2 Chronicles 6
King James Bible: Purple Letter Edition
1Then said Solomon, The LORD hath said that He would dwell in the thick darkness. 2But I have built an house of habitation for Thee, and a place for Thy dwelling forever.

3And the king turned his face, and blessed the whole congregation of Israel; and all the congregation of Israel stood. 4And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, Who hath with His hands fulfilled that which He spoke with His mouth to my father, David, saying, 5Since 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 chose I any man to be a ruler over My people Israel: 6But I have chosen Jerusalem, that My name might be there; and have chosen David to be over My people, Israel. 7Now it was in the heart of David, my father, to build an house for the name of the LORD God of Israel. 8But the LORD said to David, my father, Forasmuch as it was in thine heart to build an house for My name, thou didst well in that it was in thine heart: 9Notwithstanding, thou shalt not build the house; but thy son, who shall come forth out of thy loins, he shall build the house for My name. 10The LORD, therefore, hath performed His word that He hath spoken; for I am risen up in the stead {room} of David, my father, and am set on the throne of Israel, as the LORD promised, and have built the house for the name of the LORD God of Israel. 11And in it have I put the ark, in which {wherein} is the covenant of the LORD, that He made with the children of Israel.

12And he stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands; 13For Solomon had made a bronze platform {scaffold}, of five cubits long, and five cubits broad, and three cubits high, and had set it in the center {midst} of the court, and upon it he stood, and kneeled down upon his knees before all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands toward heaven, 14And said, O LORD God of Israel, there is no God like Thee in the heaven, nor in the earth; Who keepest covenant, and showest mercy unto Thy servants, who walk before Thee with all their hearts, 15Thou Who hast kept with Thy servant David, my father, that which Thou hast promised him; and didst speak with Thy mouth, and hast fulfilled it with Thine hand, as it is this day. 16Now therefore, O LORD God of Israel, keep with Thy servant David, my father, that which Thou hast promised him, saying, There shall not fail thee a man in My sight to sit upon the throne of Israel; if only {yet so that} thy children take heed to their way to walk in My law, as thou hast walked before Me. 17Now then, O LORD God of Israel, let Thy word be verified, which Thou hast spoken unto Thy servant, David.

18But will God really {in very deed} dwell with men on the earth? Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain Thee; how much less this house which I have built! 19Have respect, therefore, to the prayer of Thy servant, and to his supplication, O LORD my God, to hearken unto the cry and the prayer which Thy servant prayeth before Thee: 20That Thine eyes may be open upon this house day and night, upon the place of which {whereof} Thou hast said that Thou wouldest put Thy name there; to hearken unto the prayer which Thy servant prayeth toward this place. 21Hearken, therefore, unto the supplications of Thy servant, and of Thy people Israel, which they shall make toward this place; hear Thou from Thy dwelling place, even from heaven; and when Thou hearest, forgive.

22If a man sin against his neighbor, and an oath be laid upon him to make him swear, and the oath come before Thine altar in this house, 23Then hear Thou from heaven, and do, and judge Thy servants, by requiting the wicked, by recompensing his way upon his own head, and by justifying the righteous, by giving him according to his righteousness.

24And if Thy people, Israel, be defeated by {put to the worse before} the enemy, because they have sinned against Thee; and shall return and confess Thy name, and pray and make supplication before Thee in this house, 25Then hear Thou from the heaven, and forgive the sin of Thy people Israel, and bring them again unto the land which Thou gavest to them and to their fathers.

26When the heaven is shut up, and there is no rain, because they have sinned against Thee; yet if they pray toward this place, and confess Thy name, and turn from their sin, when Thou dost afflict them, 27Then hear Thou from heaven, and forgive the sin of Thy servants, and of Thy people, Israel, when Thou hast taught them the good way, wherein they should walk; and send rain upon Thy land, which Thou hast given unto Thy people for an inheritance.

28If there be famine {dearth} in the land, if there be pestilence, if there be blight {blasting}, or mildew, locusts, or caterpillars; if their enemies besiege them in the cities of their land; whatsoever plague {sore} or whatsoever sickness there be: 29Then whatever prayer or whatever supplication shall be made of any man, or of all Thy people, Israel, when every one shall know his own plague {sore} and his own grief, and shall spread forth his hands in this house, 30Then hear Thou from heaven, Thy dwelling place, and forgive, and render unto every man according unto all his ways, whose heart Thou knowest (for Thou only knowest the hearts of the children of men), 31That they may fear Thee, to walk in Thy ways, as {so} long as they live in the land which Thou gavest unto our fathers.

32Moreover, concerning the foreigner, who is not of Thy people, Israel, but is come from a far country for Thy great names sake, and Thy mighty hand, and Thine outstretched out arm; if they come and pray in this house, 33Then hear Thou from the heavens, even from Thy dwelling place, and do according to all that the foreigner calleth to Thee for; that all people of the earth may know Thy name, and fear Thee, as doth Thy people, Israel, and may know that this house, which I have built, is called by Thy name.

34If Thy people go out to war against their enemies by the way that Thou shalt send them, and they pray unto Thee toward this city which Thou hast chosen, and the house which I have built for Thy name, 35Then hear Thou from the heavens their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their cause. 36If they sin against Thee (for there is no man who sinneth not), and Thou be angry with them, and deliver them over before their enemies, and they carry them away captives unto a land far off or near, 37Yet if they take it to their hearts {bethink themselves} in the land whither they are carried captive, and turn and pray unto Thee in the land of their captivity, saying, We have sinned, we have done amiss, and have dealt wickedly; 38If they return to Thee with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their captivity, where {whither} they have carried them captives, and pray toward their land, which Thou gavest unto their fathers, and toward the city which Thou hast chosen, and toward the house which I have built for Thy name, 39Then hear Thou from the heavens, even from Thy dwelling place, their prayer and their supplications, and maintain their cause, and forgive Thy people who have sinned against Thee. 40Now, my God, let, I beseech Thee, Thine eyes be open, and let Thine ears be attentive unto the prayer that is made in this place. 41Now, therefore, arise, O LORD God, into Thy resting place, Thou, and the ark of Thy strength; let Thy priests, O LORD God, be clothed with salvation, and let Thy saints rejoice in goodness. 42O LORD God, turn not away the face of Thine anointed; remember the mercies of David, Thy servant.

King James Bible: Purple Letter Edition
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