11 So God said to him, “Since you have asked(A) for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment(B) in administering justice, 12 I will do what you have asked.(C) I will give you a wise(D) and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be. 13 Moreover, I will give you what you have not(E) asked for—both wealth and honor(F)—so that in your lifetime you will have no equal(G) among kings. 14 And if you walk(H) in obedience to me and keep my decrees and commands as David your father did, I will give you a long life.”(I)

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The Lord said to him:

“I have heard(A) the prayer and plea you have made before me; I have consecrated this temple, which you have built, by putting my Name(B) there forever. My eyes(C) and my heart will always be there.

“As for you, if you walk before me faithfully with integrity of heart(D) and uprightness, as David(E) your father did, and do all I command and observe my decrees and laws,(F) I will establish(G) your royal throne over Israel forever, as I promised David your father when I said, ‘You shall never fail(H) to have a successor on the throne of Israel.’

“But if you[a] or your descendants turn away(I) from me and do not observe the commands and decrees I have given you[b] and go off to serve other gods(J) and worship them, then I will cut off Israel from the land(K) I have given them and will reject this temple I have consecrated for my Name.(L) Israel will then become a byword(M) and an object of ridicule(N) among all peoples. This temple will become a heap of rubble. All[c] who pass by will be appalled(O) and will scoff and say, ‘Why has the Lord done such a thing to this land and to this temple?’(P) People will answer,(Q) ‘Because they have forsaken(R) the Lord their God, who brought their ancestors out of Egypt, and have embraced other gods, worshiping and serving them—that is why the Lord brought all this disaster(S) on them.’”

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  1. 1 Kings 9:6 The Hebrew is plural.
  2. 1 Kings 9:6 The Hebrew is plural.
  3. 1 Kings 9:8 See some Septuagint manuscripts, Old Latin, Syriac, Arabic and Targum; Hebrew And though this temple is now imposing, all

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