First Kings 8


8:1 Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel, and all the
 heads of the tribes, the chief of the fathers of the children
 of Israel, to king Solomon in Jerusalem, that they might bring
 the ark of the covenant of the LORD out of the city of David,
 which [is] Zion.
8:2 And all the men of Israel assembled themselves to king
 Solomon at the feast in the month Ethanim, which [is] the
 seventh month.
8:3 And all the elders of Israel came, and the priests took up
 the ark.
8:4 And they brought the ark of the LORD, and the tabernacle of
 the congregation, and all the holy vessels that [were] in the
 tabernacle, even those did the priests and the Levites bring.
8:5 And king Solomon, and all the congregation of Israel, that
 were assembled to him, [were] with him before the ark,
 sacrificing sheep and oxen, that could not be told nor numbered
 for multitude.
8:6 And the priests brought the ark of the covenant of the LORD
 to its place, into the oracle of the house, to the most holy
 [place], [even] under the wings of the cherubim.
8:7 For the cherubim spread forth [their] two wings over the
 place of the ark, and the cherubim covered the ark and the
 staffs thereof above.
8:8 And they drew out the staffs, that the ends of the staffs
 were seen out in the holy [place] before the oracle, and they
 were not seen without: and there they are to this day.
8:9 [There was] nothing in the ark save the two tables of stone,
 which Moses deposited there at Horeb, when the LORD made [a
 covenant] with the children of Israel, when they came out of
 the land of Egypt.
8:10 And it came to pass, when the priests had come out of the
 holy [place], that the cloud filled the house of the LORD,
8:11 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.
8:12 Then spoke Solomon, The LORD said that he would dwell in
 the thick darkness.
8:13 I have surely built thee a house to dwell in, a settled
 place for thee to abide in for ever.
8:14 And the king turned his face about, and blessed all the
 congregation of Israel: and all the congregation of Israel were
 standing.
8:15 And he said, Blessed [be] the LORD God of Israel, who spoke
 with his mouth to David my father, and hath with his hand
 fulfilled [it], saying,
8:16 Since the day that I brought forth my people Israel from
 Egypt, I have chosen no city out of all the tribes of Israel to
 build a house, that my name might be therein; but I chose David
 to be over my people Israel.
8:17 And it was in the heart of David my father to build a house
 for the name of the LORD God of Israel.
8:18 And the LORD said to David my father, Whereas it was in thy
 heart to build a house to my name, thou didst well that it was
 in thy heart.
8:19 Nevertheless, thou shalt not build the house; but thy son
 that shall come forth out of thy loins, he shall build the
 house to my name.
8:20 And the LORD hath performed his word that he spoke, and I
 have risen in the room of David my father, and sit on the
 throne of Israel, as the LORD promised, and have built a house
 for the name of the LORD God of Israel.
8:21 And I have set there a place for the ark, in which [is] the
 covenant of the LORD, which he made with our fathers, when he
 brought them from the land of Egypt.
8:22 And Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in the
 presence of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth
 his hands towards Heaven:
8:23 And he said, LORD God of Israel, [there is] no God like
 thee, in heaven above, or on earth beneath, who keepest
 covenant and mercy with thy servants that walk before thee with
 all their heart.
8:24 Who hast kept with thy servant David my father that which
 thou didst promise him: thou didst speak also with thy mouth,
 and hast fulfilled [it] with thy hand, as [it is] this day.
8:25 Therefore now, LORD God of Israel, keep with thy servant
 David my father that which thou didst promise him, saying,
 There shall not fail thee a man in my sight to sit on the
 throne of Israel; provided thy children take heed to their way,
 that they walk before me as thou hast walked before me.
8:26 And now, O God of Israel, let thy word, I pray thee, be
 verified, which thou didst speak to thy servant David my
 father.
8:27 But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven
 and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this
 house that I have built?
8:28 Yet have thou respect to the prayer of thy servant, and to
 his supplication, O LORD my God, to hearken to the cry and to
 the prayer, which thy servant prayeth before thee this day:
8:29 That thy eyes may be open towards this house night and day,
 [even] towards the place of which thou hast said, My name shall
 be there: that thou mayest hearken to the prayer which thy
 servant shall make towards this place.
8:30 And hearken thou to the supplication of thy servant, and of
 thy people Israel, when they shall pray towards this place: and
 hear thou in heaven thy dwelling-place: and when thou hearest,
 forgive.
8:31 If any man shall trespass against his neighbor, and an oath
 be laid upon him to cause him to swear, and the oath come
 before thy altar in this house:
8:32 Then hear thou in heaven, and do, and judge thy servants,
 condemning the wicked, to bring his way upon his head; and
 justifying the righteous, to give him according to his
 righteousness.
8:33 When thy people Israel shall be smitten before the enemy,
 because they have sinned against thee, and shall turn again to
 thee, and confess thy name, and pray, and make supplication to
 thee in this house:
8:34 Then hear thou in heaven, and forgive the sin of thy people
 Israel, and bring them again to the land which thou gavest to
 their fathers.
8:35 When heaven is shut up, and there is no rain, because they
 have sinned against thee; if they pray towards this place, and
