The First Book of the Kings

Chapter 8

The ark, containing the two tablets of stone, is placed in the holy of holies—The glory of the Lord fills the temple—Solomon offers the dedicatory prayer—He asks for temporal and spiritual blessings upon repentant and prayerful Israel—The people sacrifice and worship for fourteen days.

 Then Solomon assembled the aelders of Israel, and all the heads of the tribes, the bchief of the fathers of the children of Israel, unto king Solomon in Jerusalem, that they might bring up the ark of the covenant of the Lord out of the city of David, which is Zion.

 And all the men of Israel assembled themselves unto king Solomon at the afeast in the month Ethanim, which is the seventh month.

 And all the elders of Israel came, and the apriests took up the ark.

 And they brought up the ark of the Lord, and the tabernacle of the congregation, and all the holy vessels that were in the tabernacle, even those did the priests and the Levites bring up.

 And king Solomon, and all the congregation of Israel, that were assembled unto him, were with him before the ark, sacrificing sheep and oxen, that could not be told nor numbered for multitude.

 And the priests brought in the aark of the covenant of the Lord unto his place, into the oracle of the house, to the most bholy place, even under the wings of the cherubims.

 For the acherubims spread forth their two wings over the place of the ark, and the cherubims covered the ark and the staves thereof above.

 And they drew out the astaves, that the ends of the staves were seen out in the holy place before the boracle, and they were not seen without: and there they are unto this day.

 There was nothing in the aark save the two btables of stone, which Moses put there at cHoreb, when the Lord made a covenant with the children of Israel, when they came out of the land of Egypt.

 10 And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy place, that the acloud filled the house of the Lord,

 11 So that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud: for the aglory of the Lord had filled the house of the Lord.

 12 ¶Then spake aSolomon, The Lord said that he would dwell in the thick bdarkness.

 13 I have surely abuilt thee an bhouse to dwell in, a settled place for thee to cabide in for ever.

 14 And the king turned his face about, and ablessed all the congregation of Israel: (and all the congregation of Israel stood;)

 15 And he said, Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, which spake with his mouth unto David my father, and hath with his hand fulfilled it, saying,

 16 Since the day that I brought forth my people Israel out of Egypt, I chose no city out of all the tribes of Israel to build an house, that my name might be therein; but I chose aDavid to be over my people Israel.

 17 And it was in the heart of David my father to build an ahouse for the name of the Lord God of Israel.

 18 And the Lord said unto David my father, Whereas it was in thine heart to build an ahouse unto my name, thou didst well that it was in thine heart.

 19 Nevertheless thou shalt not build the house; but thy ason that shall come forth out of thy loins, he shall build the house unto my name.

 20 And the Lord hath performed his word that he spake, and I am risen up in the room of David my father, and sit on the throne of Israel, as the Lord promised, and have built an house for the name of the Lord God of Israel.

 21 And I have set there a place for the ark, wherein is the acovenant of the Lord, which he made with our fathers, when he brought them out of the land of Egypt.

 22 ¶And Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in the presence of all the congregation of Israel, and aspread forth his hands toward heaven:

 23 And he said, aLord God of Israel, there is no bGod like thee, in heaven above, or on earth beneath, who ckeepest covenant and mercy with thy servants that dwalk before thee with all their heart:

 24 Who hast kept with thy servant David my father that thou promisedst him: thou spakest also with thy mouth, and hast fulfilled it with thine hand, as it is this day.

 25 Therefore now, Lord God of Israel, keep with thy servant David my father that thou promisedst him, saying, There shall not fail thee a man in my sight to sit on the throne of Israel; aso that thy children take heed to their way, that they walk before me as thou hast walked before me.

 26 And now, O God of Israel, let thy word, I pray thee, be verified, which thou spakest unto thy servant David my father.

 27 But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and aheaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded?

 28 Yet have thou respect unto the prayer of thy servant, and to his supplication, O Lord my God, to hearken unto the cry and to the prayer, which thy servant prayeth before thee to day:

 29 That thine eyes may be open toward this ahouse night and day, even toward the bplace of which thou hast said, My cname shall be there: that thou mayest hearken unto the dprayer which thy servant shall make toward this place.

 30 And hearken thou to the supplication of thy servant, and of thy people Israel, when they shall pray toward this place: and hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place: and when thou hearest, forgive.

 31 ¶If any man trespass against his neighbour, and aan oath be laid upon him to cause him to swear, and the oath come before thine altar in this house:

 32 Then hear thou in heaven, and do, and judge thy servants, condemning the wicked, to bring his way upon his head; and justifying the righteous, to give him according to his arighteousness.

 33 ¶When thy people Israel be asmitten down before the enemy, because they have bsinned against thee, and shall turn again to thee, and confess thy name, and pray, and make supplication unto thee in this house:

 34 Then hear thou in heaven, and forgive the sin of thy people Israel, and bring them again unto the land which thou gavest unto their fathers.

