1Solomon then summoned the elders of Israel to Jerusalem to bring the ark of the covenant of Yahwehup from the City of David, that is, Zion. 2Al the men of Israel assembled round King Solomon in the month of Ethanim, at the time of the feast(that is, the seventh month). 3When all the elders of Israel had arrived, the priests took up the ark 4and the Tent of Meeting and all the sacred utensils which were in the Tent. 5King Solomon and al Israel, present with him before the ark, sacrificed countless, innumerable sheepand oxen. 6The priests brought the ark of the covenant of Yahweh to its place, in the Debir of the Temple, that is, inthe Holy of Holies, under the wings of the winged creatures 7for the winged creatures spread their wings over the place where the ark stood, forming a canopy overthe ark and its shafts. 8These were so long, however, that the ends of the shafts could be seen from the Holy Place in front ofthe Debir, though they could not be seen from outside. They are stil there today. 9There was nothing in the ark except the two stone tablets which Moses had placed in it at Horeb, thetablets of the covenant which Yahweh made with the Israelites when they came out of Egypt. 10Now when the priests came out of the Holy Place, the cloud fil ed the Temple of Yahweh, 11and because of the cloud the priests could not stay and perform their duties. For the glory of Yahwehfilled the Temple of Yahweh. 12Then Solomon said: Yahweh has chosen to dwel in thick cloud. 13I have built you a princely dwel ing, a residence for you for ever. 14The king then turned round and blessed the whole assembly of Israel, while the whole assembly ofIsrael stood. 15He said, 'Blessed be Yahweh, God of Israel, who has carried out by his hand what he promised withhis mouth to my father David, when he said, 16"From the day I brought my people Israel out of Egypt I chose no city, in any of the tribes of Israel, tohave a temple built where my name should be; but I did choose David to rule my people Israel." 17My father David had set his heart on building a temple for the name of Yahweh, God of Israel, 18but Yahweh said to my father David, "You have set your heart on building a temple for my name, andin this you have done wel ; 19and yet, you are not the man to build the temple; but your son, yet to be born to you, wil be the one tobuild the temple for my name." 20Yahweh has kept the promise which he made: I have succeeded my father David and am seated onthe throne of Israel, as Yahweh promised; I have built the temple for the name of Yahweh, God of Israel, 21and in it I have made a place for the ark containing the covenant of Yahweh which he made with ourancestors when he brought them out of Egypt.' 22Then, in the presence of the whole assembly of Israel, Solomon stood facing the altar of Yahweh and,stretching out his hands towards heaven, 23said, 'Yahweh, God of Israel, there is no god like you in heaven above or on earth beneath, as loyal tothe covenant and faithful in love to your servants as long as they walk wholeheartedly in your way. 24You have kept the promise you made to your servant, my father David, as you promised him youwould. Today you have carried it out by your power. 25And now, Yahweh, God of Israel, keep the promise which you made to your servant David when yousaid, "You wil never lack for a man to sit before me on the throne of Israel, provided that your sons are carefulhow they behave, walking before me as you yourself have done." 26So now, God of Israel, let the words come true which you spoke to your servant, my father David. 27Yet wil God real y live with human beings on earth? Why, the heavens, the highest of the heavens,cannot contain you. How much less this temple built by me! 28Even so, listen favourably to the prayer and entreaty of your servant, Yahweh my God; listen to the cryand to the prayer which your servant makes to you today: 29day and night may your eyes watch over this temple, over this place of which you have said, "My namewil be there." Listen to the prayer which your servant offers in this place. 30'Listen to the entreaty of your servant and of your people Israel; whenever they pray in this place, listenfrom the place where you reside in heaven; and when you hear, forgive. 31'If someone has wronged his neighbour and a curse is laid on him to make him swear an oath herebefore your altar in this Temple, 32then listen from the place where you reside in heaven and do justice between your servants:condemning the guilty one by making him suffer for his conduct, and acquitting the upright by rewarding him ashis uprightness deserves. 33'When your people Israel are defeated by the enemy because they have sinned against you, but thenreturn to you and acknowledge your name, and pray and seek your favours in this Temple, 34then listen from the place where you reside in heaven; forgive the sin of your people Israel, and bringthem back to the country which you gave to their ancestors. 35'When the heavens are shut and there is no rain because they have sinned against you, if they pray inthis place and praise your name and, having been humbled by you, desist from their sin, 36then listen from the place where you reside in heaven and forgive the sin of your servant and yourpeople Israel -- for you are constantly showing them the good way which they must fol ow -- and send rain onyour country, which you have given to your people as their heritage. 