2 Chronicles

2 Chronicles 7 ©

1 God testifieth his acceptance of Solomon's prayer by fire from heaven; the glory which filled the temple; the people worship. 4 Solomon's sacrifices at the solemnity of the dedication. 8 Having kept the feast of tabernacles and of the dedication of the altar seven days, the people are sent joyfully home. 12 God appeareth again to Solomon, and maketh a covenant with him.


NOW when aSolomon had made an end of praying, the bfire came down from heaven, and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the cglory of the LORD filled the house.


And the priests dcould not enter into the house of the LORD, because the glory of the LORD had filled the LORD's house.


And when all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the LORD upon the house, they ebowed themselves with their faces to the ground upon the pavement, and worshipped, and praised the LORD, saying, fFor he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.


¶Then the king and all the people offered sacrifices before the LORD.


And king Solomon goffered a sacrifice of twenty and two thousand oxen, and an hundred and twenty thousand sheep: so the king and all the people dedicated the house of God.


And hthe priests waited on their offices: the Levites also with instruments of musick of the LORD, which David the king had made to praise the LORD, because his mercy endureth for ever, when David praised 1by their ministry; and the priests isounded trumpets before them, and all Israel stood.


Moreover jSolomon hallowed the middle of the court that was before the house of the LORD: for there he offered burnt offerings, and the fat of the peace offerings, because the brasen altar which Solomon had made was not able to receive the burnt offerings, and the meat offerings, and the fat.


¶Also at the same time Solomon kkept the feast seven days, and all Israel with him, a very great congregation, lfrom the entering in of Hamath unto the river of Egypt.


And in the meighth day they made a solemn 2assembly: for nthey kept the dedication of the altar seven days, and the feast seven days.


And on the othree and twentieth day of the seventh month he sent the people away into their tents, pglad and merry in heart for the goodness that the LORD had shewed unto David, and to Solomon, and to Israel his people.


Thus qSolomon finished the house of the LORD, and the king's house: and all that came into Solomon's heart to make in the house of the LORD, and in his own house, he prosperously effected.


¶And the rLORD appeared to Solomon by night, and said unto him, I have sheard thy prayer, and thave chosen this place to myself for an house of sacrifice.


If uI shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people;


If my people, 3which are called by my name, shall vhumble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; wthen will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.


Now xmine eyes shall be open, and mine ears *attent 4unto the prayer that is made in this place.


For now have yI chosen and sanctified this house, that my name may be there for ever: and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.


And as for thee, zif thou wilt walk before me, as David thy father walked, and do according to all that I have commanded thee, and shalt observe my statutes and my judgments;


Then will I stablish the throne of thy kingdom, aaccording as I have covenanted with David thy father, saying, 5There shall not fail thee a man to be ruler in Israel.


But bif ye turn away, and forsake my statutes and my commandments, which I have set before you, and shall go and serve other gods, and worship them;


Then will I cpluck them up by the roots out of my land which I have given them; and this house, which I have sanctified for my name, will I cast out of my sight, and will dmake it to be a proverb and a *byword among all nations.


And this house, which is high, shall be an astonishment to eevery one that passeth by it; so that he shall say, fWhy hath the LORD done thus unto this land, and unto this house?


And it shall be answered, Because they gforsook the LORD God of their fathers, which brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, and laid hold on other gods, and worshipped them, and served them: htherefore hath he brought all this evil upon them.