 confess thy name, and turn from their sin, when thou afflictest
 them:
8:36 Then hear thou in heaven, and forgive the sin of thy
 servants, and of thy people Israel, that thou mayest teach them
 the good way in which they should walk, and give rain upon thy
 land, which thou hast given to thy people for an inheritance.
8:37 If there shall be in the land famine, if there shall be
 pestilence, blasting, mildew, locust, [or] if there shall be
 caterpillar; if their enemy shall besiege them in the land of
 their cities, whatever plague, whatever sickness [there shall
 be];
8:38 Whatever prayer and supplication shall be [made] by any
 man, [or] by all thy people Israel, who shall know every man
 the plague of his own heart, and spread forth his hands towards
 this house:
8:39 Then hear thou in heaven thy dwelling-place, and forgive,
 and do, and give to every man according to his ways, whose
 heart thou knowest; (for thou, [even] thou only, knowest the
 hearts of all the children of men;)
8:40 That they may fear thee all the days that they live in the
 land which thou gavest to our fathers.
8:41 Moreover, concerning a stranger, that [is] not of thy
 people Israel, but cometh out of a far country for thy name's
 sake;
8:42 (For they shall hear of thy great name, and of thy strong
 hand, and of thy out-stretched arm;) when he shall come and
 pray towards this house;
8:43 Hear thou in heaven thy dwelling-place, and do according to
 all that the stranger calleth to thee for: that all people of
 the earth may know thy name, to fear thee, as [do] thy people
 Israel; and that they may know that this house which I have
 built is called by thy name.
8:44 If thy people go out to battle against their enemy,
 whithersoever thou shalt send them, and shall pray to the LORD
 towards the city which thou hast chosen, and [towards] the
 house that I have built for thy name:
8:45 Then hear thou in heaven their prayer and their
 supplication, and maintain their cause.
8:46 If they shall sin against thee, (for [there is] no man that
 sinneth not,) and thou shalt be 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;
8:47 [Yet] if they shall bethink themselves in the land whither
 they were carried captives, and repent and make supplication to
 thee in the land of them that carried them captives, saying, We
 have sinned, and have done perversely, we have committed
 wickedness;
8:48 And [so] return to thee with all their heart, and with all
 their soul, in the land of their enemies, who led them away
 captive, and pray to thee towards their land, which thou gavest
 to their fathers, the city which thou hast chosen, and the
 house which I have built for thy name:
8:49 Then hear thou their prayer and their supplication in
 heaven thy dwelling-place, and maintain their cause,
8:50 And forgive thy people that have sinned against thee, and
 all their transgressions in which they have transgressed
 against thee, and give them compassion before them who carried
 them captive, that they may have compassion on them:
8:51 For they [are] thy people, and thy inheritance, which thou
 broughtest out of Egypt, from the midst of the furnace of iron:
8:52 That thy eyes may be open to the supplication of thy
 servant, and to the supplication of thy people Israel, to
 hearken to them in all their supplications to thee.
8:53 For thou didst separate them from among all the people of
 the earth, [to be] thy inheritance, as thou didst speak by the
 hand of Moses thy servant, when thou broughtest our fathers out
 of Egypt, O LORD God.
8:54 And it was [so], that when Solomon had made an end of
 praying all this prayer and supplication to the LORD, he arose
 from before the altar of the LORD, from kneeling on his knees,
 with his hands spread up to heaven.
8:55 And he stood, and blessed all the congregation of Israel
 with a loud voice, saying,
8:56 Blessed [be] the LORD, that hath given rest to 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.
8:57 The LORD our God be with us, as he was with our fathers:
 let him not leave us, nor forsake us:
8:58 That he may incline our hearts to him, to walk in all his
 ways, and to keep his commandments, and his statutes, and his
 judgments, which he commanded our fathers.
8:59 And let these my words with which I have made supplication
 before the LORD, be nigh to the LORD our God day and night,
 that he may maintain the cause of his servant, and the cause of
 his people Israel at all times, as the matter shall require:
8:60 That all the people of the earth may know, that the LORD
 [is] God, [and that there is] none else.
8:61 Let your heart therefore be perfect with the LORD our God,
 to walk in his statutes, and to keep his commandments, as at
 this day.
8:62 And the king, and all Israel with him, offered sacrifice
 before the LORD.
8:63 And Solomon offered a sacrifice of peace-offerings, which
 he offered to the LORD, two and twenty thousand oxen, and a
 hundred and twenty thousand sheep. So the king and all the
 children of Israel dedicated the house of the LORD.
8:64 The same day did the king consecrate 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 the brazen altar that [was] before the
 LORD [was] too little to receive the burnt-offerings, and
 meat-offerings, and the fat of the peace-offerings.
8:65 And at that time Solomon held a feast, and all Israel with
 him, a great congregation, from the entrance into Hamath to the
 river of Egypt, before the LORD our God, seven days and seven
 days, [even] fourteen days.
8:66 On the eighth day he sent the people away: and they blessed
 the king, and went to their tents joyful and glad of heart for
 all the goodness that the LORD had done for David his servant,
 and for Israel his people.
 
 

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