8 Then aSolomon assembled the elders of Israel, and all the heads of the tribes, the †chief of the fathers of the children of Israel, unto king Solomon in Jerusalem, bthat they might bring up the ark of the covenant of the Lord cout of the city of David, which is Zion. 2 And all the men of Israel assembled themselves unto king Solomon at the dfeast in the month Ethanim, which is the seventh month. 3 *And all the elders of Israel came, and ethe priests took up the ark. 4 And they brought up the ark of the Lord, fand the tabernacle of the congregation, and all the holy vessels that were in the tabernacle, even those did the priests and the Levites bring up. 5 And king Solomon, and all the congregation of Israel, that were assembled unto him, were with him before the ark, gsacrificing sheep and oxen, that could not be told nor numbered for multitude. 6 And the priests bbrought in the ark of the covenant of the Lord unto hhis place, into ithe oracle of the house, to the most holy place, even kunder the wings of the cherubims. 7 For the cherubims spread forth their two wings over the place of the ark, and the cherubims covered the ark and the staves thereof above. 8 And they ldrew out the staves, that the †ends of the staves were seen out in the ||holy place before ithe oracle, and they were not seen without: and there they are unto this day. 9 There was nothing in the ark save mthe two tables of stone, which Moses put there at Horeb, ||when nthe Lord made oa covenant with the children of Israel, when they came out of the land of Egypt. 10 And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy place, that the cloud pfilled the house of the Lord, 11 So that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud: for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of the Lord.
12 qThen spake Solomon, The Lord said that he would dwell rin the thick darkness. 13 sI have surely built thee an house to dwell in, a tsettled place for thee to abide in for ever. 14 And the king turned his face about, and ublessed all the congregation of Israel: (and all the congregation of Israel stood;) 15 And he said, wBlessed be the Lord God of Israel, xwhich spake with his mouth unto David my father, and hath with his hand fulfilled it, saying, 16 Since the day that I brought forth my people Israel out of Egypt, I chose no city out of all the tribes of Israel to build an house, that ymy name might be therein; but I chose zDavid to be over my people Israel. 17 And ait was in the heart of David my father to build an house for the name of the Lord God of Israel. 18 And the Lord said unto David my father, Whereas it was in thine heart to build an house unto my name, thou didst well that it was in thine heart. 19 Nevertheless bthou shalt not build the house; but thy son that cshall come forth out of thy loins, he shall build the house unto my name. 20 And the Lord hath performed his word that he spake, and I am risen up in the room of David my father, and sit on the throne of Israel, das the Lord promised, and have built an house for the name of the Lord God of Israel. 21 And I have set there a place for the ark, wherein is ethe covenant of the Lord, which he made with our fathers, when he brought them out of the land of Egypt.
22 And Solomon fstood before the altar of the Lord in the presence of all the congregation of Israel, and gspread forth his hands toward heaven: 23 And he said,
hLord God of Israel, iThere is no God like thee, in heaven above, or on earth beneath, kwho keepest covenant and mercy with thy servants that lwalk before thee with all their heart: 24 Who hast kept with thy servant David my father that thou promisedst him: thou spakest also with thy mouth, and hast fulfilled it with thine hand, as it is this day. 25 Therefore now, Lord God of Israel, keep with thy servant David my father that thou promisedst him, saying, m†There shall not fail thee a man in my sight to sit on the throne of Israel; †so that thy children take heed to their way, that they walk before me as thou hast walked before me. 26 nAnd now, O God of Israel, let thy word, I pray thee, be verified, which thou spakest unto thy servant David my father.
27 But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, othe heaven and pheaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded? 28 Yet have thou respect unto the prayer of thy servant, and to his supplication, O Lord my God, to hearken unto the cry and to the prayer, which thy servant prayeth before thee to day: 29 That qthine eyes may be open toward this house night and day, even toward the place of which thou hast said, rMy name shall be there: that thou mayest hearken unto the prayer which thy servant shall make ||toward this place. 30 And hearken thou to the supplication of thy servant, and of thy people Israel, when they shall pray ||toward this place: and hear thou in heaven sthy dwelling place: and when thou hearest, forgive.
31 If any man trespass against his neighbour, †and tan oath be laid upon him to cause him to swear, and the oath come before thine altar in this house: 32 Then hear thou in heaven, and do, and judge thy servants, ucondemning the wicked, to bring his way upon his head; and justifying the righteous, to give him according to his righteousness.
33 wWhen thy people Israel be smitten down before the enemy, because they have sinned against thee, and xshall turn again to thee, and confess thy name, and pray, and make supplication unto thee ||in this house: 34 Then hear thou in heaven, and forgive the sin of thy people Israel, and bring them again unto the land which thou gavest unto their fathers.
