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The dedieated treasures are deposited in the temple ; the bringing up

of the ark of the covenant into the most holy place ; while God is fraised, he gives them a sign of his favour,

THUS all the work that Solomon made for the house of the

LORD was finished : and Solomon brought in (all] the things that David his father had dedicated ; and the silver, and the gold, and all the instruments put he among the treasures of the house of God.

Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel, and all the heads of the tribes, the chief of the fathers of the children of

Israeł, unto Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the covenant of the 8 LORD Gut of the city of David, which [is] Zion. Wherefore all

the men of Israel assembled themselves unto the king in the 4 feast which (was) in the seventh month. And all the elders of $ Israel came ; and the Levites took up the ark. And they

brought up the ark, and the tabernacle of the congregation, and

all the holy vessels that were) in the tabernacle, these did the 6 priests [add] the Levites bring up. Also king Solomon, and all

the congregation of Israel that were assembled unto him before the ark, sacrificed sheep and oxen, which could not be told nor numbered for multitude. And the priests brought in the art of the covenant of the Lord unto his place, to the oracle of the house, inte-the most holy [place, even) under the wings of the cherubims. For the cherubims spread forth (their) wings over the place of the ark, and the cherubims covered the ark and the 'staves thereof above. And they drew. out the staves (of the ark,] that the ends of the staves were seen from the ark before

the oracle ; but they were not seen without. And there it is 10 unto this day. [There was) nothing in the ark save the two

tables which Moses put (therein) at Horeb, when the LORD made (a covenant) with the children of Israel, when they came out of Egypt.

And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy (place :) (for all the priests that were) present were sanc22 tified, (and) did not (then) wait by course : Also the Levites

[which were] the singers, all of them of Asaph, of Heman, of Jeduthun, with their sons, and their brethren, [being] arrayed in white linen, having cymbals and psalteries and harps, stood at

the east end of the altar, and with them an hundred and twenty 13 priests sounding with trumpets :) It came even to pass, as the

trumpeters and singers (were) as one, to make one sound to be hear in praising and thanking the Lord; and when they lifted up (their) voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of viusic, and praised the LORD, (saying,] For (he is) good ;

for his mercy (endureth] for ever : that (then) the house was 14 filled with a cloud, [even) the house of the LORD ; So that the

priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud : for ihe glory of the LORD bad filled the house of God.


Solomon, having blessed the preopte; praiscth God for the performance

of his promise to David concerning the building of the house į and his prayer at the consecration of the temple. 1 THEN said Solomon, The LORD hath said that he would

3 habitation for thee, and a place for thy dwelling for ever. And

the king turned his face, and blessed the whole congregation of 4 Israel : and all the congregation of Israel stood. And he said,

Blessed [be] the Lord God of Israel, who hath with his hands

fulfilled [that] which he spake with his mouth to my father 5 David, saying, Since the day that I brought forth my people out

of the land of Egypt I chose no city anrong all the tribes of Israel to build an house in, that my name might be there ;

neither, chose I any man to be a ruler over my people Israel : 6 But I have chosen Jerusalem, that my name might be there ; 7 and have chosen David to be over my people Israel. Now is

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 9 for my name, thou didst well in that it was in thine heart. Not

withstanding thou shalt not build the house ; but thy son

which shall come forth out of thy loins, he shall build the house 10 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 get on the throne of Israel, as the LORD

promised, and have built the house for the name of the Lord 11 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. 12 And he stood before the altar of the Lord in the presence of 13 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 apon

his knees before all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth 14 his hands toward heaven, And said, O Lord God of Israel,

[there is) no God like thee in the heaven, nor in the earth;

which keepest covenant, and (shewest) mercy unto thy servants, 15 that walk before thee with all their hearts : Thou which hast

kept with thy servant David my father that which thou hast

promised him; and spakest with thy mouth, and hast fulfilled 16 [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 17 hast walked before me. Now then, O Lord God of Israel, let

thy word be verified, which thou hast spoken unto thy servant

18 David. But will God in very deed dwell with men on the earth ?

behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee ; 19 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 20 may 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 wouldst put thy name there ; to hearken unto the 21 prayer which thy servant prayeth toward 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. 22 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 23 in this house ; Then 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 righteous, by giving him according to his righteousness.

And if thy people Israel be 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 25 thee in this house ; Then hear thou from the heavens, and for

give the sin of thy people Israel, and bring them again unto the

land which thou gavest to them and to their fathers. 26 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 27 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 inheritance.

