The Ark Brought into the Temple
1 aThen° Solomon° assembled° the elders° of Israel° and all° bthe heads° of the tribes°, the leaders° of the fathers’° [households] of the sons° of Israel°, to King° Solomon° in Jerusalem°, cto bring° up the ark° of the covenant° of the LORD° from dthe city° of David°, which° is Zion°. 2 All° the men° of Israel° assembled° themselves to King° Solomon° at athe feast°, in the month° Ethanim°, which° is the seventh° month°. 3 Then all° the elders° of Israel° came°, and athe priests° took° up the ark°. 4 They brought° up the ark° of the LORD° and athe tent° of meeting° and all° the holy° utensils°, which° were in the tent°, and the priests° and the Levites° brought° them up. 5 And King° Solomon° and all° the congregation° of Israel°, who were assembled° to him, awere with him before° the ark°, sacrificing° Iso° many° sheep° and oxen° they could not be counted° or numbered°. 6 Then athe priests° brought° the ark° of the covenant° of the LORD° bto its place°, into the inner° sanctuary° of the house°, to the most° holy° place°, cunder° the wings° of the cherubim°. 7 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°°. 8 But athe 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°. 9 aThere° was nothing° in the ark° except° the two° tablets° of stone° which° Moses° put° there° at Horeb°, where° bthe 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, athe 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°.
 a2Ch 5:2-10 bNu 1:4; 7:2 c2S 6:12-17; 1Ch 15:25-29 d2S 5:7
 aLv 23:34; 1K 8:65; 2Ch 7:8-10
 aNu 7:9; Dt 31:9; Jsh 3:3, 6
 a1K 3:4; 2Ch 1:3
 ILit sheep and oxen...numbered for multitude a2S 6:13; 2Ch 1:6
 a1K 8:3 b1K 6:19 c1K 6:27
 aEx 25:13-15; 37:4, 5
 aEx 25:16, 21; Dt 10:2-5; He 9:4 bEx 24:7, 8; 40:20; Dt 4:13
 aEx 40:34, 35; 2Ch 7:1, 2
Solomon Addresses the People
14 ¶ Then the king° Ifaced°° about° and ablessed° all° the assembly° of Israel°, while all° the assembly° of Israel° was standing°. 15 He said°, “aBlessed° be the LORD°, the God° of Israel°, bwho° spoke° with His mouth° to my father° David° and has fulfilled° [it] with His hand°, saying°, 16 ‘aSince° 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 bMy name° might be there°, but cI chose° David° to be over° My people° Israel°.’ 17 aNow it was Iin 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 Iin your heart° to build° a house° for My name°, you did° well° that it was Iin your heart°. 19 aNevertheless° you shall not build° the house°, but your son° who Iwill be born°° to you, he will build° the house° for My name°.’ 20 Now the LORD° has fulfilled° His word° which° He spoke°; for aI have risen° in place° of my father° David° and sit° on the throne° of Israel°, as the LORD° Ipromised°, 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°, ain which° is the covenant° of the LORD°, which° He made° with our fathers° when He brought° them from the land° of Egypt°.”
 ILit turned his face about a2S 6:18; 1K 8:55
 a1Ch 29:10, 20; Ne 9:5; Lk 1:68 b2S 7:12, 13; 1Ch 22:10
 a2S 7:4, 5; 1Ch 17:3-10; 2Ch 6:5 bDt 12:5, 11 c1S 16:1; 2S 7:8
 ILit with a2S 7:2, 3; 1Ch 17:1, 2
 ILit with
 ILit will come forth from your loins a2S 7:5, 12, 13; 1K 5:3, 5; 1Ch 17:11, 12; 22:8-10
 ILit spoke a1Ch 28:5, 6
 aDt 31:26; 1K 8:9
The Prayer of Dedication
22 ¶ Then aSolomon° stood° before° the altar° of the LORD° in the presence° of all° the assembly° of Israel° and bspread° out his hands° toward heaven°. 23 He said°, “O LORD°, the God° of Israel°, athere° is no° God° like° You in heaven° above°° or on earth° beneath°°, bkeeping° 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 Ipromised° 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 Ipromised° him, saying°, ‘IIaYou 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° awhich° You have spoken° to Your servant°, my father° David°.
 a1K 8:54; 2Ch 6:12 bEx 9:33; Ezr 9:5
 a1S 2:2; 2S 7:22 bDt 7:9; Ne 1:5; 9:32; Dn 9:4
 ILit spoken to
 ILit spoken to IILit There shall not be cut off to you a man from before Me a1K 2:4
 a2S 7:25
27 ¶ “But will God° indeed° dwell° on the earth°? Behold°, aheaven° and the Ihighest° heaven° cannot° contain° You, how° much°° less° this° house° which° I have built°! 28 Yet have° regard° to the aprayer° 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 athat Your eyes° may be open° toward° this° house° night° and day°, toward° bthe 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 aListen° to the supplication° of Your servant° and of Your people° Israel°, bwhen° they pray° toward° this° place°; hear° in heaven° Your dwelling° place°; hear° and cforgive°.
