1 Kings 8 ©
The feast of the dedication of the temple; the ark is brought into the holy place. A cloud filleth the house. Solomon blesseth God for the performance of his word to David. His prayer. , , , , , The special petitions contained in it. He again blesseth God, and the people. His sacrifice of peace offerings. After the feast the people go joyful home.
THEN Solomon aassembled the elders of Israel, and all the heads of the tribes, the 1chief of the fathers of the children of Israel, unto king Solomon in Jerusalem, that they might bbring up the ark of the covenant of the LORD out of the city of David, which is Zion.
Since zthe day that I brought forth my people Israel out of Egypt, I chose no city out of all the tribes of Israel to build an house, that amy name might be therein; but bI chose David to be over my people Israel.
And he said, jLORD God of Israel, there is no God like thee, in heaven above, or on earth beneath, who kkeepest covenant and mercy with thy servants that lwalk before thee with all their heart:
Therefore now, LORD God of Israel, keep with thy servant David my father that thou promisedst him, saying, 5There shall nnot fail thee a man in my sight to sit on the throne of Israel; 6so that thy children take heed to their way, that they walk before me as thou hast walked before me.
That rthine eyes may be open toward this house night and day, even toward the place of which thou hast said, sMy name shall be there: that thou mayest hearken unto the prayer which thy servant shall make 7toward this place.
¶When thy people Israel be xsmitten down before the enemy, because they have sinned against thee, and shall yturn again to thee, and confess thy name, and pray, and make supplication unto thee 10in this house:
Then hear thou in heaven, and forgive the sin of thy servants, and of thy people Israel, that dthou teach them the good way wherein they should walk, and give rain upon thy land, which thou hast given to thy people for an inheritance.
¶If there be in the land efamine, if there be pestilence, *blasting, mildew, locust, or if there be caterpiller; if their enemy besiege them in the land of their 11cities; whatsoever plague, whatsoever sickness there be;
What fprayer and supplication soever be made by any man, or by all thy people Israel, which shall know every man gthe plague of his own heart, and spread forth his hands toward this house:
Then hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive, and do, and hgive to every man according to his ways, whose heart thou knowest; (for thou, even ithou only, knowest the hearts of all the children of men;)
Hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and do according to all that the stranger calleth to thee for: that oall people of the earth may know thy name, to pfear thee, as do thy people Israel; and that they may know that 12this house, which I have builded, is called by thy name.
Then hear thou in heaven their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their 14cause.
And so vreturn unto thee with all their heart, and with all their soul, in the land of their enemies, which led them away captive, and pray unto thee wtoward their land, which thou gavest unto their fathers, the city which thou hast chosen, and the house which I have built for thy name:
And forgive thy people that have sinned against thee, and all their transgressions wherein they have transgressed against thee, and ygive them compassion before them who carried them captive, that they may have compassion on them:
That he may hincline our hearts unto him, to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and his statutes, and his judgments, iwhich he commanded our fathers.
And let these my words, wherewith I have made supplication before the LORD, jbe nigh unto the LORD our God day and night, that he maintain the cause of his servant, and the cause of his people Israel at all times, 18as the matter shall require:
And Solomon offered a nsacrifice of peace offerings, which he offered unto the LORD, two and twenty thousand oxen, and an hundred and twenty thousand sheep. So the king and all the children of Israel dedicated the house of the LORD.
oThe same day did the king hallow 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 pthe brasen altar that was before the LORD was too little to receive the burnt offerings, and meat offerings, and the fat of the peace offerings.
And at that time Solomon qheld a feast, and all Israel with him, a great congregation, rfrom the entering in of Hamath unto sthe river of Egypt, before the LORD our God, tseven days and seven days, even fourteen days.