If there be dearth in the land, if there be pestilence, if there be blasting, or mildew, locusts, or caterpillers ; if their enemies

besiege them in the cities of their land ; whatsoever sore, or 29 whatsoever sickness (there be : Then) what prayer (or) what

supplication soever shall be made of any man, or of all thy peam

ple Israel, when every one shall know his own sore and his own 30 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 chil31 dren 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 33 come and pray in this house; Then hear thou from the heayens,

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[even) from thy dwelling place, and do according to all that the stranger calleth to thee 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. 34 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 35 for thy name ; Then hear thou from the heavens their prayer

and their supplication, and maintain their cause. 36

If they sin against thee, (for (there is) no man which sin. neth not,) and thou be angry with them, and deliver them over

before (their) enemies, and they carry them away captives unto 37 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 sinned, we 38 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 toward their land, which thou gavest unto their fathers,

and (toward] the city which thou hast chosen, and toward the 39 house which I have built for thy name : Then hear thou from

the heavens, [even) from thy dwelling place, their prayer and their supplications, and maintain their cause, and forgive thy

people which have sinned against thee. 40 Now, my God, let, I beseech thee, thine eyes be open, and

[let] thine ears [be] attent unto the prayer (that is made) in 41 this place. Now therefore arise, O Lord God, into thy resting

place, thou, and the ark of thy strength : let thy priests, O Lord

God, be clothed with salvation, and let thy saints rejoice in 42 goodness. O Lord God, turn not away the face of thine

anointed : remember the mercies of David thy servant.



The acceptance of Solomon's prayer testified by fire from heaven ;

upon which the people worship God; and Solomon sacrifices at the dedication. 1 OW when Solomon had made an end of praying, the

fire came down from heaven, and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices ; and the glory of the LORD filled 2 the house. And the priests could not enter into the house of

the Lord, because the glory of the LORD had filled the LORD's 3 house. And when all the children of Israel saw how the fire

came down, and the glory of the LORD upon the house, they bowed themselves with their faces to the ground upon the pave. ment, and worshipped, and praised the LORD, (saying,] For [he is) good; for his mercy (endureth) for ever. Vol. III.


Then the king and all the people offered sacrifices before the 5 LORD. And king Solomon offered a sacrifice of twenty and · two thousand oxen, and an hundred and twenty thousand sheep: 6 so the king and all the people dedicated the house of God. And

the priests waited on their offices : the Levites also with instruments of music of the LORD, which David the king had made to praise the Lord, because his mercy (endureth] for

ever, when David praised by their ministry; and the priests py sounded trumpets before them, and all Israel stood. Moreover

Solomon hallowed the middle of the court that (was) before the house of the Lord : for there he offered burnt offerings, and the fat of the peace offerings, because the brazen altar which Solomon had made was not able to receive the burnt offerings,

and the meat offerings, and the fat. 8 Also at the same time Solomon kept the feast seven days, • and all Israel with him, a very great congregation, from the en9 tering in of Hamath unto the river of Egypt. And in the eighth

day they made a solemn assembly : for they kept the dedica10 tion of the altar seven days, and the feast seven days. And on

the three and twentieth day of the seventh month he sent the people away into their tents, glad and merry in heart for the

goodness that the LORD had showed unto David, and to Solo11 mon, and to Israel his people. Thus Solomon finished the

house of the LORD, and the king's house : and all that came into Solomon's heart to make in the house of the Lord, and in

his own house, he prosperously effected. 12 And the LORD appeared to Solomon, by night, and said unto

him, I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place to 13 myself for an house of sacrifice. If I shut up heaven that there

be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or 14 if I send pestilence among my people ; If my people which are

called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I

hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their 15 land. Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto 16 the prayer (that is made] in this place. For now have I chosen

and sanctified this house, that my name may be there for ever: 17 and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually. And

as for thee, if thou wilt walk before me, as David thy father

walked, and do according to all that I have commanded thee, 18 and shalt observe my ştatutes and my judgments; Then will I

establish the throne of thy kingdom, according as I have cove

nanted with David thy father, saying, There shall not fail thee 19 a man (to be] ruler in Israel. But if ye tạrn away and forsake

my statutes and my commandments, which I have set before

you, and shall go and serve other gods, and worship them; 20 Then will I pluck them up by the roots out of my land which I

have given them; and this house which I have sanctified for

my name, will I cast out of my sight, and will make it (to be] 21 a proverb, and a byword among all nations. And this house


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