2 Chronicles 6 ©
Solomon blesseth the people, and praiseth God for the performance of his promise to David concerning the building of the house. His prayer upon the brasen scaffold at the consecration of the temple: , , , , , , the special petitions contained in it. The concluding general invocation of God's presence and favour.
The LORD therefore hath performed his word that he hath spoken: for mI am risen up in the *room of David my father, and am set on the throne of Israel, as nthe LORD promised, and ohave built the house for the name of the LORD God of Israel.
For Solomon had made a brasen rscaffold, of five cubits 1long, and five cubits broad, and three cubits high, and had set it in the midst of the scourt: and upon it he stood, and tkneeled down upon his knees before all the congregation of Israel, and uspread forth his hands toward heaven,
And said, O LORD God of Israel, there is vno God like thee in the heaven, nor in the earth; wwhich keepest covenant, and shewest mercy unto thy servants, that xwalk before thee with all their hearts:
Thou which hast kept with thy servant David my father that which thou hast promised him; and spakest with thy mouth, and hast fulfilled it with thine hand, as it is this day.
Now therefore, O LORD God of Israel, ykeep with thy servant David my father that which thou hast promised him, saying, 2There shall not fail thee a man in my sight to sit upon the throne of Israel; yet so that thy children take heed to their way zto walk in my law, as thou hast walked before me.
Now athen, O LORD God of Israel, let thy word be verified, which thou hast spoken unto thy servant David.
¶If a man sin against his neighbour, 5and an oath be laid upon him to make him swear, and the oath come hbefore thine altar in this house;
Then hear thou from heaven, and do, and judge thy servants, by irequiting the wicked, by recompensing his way upon his own head; and by jjustifying the righteous, by giving him according to his righteousness.
¶When the nheaven 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, owhen thou dost afflict them;
Then hear thou from heaven, and forgive the sin of thy servants, and of thy people Israel, when thou phast taught them the good way, wherein they should walk; and qsend rain upon thy land, which thou hast given unto thy people for an inheritance.
¶If there rbe dearth in the land, if there be pestilence, if there be *blasting, or mildew, locusts, or caterpillers; if their senemies besiege them 8in the cities of their land; whatsoever sore or whatsoever sickness there be :
¶Moreover concerning xthe stranger, which is not of thy people Israel, but is come from a far country yfor thy great name's sake, and thy mighty hand, and thy stretched out arm; if they come and pray in this house;
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 zpeople of the earth may know thy name, and fear thee, as doth thy people Israel, and may know that 12this house which I have built is called by thy name.
Yet if fthey 15bethink 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;
If they return to thee gwith all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their captivity, 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:
Then hear thou from the heavens, even from thy dwelling place, their prayer and their supplications, and maintain their 16cause, and forgive thy people which have sinned against thee.
Now, my God, let, I beseech thee, thine eyes be open, and let thine ears be *attent 17unto the prayer that is made in this place.