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1 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 mightFor David brought it from Obed-edom, and placed it in the tabernacle which he made for it in (2Sa_6:17).bring up the ark of the covenant of the LORD out of the city of David, which [is] Zion.

2 And all the men of Israel assembled themselves unto king Solomon at the feast in the monthContaining part of September and part of October, in which they held three solemn feasts, (Num_29:1).Ethanim, which [is] the seventh month.

3 And all the Elders of Israel came and the Priests tooke the Arke.

4 They bare the Arke of the Lorde, and they bare the Tabernacle of the Congregation, and all the holy vessels that were in the Tabernacle: those did the Priestes and Leuites bring vp.

5 And King Salomon and all the Congregation of Israel, that were assembled vnto him, were with him before the Arke, offering sheepe and beeues, which could not be tolde, nor nombred for multitude.

6 And theThat is, the Kohathites, (Num_4:5).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 cherubims.

7 For ye Cherubims stretched out their wings ouer the place of the Arke, and the Cherubims couered the Arke, and the barres thereof aboue.

8 And theyThey drew them out only far enough to be seen, for they could not pull them out completely, (Exo_25:15).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 day.

9 [There was] nothing in the arkFor it is likely that the enemy when they had the ark in their hands took away the rod of Aaron and the pot of 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.

10 And when the Priestes were come out of the Sanctuarie, the cloude filled the house of the Lorde,

11 So that the Priestes could not stande to minister, because of the cloude: for the glorie of the Lorde had filled the house of the Lorde.

12 Then spake Salomon, The Lord said, that he woulde dwell in the darke cloude.

13 I have surely built thee an house to dwell in, a settled place for thee to abide in forHe spoke according to the tenor of God's promise which was on the condition that they served him correctly.ever.

14 And the King turned his face, and blessed all the Congregation of Israel: for all the Congregation of Israel stoode there.

15 And he said, Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, who spake with his mouth vnto Dauid my father, and hath with his hand fulfilled it, saying,

16 Since the day that I brought my people Israel out of Egypt, I chose no citie of all the tribes of Israel, to builde an house that my name might be there: but I haue chosen Dauid to be ouer my people Israel.

17 And it was in ye heart of Dauid my father to builde an house to the Name of the Lorde God of Israel.

18 And the Lord said vnto Dauid my father, Where as it was in thine heart to build an house vnto my Name, thou diddest well, that thou wast so minded:

19 Neuerthelesse thou shalt not builde the house, but thy sonne that shall come out of thy loynes, he shall builde the house vnto my Name.

20 And the Lorde hath made good his worde that he spake: and I am risen vp in the roume of Dauid my father, and sit on the throne of Israel, as the Lord promised, and haue built the house for the Name of the Lord God of Israel.

21 And I have set there a place for the ark, wherein [is] theThe two tables in which the articles of the covenant were written.covenant of the LORD, which he made with our fathers, when he brought them out of the land of Egypt.

22 Then Salomon stoode before the altar of the Lorde in the sight of all the Congregation of Israel, and stretched out his handes towarde heauen,

23 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 withTruthfully and without hypocrisy.all their heart:

24 Thou that hast kept with thy seruant Dauid my father, that thou hast promised him: for thou spakest with thy mouth and hast fulfilled it with thine hande, as appeareth this day.

25 Therefore now, Lord God of Israel, keepe with thy seruant Dauid my father that thou hast promised him, saying, Thou shalt not want a man in my sight to sit vpon ye throne of Israel: so that thy childre take heed to their way, that they walke before me; as thou hast walked in my sight

26 And nowe, O God of Israel, I pray thee, let thy worde be verified, which thou spakest vnto thy seruant Dauid my father.

27 He is ravished with the admiration of God's mercies, who being incomprehensible and Lord over all will become familiar with men.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?

28 But haue thou respect vnto the prayer of thy seruant, and to his supplication, O Lorde, my God, to heare the cry and prayer which thy seruant prayeth before thee this day:

29 That thine eyes may be open toward this house, night and day, euen towarde the place whereof thou hast said, My Name shalbe there: that thou mayest hearken vnto the prayer which thy seruant prayeth in this place.

30 Heare thou therefore the supplication of thy seruant, and of thy people Israel, which pray in this place, & heare thou in the place of thine habitation, euen in heauen, and when thou hearest, haue mercie.

31 If any man trespass against his neighbour,That is, the judge or neighbours.and an oath be laid upon him to cause him to swear, and the oath come before thine altar in this house:

32 Then hear thou in heaven, andThat is, make it, and judge thy servants, condemning the wicked, to bring his way upon his head; and justifying the righteous, to give him according to his righteousness.

33 When thy people Israel be smitten down before the enemy, because they have sinned against thee, and shall turn again to thee, andAcknowledge your just judgment and praise you.confess thy name, and pray, and make supplication unto thee in this house:

34 Then heare thou in heauen, and be mercifull vnto the sinne of thy people Israel, and bring them againe vnto the lande, which thou gauest vnto their fathers.

