the ark where the covenant of Yahweh is, which he made with our fathers when he brought them out of the land of Egypt.”
22Solomon stood before the altar of Yahweh in the presence of all the assembly of Israel and spread out his hands toward heaven,
23and he said, “Yahweh the God of Israel, there is no God like you, in heaven above or on earth beneath; who keep covenant and loving kindness with your servants, who walk before you with all their heart,
24who have kept with your servant David my father what you promised him. Yes, you spoke with your mouth and have fulfilled it with your hand, as it is this day.
25So now may Yahweh the God of Israel keep with your servant David my father what you have promised him, saying, ‘You will not fail to have a man sit in my sight on the throne of Israel, if only your children pay close attention to their way to walk before me as you have walked before me.’
26Now therefore, God of Israel, please let your word be verified, which you spoke to your servant David my father.
27“But will God in very deed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain you; how much less this house that I have built!
28Yet have respect for the prayer of your servant and for his supplication, Yahweh my God, to listen to the cry and to the prayer that your servant prays before you this day,
29that your eyes may be open toward this house night and day, even toward the place of which you have said, ‘My name will be there,’ to listen to the prayer that your servant will pray toward this place.
30Listen to the supplication of your servant and of your people Israel when they will pray toward this place. Yes, hear in heaven, your dwelling place; and when you hear, forgive.
31“If a man sins against his neighbor and is made to take an oath so that he comes under the oath, and he comes and takes an oath before your altar in this house,
32then hear in heaven, and act, and judge your servants, condemning the wicked person by bringing his way on his own head and declaring the righteous person to be righteous by rewarding him according to his righteousness.
33“When your people Israel are struck down before the enemy because they have sinned against you, if they turn again to you and confess your name and pray and make supplication to you in this house,
34then hear in heaven and forgive the sin of your people Israel and bring them again to the land that you gave to their fathers.
35“When heaven is shut up and there is no rain because they have sinned against you, if they pray toward this place and confess your name and turn from their sin when you afflict them,
36then hear in heaven and forgive the sin of your servants and of your people Israel, when you teach them the good way in which they should walk; and send rain on your land that you have given to your people for an inheritance.
37“If there is famine in the land, if there is pestilence, if there is blight, mildew, locust or caterpillar, if their enemy besieges them in the land of their cities, whatever plague, whatever sickness there is,
38whatever prayer and supplication is made by any man or by all your people Israel who might each know the plague of his own heart and spread out his hands toward this house,
39then hear in heaven your dwelling place, and forgive, and do, and render to every man according to all his ways whose heart you know (for you, even you only, know the hearts of all the children of men),
40that they may fear you all the days that they live in the land that you gave to our fathers.
41“Moreover concerning the foreigner who is not of your people Israel, when he will come out of a country that is far away for your name’s sake
42(for they will hear of your great name, and of your mighty hand, and of your outstretched arm), when he will come and pray toward this house,
43hear in heaven your dwelling place and do according to all that the foreigner calls to you for, that all the peoples of the earth may know your name, to fear you as do your people Israel, and that they may know that this house that I have built is called by your name.
44“If your people go out to battle against their enemy by whatever way you will send them, and they pray to Yahweh toward the city that you have chosen and toward the house that I have built for your name,
45then hear in heaven their prayer and their supplication and maintain their cause.
46“If they sin against you (for there is no man who does not sin) and you are angry with them and deliver them to the enemy so that they carry them away captive to the land of the enemy, whether it is far away or near;
47yet if they will repent in the land where they are carried captive and turn again and make supplication to you in the land of those who carried them captive, saying, ‘We have sinned, and have done perversely; we have dealt wickedly,’
48if they return to you with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their enemies who carried them captive, and pray to you toward their land that you gave to their fathers, the city that you have chosen and the house that I have built for your name,
49then hear their prayer and their supplication in heaven your dwelling place and maintain their cause,
50and forgive your people who have sinned against you and all their transgressions in which they have transgressed against you; and give them compassion before those who carried them captive, that they may have compassion on them
51(for they are your people and your inheritance that you brought out of Egypt, from the middle of the furnace of iron)
52that your eyes may be open to the supplication of your servant and to the supplication of your people Israel, to listen to them whenever they cry out to you.
53For you separated them from among all the peoples of the earth to be your inheritance, as you spoke by Moses your servant when you brought our fathers out of Egypt, Lord Yahweh.”
54It was so that when Solomon had made an end of praying all this prayer and supplication to Yahweh, he arose from before the altar of Yahweh, from kneeling on his knees with his hands spread out toward heaven.
55He stood and blessed all the assembly of Israel with a loud voice, saying,
56“Blessed be Yahweh who has given rest to his people Israel according to all that he promised. There has not failed one word of all his good promise that he promised by Moses his servant.
57May Yahweh our God be with us as he was with our fathers. Let him not leave us nor forsake us
58that he may incline our hearts to him, to walk in all his ways and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his ordinances that he commanded our fathers.
59Let these my words with which I have made supplication before Yahweh be near to Yahweh our God day and night, that he may maintain the cause of his servant and the cause of his people Israel as every day will require,
60that all the peoples of the earth may know that Yahweh, he is God. There is none else.
61Let your heart therefore be perfect with Yahweh our God, to walk in his statutes and to keep his commandments even today.”
62The king and all Israel with him offered sacrifice before Yahweh.
63Solomon offered for the sacrifice of peace offerings, which he offered to Yahweh, 220,000 head of cattle and 120,000 sheep. So the king and all the children of Israel dedicated the house of Yahweh.
64The same day the king made the middle of the court holy that was before the house of Yahweh, for there he offered the burnt offering and the grain offering and the fat of the peace offerings, because the bronze altar that was before Yahweh was too little to receive the burnt offering and the grain offering and the fat of the peace offerings.
65So Solomon held the feast at that time and all Israel with him, a great assembly from Lebo-hamath to the Brook of Egypt before Yahweh our God, seven days and seven days, even 14 days.
66On the eighth day he sent the people away, and they blessed the king and went to their tents joyful and glad of heart for all the goodness that Yahweh had shown to David his servant and to Israel his people.