|1st Kings 7|
King James Bible
Then Solomon assembled55 the elders of Israel, and all the heads of the tribes, the chief of the fathers of the children of Israel, unto king Solomon in Jerusalem, that they might bring up53 the ark of the covenant of the LORD out of the city of David, which [is] Zion.
And king Solomon, and all the congregation of Israel, that were assembled12 unto him, [were] with him before the ark, sacrificing18 sheep and oxen, that could not be told11 nor numbered11 for multitude.
Since the day that I brought forth52 my people Israel out of Egypt, I chose1 no city out of all the tribes of Israel to build2 an house, that my name might be therein; but I chose4 David to be over my people Israel.
And the LORD hath performed55 his word that he spake,14 and I am risen up4 in the room of David my father, and sit4 on the throne of Israel, as the LORD promised,14 and have built4 an house for the name of the LORD God of Israel.
Therefore now, LORD God of Israel, keep3 with thy servant David my father that thou promisedst14 him, saying,2 There shall not fail11 thee a man in my sight to sit6 on the throne of Israel; so that thy children take heed4 to their way, that they walk2 before me as thou hast walked1 before me.
That thine eyes may be open7 toward this house night and day, [even] toward the place of which thou hast said,1 My name shall be there: that thou mayest hearken2 unto the prayer which thy servant shall make101 toward this place.
And hearken1 thou to the supplication of thy servant, and of thy people Israel, when they shall pray101 toward this place: and hear4 thou in heaven thy dwelling2 place: and when thou hearest,1 forgive.1
When thy people Israel be smitten down9 before the enemy,6 because they have sinned4 against thee, and shall turn1 again to thee, and confess52 thy name, and pray,98 and make supplication98 unto thee in this house:
Then hear4 thou in heaven, and forgive1 the sin of thy servants, and of thy people Israel, that thou teach55 them the good way wherein they should walk,4 and give1 rain upon thy land, which thou hast given1 to thy people for an inheritance.
If there be in the land famine, if there be pestilence, blasting, mildew, locust, [or] if there be caterpiller; if their enemy6 besiege55 them in the land of their cities; whatsoever plague, whatsoever sickness [there be];
Then hear4 thou in heaven thy dwelling2 place, and forgive,1 and do,1 and give1 to every man according to his ways, whose heart thou knowest;4 (for thou, [even] thou only, knowest1 the hearts of all the children of men;)
Hear4 thou in heaven thy dwelling2 place, and do1 according to all that the stranger calleth4 to thee for: that all people of the earth may know4 thy name, to fear2 thee, as [do] thy people Israel; and that they may know2 that this house, which I have builded,1 is called8 by thy name.
If thy people go out4 to battle against their enemy,6 whithersoever thou shalt send4 them, and shall pray98 unto the LORD toward the city which thou hast chosen,1 and [toward] the house that I have built1 for thy name:
If they sin4 against thee, (for [there is] no man that sinneth4 not,) and thou be angry1 with them, and deliver1 them to the enemy,6 so that they carry them away1 captives6 unto the land of the enemy,6 far or near;
[Yet] if they shall bethink52 3820 themselves in the land whither they were carried captives,8 and repent,1 and make supplication98 unto thee in the land of them that carried them captives,6 saying,2 We have sinned,1 and have done perversely,52 we have committed wickedness;1
And [so] return1 unto thee with all their heart, and with all their soul, in the land of their enemies,6 which led them away captive,1 and pray98 unto thee toward their land, which thou gavest1 unto their fathers, the city which thou hast chosen,1 and the house which I have built1 for thy name:
And forgive1 thy people that have sinned1 against thee, and all their transgressions wherein they have transgressed1 against thee, and give1 them compassion before them who carried them captive,6 that they may have compassion14 on them:
For thou didst separate52 them from among all the people of the earth, [to be] thine inheritance, as thou spakest14 by the hand of Moses thy servant, when thou broughtest our fathers out53 of Egypt, O Lord GOD.
And it was [so], that when Solomon had made an end15 of praying99 all this prayer and supplication unto the LORD, he arose1 from before the altar of the LORD, from kneeling2 on his knees with his hands spread7 up to heaven.
Blessed7 [be] the LORD, that hath given1 rest unto his people Israel, according to all that he promised:14 there hath not failed1 one word of all his good promise, which he promised14 by the hand of Moses his servant.
And let these my words, wherewith I have made supplication98 before the LORD, be nigh unto the LORD our God day and night, that he maintain2 the cause of his servant, and the cause of his people Israel at all times, 3117 as the matter shall require:
And Solomon offered4 a sacrifice of peace offerings, which he offered1 unto the LORD, two and twenty thousand oxen, and an hundred and twenty thousand sheep. So the king and all the children of Israel dedicated4 the house of the LORD.
The same day did the king hallow14 the middle of the court that [was] before the house of the LORD: for there he offered1 burnt offerings, and meat offerings, and the fat of the peace offerings: because the brasen altar that [was] before the LORD [was] too little to receive53 the burnt offerings, and meat offerings, and the fat of the peace offerings.
And at that time Solomon held4 a feast, and all Israel with him, a great congregation, from the entering in2 of Hamath unto the river of Egypt, before the LORD our God, seven days and seven days, [even] fourteen 6240 days.
On the eighth day he sent the people away:14 and they blessed17 the king, and went4 unto their tents joyful and glad of heart for all the goodness that the LORD had done1 for David his servant, and for Israel his people.