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1 Kings 8:31–53

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31 “When anyone sins against his neighbor, and is forced to take san oath, and comes and takes an oath before Your altar in this temple, 32 then hear in heaven, and act, and judge Your servants, tcondemning the wicked, bringing his way on his head, and justifying the righteous by giving him according to his righteousness.

33 u“When Your people Israel are defeated before an enemy because they have sinned against You, and vwhen they turn back to You and confess Your name, and pray and make supplication to You in this temple, 34 then hear in heaven, and forgive the sin of Your people Israel, and bring them back to the land which You gave to their wfathers.

35 x“When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain because they have sinned against You, when they pray toward this place and confess Your name, and turn from their sin because You afflict them, 36 then hear in heaven, and forgive the sin of Your servants, Your people Israel, that You may yteach them zthe good way in which they should walk; and send rain on Your land which You have given to Your people as an inheritance.

37 a“When there is famine in the land, pestilence or blight or mildew, locusts or grasshoppers; when their enemy besieges them in the land of their 7cities; whatever plague or whatever sickness there is; 38 whatever prayer, whatever supplication is made by anyone, or by all Your people Israel, when each one knows the plague of his own heart, and spreads out his hands toward this temple: 39 then hear in heaven Your dwelling place, and forgive, and act, and give to everyone according to all his ways, whose heart You know (for You alone bknow the hearts of all the sons of men), 40 cthat they may fear You all the days that they live in the land which You gave to our fathers.

41 “Moreover, concerning a foreigner, who is not of Your people Israel, but has come from a far country for Your name’s sake 42 (for they will hear of Your great name and Your dstrong hand and Your outstretched arm), when he comes and prays toward this temple, 43 hear in heaven Your dwelling place, and do according to all for which the foreigner calls to You, ethat all peoples of the earth may know Your name and ffear You, as do Your people Israel, and that they may know that this temple which I have built is called by Your name.

44 “When Your people go out to battle against their enemy, wherever You send them, and when they pray to the Lord toward the city which You have chosen and the temple which I have built for Your name, 45 then hear in heaven their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their 8cause.

46 “When they sin against You g(for there is no one who does not sin), and You become angry with them and deliver them to the enemy, and they take them captive hto the land of the enemy, far or near; 47 iyet when they 9come to themselves in the land where they were carried captive, and repent, and make supplication to You in the land of those who took them captive, jsaying, ‘We have sinned and done wrong, we have committed wickedness’; 48 and when they kreturn to You with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their enemies who led them away captive, and lpray to You toward their land which You gave to their fathers, the city which You have chosen and the temple which I have built for Your name: 49 then hear in heaven Your dwelling place their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their 1cause, 50 and forgive Your people who have sinned against You, and all their transgressions which they have transgressed against You; and mgrant them compassion before those who took them captive, that they may have compassion on them 51 (for nthey are Your people and Your inheritance, whom You brought out of Egypt, oout of the iron furnace), 52 pthat Your eyes may be open to the supplication of Your servant and the supplication of Your people Israel, to listen to them whenever they call to You. 53 For You separated them from among all the peoples of the earth to be Your inheritance, qas You spoke by Your servant Moses, when You brought our fathers out of Egypt, O Lord God.”

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