|2 Chronicles 6 |
1 Then Solomon said, "The LORD has said that he would dwell in the thick darkness.
2 But I have built a house of habitation for you, and a place for your dwelling forever.
3 And the king turned his face, and blessed the whole congregation of Israel; and all the congregation of Israel stood.
4 And he said, "Blessed is the LORD God of Israel, who has with his hands fulfilled what he spoke with his mouth to my father David, saying,
5 'Since the day that I brought forth my people out of the land of Egypt I chose no city among all the tribes of Israel to build an house in, that my name might be there; neither did I choose any man to be a 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 the LORD God of Israel.
8 But the LORD said to David my father, 'Since it was in your heart to build a house for my name, you did well in that it was in your heart.
9 Despite that you will not build the house; but your son who shall come forth out of your loins, shall build the house for my name.'
10 The LORD therefore has performed his word that he has spoken for 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 the house for the name of the LORD God of Israel.
11 And in it I have placed the ark, in which is the covenant of the LORD, that he made with the children of Israel."
12 And he stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands:
13 For Solomon had made a brazen scaffold of 7.5 feet long by 7.5 feet wide by 4.5 feet high, and had set it in the midst of the court; and he stood upon it, and then kneeled down upon his knees before all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands toward heaven.
14 And said, "O LORD God of Israel, there is no God like you in the heaven, nor in the earth; who keeps your covenant, and shows mercy to your servants, who walk before you with all their hearts.
15 You have kept with your servant David my father what you have promised him, having spoken with your mouth, and having fulfilled it with your hand, as it is this day.
16 Now therefore, O LORD God of Israel, keep with your servant David my father what you have promised him, saying, 'There shall not fail you a man in my sight to sit upon the throne of Israel; providing your children take heed to their way to walk in my law, as you have walked before me.'
17 Now then, O LORD God of Israel, let your word be verified, which you have spoken to your servant David.
18 But will God in very deed 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 Have respect therefore to the prayer of your servant, and to his supplication, O LORD my God, to hear the cry and the prayer that your servant prays before you;
20 That your eyes may be open upon this house day and night, upon the place where you have said that you would put your name there; to listen to the prayer that your servant prays toward this place.
21 Listen therefore to the supplications of your servant, and of your people Israel, which they shall make toward this place; hear from your dwelling place, even from heaven; and when you hear, forgive.
22 If a man sin against his neighbor, and an oath be laid upon him to make him swear, and the oath comes before your altar in this house;
23 Then hear from heaven, and do, and judge your servants, by repaying the wicked, by recompensing his way upon his own head; and by justifying the righteous, by giving to him according to his righteousness.
24 And if your people Israel are put to the worse before the enemy, because they have sinned against you; and shall return and confess your name, and pray and make supplication before you in this house;
25 Then hear from the heavens, and forgive the sin of your people Israel, and bring them again to the land which you gave to them and to their fathers.
26 When the heaven is shut up, and there is no rain, because they have sinned against you; yet if they pray toward this place, and confess your name, and turn from their sin, when you have afflicted them;
27 Then hear from heaven, and forgive the sin of your servants and of your people Israel, when you have taught them the good way in which they should walk; and send rain upon your land, which you have given to your people for an inheritance.
28 If there is dearth in the land, if there is pestilence, if there be blasting, or mildew, locusts, or caterpillars; if their enemies besiege them in the cities of their land; whatever sore or whatever sickness there is;
29 Then whatever prayer or whatever supplication shall be made of any man, or of all your people Israel, when everyone shall know his own sore and his own grief, and shall spread forth his hands in 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 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 which you gave to our fathers.
32 In addition concerning the stranger, who is not of your people Israel, but has come from a far country for your great name's sake, and your mighty hand, and your stretched out arm; if they come and pray in this house;
33 Then hear from the heavens, even from your dwelling place, and do according to all that the stranger calls to you for; that all people of the earth may know your name, and fear you, as do your people Israel, and may know that this house which I have built is called by your name.
34 If your people go out to war against their enemies by the way that you shall send them, and they pray to you toward this city which you have chosen, and the house which I have built for your name;
35 Then hear from the heavens their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their cause.
36 If they sin against you, (for there is no man who does not sin), and you are angry with them, and deliver them over to their enemies, and they carry them away captives to a land far off or near;
37 Yet if they repent in the land where they have carried captive, and turn and pray to you in the land of their captivity, saying, 'We have sinned, we have done wrong, 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 captives, and pray toward their land, which you gave to their fathers, and toward the city which you have chosen, and toward the house which I have built for your name;
39 Then hear from the heavens, even from your dwelling place, their prayer and their supplications, and maintain their cause, and forgive your people who have sinned against you.
40 Now, my God, let, I beseech you, your eyes be open, and let your ears be attentive to the prayer that is made in this place.
41 Now therefore arise, O LORD God, into your resting place, you, and the ark of your strength' let your priests, O LORD God, be clothed with salvation, and let your saints rejoice in goodness.
42 O LORD God, turn not away the face of your anointed; remember the mercies of David your servant.
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