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Solomon’s Dedication of the Temple

1Then Solomon said, “Yahweh has said that he would dwell in the thick darkness.
  2But I have built you a house of habitation and a place for you to dwell in forever.”
 

3The king turned his face and blessed all the assembly of Israel, and all the assembly of Israel stood.
  4He said, “Blessed be Yahweh, the God of Israel, who spoke with his mouth to David my father and has with his hands fulfilled it, saying,
  5‘Since the day that I brought forth my people out of the land of Egypt, I chose no city out of all the tribes of Israel to build a house in, that my name might be there, neither chose I any man to be ruler over my people Israel;
  6but I have chosen Jerusalem, that my name might be there, and have chosen David to be over my people Israel.’
 

7“Now it was in the heart of David my father to build a house for the name of Yahweh the God of Israel.
  8But 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;
  9nevertheless 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.’
  10Yahweh has performed his word that he spoke, for I have risen up in the place of David my father and sit on the throne of Israel, as Yahweh promised, and have built the house for the name of Yahweh the God of Israel.
  11There I have set the ark, in which is the covenant of Yahweh that he made with the children of Israel.”
 

Solomon’s Prayer

12He stood before the altar of Yahweh in the presence of all the assembly of Israel and spread out his hands
  13(for Solomon had made a bronze scaffold, five cubits long, and five cubits wide, and three cubits high, and had set it in the middle of the court; and on it he stood and kneeled down on his knees before all the assembly of Israel and spread out his hands toward heaven)
  14and he said, “Yahweh, the God of Israel, there is no God like you, in heaven or on earth; you who keep your covenant and covenant faithfulness with your servants, who walk before you with all their heart,
  15who 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.
  16So 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.’
  17Now therefore Yahweh, the God of Israel, let your word be verified that you spoke to your servant David.
 

18“But will God indeed dwell with men on the earth? Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain you; how much less this house that I have built!
  19Yet have respect for the prayer of your servant and to his supplication, Yahweh my God, to listen to the cry and to the prayer that your servant prays before you,
  20that your eyes may be open toward this house day and night, even toward the place where you have said that you would put your name, to listen to the prayer that your servant will pray toward this place.
  21Listen to the petitions of your servant and of your people Israel, when they will pray toward this place: yes, hear from your dwelling place, even from heaven; and when you hear, forgive.
 

22“If a man sins against his neighbor and an oath is laid on him to cause him to swear, and he comes and swears before your altar in this house,
  23then hear from heaven, and act, and judge your servants, bringing retribution to 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.
 

24“If your people Israel be struck down before the enemy because they have sinned against you, and will turn again and confess your name and pray and make supplication before you in this house,
  25then hear from heaven and forgive the sin of your people Israel, and bring them again to the land that you gave to them and to their fathers.
 

26“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,
  27then 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.
 

28“If there is famine in the land, if there is pestilence, if there is blight or mildew, locust or caterpillar; if their enemies besiege them in the land of their cities, whatever plague or whatever sickness there is,
  29whatever prayer and supplication is made by any man or by all your people Israel, who will know every man his own plague and his own sorrow and spreads out his hands toward this house,
  30then hear from heaven your dwelling place and forgive, and render to every man according to all his ways whose heart you know (for you, even you only, know the hearts of the children of men)
  31that they may fear you, to walk in your ways so long as they live in the land that you gave to our fathers.
 

32“Moreover concerning the foreigner who is not of your people Israel, when he will come from a far country for your great name’s sake and your mighty hand and your outstretched arm, when they will come and pray toward this house,
  33then hear from heaven, even from 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 and fear you, as does your people Israel, and that they may know that this house that I have built is called by your name.
 

34“If your people go out to battle against their enemies, by whatever way you will send them, and they pray to you toward this city that you have chosen and the house that I have built for your name,
  35then hear from heaven their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their cause.
 

36“If they sin against you (for there is no man who doesn’t sin) and you are angry with them and deliver them to the enemy, so that they carry them away captive to a land far off or near,
  37yet if they will repent themselves in the land where they are carried captive, and turn again and make supplication to you in the land of their captivity, saying, ‘We have sinned, we have done perversely and have dealt wickedly,’
  38if they return to you with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their captivity where they have carried them captive, and pray toward their land that you gave to their fathers, and the city that you have chosen, and toward the house that I have built for your name:
  39then hear from heaven, even from your dwelling place, their prayer and their petitions, and maintain their cause, and forgive your people who have sinned against you.
 

40“Now, my God, let, I beg you, your eyes be open, and let your ears be attentive to the prayer that is made in this place.
 

41“Now therefore arise, Yahweh God, into your resting place, you and the ark of your strength; let your priests, Yahweh God, be clothed with salvation, and let your saints rejoice in goodness.
  42Yahweh God, do not turn away the face of your anointed. Remember your loving kindnesses to David your servant.”
 


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