1 Kings 8

The Ark Brought into the Temple

a Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel and all b the heads of the tribes, the leaders of the fathers’ households of the sons of Israel, to King Solomon in Jerusalem c to bring up the ark of the covenant of the  Lord from d the city of David, which is Zion. All the men of Israel assembled themselves to King Solomon at e the feast, in the month Ethanim, which is the seventh month. Then all the elders of Israel came, and f the priests took up the ark. They brought up the ark of the  Lord and g the tent of meeting and all the holy utensils, which were in the tent, and the priests and the Levites brought them up. And King Solomon and all the congregation of Israel, who were assembled to him, h were with him before the ark, sacrificing
Lit sheep and oxen...numbered for multitude
so many sheep and oxen they could not be counted or numbered.
Then j the priests brought the ark of the covenant of the  Lord k to its place, into the inner sanctuary of the house, to the most holy place, l under the wings of the cherubim. For the cherubim spread their wings over the place of the ark, and the cherubim made a covering over the ark and its poles from above. But m the poles were so long that the ends of the poles could be seen from the holy place before the inner sanctuary, but they could not be seen outside; they are there to this day. n There was nothing in the ark except the two tablets of stone which Moses put there at Horeb, where o the  Lord made a covenant with the sons of Israel, when they came out of the land of Egypt. 10 It happened that when the priests came from the holy place, p the cloud filled the house of the  Lord, 11 so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the  Lord filled the house of the  Lord.

Solomon Addresses the People

12  q Then Solomon said, “The  Lord has said that r He would dwell in the thick cloud.
13  s I have surely built You a lofty house,
t A place for Your dwelling forever.”

14 Then the king
Lit turned his face about
faced about and v blessed all the assembly of Israel, while all the assembly of Israel was standing.
15 He said w Blessed be the  Lord, the God of Israel x who spoke with His mouth to my father David and has fulfilled it with His hand, saying, 16 y Since the day that I brought My people Israel from Egypt, I did not choose a city out of all the tribes of Israel in which to build a house that z My name might be there, but aa I chose David to be over My people Israel.’ 17  ab “Now it was
Lit with
in the heart of my father David to build a house for the name of the  Lord, the God of Israel.
18 “But the  Lord said to my father David, ‘Because it was
Lit with
in your heart to build a house for My name, you did well that it was
Lit with
in your heart.
19 af Nevertheless you shall not build the house, but your son who
Lit will come forth from your loins
will be born to you, he will build the house for My name.’
20 “Now the  Lord has fulfilled His word which He spoke; for ah I have risen in place of my father David and sit on the throne of Israel, as the  Lord
Lit spoke
promised, and have built the house for the name of the  Lord, the God of Israel.
21 There I have set a place for the ark, aj in which is the covenant of the  Lord, which He made with our fathers when He brought them from the land of Egypt.”

The Prayer of Dedication

22 Then ak Solomon stood before the altar of the  Lord in the presence of all the assembly of Israel and al spread out his hands toward heaven. 23 He said, “O  Lord, the God of Israel am there is no God like You in heaven above or on earth beneath an keeping covenant and showing lovingkindness to Your servants who walk before You with all their heart, 24 who have kept with Your servant, my father David, that which You have
Lit spoken to
promised him; indeed, You have spoken with Your mouth and have fulfilled it with Your hand as it is this day.
25 Now therefore, O  Lord, the God of Israel, keep with Your servant David my father that which You have
Lit spoken to
promised him, saying, ‘
Lit There shall not be cut off to you a man from before Me
,
ar You shall not lack a man to sit on the throne of Israel, if only your sons take heed to their way to walk before Me as you have walked.’
26 Now therefore, O God of Israel, let Your word, I pray, be confirmed as which You have spoken to Your servant, my father David.

27 But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, at heaven and the
Lit heaven of heavens
highest heaven cannot contain You, how much less this house which I have built!
28 Yet have regard to the av prayer of Your servant and to his supplication, O  Lord my God, to listen to the cry and to the prayer which Your servant prays before You today; 29  aw that Your eyes may be open toward this house night and day, toward ax the place of which You have said, ‘My name shall be there,’ to listen to the prayer which Your servant shall pray toward this place. 30  ay Listen to the supplication of Your servant and of Your people Israel az when they pray toward this place; hear in heaven Your dwelling place; hear and ba forgive.

31  bb If a man sins against his neighbor and is made to take an oath, and he comes and takes an oath before Your altar in this house, 32 then hear in heaven and act and judge Your servants bc condemning the wicked by bringing his way on his own head and justifying the righteous by giving him according to his righteousness.

33  bd When Your people Israel are
Lit smitten
defeated before an enemy, because they have sinned against You, bf if they turn to You again and confess Your name and pray and make supplication to You in this house,
34 then hear in heaven, and forgive the sin of Your people Israel, and bring them back to the land which You gave to their fathers.

35  bg When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain, because they have sinned against You, and they pray toward this place and confess Your name and turn from their sin when You afflict them, 36 then hear in heaven and forgive the sin of Your servants and of Your people Israel bh indeed, teach them the good way in which they should walk. And bi send rain on Your land, which You have given Your people for an inheritance.

