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.4 cloud fills the temple. II. CHRONICLES, Solomon's pious prayer

seen without. And there it is unto this day. - 10 There was nothing in the ark save the two tables which Moses ut thercin at Horeb, when the ord made a covenant with the children of Israel, when they came out of Egypt. 11 "I And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy place: (for all the priests that were present were sanctified, and did not then wait by course: 12 Also the Leyites which were the singers, all of them of Asaph, of . Heman, of Jeduthun, , with their sons and their brethren; being arrayed in white linen, havo ing cymbals and psalteries - and harps, stood at the east end of the altar, and with them a hundred and twenty priests sounding with trumpets:) 13. It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one to make one sound, to be hear in praising and thanking, the LoRd; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music,

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house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the LoRD; 14, So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of God. Chap

Solomon.blesseth God. HEN said Solomon, The LoRp hath said that he would dwell in the thick darkness. 3.But I have built a house of habitation for thee, and a place for thy dwelling for ever. And the king turned his face, and blessed the whole congrega: tion of Israel: and all the congregation of Israel stood. And he said, Blessed be the LoRD God of Israel, who hath with his hanjs fijied he spoke with his mouth to my father David, saying, 5. Since the day that I brought forth my people out of the lands of Egypt...I chose no city among all the tribes of Israel to build a house in, that my name might be there ; meither chose f any man to be a ruler over my people Israel: 6. But I have chosen Jerusalem that o name might be there; and have ch people Israel.

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David my father to build a house É o name of the Lord God of rael; - 8 But the LoRD said to David my father, Forasmuch as it was in thy heart to build a house for my name, #. didst well in that it was in thy heart: 9 Notwithstanding, thou shalt not build the house; but thy, son which shall come forth out of thy loins, he shall build the house for my name. 10 The LoRD therefore hath performed his word that he hath spoken; for I am risen up in the room of David my father, and am set on the throne of'israel as the LoRD promised, and have built the house for the name of the Lord God of Israel. 11 And in it have I put the ark, wherein is the covenant of the LoRD, that he made with the children of Israel. 12 T. And he stood before the altar of the Lord in the presence of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands: 13 (For Solomon had made a brazen scaffold, of five cubits long, and five cubits, broad, and three cubits high, and had set it in the midst of the court: and upon it he stood, and kneeled down upon his knees before all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands, toward heaven, 14 And said, O LošD God of Israel, there is no God like thee in the heaven, nor in the earth; which keepest covenant, and sheugest, mercy unto thy servants, that walk before thee with all their hearts: 15 Thou which hast kept with o servant David my father, that which thou hast promised him; and #. with thy mouth, an hast fulfilled it with thy hand, as i: is this day. 16 Now therefore, O Lord God of Israel, keep with thy servant avid my father that which thou hast, promised him, saying, Thére shall not fail thee a man in my sight to sit upon the throne of Israel; yet so that thy children take heed to their way to walkin my law, as thouhastwalked before

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at the dedication much less this house which I have built!

19 Have respect therefore to the prayer of thy servant, and, to his supplication, Q LoRD my God, to hearken unto the cry and the prayer which thy servant prayeth before

thee: 20 That thine eyes may be open upon this house day and night, upon the place whereof thou hast said, that thou wouldest put thy name there; to hearken unto the prayer which thy servant prayeth toward this place. Hearken therefore unto the supplications of thy, servant, and of thy people Israel, which they shall make toward this place: hear thou from thy dwelling-place, even from heaven; and when thou hearest, so - - 22 is If a man sin, against his neighbour, and an oath be laid up: on him to e him, swear, and the oath come before thine altar in

is house; 23 Then hear thou from heaven, and d9, and judge thy servants, by requiting, the wicked, by recomensing his way... upon, his own #. and by justifying the righteouis, by giving him according to his righteousness: is And if thy people Israel be ut to the worse before the enemy, É. they have sinned against thee; and shall return and confess thy name, and pray, and make supplication before thee in this house; 35. Then hear thou from the heavens, and forgive, the sin of thy people Israel, and bring them again tinto the land which thou gavest to them and to their fathers. 26 is When the heaven, is shut up, and there is no rain, because they have sinned against thee; yet if § pray toward this place, and confess thy name, and turn from their sin, when thou dost afflict

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# Then hear thou from heaven, and forgive the sin of thy servants, and of thy people, Israel, when thou hast taught them the fool way wherein they should walk; and send rain upon thy land, which thou hast given unto thy people for an inheritance.

