Understanding the Scriptures
|Oracle (vv. 6, 8)||Inner, most holy place of Solomon’s temple|
|Staves (vv. 7–8)||Poles used to carry the ark (see illustration on p. 52)|
|Take heed (v. 25)||Are careful|
|Be verified (v. 26)||Come true|
|Supplication (vv. 28, 30, 33, 38, 45, 47, 49, 52, 59)||Humble prayer|
|Afflictest (v. 35)||Humbles|
|Maintain (vv. 45, 49, 59)||Help|
|Perversely (v. 47)||Wrongly|
|Incline (v. 58)||Turn, draw, entice|
|Hallow (v. 64)||Make sacred|
1 Kings 8:12—“The Lord Said That He Would Dwell in the Thick Darkness”
The Hebrew words translated as “thick darkness” are words that represent the veiled glory of God (see R. Laird Harris, ed. Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament, 2 vols. , 2:698 [1701b]). In other words, God promised that he would dwell quite close to his people but would be hidden from view.
1 Kings 8:22–54—The Blessings of the Temple
The prayer Solomon offered to dedicate the temple is found in 1 Kings 8:22–54. Solomon prayed that the temple would be a blessing to the people in some specific ways. Many of these ways still apply to our temples today. President Ezra Taft Benson said, “I promise you that, with increased attendance in the temples of our God, you shall receive increased personal revelation to bless your life as you bless those who have died” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1987, 108; or Ensign, May 1987, 85).
President Howard W. Hunter said:
“I invite the Latter-day Saints to look to the temple of the Lord as the great symbol of your membership. …
“All of our efforts in proclaiming the gospel, perfecting the Saints, and redeeming the dead lead to the holy temple. This is because the temple ordinances are absolutely crucial; we cannot return to God’s presence without them” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1994, 8, 118; or Ensign, Nov. 1994, 8, 88).
Studying the Scriptures
Do activities A–C as you study 1 Kings 8.
Write an Eyewitness Account
Suppose you have been chosen to write an eyewitness account of the temple dedication for your local newspaper. Because of space limitations, your article must be fifty words or less. Write the article in your notebook.
Blessings of the Temple
List at least four blessings Solomon prayed would come to the people because of the temple (see 1 Kings 8:22–54).
Optional Activity—Temple Influence
Write about your best experience having to do with the temple. Consider getting a picture of a temple nearest you and hanging it where you can see the temple often.