2 Chronicles 6

1Then Solomon said, “The Lord said he would live in the dark cloud. 2I have built a house for you to live in, Lord. It is a high house, a place for you to live in forever!” 3King Solomon turned around and blessed all the people of Israel gathered in front of him. 4Solomon said, “Give praise to the Lord God of Israel! The Lord has done what he promised to do when he talked to David my father. This is what the Lord God said: 5'I led Israel out of Egypt long ago. And in all that time, I have not chosen a city from any family group of Israel for a place to build a house for my name. I have not chosen a man to lead my people, the people of Israel. 6But now I have chosen Jerusalem as a place for my name. And I have chosen David to lead my people Israel.’ 7“My father David wanted to build a temple for the name of the Lord God of Israel. 8But the Lord said to my father, 'David, when you wanted to build a temple for my name, you did well. 9But, you cannot build the temple. But your own son will build the temple for my name.’ 10Now, the Lord has done what he said he would do. I am the new king in my father’s place. David was my father. Now I am Israel’s king. That is what the Lord promised. And I have built the temple for the name of the Lord God of Israel. 11I have put the Box of the Agreement in the temple. The Box of the Agreement is where the Lord’s Agreement is kept. The Lord made this Agreement with the people of Israel.” 12Solomon stood in front of the Lord’s altar. He was standing in front of all the people of Israel who were gathered together. Then Solomon spread his hands and arms out. 13Solomon had made a bronze platform 5 cubits long, 5 cubits wide and 3 cubits and placed it in the middle of the outside yard. Then he stood on the platform and kneeled in front of all the people of Israel who were gathered together. Solomon spread his hands out toward the sky. 14Solomon said: “Lord God of Israel, there is no god like you in heaven or on earth. You keep your agreement of love and kindness. You keep your agreement with your servants if they live right with all their hearts and obey you. 15You kept your promise to your servant David. David was my father. You made a promise with your mouth. And today you have made that promise come true with your hands. 16Now, Lord God of Israel, keep your promise to your servant David. This is what you promised: You said, 'David, you will not fail to have a man from your family sit on Israel’s throne in front of me. This will happen only if your sons are careful in what they do. They must obey my law the same as you have obeyed my law.’ 17Now, Lord God of Israel, let your promise come true. You gave this promise to your servant David. 18“But we know that you, God, will not really live on the earth with people. Heaven and the highest of heavens cannot hold you! And we know that this temple I built cannot hold you! 19But pay attention to my prayer and the times I beg for mercy. Lord my God, listen to me calling out to you! Listen to the prayer that I am praying to you. I am your servant. 20I pray that your eyes will be open to look at this temple day and night. You said you would put your name in this place. May you hear my prayers when I pray while I look at this temple. 21Hear my prayers, and the prayers your people Israel pray. Hear our prayers while we pray looking at this temple. Hear from where you live in heaven. And when you hear our prayers, forgive us. 22“A person might be accused of doing something wrong against another person. When that happens, the accused person will have to use your name to promise ˻that he is innocent˼. When he comes to make the promise in front of your altar in the temple, 23then hear from heaven. Act, and judge your servants. Punish the bad person and make him suffer the same things he made other people suffer. Prove that the person that has done right is innocent. 24“An enemy might defeat your people Israel because your people have sinned against you. And then if the people of Israel come back to you and confess your name and pray and beg to you in this temple, 25then hear from heaven and forgive the sin of your people Israel. Bring them back into the land you gave to them and to their ancestors. 26“The sky might close up so that there is no rain. This will happen if the people of Israel sin against you. And if the people of Israel are sorry and pray as they look at this temple, and confess your name, and stop doing their sin because you are punishing them, 27then hear from heaven. Hear and forgive their sins. The people of Israel are your servants. Then teach them the right way that they should live. And send rain on your land. That is the land you gave to your people. 28“There might be a famine in the land, or terrible sicknesses, or disease in the crops, or mildew, or locusts, or grasshoppers. Or if enemies attack the people of Israel in their cities, or if there is any kind of sickness in Israel, 29and then a prayer or begging is made by any of your people of Israel—each person knowing his own trouble and pain—and if that person spreads his hands and arms out while looking at this temple, 30then hear from heaven. Heaven is where you live. Hear and forgive. Give to each person what he should get, because you know what is in each person’s heart. Only you know what is in a person’s heart. 31Then the people will fear and obey you as long as they live in the land you gave our ancestors. 32“There might be a stranger who is not one of your people of Israel, but who comes here from a country far away. That stranger might come here because he heard of your great name, your great power and your ability to punish people. When that person comes and prays while looking at this temple, 33then in heaven where you live, listen to the stranger and answer his prayer. Then all the people of the earth will know your name and respect you, the same as your people Israel respects you. And all the people of the earth will know that this temple I built is called by your name. 34“You will send your people to some place to fight against their enemies. They will pray to you as they look toward this city you chose and toward the temple I built for your name. 35Please hear their prayer in heaven. Hear them when they beg for help. And help them. 36“People will sin against you—there is not a person that does not sin—and you will become angry with them. You will let an enemy defeat them, and be captured and forced to go to a land far away or near. 37But then they will change their minds and beg you while they are in the land where they are prisoners. They will say, 'We have sinned, we have done wrong and we have acted wickedly.’ 38And then they will come back to you with all their heart and all their soul in the land where they are prisoners. And they will pray as they look toward their land, the land you gave their ancestors, and toward the city that you chose. And they will pray as they look toward the temple I built for your name. 39When this happens, hear in heaven. Heaven is your home. Accept their prayers when they beg for help. And help them. Forgive your people who have sinned against you. 40Now, my God, I ask you, open your eyes and your ears. Listen and pay attention to the prayers we are praying in this place. 41“Now, Lord God, get up, and come to your special place, the Box of the Agreement that shows your strength. May your priests be dressed with salvation. May your true followers be happy about these good things. 42Lord God, accept your anointed king. Remember your loyal servant David!”

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