Then Solomon assembled 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 up the ark of the covenant of the LORD out of the city of David, which
And all the men of Israel assembled themselves unto king Solomon at the feast in
the month Ethanim, which is the seventh month.
And all the elders of Israel came, and the priests took up the ark.
And they brought up the ark of the LORD, and the tabernacle of the congregation,
and all the holy vessels that were in the tabernacle, even those did the priests and
the Levites bring up.
And king Solomon, and all the congregation of Israel, that were assembled unto him,
were with him before the ark, sacrificing sheep and oxen, that could not be told nor
numbered for multitude.
And the priests brought in the ark of the covenant of the LORD unto his place, into
the oracle of the house, to the most holy place, even under the wings of the
For the cherubims spread forth their two wings over the place of the ark, and the
cherubims covered the ark and the staves thereof above.
And they drew out the staves, that the ends of the staves were seen out in the holy
place before the oracle, and they were not seen without: and there they are unto this
There was nothing in the ark save the two tables of stone, which Moses put there at
Horeb, when the LORD made a covenant with the children of Israel, when they came out of
the land of Egypt.
And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy place, that the
cloud filled the house of the LORD,
So that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud: for the glory
of the LORD had filled the house of the LORD.
Then spake Solomon, The LORD said that he would dwell in the thick darkness.
I have surely built thee an house to dwell in, a settled place for thee to abide in
And the king turned his face about, and blessed all the congregation of Israel:
(and all the congregation of Israel stood;)
And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, which spake with his mouth unto
David my father, and hath with his hand fulfilled it, saying,
Since the day that I brought forth my people Israel out of Egypt, I chose no city
out of all the tribes of Israel to build an house, that my name might be therein; but I
chose David to be over my people Israel.
And it was in the heart of David my father to build an house for the name of the
LORD God of Israel.
And the LORD said unto David my father, Whereas it was in thine heart to build an
house unto my name, thou didst well that it was in thine heart.
Nevertheless thou shalt not build the house; but thy son that shall come forth out
of thy loins, he shall build the house unto my name.
And the LORD hath performed his word that he spake, and I am risen up in the room
of David my father, and sit on the throne of Israel, as the LORD promised, and have
built an house for the name of the LORD God of Israel.
And I have set there a place for the ark, wherein is the covenant of the LORD,
which he made with our fathers, when he brought them out of the land of Egypt.
And Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the
congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands toward heaven:
And he said, LORD God of Israel, there is no God like thee, in heaven above, or on
earth beneath, who keepest covenant and mercy with thy servants that walk before thee
with all their heart:
Who hast kept with thy servant David my father that thou promisedst him: thou
spakest also with thy mouth, and hast fulfilled it with thine hand, as it is this
Therefore now, LORD God of Israel, keep with thy servant David my father that thou
promisedst him, saying, There shall not fail thee a man in my sight to sit on the
throne of Israel; so that thy children take heed to their way, that they walk before me
as thou hast walked before me.
And now, O God of Israel, let thy word, I pray thee, be verified, which thou
spakest unto thy servant David my father.
But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens
cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded?
Yet have thou respect unto the prayer of thy servant, and to his supplication, O
LORD my God, to hearken unto the cry and to the prayer, which thy servant prayeth
before thee to day:
That thine eyes may be open toward this house night and day, even toward the place
of which thou hast said, My name shall be there: that thou mayest hearken unto the
prayer which thy servant shall make toward this place.
And hearken thou to the supplication of thy servant, and of thy people Israel, when
they shall pray toward this place: and hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place: and when
thou hearest, forgive.
If any man trespass against his neighbour, and an oath be laid upon him to cause
him to swear, and the oath come before thine altar in this house:
Then hear thou in heaven, and do, and judge thy servants, condemning the wicked, to
bring his way upon his head; and justifying the righteous, to give him according to his
When thy people Israel be smitten down before the enemy, because they have sinned
against thee, and shall turn again to thee, and confess thy name, and pray, and make
supplication unto thee in this house:
Then hear thou in heaven, and forgive the sin of thy people Israel, and bring them
again unto the land which thou gavest unto their fathers.
