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Solomon also dedicated the middle of the court in front of the Lord’s Temple by offering there burnt offerings and fat from peace offerings because the bronze altar that Solomon had made could not contain the burnt offerings, grain offerings, and fat portion offerings. At that time Solomon also held a week-long festival attended by all of Israel. The assembly was very large, and included people from as far away as Lebo-hamath[a] to the Wadi[b] of Egypt.[c] On the day after the festival ended,[d] they convened a solemn assembly, because they had been dedicating the altar for seven days and observing the festival for seven days.

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  1. 2 Chronicles 7:8 I.e. the principal city of Syria to the north of Israel in the Orontes Valley.
  2. 2 Chronicles 7:8 I.e. a seasonal stream or river that channels water during rain seasons but is dry at other times
  3. 2 Chronicles 7:8 Or Brook of Egypt; the southwestern-most border of Israel
  4. 2 Chronicles 7:9 Lit. On the eighth day