2 Chronicles 7

The Dedication Ceremonies

1When Solomon finished praying, a fire descended from heaven and consumed the
burnt offering(s): Or holocaust, an offering completely burned to ashes; it was used in connection with worship, seeking God's favor, expiating sin, or averting judgment.
burnt offering and the sacrifices, c and the glory of the Lord filled the temple.
2The priests were not able to enter the Lord’s temple because the glory of the Lord filled the temple of the Lord. 3 All the Israelites were watching when the fire descended and the glory of the Lord came on the temple. They bowed down on the pavement with their faces to the ground. They worshiped and praised the Lord:

For He is good,
for His faithful love endures forever. d

4The king and all the people were offering sacrifices in the Lord’s presence. e 5 King Solomon offered a sacrifice of 22,000 cattle and 120,000 sheep. In this manner the king and all the people dedicated God’s temple. 6The priests and the Levites were standing at their stations. The Levites had the musical instruments of the Lord, which King David had made to praise the Lord – “for His faithful love endures forever” – when he offered praise with them. f Across from the Levites, the priests were blowing trumpets, and all the people were standing. 7 Since the bronze altar that Solomon had made g could not accommodate the burnt offering, the
grain offering(s): An offering given along with animal sacrifices or given by itself. A portion was burnt and the priests and participant ate the remainder.
grain offering, and the fat of the
fellowship sacrifice(s) or offering(s): An animal offering was given to maintain and strengthen a person's relationship with God. It was not required as a remedy for impurity or sin but was an expression of thanksgiving for various blessings. An important function of this sacrifice was to provide meat for the priests and the participants in the sacrifice; it was also called the peace offering or the sacrifice of well-being.
fellowship offerings, Solomon first consecrated the middle of the courtyard j that was in front of the Lord’s temple and then offered the burnt offerings and the fat of the fellowship offerings there. k

8So Solomon and all Israel with him – a very great assembly, from the entrance to Hamath
Or from Lebo-hamath
to the Brook of Egypt – observed the festival at that time for seven days.
9On the eighth day
= the day after the festival, or the 15th day
they held a sacred assembly, n for the dedication of the altar lasted seven days and the festival seven days.
10On the twenty-third day of the seventh month he sent the people away to their tents, rejoicing and with happy hearts for the goodness the Lord had done for David, for Solomon, and for His people Israel.

11So Solomon finished the Lord’s temple and the royal palace. Everything that had entered Solomon’s heart to do for the Lord’s temple and for his own palace succeeded. o

The Lord’s Response

12 Then the Lord appeared to Solomon at night and said to him:

I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for Myself as a temple of sacrifice. p
13 If I close the sky so there is no rain, or if I command the grasshopper to consume the land, or if I send pestilence on My people, q 14and My people who are called by My name humble themselves, pray and seek My face, and turn from their evil ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land. r 15My eyes will now be open and My ears attentive to prayer from this place. s 16And I have now chosen and consecrated this temple so that My name may be there forever; My eyes and My heart will be there at all times. t

17 As for you, if you walk before Me as your father David walked, doing everything I have commanded you, and if you keep My statutes and ordinances, 18I will establish your royal throne, as I promised your father David: You will never fail to have a man ruling in Israel. u

19 However, if you turn away and abandon My statutes and My commands that I have set before you and if you go and serve other gods and worship them, v 20then I will uproot Israel from the soil that I gave them, and this temple that I have sanctified for My name I will banish from My presence; w I will make it an object of scorn and ridicule among all the peoples. x 21As for this temple, which was exalted, everyone who passes by will be appalled and will say: y Why did the Lord do this to this land and this temple? 22Then they will say: Because they abandoned the Lord God of their ancestors who brought them out of the land of Egypt. They clung to other gods and worshiped and served them. Because of this, He brought all this ruin on them.
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