Second Chronicles 6


6:1 Then said Solomon, The LORD hath said that he would dwell in
 the thick darkness.
6:2 But I have built a house of habitation for thee, and a place
 for thy dwelling for ever.
6:3 And the king turned his face, and blessed the whole
 congregation of Israel: and all the congregation of Israel
 stood.
6:4 And 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,
6:5 Since the day that I brought forth my people from the land
 of Egypt I chose no city among all the tribes of Israel to
 build a house in, that my name might be there; neither chose I
 any man to be a ruler over my people Israel:
6:6 But I have chosen Jerusalem, that my name might be there;
 and have chosen David to be over my people Israel.
6:7 Now it was in the heart of David my father to build a house
 for the name of the LORD God of Israel:
6:8 But the LORD said to David my father, Forasmuch as it was in
 thy heart to build a house for my name, thou didst well in that
 it was in thy heart;
6:9 Notwithstanding 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.
6:10 The LORD therefore hath performed his word that he hath
 spoken; for I am raised up in the 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.
6:11 And in it have I put the ark, in which [is] the covenant of
 the LORD, that he made with the children of Israel.
6:12 And he stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence
 of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands:
6:13 (For Solomon had made a brazen scaffold, of five cubits
 long, and five cubits broad, and three cubits high, and had set
 it in the midst of the court: and upon it he stood, and kneeled
 upon his knees before all the congregation of Israel, and
 spread forth his hands towards heaven,)
6:14 And said, O LORD God of Israel, [there is] no God like thee
 in the heaven, nor on the earth; who keepest covenant, and
 [showest] mercy to thy servants, that walk before thee with all
 their hearts:
6:15 Thou who hast kept with thy servant David my father that
 which thou hast promised him; and hast spoken with thy mouth,
 and hast fulfilled [it] with thy hand, as [it is] this day.
6:16 Now 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; provided thy children take heed to their way
 to walk in my law, as thou hast walked before me.
6:17 Now then, O LORD God of Israel, let thy word be verified,
 which thou hast spoken to thy servant David.
6:18 But will God 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!
6:19 Have respect therefore to the prayer of thy servant, and to
 his supplication, O LORD my God, to hearken to the cry and the
 prayer which thy servant prayeth before thee:
6:20 That thy eyes may be open upon this house day and night,
 upon the place of which thou hast said, that thou wouldst put
 thy name there; to hearken to the prayer which thy servant
 prayeth towards this place.
6:21 Hearken therefore to the supplications of thy servant, and
 of thy people Israel, which they shall make towards this place:
 hear thou from thy dwelling-place, [even] from heaven; and when
 thou hearest, forgive.
6:22 If a man shall sin against his neighbor, and an oath be
 laid upon him to make him swear, and the oath shall come before
 thy altar in this house;
6:23 Then 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.
6:24 And if thy people Israel shall be 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;
6:25 Then hear thou from the heavens, and forgive the sin of thy
 people Israel, and bring them again to the land which thou
 gavest to them and to their fathers.
6:26 When the heaven is shut, and there is no rain, because they
 have sinned against thee; [yet] if they pray towards this
 place, and confess thy name, and turn from their sin, when thou
 dost afflict them;
6:27 Then hear thou from heaven, and forgive the sin of thy
 servants, and of thy people Israel, when thou hast taught them
 the good way in which they should walk; and send rain upon thy
 land, which thou hast given to thy people for an inheritance.
6:28 If there shall be dearth in the land, if there be
 pestilence, if there be blasting, or mildew, locusts, or
 caterpillars; if their enemies shall besiege them in the cities
 of their land; whatever calamity, or whatever sickness [there
 be]:
6:29 [Then] whatever prayer, [or] whatever supplication shall be
 made by any man, or by all the people of Israel, when every one
 shall know his own calamity, and his own grief, and shall
 spread forth his hands in this house:
6:30 Then hear thou from heaven thy dwelling-place, and forgive,
 and render to every man according to all his ways, whose heart
 thou knowest (for thou only knowest the hearts of the children
 of men:)
6:31 That they may fear thee, to walk in thy ways, so long as
 they live in the land which thou gavest to our fathers.
6:32 Moreover concerning the stranger, who is not of thy people
 Israel, but hath come from a distant country for thy great
 name's sake, and thy mighty hand, and thy out-stretched arm; if
 they come and pray in this house;
6:33 Then hear thou from the heavens, [even] from 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, and fear thee, as [do] thy people Israel, and may know
 that this house which I have built is called by thy name.
6:34 If thy people go out to war against their enemies by the
 way that thou shalt send them, and they pray to thee towards
 this city which thou hast chosen, and the house which I have
 built for thy name;
6:35 Then hear thou from the heavens their prayer and their
 supplication, and maintain their cause.
6:36 If 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
 to a land far off or near;
6:37 Yet [if] they bethink themselves in the land whither they
 are carried captive, and turn and pray to thee in the land of
 their captivity, saying, We have sinned, we have done amiss,
 and have dealt wickedly;
6:38 If they return to thee with all their heart and with all
 their soul in the land of their captivity, whither they have
 carried them captives, and pray towards their land which thou
 gavest to their fathers, and [towards] the city which thou hast
 chosen, and towards the house which I have built for thy name:
6:39 Then 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.
6:40 Now, my God, let, I beseech thee, thy eyes be open, and
 [let] thy ears [be] attentive to the prayer [that is made] in
 this place.
6:41 Now 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.
6:42 O LORD God, turn not away the face of thy anointed:
 remember the mercies of David thy servant.
 
 

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