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2 Chronicles 7:1-22

7  And when Solomon finished praying, the fire came down out of the sky and consumed the burnt-offering and the sacrifices, and Jehovah’s glory filled the house, 2  and the priests could not go into Jehovah’s house because Jehovah’s glory filled Jehovah’s house. 3  And all the sons of Israel saw when the fire and Jehovah’s glory came down on the house, and they bowed down on the pavement with their faces to the ground and did reverence and gave thanks to Jehovah because he is good, because his friendship lasts forever. 4  And the king and all the people were making sacrifices before Jehovah; 5  and King Solomon sacrificed as the sacrifice of horned cattle twenty-two thousand, and sheep and goats a hundred and twenty thousand; and the king and all Israel dedicated the house of God, 6*  while the priests stood attending to their duties, and the Levites with the instruments for song to Jehovah which King David had made for giving thanks to Jehovah, because his friendship lasts forever, when David was employing their services in praise, and the priests sounding the trumpets in time with them, and all Israel standing. 7  And Solomon consecrated the middle of the court in front of Jehovah’s house, because there he offered the burnt-offerings and the fats of the welfare-sacrifices, since the bronze altar Solomon had made was not adequate to hold the burnt-offering and the grain-offering and the fats. 8  And Solomon kept the Feast at that time for seven days, and all Israel with him, a very great assembly, from Lebo-Hamath to Egypt Arroyo. 9  And they kept a holiday on the eighth day, because they had been keeping the dedication of the altar seven days and the feast seven days. 10  And on the twenty-third day of the seventh month he dismissed the people to their homes joyous and merry over the good things Jehovah had done for David and Solomon and his people Israel. 11  And Solomon finished Jehovah’s house and the royal palace; and in everything that it came into Solomon’s mind to do in Jehovah’s house and in his own house he had good success. 12  And Jehovah appeared to Solomon in the night and said to him “I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for myself for a house of sacrifice. 13  In case I bar the sky and there is no rain, or in case I order grasshoppers to eat up the country, or if I let loose a pestilence among my people, 14  and my people who wear my name humble themselves and pray and betake themselves to me and turn back from their bad courses, I will hear out of heaven and forgive their sin and restore the health of their country. 15  My eyes shall now be open and my ears sharpened for prayer at this place. 16  “And now I have chosen this house and made it a sacred place where my name shall forever be; and my eyes and my mind shall always be there. 17  And for yourself, if you walk before me as your father David did, doing just as I have commanded, and keep my usages and laws, 18  I will set up the throne of your kingdom as I covenanted to your father David, ‘You shall never be without a man ruling Israel.’ 19*  But if you and the people turn back and abandon my usages and commandments that I have set before you, and go and worship other gods and do them reverence, 20  I will uproot them from the soil I gave them, and this house which I had made a sacred place for my name I will discard and render it a byword and a jeer among all peoples. 21*  And this house, which had stood sublime for every passerby, shall lie desolate; and one shall say ‘What did Jehovah do like that to this country and this house for?’ 22  and they will say ‘On account of their having left their fathers’ God Jehovah who had brought them out of Egypt, and taken to other gods and done reverence to them and worshiped them; it was on this account that he brought upon them all this mischief.’”


7:6 Lit. David was praising by their hands
7:19 Lit. if you (plural) turn back
7:21 Or And as to this house, which has been most high, everyone who goes past it shall stand aghast and say