David’s Prayer(A)

16 Then King David went in and sat before the Lord, and he said:

“Who am I, Lord God, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far? 17 And as if this were not enough in your sight, my God, you have spoken about the future of the house of your servant. You, Lord God, have looked on me as though I were the most exalted of men.

18 “What more can David say to you for honoring your servant? For you know your servant, 19 Lord. For the sake(B) of your servant and according to your will, you have done this great thing and made known all these great promises.(C)

20 “There is no one like you, Lord, and there is no God but you,(D) as we have heard with our own ears. 21 And who is like your people Israel—the one nation on earth whose God went out to redeem(E) a people for himself, and to make a name for yourself, and to perform great and awesome wonders by driving out nations from before your people, whom you redeemed from Egypt? 22 You made your people Israel your very own forever,(F) and you, Lord, have become their God.

23 “And now, Lord, let the promise(G) you have made concerning your servant and his house be established forever. Do as you promised, 24 so that it will be established and that your name will be great forever. Then people will say, ‘The Lord Almighty, the God over Israel, is Israel’s God!’ And the house of your servant David will be established before you.

25 “You, my God, have revealed to your servant that you will build a house for him. So your servant has found courage to pray to you. 26 You, Lord, are God! You have promised these good things to your servant. 27 Now you have been pleased to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever in your sight;(H) for you, Lord, have blessed it, and it will be blessed forever.”

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And the Levites—Jeshua, Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabneiah, Sherebiah, Hodiah, Shebaniah and Pethahiah—said: “Stand up and praise the Lord your God,(A) who is from everlasting to everlasting.[a]

“Blessed be your glorious name,(B) and may it be exalted above all blessing and praise.

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Footnotes

  1. Nehemiah 9:5 Or God for ever and ever

25 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”(A)

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13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast(A) and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’(B)

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35 Elisha turned away and walked back and forth in the room and then got on the bed and stretched out on him once more. The boy sneezed seven times(A) and opened his eyes.(B)

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Moses bowed to the ground at once and worshiped.

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Ezra praised the Lord, the great God; and all the people lifted their hands(A) and responded, “Amen! Amen!” Then they bowed down and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground.

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11 May all kings bow down(A) to him
    and all nations serve(B) him.

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Solomon’s Prayer of Dedication(A)(B)

12 Then Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in front of the whole assembly of Israel and spread out his hands. 13 Now he had made a bronze platform,(C) five cubits long, five cubits wide and three cubits high,[a] and had placed it in the center of the outer court. He stood on the platform and then knelt down(D) before the whole assembly of Israel and spread out his hands toward heaven.

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Chronicles 6:13 That is, about 7 1/2 feet long and wide and 4 1/2 feet high or about 2.3 meters long and wide and 1.4 meters high

I will praise you as long as I live,(A)
    and in your name I will lift up my hands.(B)

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Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands(A) without anger or disputing.

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54 When Solomon had finished all these prayers and supplications to the Lord, he rose from before the altar of the Lord, where he had been kneeling with his hands spread out toward heaven.

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Then, at the evening sacrifice,(A) I rose from my self-abasement, with my tunic and cloak torn, and fell on my knees with my hands(B) spread out to the Lord my God

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41 He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down(A) and prayed,

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40 Peter sent them all out of the room;(A) then he got down on his knees(B) and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said, “Tabitha, get up.”(C) She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up.

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Then Joshua tore his clothes(A) and fell facedown(B) to the ground before the ark of the Lord, remaining there till evening.(C) The elders of Israel(D) did the same, and sprinkled dust(E) on their heads.

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The People’s Confession of Sin

10 While Ezra was praying and confessing,(A) weeping(B) and throwing himself down before the house of God, a large crowd of Israelites—men, women and children—gathered around him. They too wept bitterly.

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39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup(A) be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”(B)

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35 Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour(A) might pass from him.

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