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Adonai Has Chosen Jerusalem

Then Solomon declared, “Adonai has said that He would dwell in the thick cloud; I have built You a magnificent House and a place for You to dwell forever.”

Then, while all the congregation of Israel was standing the king turned his face and blessed the whole congregation of Israel. He said: “Blessed be Adonai, the God of Israel, who with His hands has fulfilled what He spoke with His mouth to my father David, saying: ‘Since the day that I brought My people out of the land of Egypt, I did not choose a city out of all the tribes of Israel in which to build a House that My Name might be there. Nor did I choose any man to be a leader over My people Israel. But I have chosen Jerusalem that My Name would abide there and I have chosen David to be over My people Israel.’

“Now it was in the heart of my father David to build a House for the Name of Adonai, the God of Israel. But Adonai said to David my father: ‘As for you wanting in your heart to build a House for My Name, you did well that this was in your heart. Nevertheless, you will not build the House. Rather your son who will be born to you, he will build the House for My Name.’

10 “Now Adonai has confirmed His promise that He spoke. I have succeeded my father David and sit on the throne of Israel, just as Adonai promised, and I have built the House for the Name of Adonai, the God of Israel. 11 There have I set the Ark in which is the Covenant of Adonai that He made with Bnei-Yisrael.”

Solomon’s Prayer

12 Then he stood before the altar of Adonai in front of the entire congregation of Israel and spread forth his hands. 13 For Solomon had made a bronze platform, five cubits long, five cubits wide and three cubits high and placed it in the midst of the court. He stood on it and knelt down upon his knees before all the congregation of Israel and spread out his hands toward heaven 14 and he said,

Adonai, God of Israel, there is no God like You in the heavens or in the earth, keeping covenant and showing mercy to Your servants who walk before You with all their heart. 15 You have kept the promise You made to Your servant David, my father. Surely you spoke with Your mouth and have fulfilled it with Your hand—as it is today.

16 “Now therefore, Adonai, God of Israel, keep for Your servant David, my father, that which You have promised him saying:

‘For you will never be cut off, you will not fail to have a man sit before Me on the throne—if only your sons pay attention to their way, to walk in My Torah as you have walked before Me.’[a]

17 “Now therefore, Adonai God of Israel, let Your word, which You spoke to Your servant David, be confirmed.

18 “But will God indeed dwell with mankind on the earth? Behold—heaven even the highest heaven—cannot contain You. How much less this House that I have built! 19 Yet attend to the prayer of Your servant and to his supplication, Adonai my God, to hear the cry and the prayer which Your servant is praying before You 20 that Your eyes may be open toward this House day and night, toward the place where You have said You would put Your Name there, to listen to the prayer which Your servant will pray toward this place. 21 Hear the supplications of Your servant and Your people Israel when they pray toward this place. Hear from Your dwelling place, from heaven, and when You hear, forgive.

22 “If a man sins against his neighbor and is required to swear an oath, and he comes and takes an oath before Your altar in this House, 23 then hear from heaven and act. Judge Your servants, repaying the wicked by bringing down on his own head what he has done and vindicating the righteous by rewarding him according to his righteousness.[b]

24 “If Your people Israel are defeated before an enemy because they have sinned against You, yet when they return and confess Your Name, praying and making supplication before You in this House, 25 then hear from heaven, forgive the sin of Your people Israel and bring them back to the land which You gave to them and to their fathers.

26 “When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain because they have sinned against You, if they pray toward this place and confess Your Name, turning from their sin because You afflicted them, 27 then may You hear from heaven and forgive the sin of Your servants, Your people Israel. Indeed may You teach them the good way in which they should walk. Send rain upon Your land that You have given to Your people for an inheritance.

28 “When there is famine in the land, when there is pestilence, blight, mildew, locust or grasshopper, when their enemies besiege them in the land by their gates, whatever plague or sickness may come, 29 and any prayer or plea is offered by any individual or by all Your people Israel—each acknowledging his own afflictions and pain, even spreading his hands toward this House— 30 then may You hear from heaven, Your dwelling place and forgive. May You give to every man according to all his ways, as You know his heart—for You alone know the hearts of the children of men— 31 so that they will fear You and walk in Your ways all the days that they live in the land that You gave to our fathers.

32 “Moreover, concerning the foreigner who is not of Your people Israel but comes from a distant land for the sake of Your great Name and Your mighty hand and Your outstretched arm, when they come and pray toward this House, 33 then may You hear from heaven, Your dwelling place and do whatever the foreigner asks of You. Then all the peoples of the earth will acknowledge Your Name and revere You, as Your people Israel do, and they will know that this House which I have built is called by Your Name.

34 “When Your people go out to battle against their enemies, wherever You send them, and they pray to You toward this city that You have chosen and the House that I have built for Your Name, 35 then hear from heaven their prayer and their petition, and uphold their cause.

36 When they sin against You—for there is no man that does not sin[c]—and You become angry with them and hand them over to the enemy who takes them captive to a land far off or near, 37 when they have a change of heart in the land where they are held captive, and they repent and seek You in the land of their captivity saying,

‘We have sinned,

we have committed inquity,

we have acted wickedly,’

38 “and they return to You with all their heart and soul in the land of their captivity where they were taken captive, and they pray toward their land which You gave to their fathers and the city which You have chosen and toward the House which I have built for Your Name, 39 then may You hear from heaven, Your dwelling place, their prayer and their petitions and uphold their cause, and forgive Your people who have sinned against You.

40 “Now my God, I pray, let Your eyes be open, and let Your ears be attentive to the prayer made in this place.

41 Now arise, Adonai Elohim,
to Your resting place,
You and the Ark of Your might.
May Your kohanim, Adonai Elohim, be clothed with salvation,
    and may Your godly ones rejoice in goodness.
42 Adonai Elohim, do not reject Your anointed one.
Remember the loyalty of Your servant David.”