35 When heaven isSo that there is a drought to destroy the fruit of the land.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:

36 Then heare thou in heauen, and pardon the sinne of thy seruants and of thy people Israel (when thou hast taught the the good way wherein they may walke) and giue raine vpon the land that thou hast giuen to thy people to inherite.

37 When there shalbe famine in the land, when there shalbe pestilence, when there shall be blasting, mildewe, grashopper or caterpiller, when their enemie shall besiege them in the cities of their lande, or any plague, or any sickenesse,

38 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 ownFor such are most suitable to receive God's mercies.heart, and spread forth his hands toward this house:

39 Heare thou then in heauen, in thy dwelling place, and be mercifull, and doe, and giue euery man according to all his wayes, as thou knowest his heart, (for thou only knowest the heartes of all the children of men)

40 That they may feare thee as long as they liue in ye lad, which thou gauest vnto our fathers.

41 Moreover concerning aHe means such as should be turned from their idolatry to serve the true God.stranger, that [is] not of thy people Israel, but cometh out of a far country for thy name's sake;

42 (When they shal heare of thy great name, and of thy mightie hande, and of thy stretched out arme) and shall come and pray in this house,

43 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 thyThat this is the true religion with which you will be

44 When thy people shall go out to battell against their enemie by the way that thou shalt sende them, and shall pray vnto the Lorde towarde the way of the citie which thou hast chosen, and toward the house that I haue built for thy Name,

45 Heare thou then in heauen their prayer & their supplication, and iudge their cause.

46 If they sinne against thee, ( for there is no man that sinneth not) and thou be angry with them, and deliuer them vnto the enemies, so that they cary them away prisoners vnto the land of the enemies, either farre or neere,

47 [Yet] if they shall bethink themselves in the land whither they were carried captives, and repent, and make supplication unto theeThough the temple was the chief place of prayer, yet he does not exclude them who being forced by necessity to call upon him in other the land of them that carried them captives, saying, We have sinned, and have done perversely, we have committed wickedness;

48 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 towardAs Daniel did in (Dan_6:10).their land, which thou gavest unto their fathers, the city which thou hast chosen, and the house which I have built for thy name:

49 Then heare thou their prayer and their supplication in heauen thy dwelling place, and iudge their cause,

50 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 mayHe understood by faith, that God of enemies would make friends with them who converted to him.have compassion on them:

51 For they be thy people, and thine inheritance, which thou broughtest out of Egypt from the middes of the yron fornace.

52 Let thine eyes be open vnto the prayer of thy seruant, and vnto the prayer of thy people Israel, to hearken vnto them, in all that they call for vnto thee.

53 For thou diddest separate them to thee from among all people of the earth for an inheritance, as thou saidest by the hand of Moses thy seruant, when thou broughtest our fathers out of Egypt, O Lord God.

54 And it was [so], that when Solomon had made anSolomon is a figure of Christ, who continually is the mediator between God and his Church.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.

55 And stoode and blessed all the Congregation of Israel with a loud voyce, saying,

56 Blessed be the Lorde that hath giuen rest vnto his people Israel, according to all that hee promised: there hath not fayled one word of all his good promise which he promised by the hand of Moses his seruant.

57 The Lorde our God be with vs, as he was with our fathers, that he forsake vs not, neither leaue vs,

58 That he mayHe concludes that man of himself is enemy to God, and that all obedience to his law proceeds from his mercy.incline our hearts unto him, to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and his statutes, and his judgments, which he commanded our fathers.

59 And these my wordes, which I haue prayed before the Lorde, be neere vnto the Lorde our God day and night, that he defende the cause of his seruant, and the cause of his people Israel alway as the matter requireth,

60 That all the people of ye earth may knowe, that the Lord is God, and none other.

61 Let your heart therefore be perfit with the Lorde our God to walke in his statutes, and to keepe his commandements, as this day.

62 Then the King and all Israel with him offred sacrifice before the Lorde.

63 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 theBefore the oracle where the ark of the LORD.

64 The same day did the King halowe the middle of the court, that was before the house of the Lorde: for there he made burnt offerings, and the meate offrings, and the fat of the peace offeringes, because the brasen altar that was before the Lorde, was too litle to receiue the burnt offerings, and the meate offerings, and the fat of the peace offrings.

65 And at that time Solomon held a feast, and all Israel with him, a great congregation, from the entering in ofThat is, from North to South: meaning all the country.Hamath unto the river of Egypt, before the LORD our God,Seven days for the dedication, and seven for the days and seven days, [even] fourteen days.

66 And the eight day he sent the people away: and they thanked the King and went vnto their tentes ioyous and with glad heart, because of al the goodnesse that the Lord had done for Dauid his seruant, and for Israel his people.

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