2 Chronicles 7

The Shekinah Glory

1 a  Now when Solomon had finished praying b  fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the  Lord filled the house. 2 c  The priests could not enter into the house of the  Lord because the glory of the  Lord filled the  Lord’s house. 3All the sons of Israel, seeing the fire come down and the glory of the  Lord upon the house, bowed down on the pavement with their faces to the ground, and they worshiped and gave praise to the  Lord, saying d  Truly He is good, truly His lovingkindness is everlasting.”

Sacrifices Offered

4 e  Then the king and all the people offered sacrifice before the  Lord. 5King Solomon offered a sacrifice of 22,000 oxen and 120,000 sheep. Thus the king and all the people dedicated the house of God. 6The priests stood at their posts, and f  the Levites also, with the instruments of music to the  Lord, which King David had made for giving praise to the  Lord—“for His lovingkindness is everlasting”— whenever
Lit David
he gave praise by their
Lit hand
means, while i  the priests on the other side blew trumpets; and all Israel was standing.

7 j  Then Solomon consecrated the middle of the court that was before the house of the  Lord, for there he offered the burnt offerings and the fat of the peace offerings because the bronze altar which Solomon had made was not able to contain the burnt offering, the grain offering and the fat.

The Feast of Dedication

8So k  Solomon observed the feast at that time for seven days, and all Israel with him, a very great assembly who came from the entrance of Hamath to the l  brook of Egypt. 9On the eighth day they held m  a solemn assembly, for the dedication of the altar they observed seven days and the feast seven days. 10Then on the twenty-third day of the seventh month he sent the people to their tents, rejoicing and happy of heart because of the goodness that the  Lord had shown to David and to Solomon and to His people Israel.

God’s Promise and Warning

11 n  Thus Solomon finished the house of the  Lord and the king’s palace, and successfully completed all that
Lit came upon the heart of Solomon to do
he had planned on doing in the house of the  Lord and in his palace.

12Then the  Lord appeared to Solomon at night and said to him, “I have heard your prayer and p  have chosen this place for Myself as a house of sacrifice. 13 q  If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people, 14 r  and My people
Lit over whom My name is called
who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
15 t  Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to the
Lit prayer of this place
prayer offered in this place.
16“For v  now I have chosen and consecrated this house that My name may be there forever, and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually. 17As for you, if you walk before Me as your father David walked, even to do according to all that I have commanded you, and will keep My statutes and My ordinances, 18then I will establish your royal throne as I covenanted with your father David, saying, ‘
Lit There shall not be cut off to you a man
x  You shall not lack a man to be ruler in Israel.’

19 y  But if you turn away and forsake My statutes and My commandments which I have set before you, and go and serve other gods and worship them, 20 z  then I will uproot you from My land which I have given
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you, and this house which I have consecrated for My name I will cast out of My sight and I will make it ab  a proverb and a byword among all peoples.
21As for this house, which was exalted, everyone who passes by it will be astonished and say, ‘ ac  Why has the  Lord done thus to this land and to this house?’ 22And they will say, ‘Because ad  they forsook the  Lord, the God of their fathers who brought them from the land of Egypt, and they adopted other gods and worshiped them and served them; therefore He has brought all this adversity on them.’”
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