When heaven is shut up, and there is no rain, because they have sinned against
thee; if they pray toward this place, and confess thy name, and turn from their sin,
when thou afflictest them:
Then hear thou in heaven, and forgive the sin of thy servants, and of thy people
Israel, that thou teach them the good way wherein they should walk, and give rain upon
thy land, which thou hast given 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 enemy besiege them in the land of their cities;
whatsoever plague, whatsoever sickness there be;
What prayer and supplication soever be made by any man, or by all thy people
Israel, which shall know every man the plague of his own heart, and spread forth his
hands toward this house:
Then hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive, and do, and give to every
man according to his ways, whose heart thou knowest; (for thou, even thou only, knowest
the hearts of all the children of men;)
That they may fear thee all the days that they live in the land which thou gavest
unto our fathers.
Moreover concerning a stranger, that is not of thy people Israel, but cometh out of
a far country for thy name’s sake;
(For they shall hear of thy great name, and of thy strong hand, and of thy
stretched out arm;) when he shall come and pray toward this house;
Hear thou in heaven 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, to fear thee, as
do thy people Israel; and that they may know that this house, which I have builded, is
called by thy name.
If thy people go out to battle against their enemy, whithersoever thou shalt send
them, and shall pray unto the LORD toward the city which thou hast chosen, and toward
the house that I have built for thy name:
Then hear thou in heaven their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their
If they sin against thee, (for there is no man that sinneth not,) and thou be angry
with them, and deliver them to the enemy, so that they carry them away captives unto
the land of the enemy, far or near;
Yet if they shall bethink themselves in the land whither they were carried
captives, and repent, and make supplication unto thee in the land of them that carried
them captives, saying, We have sinned, and have done perversely, we have committed
And so return unto thee with all their heart, and with all their soul, in the land
of their enemies, which led them away captive, and pray unto thee toward their land,
which thou gavest unto their fathers, the city which thou hast chosen, and the house
which I have built for thy name:
Then hear thou their prayer and their supplication in heaven thy dwelling place,
and maintain their cause,
And forgive thy people that have sinned against thee, and all their transgressions
wherein they have transgressed against thee, and give them compassion before them who
carried them captive, that they may have compassion on them:
For they be thy people, and thine inheritance, which thou broughtest forth out of
Egypt, from the midst of the furnace of iron:
That thine eyes may be open unto the supplication of thy servant, and unto the
supplication of thy people Israel, to hearken unto them in all that they call for unto
For thou didst separate them from among all the people of the earth, to be thine
inheritance, as thou spakest by the hand of Moses thy servant, when thou broughtest our
fathers out of Egypt, O LORD God.
And it was so, that when Solomon had made an end of praying all this prayer and
supplication unto the LORD, he arose from before the altar of the LORD, from kneeling
on his knees with his hands spread up to heaven.
And he stood, and blessed all the congregation of Israel with a loud voice,
Blessed be the LORD, that hath given rest unto his people Israel, according to all
that he promised: there hath not failed one word of all his good promise, which he
promised by the hand of Moses his servant.
The LORD our God be with us, as he was with our fathers: let him not leave us, nor
That he may incline our hearts unto him, to walk in all his ways, and to keep his
commandments, and his statutes, and his judgements, which he commanded our
And let these my words, wherewith I have made supplication before the LORD, be nigh
unto the LORD our God day and night, that he maintain the cause of his servant, and the
cause of his people Israel at all times, as the matter shall require:
That all the people of the earth may know that the LORD is God, and that there is
Let your heart therefore be perfect with the LORD our God, to walk in his statutes,
and to keep his commandments, as at this day.
And the king, and all Israel with him, offered sacrifice before the LORD.
And Solomon offered a sacrifice of peace offerings, which he offered unto the LORD,
two and twenty thousand oxen, and an hundred and twenty thousand sheep. So the king and
all the children of Israel dedicated the house of the LORD.
The same day did the king hallow the middle of the court that was before the house
of the LORD: for there he offered 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 receive the burnt offerings, and meat offerings, and the fat of the peace
And at that time Solomon held a feast, and all Israel with him, a great
congregation, from the entering in of Hamath unto the river of Egypt, before the LORD
our God, seven days and seven days, even fourteen days.
On the eighth day he sent the people away: and they blessed the king, and went unto
their tents joyful and glad of heart for all the goodness that the LORD had done for
David his servant, and for Israel his people.