|1 Kings 8 |
1 Now Solomon assembled the elders of Israel and all the heads of the tribes, the leaders of the households of the children of Israel, to King Solomon in Jerusalem, so that they might bring up the ark of the covenant of the LORD out of Zion, the city of David.
2 Therefore all the men of Israel assembled themselves before King Solomon at the feast in the seventh month, Ethanim.
3 So all the elders of Israel came, and the priests took up the ark.
4 And they brought up the ark of the LORD, the tabernacle of the congregation, and all the holy furnishings that were in the tabernacle; the priests and the Levites brought them up.
5 King Solomon and all the congregation of Israel who had assembled about him were before the ark, sacrificing so many sheep and oxen that they could not be counted or numbered.
6 Then the priests brought the ark of the covenant of the LORD to its place in the Holy of Holies of the temple, under the wings of the cherubim.
7 For the cherubim spread their two wings over the place of the ark, and the cherubim covered the ark and its carrying poles.
8 These poles were so long that their ends could be seen in the Holy Place in front of the Holy of Holies, but they were not seen outside; they are there to this day.
9 There was nothing in the ark except the two tablets of stone, which Moses put there at Horeb, when the LORD made a covenant with the children of Israel after they came out of the land of Egypt.
10 And it came to pass, when the priests had come out of the Holy Place, that the cloud [the Shekinah glory cloud of the divine presence] filled the temple of the LORD,
11 So that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the LORD's [presence] had filled the temple of the LORD.
12 Then Solomon said, "The LORD said that he would dwell in the thick cloud.
13 I have surely built a magnificent temple for you to dwell in, a place for you to abide forever."
14 Then while all the congregation of Israel stood there, the king turned around and blessed them.
15 And he said, "Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, who spoke with his mouth to David my father and has 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 in which to build a temple so that my name might be in it, but I chose David to be over my people Israel.'
17 Now it was in the heart of David my father to build a temple for the name of the LORD God of Israel.
18 And the LORD said to David my father, 'Because it was in your heart to build a temple to my name, you did well to have this in your heart.
19 Nevertheless you shall not build the temple, but your son who shall be born to you, he shall build the temple to my name.'
20 And the LORD has fulfilled his word that he spoke; I have risen up in the place of David my father, and sit on the throne of Israel, as the LORD promised, and have built a temple for the name of the LORD God of Israel.
21 And I have made there a place for the ark, in which is the covenant of the LORD, which he made with our forefathers when he brought them out of the land of Egypt."
22 Then Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands toward heaven,
23 And he said, "O LORD God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven above or on earth beneath who keeps covenant and mercy with your servants who walk before you with all their heart.
24 You have kept what You promised your servant David my father. You both spoke with your mouth and have fulfilled it with your hand, as it is today.
25 Therefore now, O LORD God of Israel, keep what you promised your servant David my father, saying, 'You shall not fail to have a man to sit before me on the throne of Israel, if only your children will take heed to their way, so that they walk before me as you have walked before me.'
26 And now, O God of Israel, let your word that you spoke to your servant David my father come true.
27 But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, the heavens and heaven of heavens cannot contain you; how much less can this temple that I have built?
28 Yet regard the prayer and supplication of your servant, O LORD my God, to hearken to the cry and prayer, which your servant prays before you today,
29 That your eyes may be open toward this temple night and day, toward the place of which you have said, 'My name shall be there,' that you may hearken to the prayer that your servant shall make in this place.
30 Hearken to the supplication of your servant and of your people Israel, when they pray toward this place. Hear in heaven, your dwelling place, and when you hear, forgive.
31 If any man trespasses against his neighbor, and is forced to take an oath and comes and swears the oath before your altar in this temple,
32 Then hear in heaven and act and judge your servants, condemning the wicked by bringing his way upon his own head and justifying the righteous by rewarding him according to his righteousness.
33 When your people Israel are defeated before an enemy because they have sinned against you, and they turn again 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 again to the land that you gave to their forefathers.
35 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 because you have afflicted them,
36 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 give rain upon your land, which you have given to your people for an inheritance.
