1Now when Solomon had made an end of praying, the fire came down
from heaven, and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the
glory of Yahweh filled the house.
2The priests could not enter into the
house of Yahweh, because the glory of Yahweh filled Yahweh’s house.
the children of Israel looked on, when the fire came down, and the glory of
Yahweh was on the house; and they bowed themselves with their faces to the
ground on the pavement, and worshiped, and gave thanks to Yahweh,
saying, For he is good; for his loving kindness endures for ever.
4Then the king and all the people offered sacrifice before Yahweh.
5King Solomon offered a sacrifice of twenty-two thousand oxen, and a
hundred and twenty thousand sheep. So the king and all the people dedicated
the house of God.
6The priests stood, according to their offices; the
Levites also with instruments of music of Yahweh, which David the king had
made to give thanks to Yahweh, (for his loving kindness endures for ever),
when David praised by their ministry: and the priests sounded trumpets before
them; and all Israel stood.
7Moreover Solomon made the middle of the
court holy that was before the house of Yahweh; for there he offered the
burnt offerings, and the fat of the peace offerings, because the brazen altar
which Solomon had made was not able to receive the burnt offering, and the
meal offering, and the fat.
8So Solomon held the feast at that time seven
days, and all Israel with him, a very great assembly, from the entrance of
Hamath to the brook of Egypt.
9On the eighth day they held a solemn
assembly: for they kept the dedication of the altar seven days, and the feast
10On the three and twentieth day of the seventh month he sent
the people away to their tents, joyful and glad of heart for the goodness
that Yahweh had shown to David, and to Solomon, and to Israel his people.
11Thus Solomon finished the house of Yahweh, and the king’s house: and
all that came into Solomon’s heart to make in the house of Yahweh, and in his
own house, he prosperously effected.
12Yahweh appeared to Solomon by
night, and said to him, I have heard your prayer, and have chosen this place
to myself for a house of sacrifice.
13If I shut up the sky so that there
is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send
pestilence among my people;
14if my people, who are called by my name,
shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their
wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and
will heal their land.
15Now my eyes shall be open, and my ears attentive,
to the prayer that is made in this place.
16For now have I chosen and
made this house holy, that my name may be there forever; and my eyes and my
heart shall be there perpetually.
17As for you, if you will walk before
me as David your father walked, and do according to all that I have commanded
you, and will keep my statutes and my ordinances;
18then I will establish
the throne of your kingdom, according as I covenanted with David your father,
saying, There shall not fail you a man to be ruler in Israel.
you turn away, and forsake my statutes and my commandments which I have
set before you, and shall go and serve other gods, and worship them;
20then will I pluck them up by the roots out of my land which I have
given them; and this house, which I have made holy for my name, will I cast
out of my sight, and I will make it a proverb and a byword among all peoples.
21This house, which is so high, everyone who passes by it shall be
astonished, and shall say, Why has Yahweh done thus to this land, and to this
22They shall answer, Because they forsook Yahweh, the God of their
fathers, who brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, and laid hold on
other gods, and worshiped them, and served them: therefore has he brought all
this evil on them.