37  bj If there is famine in the land, if there is pestilence, if there is blight or mildew, locust or grasshopper, if their enemy besieges them in the land of their
Lit gates
cities, whatever plague, whatever sickness there is,
38 whatever prayer or supplication is made by any man or by all Your people Israel
Lit who shall know each
each knowing the
Lit plague
affliction of his own heart, and spreading his
Lit palms
hands toward this house;
39 then hear in heaven Your dwelling place, and forgive and act and render to each according to all his ways bo whose heart You know, for bp You alone know the hearts of all the sons of men, 40 that they may
Or revere
fear You all the days that they live
Lit on the face of the land
in the land which You have given to our fathers.

41 Also concerning the foreigner who is not of Your people Israel, when he comes from a far country for Your name’s sake 42 (for they will hear of Your great name bs and Your mighty hand, and of Your outstretched arm); when he comes and prays toward this house, 43 hear in heaven Your dwelling place, and do according to all for which the foreigner calls to You, in order bt that all the peoples of the earth may know Your name, to
Or reverence
fear You, as do Your people Israel, and that they may know that
Lit Your name is called upon this house which I have built
this house which I have built is called by Your name.

44 When Your people go out to battle against
Lit his
their enemy, by whatever way You shall send them, and bx they pray to the  Lord
Lit in the way of
toward the city which You have chosen and the house which I have built for Your name,
45 then hear in heaven their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their
Lit right or justice
cause.

46 When they sin against You (for ca there is no man who does not sin) and You are angry with them and deliver them to an enemy, so that
Lit their captors take them captive
they take them away captive cc to the land of the enemy, far off or near;
47  cd if they
Lit return to their heart
take thought in the land where they have been taken captive, and repent and make supplication to You in the land of those who have taken them captive, saying, ‘ cf We have sinned and have committed iniquity, we have acted wickedly’;
48  cg if they return to You with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their enemies who have taken them captive, and ch pray to You toward their land which You have given to their fathers, the city which You have chosen, and the house which I have built for Your name; 49 then hear their prayer and their supplication in heaven Your dwelling place, and maintain their
Lit judgment
cause,
50 and forgive Your people who have sinned against You and all their transgressions which they have transgressed against You, and cj make them objects of compassion before those who have taken them captive, that they may have compassion on them 51 ( ck for they are Your people and Your inheritance which You have brought forth from Egypt, cl from the midst of the iron furnace), 52  cm that Your eyes may be open to the supplication of Your servant and to the supplication of Your people Israel, to listen to them whenever they call to You. 53 For You have separated them from all the peoples of the earth as Your inheritance, cn as You spoke through Moses Your servant, when You brought our fathers forth from Egypt, O Lord
Heb YHWH, usually rendered  Lord
 God.”

Solomon’s Benediction

54  cp When Solomon had finished praying this entire prayer and supplication to the  Lord cq he arose from before the altar of the  Lord, from kneeling on his knees with his
Lit palms
hands spread toward heaven.
55 And he stood and cs blessed all the assembly of Israel with a loud voice, saying:

56 Blessed be the  Lord, who has given rest to His people Israel, ct according to all that He
Lit spoke
promised; cv not one word has
Lit fallen
failed of all His good
Lit word
promise, which He
Lit spoke
promised through Moses His servant.
57 “May the  Lord our God be with us, as He was with our fathers; cz may He not leave us or forsake us, 58 that da He may incline our hearts to Himself, to walk in all His ways and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His ordinances, which He commanded our fathers. 59 And may these words of mine, with which I have made supplication before the  Lord, be near to the  Lord our God day and night, that He may maintain the
Lit judgment
cause of His servant and the
Lit judgment
cause of His people Israel,
Lit the thing of a day in its day
as each day requires,
60 so de that all the peoples of the earth may know that df the  Lord is God; there is no one else. 61  dg Let your heart therefore be
Lit complete with
wholly devoted to the  Lord our God, to walk in His statutes and to keep His commandments, as at this day.”

Dedicatory Sacrifices

62  di Now the king and all Israel with him dj offered sacrifice before the  Lord. 63 Solomon offered for the sacrifice of peace offerings, which he offered to the  Lord, 22,000 oxen and 120,000 sheep. dk So the king and all the sons of Israel dedicated the house of the  Lord. 64 On the same day the king consecrated the middle of the court that was before the house of the  Lord, because there he
Lit made
offered the burnt offering and the grain offering and the fat of the peace offerings; for dm the bronze altar that was before the  Lord was too small to hold the burnt offering and the grain offering and the fat of the peace offerings.

65 So dn Solomon observed the feast at that time, and all Israel with him, a great assembly do from the entrance of Hamath dp to the brook of Egypt, before the  Lord our God, for seven days and seven more days, even fourteen days. 66 On the eighth day he sent the people away and they blessed the king. Then they went to their tents joyful and glad of heart for all the goodness that the  Lord had
Lit done
shown to David His servant and to Israel His people.
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