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Give unto the Lord the glory due unto His name ; bring an offering, and come into His courts.
O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness : fear before Him all the earth.
Say-among the heathen that the Lord reigneth : the world also shall be established that it shall not be moved ; He shall judge the people righteously,
O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good : for His mercy endureth for ever.
O give thanks unto the God of gods: for His mercy endureth for ever.
O give thanks unto the God of heaven : for his mercy endureth for ever, &c.
At the conclusion of this pious thanksgiving, we may suppose the LORD graciously shewed His acceptance of his people's services by a glorious Cloud like that which their fathers had been taught to acknowledge as a manifestation of his DIVINE PRESENCE. It certainly must have been a most awfül, as well as affecting sight, to behold such a visible token of the favo!!r of the GREAT CREATOR..
SOLOMON'S PRAYER AT TIE DEDICATION OF THE ',
From 1 Kings, Chap. viii, ix. 2 Chron. Chap. vi.
THEN said Solomon, The Lord hath said, that he would dweh in the thick darkness.
But I will build an house of habitation for thee, and a place for thy dwelling for ever.
And the king turned his face and blessed the whole congregation of Israel: and all the congregation of Israel stood.
Ind'le said, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, who hath with His hands fulfilled that which He spake with His mouth to my father David, saying,
Since the day that I brought forth my people out of the land of Egypt, I chose no city among all the tribes of Israel to build an house in, that my name might be there; neither chose I any man to be ruler over my people Israel:
But I have chosen Jerusalem that my name might be there, and have chosen David to be over my people Israel.
Now it was in the heart of David my father to build an house for the name of the LORD God of Israel.
But the LORD said to David my father, Forasmuch as it was in thine heart to build an house for my name, thou didst well in that it was in thine heart: - Notwithstanding thou shalt not build the house; but thy son which shall come forth out of thy loins he shall: build the house for my name..
The LORD therefore hath performed his word that He hath spoken : for I am risen up in the room of David my father, and am set on the throne of Israel, as the LORD promised, and have built the house for the name of the LORD God of Israel.
And in it have I put the ark wherein is the covenant of the LORD, that he made with the children of Israel.
And he stood before the altar of the Lord in the presence of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands;
For Solomon had made a brazen scaffold' of five cubits long and five cubits broad, and three cubits high, and had set it in the midst of the court:and upon
it he stood and kneeled down upon his knees before all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands towards
And said, O LORD God of Israel, there is no God like thee in heaven, nor in the earth which keepest covenant, and shewest mercy unto thy servants, that walk before thee with all their hearts: Thou which hast kept with thy servant David my
fa ther that which thou hast promised him; and spakest with thy mouth, and has fulfilled it with thine hand, as it is this day.
Now therefore, O Lord God of Israel, keep with thy servant David, my father, that which thou hast promised him, saying, There shall not fail thee a man in my sight to sit upon the throne of Israel; yet so that thy children take heed to their way to walk in my
law as thou hast walked before me.
Now then, O Lord God of Israel, let thy word be verified which thou hast spoken unto thy servant David.
But will God in very deed dwell with men on the earth! behold, heaven, and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house which I have built ?
Have respect therefore to the prayer of thy servant, and to his supplication, O Lord my God, to hearken unto the cry and the prayer which thy servant prayeth before thee:
That thine eyes may be open upon this house day and night upon the place whereof thou hast said, that thou wouldest put thy name there; to hearken unto the prayer which thy servant prayeth towards this place.
Hearken therefore unto the supplications of thy servant, and of thy people Israel, which they shall make toward this place: hear thou from thy dwelling-place, even from heaven; and when thou hearest, forgive.
If a man sin against his neighbour, and an oath be laid upon
him to make him swear, and the oath come before thine altar in thine house ;
Thien hear thou from heaven, and do, and judge thy servants, by requiting the wicked, by recompensing his way upon his own head, and by justifying the righteons by giving him according to his righteousness.
And if thy people Israel bę put to the worse before the enemy, because they have sinned against thee; and shall return and confess thy name, and pray and make supplication before thee in this house; then hear thou from the heavens and forgive the sin of thy people Israel, and bring them again unto the land which thou gavest to them and to their fathers.
When the heaven is shut up, and there is no rain, because they have sinned against thee; yet if they pray toward this place and confess thy name, and turn from their sin when thou dost afflict them, then hear thou from heaven and forgive the sin of thy servants, and of thy people Israel, when thou hast taught them the good way wherein they should walk; and send rain upon thy land which thou hast given unto thy people for an in heritance.
If there be dearth in the land, if there be pestilence, if there be blasting, or mildew, locusts, or caterpillars, if their enemies besiege them in the cities of their land, whatsoever sore, or whatsoever sickness there be:
Then what prayer or what supplication soever shall be made of any man, or of all thy people Israel, when every one shall know his own sore and his own grief, and shall spread forth his hands in this house:
Then hear thou from heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive, and render unto every man according unto all his
ways, whose heart thou knowest (for thou only knowest the hearts of the children of men)
That they may fear thee, to walk in thy ways, so long as they live in the land which thou gavest unto our fathers.
Moreover concerning the stranger, which is not of thy people Israel, but is come from a far country for thy great name's sake, and thy mighty hand, and thy stretched out arm; if they come and pray in this house:
Then hear thou from the heavens, even from thy dwelling-place, and do according to all that the stranger calleth to the for; that all people of the earth may know thy name, and fear thee, as doth thy people Israel, and may know that this house which I have built is called by thy name.
If thy people go out to war against their enemies by the way that thou shalt send them, and they pray unto thee toward this city which thou hast chosen, and the house which I have built for thy name; then hear thou from the heavens their prayer and their supplication, ' and maintain their cause. : If they sin against thee (for there is no nan which sinneth not), and thou be angry with them, and deliver them over before their enemies, and they carry them: away captives into a land far off or near;
Yet if they bethink themselves in the land whither they are carried captive, and turn and pray unto thee in the land of their captivity, saying, We have siņned, we have done amiss, and have dealt wickedly..
If they return to thee with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their captivity, whither they have carried them captives, and pray towards their land which thou gavest unto their fathers, and toward the eity which thou hast chosen, and toward the house which I have built for thy name:
Then hear thou their prayer and their supplication. in heaven thy dwelling-place, and maintain their cause, and forgive thy people that have sinned against thee, and all their transgressions wherein they have transgressed