37'Should there be famine in the country, or pestilence, wind-blast or mildew, locust or caterpil ar; shouldtheir enemy lay siege to one of their gates; should there be any plague or any disease: 38whatever be the prayer or entreaty of any individual aware of a particular affliction: when that personstretches out the hands towards this Temple, 39then listen from heaven where you reside; forgive and, since you know what is in the heart, deal witheach as their conduct deserves -- for you alone know what is in every human heart- 40so that they may reverence you throughout their lives in the country which you gave to our ancestors. 41'Even the foreigner, not belonging to your people Israel but coming from a distant country, attracted byyour name- 42for they too wil hear of your name, of your mighty hand and outstretched arm -- if a foreigner comesand prays in this Temple, 43listen from heaven where you reside, and grant al that the foreigner asks of you, so that al the peoplesof the earth may acknowledge your name and, like your people Israel, revere you and know that this Temple,which I have built, bears your name. 44'If your people go out to war against the enemy, on whatever missions you send them, and they pray toYahweh, turning towards the city which you have chosen and towards the Temple which I have built for yourname, 45then listen from heaven to their prayer and their entreaty, and uphold their cause. 46'When they sin against you -- for there is no one who does not sin -- and you are angry with them andabandon them to the enemy, and their captors carry them off to a hostile country, be it far away or near, 47if they come to their senses in the country to which they have been taken as captives and repent andentreat you in the country of their captors, saying, "We have sinned, we have acted perversely and wickedly," 48and turn back to you with al their heart and soul in the country of the enemies who have taken themcaptive, and pray to you, turning towards the country which you gave to their ancestors, towards the city whichyou have chosen and towards the Temple which I have built for your name, 49listen to their prayer and their entreaty from the place where you reside in heaven, uphold their case, 50forgive your people for having sinned against you and for al the crimes against you of which they havebeen guilty, and allow them to arouse the pity of their captors so that these may have pity on them: 51for they are your people and your heritage whom you brought out of Egypt, that iron foundry! 52'May your eyes be open to the entreaty of your servant and the entreaty of your people Israel, to listento them, whatever they ask of you. 53For you it was who set them apart from al the peoples of the earth to be your heritage, as you declaredthrough your servant Moses when you brought our ancestors out of Egypt, Lord Yahweh.' 54When Solomon had finished offering to Yahweh this whole prayer and entreaty, he rose from where hewas kneeling with hands stretched out towards heaven before the altar of Yahweh, 55and stood upright. And in a loud voice he blessed the whole assembly of Israel. 56'Blessed be Yahweh,' he said, 'who has granted rest to his people Israel, keeping al his promises. Ofal the promises of good that he made through his servant Moses, not one has failed. 57May Yahweh our God be with us, as he was with our ancestors; may he never desert us or cast us off. 58May he turn our hearts towards him so that we may fol ow al his ways and keep the commandmentsand laws and ordinances which he gave to our ancestors. 59May these words of mine, of my entreaty before Yahweh, be present with Yahweh our God day andnight, that he may uphold the cause of his servant and the cause of Israel his people, as each day requires, 60so that al the peoples of the earth may come to know that Yahweh is God indeed and that there is noother. 61May your hearts be wholly with Yahweh our God, fol owing his laws and keeping his commandmentsas at this present day.' 62The king and al Israel with him offered sacrifice before Yahweh. 63Solomon offered a communion sacrifice of twenty-two thousand oxen and a hundred and twentythousand sheep to Yahweh; and thus the king and all the Israelites dedicated the Temple of Yahweh. 64On the same day the king consecrated the middle part of the court in front of the Temple of Yahweh;for that was where he presented the burnt offerings, oblations and fatty parts of the communion sacrifices, since the bronze altar which stood before Yahweh was too smal to hold the burnt offering, oblation and the fatty partsof the communion sacrifice. 65And then Solomon and with him all Israel from the Pass of Hamath to the Torrent of Egypt -- a greatassembly -- celebrated the feast before Yahweh our God for seven days. 66On the eighth day he dismissed the people, who bade farewel to the king and went home joyful andhappy of heart over al the goodness which Yahweh had shown to his servant and his people Israel.
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