28 || If there be dearth in, the land, if there be pestilenge, if there be blasting, or mildew, locusts, or caterpillars; if their enemies,besiege them in the cities o elt land; whatsoever sore, or whatsoever sickness there be:

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29. Then what prayer, or what supplication soever shall be made 9f any man, or of all thy people Israel, when every one o: his own, sore, and his own grief, and shall spread forth his hands in this house; 30 Then hearthou from heaven thy dwelling-place, and forgive, and, render unto every man aco o unto all his ways, whose heartthou knowest; (for thou only knowest the hearts of the children of men : 31. That they may fear thee, to walk in o ways, so long as they live in the sand which hou gavest unto our fathers. 32 is Moreoyer, concerning the stranger, which is not of thy people Israel, but is come from a far country for thy great name's sake, and thy mighty hand, an y stretched-out arm; if they come and pray in this house; 33. Then hear thou from the heavens, even from oo:: and do according to all that the stranger calleth to thee for ; that all people of the earth may know thy name, and fear thee, as doth thy people Israel, and may know that this house which I have built is called by thy name. | If thy people go out to war against their enemies by the way that thou shalt send them, and they pray, unto thee toward this, city which thou, hast chosen, and the house which I have built for thy

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Feast of the dedication. II.CHRONICLES, God's conditional promise.

39 Then hear thou from the heavens, even from thy dwelling-place, their prayer and their supplications, and maintain their cause,

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8 "I Also at the same time Solomon kept the feast seven days, and all Israel...with him, a very gre; congregation, from the entering in

amath unto the river of Egypt. 9. And in the eighth day they made a solemn o : for they kept the dedication of the altar o days, and the feast seven ays. . 10 And on, the three and twentieth day of the seventh month he sent the so away into their tents, glad and merry in heart for the goodness that the Lord had shewed unto David, and to Solomon, and to Israel his #. le.

11. Thus Solomon finished the house of the LQRD, and the king's house "anoi is that came into Solomon's heart to make in the house of the LoRD, and in his own house, he prosperously effect

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name, will I cast out of my sight, and will make it to be a proverb and a by-word among all, nations.

21, And this house, which is high, shall be an astonishment to every one that passeth by it; so that he shall say, Why, hath the LoRD done thus unto this land, and unto this house?

22 And it shall be answered, Because they forsook the LoRD God of their fathers, which brought them forth out of the land of Egypt and laid hold on other gods, an worshipped them, and served them: therefore hath he brought all this evil upon '#'p

. VIII. Solomon's Yearly Sacrifices. A ND it came to pass at the end of twenty years, wherein Solomon had built the house of the LQRpt and his own house, #"That the cities which Huram had restored to Solomon, Solomon built them, and caused the children of Israel to dwell there. 3 And Solomon went to Hamathzobah, and prevailed against it. And he built, Tadmor in. wilderness, and all the store-cities, which he built in Hamath. Also he built Beth-horon the upper, and Beth-horon the nether forced cities, with walls, gates, an

ars : .6 And Baalath, and all the storecities that Solomon , and all the chariot-cities, and the cities of the horsemen, and all that Solomon desired to build in Jerusalem, and in Lebanon, and throughout all the land of his dominion. 7 's As for all, the people,that tpere left of the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, which were not of Israel, 8 But of their children, who were left after them in the land, whom the children, of Israel consumed not, them did. Solomon make to pay tribute until this day. .9 But of the children of Israel did Solomon make no servants for his work;, but they were men of war, and chief of his captains, and captains of his chariots and horse

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10 And these were the chief of king Solomon's officers, even two hundred and fifty, that bare rule over *Fog.

