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2 Chronicles 7 :: New International Version (NIV)

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The Dedication of the Temple

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 7:1 - When Solomon finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the LORD filled the temple.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 7:2 - The priests could not enter the temple of the LORD because the glory of the LORD filled it.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 7:3 - When all the Israelites saw the fire coming down and the glory of the LORD above the temple, they knelt on the pavement with their faces to the ground, and they worshiped and gave thanks to the LORD, saying, “He is good; his love endures forever.”

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 7:4 - Then the king and all the people offered sacrifices before the LORD.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 7:5 - And King Solomon offered a sacrifice of twenty-two thousand head of cattle and a hundred and twenty thousand sheep and goats. So the king and all the people dedicated the temple of God.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 7:6 - The priests took their positions, as did the Levites with the LORD’s musical instruments, which King David had made for praising the LORD and which were used when he gave thanks, saying, “His love endures forever.” Opposite the Levites, the priests blew their trumpets, and all the Israelites were standing.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 7:7 - Solomon consecrated the middle part of the courtyard in front of the temple of the LORD, and there he offered burnt offerings and the fat of the fellowship offerings, because the bronze altar he had made could not hold the burnt offerings, the grain offerings and the fat portions.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 7:8 - So Solomon observed the festival at that time for seven days, and all Israel with him—a vast assembly, people from Lebo Hamath to the Wadi of Egypt.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 7:9 - On the eighth day they held an assembly, for they had celebrated the dedication of the altar for seven days and the festival for seven days more.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 7:10 - On the twenty-third day of the seventh month he sent the people to their homes, joyful and glad in heart for the good things the LORD had done for David and Solomon and for his people Israel.

The Lord Appears to Solomon

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 7:11 - When Solomon had finished the temple of the LORD and the royal palace, and had succeeded in carrying out all he had in mind to do in the temple of the LORD and in his own palace,

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 7:12 - the LORD appeared to him at night and said: “I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for myself as a temple for sacrifices.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 7:13 - “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people,

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 7:14 - if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 7:15 - Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 7:16 - I have chosen and consecrated this temple so that my Name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 7:17 - “As for you, if you walk before me faithfully as David your father did, and do all I command, and observe my decrees and laws,

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 7:18 - I will establish your royal throne, as I covenanted with David your father when I said, ‘You shall never fail to have a successor to rule over Israel.’

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 7:19 - “But if you[fn] turn away and forsake the decrees and commands I have given you[fn] and go off to serve other gods and worship them,

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 7:20 - then I will uproot Israel from my land, which I have given them, and will reject this temple I have consecrated for my Name. I will make it a byword and an object of ridicule among all peoples.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 7:21 - This temple will become a heap of rubble. All[fn] who pass by will be appalled and say, ‘Why has the LORD done such a thing to this land and to this temple?’

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 7:22 - People will answer, ‘Because they have forsaken the LORD, the God of their ancestors, who brought them out of Egypt, and have embraced other gods, worshiping and serving them—that is why he brought all this disaster on them.’ ”
NIV Footnotes
The Hebrew is plural.
The Hebrew is plural.
See some Septuagint manuscripts, Old Latin, Syriac, Arabic and Targum; Hebrew And though this temple is now so imposing, all
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