that (A)the Lord appeared to Solomon a second time, as He had appeared to him at Gibeon. And the Lord said to him, “(B)I have heard your prayer and your plea which you have offered before Me; I have consecrated this house which you have built, (C)by putting My name there forever, and (D)My eyes and My heart will be there [a]always. As for you, (E)if you walk before Me as your father David walked, in integrity of heart and honesty, acting in accordance with everything that I have commanded you, and if you keep My statutes and My ordinances, then (F)I will establish the throne of your kingdom over Israel forever, just as I [b]promised to your father David, saying, ‘[c]You shall not be deprived of a man on the throne of Israel.’

(G)But if you or your sons indeed turn away from following Me, and do not keep My commandments and My statutes which I have placed before you, but you go and serve other gods and worship them, (H)then I will cut Israel off from the land which I have given them, and (I)the house which I have consecrated for My name, I will [d]expel from My sight. So (J)Israel will become a saying and an object of derision among all peoples. And this house will become (K)a heap of ruins; everyone who passes by it will be appalled and [e]hiss and say, ‘(L)Why has the Lord done such a thing to this land and this house?’ And they will say, ‘(M)Because they abandoned the Lord their God, who brought their fathers out of the land of Egypt, and they [f]adopted other gods and worshiped and served them, for that reason the Lord has brought all this adversity on them.’”

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  1. 1 Kings 9:3 Lit all the days
  2. 1 Kings 9:5 Lit spoke
  3. 1 Kings 9:5 Lit There shall not be cut off to you a man
  4. 1 Kings 9:7 Lit send
  5. 1 Kings 9:8 Or whistle
  6. 1 Kings 9:9 Lit laid hold of

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