2 Chronicles

2 Chronicles 6 ©

3 Solomon blesseth the people, and praiseth God for the performance of his promise to David concerning the building of the house. 12 His prayer upon the brasen scaffold at the consecration of the temple: 22 , 24 , 26 , 28 , 32 , 34 , 36 the special petitions contained in it. 40 The concluding general invocation of God's presence and favour.


THEN asaid Solomon, The LORD hath said that he would dwell in the bthick darkness.


But I have built an house cof habitation for thee, and a place for thy dwelling for ever.


And the king turned his face, and dblessed the whole congregation of Israel: and all the congregation of eIsrael stood.


And he said, fBlessed be the LORD God of Israel, who hath with his hands gfulfilled that which he spake with his mouth to my father David, saying,


Since hthe day that I brought forth my people out of the land of Egypt I chose no city among all the tribes of Israel to build an house in, that my name might be there; neither chose I any man to be a ruler over my people Israel:


But I have chosen iJerusalem, that my name might be there; and have chosen David to be over my people Israel.


Now jit was in the heart of David my father to build an house for the name of the LORD God of Israel.


But the LORD said to David my father, Forasmuch as it was in thine heart to build an house for my name, thou didst kwell in that it was in thine heart:


Notwithstanding lthou shalt not build the house; but thy son which shall come forth out of thy loins, he shall build the house for my name.


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.

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And pin it have I put the ark, wherein is the covenant of the LORD, that he made with the children of Israel.


¶And qhe stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands:


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.


But bwill God in very deed dwell with men on the earth? behold, cheaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house which I have built!


Have drespect therefore to the prayer of thy servant, and to his supplication, O LORD my God, to hearken unto the cry and the prayer which thy servant eprayeth before thee:


That thine feyes may be open upon this house day and night, upon the place whereof thou hast said that thou wouldest put thy name there; to hearken unto the prayer which thy servant prayeth 3toward this place.


Hearken therefore unto the supplications of thy servant, and of thy people Israel, which they shall 4make toward this place: hear thou from thy dwelling place, even from heaven; and when thou hearest, gforgive.


¶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.


¶And if thy people Israel 6be put to the worse before the enemy, because they khave sinned against thee; and shall lreturn and confess thy name, and pray and make supplication 7before thee in this house;


Then hear thou from the heavens, and forgive the sin of thy people Israel, and mbring them again unto the land which thou gavest to them and to their fathers.


¶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 :


Then what prayer or what supplication soever shall be made of tany man, or of all thy people Israel, when every one shall know his own sore and his own grief, and shall uspread forth his hands 9in this house:

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Then hear thou from heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive, and render unto every man according unto all his ways, whose heart thou knowest; (for thou only vknowest the hearts of the children of men:)


That wthey may fear thee, to walk in thy ways, 10so long as they live 11in the land which thou gavest unto our fathers.


¶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.


If athy people go out to war against their enemies by the way that thou shalt send them, and they bpray unto thee toward this city which thou hast chosen, and the house which I have built for thy name;


Then hear thou from the heavens their prayer and their supplication, and cmaintain their 13cause.


If dthey sin against thee, (for there is eno man which sinneth not,) and thou be angry with them, and deliver them over before their enemies, and 14they carry them away captives unto a land far off or near;


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.


Now therefore harise, O LORD God, into thy iresting 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.


O LORD God, jturn not away the face of thine anointed: kremember the mercies of David thy servant.