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NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (1984 EDITION) See 2013 revision
7 Now as soon as Sol′o·mon finished praying,+ the fire itself came down from the heavens+ and proceeded to consume the burnt offering+ and the sacrifices, and Jehovah’s glory+ itself filled the house. 2 And the priests were unable to enter into the house of Jehovah+ because Jehovah’s glory had filled the house of Jehovah. 3 And all the sons of Israel were spectators when the fire came down and the glory of Jehovah was upon the house, and they immediately bowed+ low with their faces to the earth upon the pavement and prostrated+ themselves and thanked Jehovah, “for he is good,+ for his loving-kindness is to time indefinite.”+ 4 And the king and all the people were offering sacrifice before Jehovah.+ 5 And King Sol′o·mon went on offering the sacrifice of twenty-two thousand cattle and a hundred and twenty thousand sheep.+ Thus the king and all the people inaugurated+ the house of the [true] God. 6 And the priests+ were standing at their posts of duty, and the Levites+ with the instruments of song+ to Jehovah that David+ the king had made to thank Jehovah, “for his loving-kindness is to time indefinite,” when David would render praise by their hand; and the priests were loudly sounding the trumpets+ in front of them, while all the Israelites were standing. 7 Then Sol′o·mon sanctified+ the middle of the courtyard that was before the house of Jehovah, because there he rendered up the burnt offerings+ and the fat pieces of the communion sacrifices, for the copper altar+ that Sol′o·mon had made was itself not able to contain the burnt offering and the grain offering+ and the fat pieces.+ 8 And Sol′o·mon proceeded to hold the festival+ at that time for seven days, and all Israel with him,+ a very great congregation*+ from the entering in of Ha′math+ down to the torrent valley of Egypt.+ 9 But on the eighth day they held a solemn assembly,+ because the inauguration of the altar they had held for seven days and the festival for seven days. 10 And on the twenty-third day of the seventh month he sent the people away to their homes, joyful+ and feeling good at heart over the goodness+ that Jehovah had performed toward David and toward Sol′o·mon and toward Israel his people.+ 11 Thus Sol′o·mon finished the house of Jehovah+ and the house of the king;+ and in everything that had come into Sol′o·mon’s heart to do regarding the house of Jehovah and his own house he proved successful. 12 Jehovah now appeared+ to Sol′o·mon during the night and said to him: “I have heard your prayer,+ and I have chosen+ this place for myself as a house of sacrifice.+ 13 When I shut up the heavens that no rain may occur+ and when I command the grasshoppers to eat up the land+ and if I send a pestilence among my people,+ 14 and my people+ upon whom my name+ has been called humble+ themselves and pray+ and seek my face+ and turn back from their bad ways,+ then I myself shall hear from the heavens+ and forgive their sin,+ and I shall heal their land.+ 15 Now my own eyes+ will prove to be opened and my ears+ attentive to prayer at this place. 16 And now I do choose+ and sanctify this house that my name+ may prove to be there to time indefinite,+ and my eyes and my heart will certainly prove to be there always.+ 17 “And if you yourself will walk before me, just as David+ your father walked, even by doing according to all that I have commanded you,+ and you will keep my regulations+ and my judicial decisions,+ 18 I will also establish the throne of your kingship,+ just as I covenanted with David your father,+ saying, ‘There will not a man of yours be cut off from ruling over Israel.’+ 19 But if YOU yourselves turn back+ and actually leave my statutes+ and my commandments+ that I have put before YOU, and YOU actually go and serve other gods+ and bow down to them,+ 20 I will also uproot them from off my ground that I have given them;+ and this house that I have sanctified+ for my name, I shall throw away from before my face,+ and I shall make it a proverbial saying+ and a taunt among all the peoples.+ 21 As for this house that had become heaps of ruins,*+ everyone passing by it will stare in amazement+ and be certain to say, ‘For what reason did Jehovah do like that to this land and to this house?’+ 22 And they will have to say, ‘It was for the reason that they left Jehovah+ the God of their forefathers who had brought them out of the land of Egypt,+ and they proceeded to take hold of other gods+ and bow down to them and serve them.+ That is why he brought upon them all this calamity.’”+