 ILit heaven of heavens a2Ch 2:6; Ps 139:7-16; Is 66:1; Jr 23:24; Ac 7:49
 aPhp 4:6
 a2Ch 7:15; Ne 1:6 bDt 12:11
 aNe 1:6 bDn 6:10 cEx 34:6, 7; Ps 85:2; Dn 9:9; 1 Jn 1:9
31 ¶ “aIf° 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°, acondemning° the wicked° by bringing° his way° on his own head° and justifying° the righteous° by giving° him according to his righteousness°.
33 ¶ “aWhen Your people° Israel° are Idefeated° before° an enemy°, because° they have sinned° against You, bif 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 ¶ “aWhen 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°, aindeed°, teach° them the good° way° in which° they should walk°. And bsend° rain° on Your land°, which° You have given° Your people° for an inheritance°.
 aLv 26:19; Dt 11:16, 17; 2S 24:10-13
 a1S 12:23; Ps 5:8; 25:4, 5; 27:11; 86:11; 119:133; Jr 6:16 b1K 18:1, 41-45; Jr 14:22
37 ¶ “aIf° 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 Icities°, whatever° plague°, whatever° sickness° [there is], 38 whatever°° prayer° or supplication° is made° by any° man° [or] by all° Your people° Israel°, Ieach° knowing° the IIaffliction° of his own heart°, and spreading° his IIIhands° toward° this° house°; 39 then hear° in heaven° Your dwelling° place°, and forgive° and act° and render° to each° according to all° his ways°, awhose° heart° You know°, for bYou alone° know° the hearts° of all° the sons° of men°, 40 that they may Ifear° You all° the days° that they live° IIin the land° which° You have given° to our fathers°.
 ILit gates aLv 26:16, 25, 26; Dt 28:21-23, 38-42
 ILit who shall know each IILit plague IIILit palms
 a1S 2:3; 16:7 b1Ch 28:9; Ps 11:4; Jr 17:10; Jn 2:24, 25; Ac 1:24
 IOr revere IILit on the face of the land
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° aand 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° athat all° the peoples° of the earth° may know° Your name°, to Ifear° You, as [do] Your people° Israel°, and that they may know° that IIthis° house° which° I have built° is called° by Your name°.
 aEx 13:3; Dt 3:24
 IOr reverence IILit Your name is called upon this house which I have built aJsh 4:23, 24; 1S 17:46; Ps 67:2
44 ¶ “When° Your people° go° out to battle° against° Itheir enemy°, by whatever° way° You shall send° them, and athey pray° to the LORD° IItoward° 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 Icause°.
46 ¶ “When° they sin° against You (for athere° is no° man° who° does not sin°) and You are angry° with them and deliver° them to an enemy°, so that Ithey take° them away captive° bto the land° of the enemy°, far° off or° near°; 47 aif they Itake° 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°, ‘bWe have sinned° and have committed° iniquity°, we have acted° wickedly°’; 48 aif 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 bpray° 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 Icause°, 50 and forgive° Your people° who° have sinned° against You and all° their transgressions° which° they have transgressed° against You, and amake° them [objects of] compassion° before° those who have taken° them captive°, that they may have° compassion° on them 51 (afor they are Your people° and Your inheritance° which° You have brought° forth° from Egypt°, bfrom the midst° of the iron° furnace°), 52 athat 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°, aas You spoke° through° Moses° Your servant°, when You brought° our fathers° forth° from Egypt°, O Lord° IGOD°.”
