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Go to Commentary on 2 Chr 6
 
Solomon’s Dedication of the Temple

1Then Solomon said,

 “Yahweh has said that he would dwell in the thick darkness.

 2 But 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;

 6 but 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.

 8 But 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;

 9 nevertheless 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.’

 10 Yahweh 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.

 11 There 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,

 15 who 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.

 16 So 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.’

 17 Now 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!

 19 Yet 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,

 20 that 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.

 21 Listen 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,

 23 then 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,

 25 then 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,

 27 then 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,

 29 whatever 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,

 30 then 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)

 31 that 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,

 33 then 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,

 35 then 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,

 37 yet 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,’

 38 if 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:

 39 then 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.

 42 Yahweh God, do not turn away the face of your anointed.

 Remember your loving kindnesses to David your servant.”


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