Then Solomon said, "The LORD has said that he would dwell in a dark cloud;
I have built a magnificent temple for you, a place for you to dwell forever."
While the whole assembly of Israel was standing there,
the king turned around and blessed them.
Then he said: "Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel,
who with his hands has fulfilled what he promised with his mouth
to my father David. For he said,
'Since the day I brought my people out of Egypt, I have not chosen a city
in any tribe of Israel to have a temple built for my Name to be there,
nor have I chosen anyone to be the leader over my people Israel.
But now I have chosen Jerusalem for my Name to be there,
and I have chosen David to rule my people Israel.'
"My father David had it in his heart to build a temple
for the Name of the LORD the God of Israel.
But the LORD said to my father David,
'Because it was in your heart to build a temple
for my Name of the LORD, you did well to have this in your heart.
Nevertheless, you are not the one to build the temple,
but your son, who is your own flesh and blood -
he is the one who will build the temple for my Name.'
"The LORD has kept the promise he made. I have succeeded David my father
and now I sit on the throne of Israel, just as the LORD promised,
and I have built the temple for the Name of the LORD, the God of Israel.
There I have placed the ark, in which is the covenant of the LORD
that he made with the people of Israel."
Solomon's Prayer of Dedication
Then Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD
in front of the whole assembly of Israel and spread out his hands.
Now he had made a bronze platform, five cubits long, five cubits wide
and three cubits high, and had placed it in the center of the outer court.
He stood on the platform, and then knelt down before the whole assembly of Israel
and spread out his hands toward heaven.
He said: "O LORD, God of Israel there is no God like you in heaven or on earth -
you who keep your covenant of love with your servants who continue
wholehearterdly in your way.
You have kept your promise to your servant David my father the promises
and with your hand you have fulfilled it - as it is today.
"Now LORD, God of Israel, kep for your servant David my father the promises
you made to him when you said, 'You shall never fail to have a man to sit
before me on the throne of Israel, if only your sons are careful in all they do
to walk before me according to my law, as you have done.'
And now, O LORD, God of Israel, let your word that
you promised your servant David come true.
"But will God really dwell on earth with men? The heavens, even the highest
heavens, cannot contain you. How much less this temple I have built!
Yet give attention to your servant's prayer and his plea for mercy, O LORD my God.
Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence.
May your eyes be open toward this temple day and night,
this place of which you said you would put your Name there.
May you hear the prayer your servant prays toward this place.
Hear the supplications of your servant and of your people Israel
when they pray toward this place. Hear from heaven, your dwelling place;
and when you hear, forgive.
"When a man wrongs his neighbor and is required to take an oath
and he comes and swears the oath before your altar in this temple,
then hear from heaven and act. Judge between your servants, repaying
the guilty by bringing down on his own head what he has done.
Declare the innocent not guilty and so establish his innocense.
"When your people Israel have been defeated by an enemy because
they have sinned against you and when they turn back and confess
your name, praying and making supplication before you in this temple,
then hear from heaven and forgive the sin of your people Israel
and bring them back to the land you gave to them and their fathers.
"When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain because your people
have sinned against you, and when they pray toward this place and
confess your name and turn from their sin because you have afflicted them.
then hear from heaven and forgive the sin of your servants, your people Israel.
Teach them the right way to live, and send rain on the land you gave your
people for an inheritance .
"When famine or plague comes to the land, or blight or mildew,
locusts or grasshoppers, or when enemies besiege them in any of their cities,
whatever disaster or disease may come,
and when a prayer or plea is made by any of your people Israel - each one aware
of his afflications and pains, and spreading out his hands toward this temple -
then hear from heaven, your dwelling place. Forgive, and deal with each man
according to all he does, since you know his heart (for you alone knows
the hearts of men).
so that they will fear you and walk in your way
all the time they live in the land you gave our fathers.
"As for the foreigner who does not belong to your people Israel
but has come from a distnat land because of your great name and
your mighty hand and your outstretched arm -
when he comes and prays toward this temple
then hear from heaven, your dwelling place, and do whatever the foreigner
asks of you, so that all the peoples of the earth may know your name and
fear you, as do your own people Israel, and may know that his house
I have built bears your Name.
"When your people go to war against their enemies, wherever you send them,
and when they pray to you toward this city you have chosen and the temple
I have built for your Name,
then hear from heaven their prayer and their plea, and uphold their cause.
"When they sin against you - for there is no one who does not sin -
and you become angry with them nd give them over to the enemy,
who takes them captive to a land far away or near;
and if they have a change of heart in the land where they are held captive,
and repent and plead with you in the land of their captivity and say,
'We have sinned, we have done wrong and acted wickedly';
and if they turn back to you with all their heart and soul in the land
of their captivity where they were taken, and pray toward the land
you gave their fathers, toward the city you have chosen and toward
the temple I have built for your Name;
then from heaven, your dwelling place, hear their prayer and their pleas,
and uphold their cause. And forgive your people, who have sinned against you.
"Now, my God, may your eyes be open and your ears attentive
to the prayers offered in this place.
"Now arise, O LORD God, and come to your resting place,
you and the ark of your might. May your priests, O LORD God,
be clothed with salvation, may your saints rejoice in your goodness.
O LORD God, do not reject your anointed one.
Remember the great love promised to David your servant."