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
8:3 And all the elders of Israel came, and the priests took up
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
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.