2 Chronicles 6
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Solomon Dedicates the Temple

(1 Kings 8:12-21)

1Then Solomon said, “The LORD has said that he lives shrouded in darkness. 2Now I have constructed a magnificent temple dedicated to you that will serve as a place for you to inhabit forever.”

3Then the king turned to face the entire congregation of Israel while the congregation of Israel remained standing. 4Then Solomona prayed:

“Blessed is the LORD God of Israel, who made a commitmentb to my father David and then personallyc fulfilled what he had promised when he said:d

5‘From the day I brought out my people from the land of Egypt I never chose a city from all the tribes of Israel to build a temple where my name might reside. And I never chose any man to become Commander-in-Chiefe over my people Israel. 6But I have chosen Jerusalem, where my name will reside. And I have chosen David to be over my people Israel.’

7“My father David wanted to build a temple for the name of the LORD God of Israel. 8The LORD told my father David:

‘Therefore, since you determinedf to build a temple for my name, you acted well, because it was your choiceg to do so. 9Nevertheless, you are not to build the Temple, but your son who will be bornh to you is to build a temple for my name.’

10“The LORD has brought to fulfillmenti what he promised, and now here I stand,j having succeeded my father David to sit on the throne of Israel, as the LORD promised. I have built the Temple for the name of the Lord GOD of Israel. 11I have placed in it the ark in which the covenant that the LORD made with the Israelis is stored.”

Solomon’s Prayer of Dedication

(1 Kings 8:22-53)

12Then Solomonk took his place in front of the LORD’s altar in the presence of the entire congregation of Israel and spread out his hands. 13Solomon had a bronze platform constructed five cubitsl square and three cubitsm high. He had it erected in the middle of the courtyard, and stood on it. Then he knelt down on his knees in front of the entire congregation of Israel, spread out his hands toward heaven, 14and said:

“LORD God of Israel, there is no one like you, God of heaven and earth, who watches overn his covenant, showing gracious love to your servants who live their lives in your presenceo with all their hearts. 15It is you, LORD God,p who has kept your promise to my father, your servant David, that you made to him. Indeed, you made a commitmentq to my father David and then personally fulfilledr what you had promised today.

16“Now therefore, LORD God of Israel, keep your promise that you mades to my father, your servant David, when you said, ‘You are to not lack a man to sit on the throne of Israel,t if only your descendants will watch their lives,u to live according to my Law, just as you have livedv in my presence.’w

17“Now therefore, LORD God of Israel, may your promise that you madex to your servant David be fulfilled… 18and yet, will God truly reside on earth with human beings? Look! Neither the sky nor the highest heaven can contain you! How much less this Temple that I have built! 19Pay attention to the prayer of your servant and to his request, LORD my God, and listen to the cry and prayer that your servant is praying in your presence. 20Let your eyes always look toward this Temple day and night, toward the location where you have said you would place your name. Listen to the prayer that your servant prays in this direction.y 21Listen to the requests from your servant and from your people Israel as they pray in this direction,z and listen from the place where you reside—from heaven!—then hear and forgive.

22“If a man sins against his neighbor and he is required to take an oath, and he then comes to take an oath in front of your altar in this Temple, 23then listen from heaven, act, and judge your servants, recompensing the wicked by bringing back to him the consequences of his choicesaa and by justifying the righteous by recompensing him according to his righteousness.

24“If your people Israel are defeated in a battle withbb their enemy because they have sinned against you, when they return to youcc and confess to you,dd pray, and in this Temple they ask you to show grace to them, 25then hear from heaven, forgive the sin of your people Israel, and return them to the soilee that you gave to them and to their ancestors.

26“When the skies remain closed, and there is no rain because they have sinned against you, and they pray in the direction of this place, confessing your name and turning from their sin when you afflict them,ff 27then hear in heaven and forgive the sin of your servants and of your people Israel. Indeed, teach them the best way to live and send rain on your land that you have given to your people as an inheritance.