 35 ¶When heaven is ashut up, and there is no brain, because they have sinned against thee; if they pray toward this place, and confess thy name, and turn from their sin, when thou afflictest them:

 36 Then hear thou in heaven, and forgive the sin of thy servants, and of thy people Israel, that thou ateach them the good way wherein they should bwalk, and give rain upon thy land, which thou hast given to thy people for an inheritance.

 37 ¶If there be in the land famine, if there be pestilence, blasting, mildew, locust, or if there be caterpiller; if their enemy besiege them in athe land of their cities; whatsoever plague, whatsoever bsickness there be;

 38 What prayer and supplication soever be made by any man, or by all thy people Israel, which shall know every man the plague of his own heart, and spread forth his hands toward this house:

 39 Then hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive, and do, and give to every man according to his ways, whose heart thou knowest; (for thou, even thou only, knowest the ahearts of all the children of men;)

 40 That they may afear thee all the days that they live in the land which thou gavest unto our fathers.

 41 Moreover concerning a astranger, that is not of thy people Israel, but cometh out of a far bcountry for thy name’s sake;

 42 (For they shall hear of thy great name, and of thy strong ahand, and of thy stretched out arm;) when he shall come and pray toward this house;

 43 Hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and do according to all that the stranger calleth to thee for: that all people of the earth may aknow thy name, to bfear thee, as do thy people Israel; and that they may know that this house, which I have builded, is called by thy name.

 44 ¶If thy people go out to battle against their enemy, whithersoever thou shalt asend them, and shall pray unto the Lord toward the city which thou hast chosen, and toward the house that I have built for thy name:

 45 Then hear thou in heaven their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their cause.

 46 If they sin against thee, (for there is no man that asinneth not,) and thou be angry with them, and bdeliver them to the enemy, so that they carry them away captives unto the land of the cenemy, far or near;

 47 Yet if they shall abethink themselves in the land whither they were carried captives, and repent, and make supplication unto thee in the land of them that carried them captives, saying, We have bsinned, and have done perversely, we have committed wickedness;

 48 And so areturn unto thee with all their heart, and with all their soul, in the land of their enemies, which led them away captive, and pray unto thee toward their bland, which thou gavest unto their fathers, the city which thou hast chosen, and the house which I have built for thy name:

 49 Then ahear thou their prayer and their supplication in bheaven thy dwelling place, and maintain their cause,

 50 And forgive thy people that have sinned against thee, and all their transgressions wherein they have transgressed against thee, and give them compassion before them who carried them captive, that they may have compassion on them:

 51 For they be thy apeople, and thine binheritance, which thou broughtest forth out of Egypt, from the midst of the furnace of iron:

 52 That thine eyes may be open unto the supplication of thy servant, and unto the supplication of thy people Israel, to hearken unto them in all that they call for unto thee.

 53 For thou didst aseparate them from among all the people of the earth, to be bthine inheritance, as thou spakest by the hand of Moses thy servant, when thou broughtest our fathers out of Egypt, O Lord God.

 54 And it was so, that when Solomon had made an end of apraying all this prayer and supplication unto the Lord, he arose from before the altar of the Lord, from kneeling on his knees with his hands spread up to heaven.

 55 And he stood, and blessed all the congregation of Israel with a loud voice, saying,

 56 Blessed be the Lord, that hath given rest unto his people Israel, according to all that he promised: there hath not afailed one bword of all his good cpromise, which he promised by the hand of Moses his servant.

 57 The Lord our God be with us, as he was with our fathers: let him not leave us, nor forsake us:

 58 That he may incline our hearts unto him, to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and his statutes, and his judgments, which he commanded our fathers.

 59 And let these my words, wherewith I have made supplication before the Lord, be nigh unto the Lord our God day and night, that he maintain the cause of his servant, and the cause of his people Israel at all times, as the matter shall require:

 60 That all the people of the earth may aknow that the Lord is bGod, and that there is cnone else.

 61 Let your aheart therefore be bperfect with the Lord our God, to walk in his statutes, and to keep his commandments, as at this day.

 62 ¶And the king, and all Israel with him, aoffered sacrifice before the Lord.

 63 And Solomon offered a asacrifice of peace offerings, which he offered unto the Lord, two and twenty thousand oxen, and an hundred and twenty thousand sheep. So the king and all the children of Israel bdedicated the house of the Lord.

 64 The same day did the king hallow the middle of the court that was before the house of the Lord: for there he offered burnt offerings, and meat offerings, and the fat of the peace offerings: because the abrasen altar that was before the Lord was too little to receive the burnt offerings, and meat offerings, and the fat of the peace offerings.

 65 And at that time Solomon held a afeast, and all Israel with him, a great congregation, from the bentering in of Hamath unto the river of Egypt, before the Lord our God, seven days and seven days, even fourteen days.

 66 On the aeighth day he sent the people away: and they blessed the king, and went unto their tents joyful and glad of heart for all the goodness that the Lord had done for David his servant, and for Israel his people.