11 of And Solomon brought up of Pharaoh out of the unto the house that he had built for her: for he said,

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Conne. 12, is...Then Solomon offered burnt-offerings unto the Lord on the, altar, of the LoRD, which he had built before the porch, 13 Even after a certain rate every day, offering according to the commandment of Moses, on the sabbaths, and on the new-moons, and on the solemn feasts, three times in the year, even in the feast Qf unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles. 14 "And he appointed, according to the order of David his father, the courses of the priests to their service, and the Levites to their gharges, to praise and minister before the priests, as the duty of every day required: the porters also by their courses at every gate:, for so had David the man of God commanded. 15 And they departed not from the commandment of the king unto the priests and Levites concerning

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ures. 16 Now all the work of Solomon was prepared unto the day of the foundation of the house of, the LoRD, and until it was finished. So the house of the LoRD was perfected. 17 is Then went Solomon to Ezionigeber, and to Eloth, at the sea-side in the land of Edom; And Huram sent him by the hands of his servants, ships, and servants that had knowledge of the sea; and they went with the servants of Solomon to Ophir, and took thence four hundred' and fifty talents of gold, and brought them king So ği

. IX. ween of Sheba visits Solomon. ND when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon, she came to prove Solomon with hard questions at Jerusalem with a very, great company, an camels that bare spices, and gold in abundance, and precious stones: and when she was come, to Solomon, she communed with him o all that was in her heart. And Solomon told her all her guestions; and there was nothin id from Solomon which he tol her not. 3 And when the queen of Sheba had seen the wisdom of Solomon, and the house that he had built, 4 And the meat of his table, an

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Queen of Sheba's visit. II. CHRONICLES, Solomon's magnificence

attendance of his ministers, and their apparel; his cup-bearers also, and their apparel; and his ascent by which, he went up into the house of the LoRD ; there was no more spirit in her: 5 And she said to the king, It was a true report which I heard in mine own land of thine acts, and of # wisdom: , . 6 Howbeit, I believed not their words, until f came, and mine eyes had seen it : and behold, the one half of the greatness of thy wisdom was not told me: for thou exceedest the fame that I heard. 7 Happy are thy men, and happy are these thy servants, which stand continually before thee, and hear thy wisdom. 8. Blessed be the LoRp thy God, which delighted in thee to set thee on his throne, to be king for the Loftop thy God: because thy God loved Israel, to establish them for ever, therefore made he thee kin over them, to do judgment an iustice. 9 And she gave the king a hundred and twenty talents of gold, and of spices great abundance, and precious stones; neither was there any, such spice, as the queen of Sheba gave king Solomon. 10 And the servants also of Huram, and the servants of Solomon, which brought gold from Ophir, brought algum-trees and precious stones. 11 And the king made of the algum-trees terraces to the house of the Lord; and to the king's palace, and haos and psalteries for singers:, and there were none o: seen before in the land of

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12 And king, Solomon gave to the queen of Sheba all her desire, whatsoeyer she asked, des that which she had brought unto the king. So she turned, and went away to her own land, she and her servants.

13 TNow the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was six hundred, and threescore and six talents of gold;

14 Besides that which chapmen and, merchants brought. And al the kings of Arabia and governors of the country brought gold and silver to Solomon.

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hundred shekels of gold, went to one shield... And the king put them in the house of the forest of Lebanon. 17 || Moreover, the king made a great throne of ivory, and overlaid it with pure gold. . 1. nd there were six steps to the throne, with a footstool of old, which were fastened to the throne, and stays on each side of the sitting-place, and two lions standm; by the stays: .. 9 And twelve lions stood there on the one side and on the other upon the six steps. There was not the like made in any kingdom. 20 || And all the drinking vessels of king Solomon were of gold, and all the vessels of the house of the forest of Lebanon were of pure gold: none were of silver; it was not any thing accounted of in the days of Solomon. 21 For the king's ships went to Tarshish with the servants of Huram; every, three years once canne the ships of Tarshish bringing gold and silver, ivory, and apes, an peacocks... 22, And king Solomon passed, all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom. 23 is And all the kings of the earth sought the presence of Solo: mon, to hear his wisdom, that God had put in his heart. 24. And they brought eyery man his present, yessels of silver, and vessels of gold, and raiment, harness, and spices, horses, and mules. a rate year by year. And Solomon had four thousand stalls for horses and chariots, and twelve thousand men ; whom he bestowed in the chariotcities, and with the king at Jeru

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border of Egypt. 27 And #. king made silver in Jerusalem as stones, and cedartrees made he as, the sycamoretrees that are in the low plains in abundance. 28 And they brought unto Solomon horses out of Egypt, and out of all lands. 29 || Now the rest of the acts of Solomon, first, and last, are they not written in the book of Nathan theÅ; and in the prophecy f Ahijah the Shilomite, and in the visions of Iddo the séer against Jeroboam the son of Nebat? 30. And Solomon reigned in Je

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rusalem over all Israel forty years

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