35 yWhen heaven is shut up, and there is no rain, because they have sinned against thee; if they pray toward this place, and confess thy name, and turn from their sin, when thou afflictest them: 36 Then hear thou in heaven, and forgive the sin of thy servants, and of thy people Israel, that thou zteach them athe good way wherein they should walk, and give rain upon thy land, which thou hast given to thy people for an inheritance.
37 bIf there be in the land famine, if there be pestilence, blasting, mildew, locust, or if there be caterpiller; if their enemy besiege them in the land of their ||cities; whatsoever plague, whatsoever sickness there be; 38 What prayer and supplication soever be made by any man, or by all thy people Israel, which shall know every man the plague of his own heart, and cspread forth his hands toward this house: 39 Then hear thou in heaven dthy dwelling place, and forgive, and do, and give to every man according to his ways, whose heart thou knowest; (for thou, even thou only, eknowest the hearts of all the children of men;) 40 That they may fear thee fall the days that they live in the land which thou gavest unto our fathers.
41 Moreover concerning a stranger, that is not of thy people Israel, but cometh out of a far country for thy name’s sake; 42 (For they shall hear of thy great name, and of thy gstrong hand, and of thy stretched out arm;) when he shall come and pray toward this house; 43 Hear thou in heaven dthy dwelling place, and do according to all that the stranger calleth to thee for: hthat all people of the earth may know thy name, to ifear thee, as do thy people Israel; and that they may know that †this house, which I have builded, is called by thy name.
44 If thy people go out to battle against their enemy, whithersoever thou shalt send them, and shall pray unto the Lord †toward the city which thou hast chosen, and toward the house that I have built for thy name: 45 Then hear thou in heaven their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their ||cause. 46 If they sin against thee, k(for there is no man that sinneth not,) and thou be angry with them, and deliver them to the enemy, so that they carry them away captives lunto the land of the enemy, far or near; 47 mYet if they shall †bethink themselves in the land whither they were carried captives, and repent, and make supplication unto thee in the land of them that carried them captives, saying, nWe have sinned, and ohave done perversely, we have committed wickedness; 48 And so preturn unto thee with all their heart, and with all their soul, in the land of their enemies, which led them away captive, and pray unto thee qtoward their land, which thou gavest unto their fathers, the city which thou hast chosen, and the house which I have built for thy name: 49 Then hear thou their prayer and their supplication in heaven dthy dwelling place, and maintain their ||cause, 50 And forgive thy people that have sinned against thee, and all their transgressions wherein they have transgressed against thee, and rgive them compassion before them who carried them captive, that they may have compassion on them: 51 For sthey be thy people, and thine inheritance, which thou broughtest forth out of Egypt, tfrom the midst of the furnace of iron: 52 uThat thine eyes may be open unto the supplication of thy servant, and unto the supplication of thy people Israel, to hearken unto them in all that they call for unto thee. 53 For thou didst separate them from among all the people of the earth, to be thine inheritance, was thou spakest by the hand of Moses thy servant, when thou broughtest our fathers out of Egypt, O Lord God.
54 And it was so, that when Solomon had made an end of praying all this prayer and supplication unto the Lord, he arose from before the altar of the Lord, from xkneeling on his knees with his hands spread up to heaven. 55 And he stood, and yblessed all the congregation of Israel with a loud voice, saying, 56 Blessed be the Lord, that hath given rest unto his people Israel, according to all that he promised: there hath not †failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised by the hand of Moses his servant. 57 The Lord our God be with us, as he was with our fathers: let him not zleave us, nor aforsake us: 58 That he may bincline our hearts unto him, to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and his statutes, and his judgments, which he commanded our fathers. 59 And let these my words, wherewith I have made supplication before the Lord, be nigh unto the Lord our God day and night, that he maintain the ccause of his servant, and the cause of his people Israel †at all times, as the matter shall require: 60 dThat all the people of the earth may know that ethe Lord is God, and that there is none else. 61 Let your heart therefore be fperfect with the Lord our God, to walk in his statutes, and to keep his commandments, as at this day.
62 gAnd the king, and all Israel with him, offered sacrifice before the Lord. 63 And Solomon offered a sacrifice of peace offerings, which he offered unto the Lord, two and twenty thousand oxen, and an hundred and twenty thousand sheep. So the king and all the children of Israel dedicated the house of the Lord. 64 The same day did the king hallow the middle of the court that was before the house of the Lord: for there he offered burnt offerings, and meat offerings, and the fat of the peace offerings: because hthe brasen altar that was before the Lord was too little to receive the burnt offerings, and meat offerings, and the fat of the peace offerings. 65 And at that time Solomon held ia feast, and all Israel with him, a great congregation, from jthe entering in of Hamath unto kthe river of Egypt, before the Lord our God, seven days and lseven days, even fourteen days. 66 lOn the eighth day he sent the people away: and they ||blessed the king, and went unto their mtents joyful and nglad of heart for all the goodness that the Lord had done for David his servant, and for Israel his people.
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