 ILit their captors take them captive aPs 130:3, 4; 143:2; Pv 20:9; Ec 7:20; Ro 3:23; 1 Jn 1:8-10 bLv 26:34-39; 2K 17:6, 18; 25:21
 ILit return to their heart aLv 26:40-42; Ne 9:2 bEzr 9:6, 7; Ne 1:6; Ps 106:6; Dn 9:5
 aDt 4:29; 1S 7:3, 4; Ne 1:9 bDn 6:10; Jna 2:4
 ILit judgment
 a2Ch 30:9; Ps 106:46; Ac 7:10
 aEx 32:11, 12; Dt 9:26-29 bDt 4:20; Jr 11:4
 a1K 8:29
 IHeb YHWH, usually rendered LORD aEx 19:5, 6; Dt 9:26-29
54 ¶ aWhen Solomon° had finished° praying° this° entire° prayer° and supplication° to the LORD°, bhe arose° from before° the altar° of the LORD°, from kneeling° on his knees° with his Ihands° spread° toward heaven°. 55 And he stood° and ablessed° all° the assembly° of Israel° with a loud° voice°, saying°:
56 ¶ “Blessed° be the LORD°, who° has given° rest° to His people° Israel°, aaccording to all° that He Ipromised°; bnot one° word° has IIfailed° of all° His good° IIIpromise°, which° He Ipromised° through° Moses° His servant°. 57 May the LORD° our God° be with us, as He was with our fathers°; amay He not leave° us or forsake° us, 58 that aHe 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 Icause° of His servant° and the Icause° of His people° Israel°, IIas each° day° requires°, 60 so° athat all° the peoples° of the earth° may know° that bthe LORD° is God°; there° is no° one° else°. 61 aLet your heart° therefore be Iwholly° devoted° to the LORD° our God°, to walk° in His statutes° and to keep° His commandments°, as at this° day°.”
 ILit spoke IILit fallen IIILit word aDt 12:10 bJsh 21:45; 23:14, 15
 aDt 31:6, 17; Jsh 1:5; 1S 12:22; Ro 8:31; He 13:5
 aPs 119:36; Jr 31:33
 ILit judgment IILit the thing of a day in its day
 aJsh 4:24; 1S 17:46; 1K 8:43; 2K 19:19 bDt 4:35; 1K 18:39; Jr 10:10-12
 ILit complete with aDt 18:13; 1K 11:4; 2K 20:3
62 ¶ aNow the king° and all° Israel° with him boffered° 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°. aSo 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 Ioffered° the burnt° offering° and the grain offering° and the fat° of the peace° offerings°; for athe 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 aSolomon° observed° the feast° at that time°, and all° Israel° with him, a great° assembly° bfrom the entrance° of Hamath° cto 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 Ishown° to David° His servant° and to Israel° His people°.
 aLv 23:34-42; 1K 8:2 bNu 34:8; Jsh 13:5; Jg 3:3; 2K 14:25 cGn 15:18; Ex 23:31; Nu 34:5; Jsh 13:3
 ILit done
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The feast of the dedication of the Temple.
1 ¶ Then² Solomonº assembledºª² the eldersº of Israel,º and² all² the headsº of the tribes,º the chiefº of the fathersº of the childrenº of Israel,º unto² kingº Solomonº in Jerusalem,º that they might bring upºª² the arkº of the covenantº of the LORDº out of the cityº² of David,º which² [is] Zion.º 2 And all² the menº of Israelº assembled¹ª themselves² unto² kingº Solomonº at the feastº in the monthº Ethanim,º which² [is] the seventhº month.º 3 And all² the eldersº of Israelº came,ºª and the priestsº took upºª² the ark.º 4 And they brought upºª² the arkº of the LORD,º and the tabernacleº of the congregation,º and all² the holyº vesselsº that² [were] in the tabernacle,º even those did the priestsº and the Levitesº bring up.ºª 5 And kingº Solomon,º and all² the congregationº of Israel,º that were assembledºª unto² him, [were] with² him beforeº the ark,º sacrificingºª sheepº and oxen,º that² could not² be toldºª nor² numberedºª for multitude.º² 6 And the priestsº brought inºª² the arkº of the covenantº of the LORDº unto² his place,º into² the oracleº of the house,º to² the mostº holyº [place, even] under²² the wingsº of the cherubims.º 7 For² the cherubimsº spread forthºª [their] two wingsº over² the placeº of the ark,º and the cherubimsº coveredºª² the arkº and the stavesº thereof above.º² 8 And they drew outºª the staves,º that the endsº of the stavesº were seen² out¹ª² in the holyº [place] beforeº² the oracle,º and they were not² seenºª without:º and there² they are² unto² this² day.º 9 [There was] nothing² in the arkº saveº the twoº tablesº of stone,º which² Mosesº put¹ª² there² at Horeb,º when² the LORDº madeºª [a covenant] with² the childrenº of Israel,º when they came outºª of the landº² of Egypt.º 10 And it came to pass,² when the priestsº were come outºª of² the holyº [place], that the cloudº filledºª² the houseº of the LORD,º 11 So that the priestsº couldºª not² standºª to ministerºª becauseº² of the cloud:º for² the gloryº of the LORDº had filledºª² the houseº of the LORD.º