2 Chronicles 6
said Solomon, The LORD hath said that he would dwell in the thick darkness.
2But I have built an house of habitation for thee, and a place for thy dwelling for ever.
3And the king turned his face, and blessed the whole congregation of Israel: and
all the congregation of Israel stood.
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
5Since 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 a ruler over my people Israel:
6But I have chosen Jerusalem, that my name might be there; and have chosen David to be over my people
7Now it was in the heart of David
my father to build an house for the name of the LORD God of Israel.
8But 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:
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.
10The 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.
11And in it have I put the ark, wherein is the covenant of the LORD, that he made with the children
12And he stood before the altar
of the LORD in the presence of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands:
13For Solomon had made a brasen 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 toward heaven.
14And 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, that walk before thee with all their hearts:
15Thou which hast kept with thy servant David my father that which thou hast promised
him; and spakest with thy mouth, and hast fulfilled it with thine hand, as it is this day.
16Now 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.
17Now then, O LORD God of Israel, let thy word be verified, which thou hast spoken
unto thy servant David.
18But 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!
19Have 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:
20That 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 toward this place.
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.
22If 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 this house;
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.
24And 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 thee in this house;
25Then 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.
26When 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;
27Then 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.
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 whatsoever sickness there be:
29Then 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
30Then 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:)
they may fear thee, to walk in thy ways, so long as they live in the land which thou gavest unto our fathers.
32Moreover 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
33Then hear thou from the heavens,
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
34If 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;
hear thou from the heavens their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their cause.
36If they sin against thee, (for there is no man which sinneth not,) and thou be
angry with them, and deliver them over before their enemies, and they carry them away captives unto a land far off or near;
37Yet 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 have
done amiss, and have dealt wickedly;
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 house which I have built for thy name:
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.
my God, let, I beseech thee, thine eyes be open, and let thine ears be attent unto the prayer that is made in this place.
41Now 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 goodness.
42O LORD God, turn not
away the face of thine anointed: remember the mercies of David thy servant.