37 If there is famine in the land or pestilence, blight, mildew, locust or caterpillar; if their enemy besieges them in the land of their cities, whatever plague, whatever sickness there is,
38 Whatever prayer and supplication is made by any man or by all your people Israel, every man knowing the plague of his own heart, and spreading forth his hands toward this temple,
39 Then hear in heaven, your dwelling place, and forgive and act and give to every man according to his ways, whose heart you know, for you and you only know the hearts of all the children of men,
40 That they may fear and reverence you all the days that they live in the land that you gave to our forefathers.
41 Moreover concerning a stranger who is not of your people Israel but comes out of a far country for your name's sake,
42 (For they will hear of your great name, and of your strong hand, and of your stretched out arm;) when he comes and prays toward this temple,
43 Hear in heaven, your dwelling place, and do according to all that the stranger asks of you, so that all people of the earth may know your name, to fear and reverence you, as do your people Israel, and that they may know that this temple, which I have built, is called by your name.
44 If your people go out to battle against their enemy, wherever you send them, and pray to the LORD toward the city that you have chosen and toward the temple that I have built for your name,
45 Then hear in heaven their prayer and supplication and maintain their cause.
46 If they sin against you, for there is no man who has not sinned, and you are angry with them and deliver them to the enemy, so that they carry them away captives to the land of the enemy, far or near;
47 Yet if they reconsider in the land where they were carried captives and repent and make supplication to you there, saying, 'We have sinned and have done perversely, we have committed wickedness;'
48 And so repent and return to you with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their enemies who took them away captive, and pray to you toward their land, which you gave to their forefathers, the city that you have chosen and the temple that I have built for your name;
49 Then hear their prayer and their supplication in heaven, your dwelling place, and maintain their cause,
50 And forgive your people, who have sinned against you, and all their transgressions in which they have transgressed against you, and cause those who took them captive to show mercy, so that they may have compassion on them;
51 For they are your people and your inheritance, which you brought forth out of Egypt, from the midst of the furnace of iron.
52 May your eyes may be open to the supplication of your servant and of your people Israel, to hearken to them whenever they call to you.
53 For you separated them from among all the peoples of the earth to be your inheritance, as you spoke through Moses your servant when you brought our fathers out of Egypt, O LORD God."
54 And so, when Solomon had finished praying all this prayer and supplication to the LORD, he arose from before the altar of the LORD, where he had been kneeling with his hands spread up to heaven.
55 And he stood and blessed all the congregation of Israel with a loud voice, saying,
56 "Blessed be the LORD, who has given rest to his people Israel, according to all that he promised. Not one word has failed of all his good promises, which he promised through Moses his servant.
57 May the LORD our God be with us as he was with our forefathers; let him not leave us or forsake us,
58 That he may incline our hearts to him, to walk in all his ways and to keep his commands, his statutes, and his ordinances, which he commanded our forefathers.
59 And let these words of mine, with which I have made supplication before the LORD, be near to the LORD our God day and night, that he may maintain the cause of his servant and of his people Israel at all times, as each day may require,
60 That all the people of the earth may know that the LORD is God and that there is no other.
61 Let your hearts therefore be perfect with the LORD our God, to walk in his statutes and to obey his commands, as at this time."
62 And the king and all Israel with him offered sacrifices before the LORD.
63 Solomon offered a sacrifice of peace offerings to the LORD: twenty two thousand oxen and a hundred twenty thousand sheep. So the king and all the children of Israel dedicated the temple of the LORD.
64 On that same day the king consecrated the middle of the courtyard that was in front of the temple of the LORD; for there he offered burnt offerings, grain offerings, and the fat of the peace offerings, because the bronze altar that was before the LORD was too small to receive all the offerings.
65 So at that time Solomon held a feast, and all Israel with him, a great congregation, from Hamath to the brook of Egypt, before the LORD our God, seven days [for the dedication of the temple] and seven days [for the Feast of Tabernacles], fourteen days in all.
66 On the following day he sent the people away; they blessed the king and went to their tents joyful and thankful of heart for all the goodness that the LORD had shown to David his servant and his people Israel.
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