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Go to Commentary on 2 Chr 7
The Dedication Ceremonies

1Now when Solomon had made an end of praying, the fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of Yahweh filled the house.
  2The priests could not enter into the house of Yahweh because the glory of Yahweh filled Yahweh’s house.
  3All the children of Israel looked on when the fire came down and the glory of Yahweh was on the house, and they kneeled down with their faces to the ground on the pavement and worshiped and gave thanks to Yahweh, saying, “For he is good; for his covenant faithfulness endures forever.”

4Then the king and all the people offered sacrifice before Yahweh.
  5King Solomon offered a sacrifice of 22,000 head of cattle and a 120,000 sheep. So the king and all the people dedicated God’s house.
  6The priests stood according to their positions, the Levites also with instruments of music of Yahweh that David the king had made to give thanks to Yahweh when David praised by their ministry, saying “For his loving kindness endures forever.” The priests sounded trumpets before them and all Israel stood.
  7Then Solomon consecrated the middle of the court that was in front of the house of Yahweh, for there he offered the burnt offerings and the fat of the peace offerings, because the bronze altar that Solomon had made was not able to contain the burnt offerings and the grain offerings and the fat.

8So Solomon held the feast at that time seven days, and all Israel with him, a very great assembly from Lebo-hamath to the Brook of Egypt.
  9On the eighth day they held a solemn assembly, for they kept the dedication of the altar seven days and the feast seven days.
  10On the twenty-third day of the seventh month he sent the people away to their tents, joyful and glad of heart for the goodness that Yahweh had shown to David and to Solomon and to Israel his people.

11Thus Solomon finished the house of Yahweh and the king’s house; and he successfully completed all that came into Solomon’s heart to make in the house of Yahweh and in his own house.

Yahweh’s Response

12Yahweh appeared to Solomon by night and said to him, “I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place to myself for a house of sacrifice.
  13If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land or if I send pestilence among my people,
  14if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray, and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
  15Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayer that is made in this place.
  16For now have I chosen and made this house holy, that my name may be there forever; and my eyes and my heart will be there perpetually.

17“As for you, if you will walk before me as David your father walked and do according to all that I have commanded you and will keep my statutes and my ordinances,
  18then I will establish the throne of your kingdom according as I covenanted with David your father, saying, ‘There will not fail you a man to be ruler in Israel.’

19“But if you turn away and forsake my statutes and my commandments that I have set before you, and will go and serve other gods and worship them,
  20then I will pluck them up by the roots out of my land that I have given them; and this house, which I have made holy for my name, I will cast out of my sight, and I will make it a proverb and a taunt among all peoples.
  21This house that was so exalted, everyone who passes by it will be astonished, and will say, ‘Why has Yahweh done thus to this land and to this house?’
  22They will answer, ‘Because they abandoned Yahweh the God of their fathers who brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, and took other gods worshiped them, and served them. Therefore he has brought all this evil on them.’”

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