28“If a famine comes to the land, or if there comes plant diseases, mildew, locusts, or grasshoppers,gg or if their enemies attack them in their settlements of the land, no matter what the epidemic or illness is, 29whatever prayer or request is made, no matter whether it’s made by a single man or by all of your people Israel, each praying out of his own illness and anguish and stretching out their hands toward this Temple, 30then hear from heaven, the place where you reside, and forgive, repaying each person according to all of his ways, since you know their hearts—for you alone know the hearts of human beings— 31so they will fear you and live lifehh your way as long as they live in the land that you have given to our ancestors.

32“Now concerning the foreigner who is not from your people Israel, when he comes from a land far away for the sake of your great name, your mighty acts,ii and your obvious power,jj when they come and pray in the direction of this Temple, 33then hear from heaven where you reside, and do whatever the foreigner asks of you, so that all the people of the earth may know your name, fear you as do your people Israel, and so they may know that this Temple that I have built is called by your name.

34“When your people go out to war against their enemies, no matter what way you send them, and they pray to you in the direction of this city that you have chosen and in the direction of the Temple that I have built for your name, 35then hear their prayer and their request from heaven, and fight for their cause.

36“When they sin against you—because there isn’t a single human being who doesn’t sin—and you become angry with them and deliver them over to their enemy, who takes them away captive to a land that’s near or far away, 37if they turn their hearts back to youkk in the land where they have been taken captive, repent, and pray to you—even if they do so in the land where they have been taken captive—confessing, ‘We have sinned, we have committed abominations, and practiced wickedness,’ 38if they return to you with all of their heart and with all of their soul in the land where they have been taken captive, as they pray in the direction of their land that you have given to their ancestors and to the city that you have chosen, and to the Temple that I have built for your name, 39then hear their prayer and requests from heaven, where you reside, and fight for their cause, forgiving your people who have sinned against you.

40“And now, my God, please let your eyes be open and your ears attentive to the prayers that are uttered inll this place.

41“And now may the LORD God arise, to your place of rest, you, and the ark of your power! Let your priests, LORD God, be clothed with salvation, and cause your godly ones to find their joy in what is good.

42“LORD God, do not turn your face away from your anointed one.mm Remember your gracious love to your servant David.”

a 6:4 Lit. He
b 6:4 Lit. who spoke by his mouth
c 6:4 Lit. and by his hand
d 6:4 Cf. 1Chr 17:5ff
e 6:5 Lit. Nagid; i.e. a senior officer entrusted with dual roles of operational oversight and management authority
f 6:8 Lit. since it was in your heart
g 6:8 Lit. because it was in your heart
h 6:9 Lit. will come from your loins
i 6:10 Lit. has caused to stand up
j 6:10 MT verb is a pun on the verb brought to fulfillment
k 6:12 Lit. he
l 6:13 i.e. about seven and a half feet; a cubit was about eighteen inches
m 6:13 i.e. about four and a half feet; a cubit was about eighteen inches
n 6:14 Or who keeps
o 6:14 Lit. who walk before you
p 6:15 The Heb. lacks It is you, LORD God
q 6:15 Lit. you spoke by your mouth
r 6:15 Lit. and by your hand full
s 6:16 Lit. spoke
t 6:16 Cf. 1King 2:4; 2Chr 7:18
u 6:16 Lit. ways
v 6:16 Lit. walked
w 6:16 Or have walked before me
x 6:17 Lit. spoke
y 6:20 Lit. prays toward this place
z 6:21 Lit. pray toward this place
aa 6:23 Lit. by bringing his way upon his head
bb 6:24 Lit. defeated before
cc 6:24 The Heb. lacks to you
dd 6:24 Lit. confess your name
ee 6:25 Or land
ff 6:26 So MT; LXX reads you bring them low
gg 6:28 Or caterpillars
hh 6:31 Lit. and walk in
ii 6:32 Lit. hand
jj 6:32 Lit. your outstretched arm
kk 6:37 The Heb. lacks back to you
ll 6:40 The Heb. lacks that are uttered in
mm 6:42 Or your Messiah

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