Solomon’s Prayer of Dedication
1 kings 8: 22 -53
22 Then Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the
assembly of Israel, and spread out his hands toward heaven; 23 and he said:
“LORD God of Israel, there is no God in heaven above or on earth below like You,
who keep Your covenant and mercy with Your servants who walk before You with
all their hearts. 24 You have kept what You promised Your servant David my
father; You have both spoken with Your mouth and fulfilled it with Your hand, as
it is this day. 25 Therefore, LORD God of Israel, now keep what You promised
Your servant David my father, saying, ‘You shall not fail to have a man sit before
Me on the throne of Israel, only if your sons take heed to their way, that they
walk before Me as you have walked before Me.’ 26 And now I pray, O God of
Israel, let Your word come true, which You have spoken to Your servant David my
father.
27 “But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the heaven of
heavens cannot contain You. How much less this temple which I have built! 28
Yet regard the prayer of Your servant and his supplication, O LORD my God, and
listen to the cry and the prayer which Your servant is praying before You today:
29 that Your eyes may be open toward this temple night and day, toward the
place of which You said, ‘My name shall be there,’ that You may hear the prayer
which Your servant makes toward this place. 30 And may You hear the
supplication of Your servant and of Your people Israel, when they pray toward this
place. Hear in heaven Your dwelling place; and when You hear, forgive.
31 “When anyone sins against his neighbor, and is forced to take an oath, and
comes and takes an oath before Your altar in this temple, 32 then hear in heaven,
and act, and judge Your servants, condemning the wicked, bringing his way on his
head, and justifying the righteous by giving him according to his righteousness.
33 “When Your people Israel are defeated before an enemy because they have
sinned against You, and when they turn back to You and confess Your name, and
pray and make supplication to You in this temple, 34 then hear in heaven, and
forgive the sin of Your people Israel, and bring them back to the land which You
gave to their fathers.
35 “When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain because they have sinned
against You, when they pray toward this place and confess Your name, and turn
from their sin because You afflict them, 36 then hear in heaven, and forgive the
sin of Your servants, Your people Israel, that You may teach them the good way
in which they should walk; and send rain on Your land which You have given to
Your people as an inheritance.
37 “When there is famine in the land, pestilence or blight or mildew, locusts or
grasshoppers; when their enemy besieges them in the land of their cities;
whatever plague or whatever sickness there is; 38 whatever prayer, whatever
supplication is made by anyone, or by all Your people Israel, when each one
knows the plague of his own heart, and spreads out his hands toward this
temple: 39 then hear in heaven Your dwelling place, and forgive, and act, and
give to everyone according to all his ways, whose heart You know (for You alone
know the hearts of all the sons of men), 40 that they may fear You all the days
that they live in the land which You gave to our fathers.
41 “Moreover, concerning a foreigner, who is not of Your people Israel, but has
come from a far country for Your name’s sake 42 (for they will hear of Your great
name and Your strong hand and Your outstretched arm), when he comes and
prays toward this temple, 43 hear in heaven Your dwelling place, and do according
to all for which the foreigner calls to You, that all peoples of the earth may know
Your name and fear You, as do Your people Israel, and that they may know that
this temple which I have built is called by Your name.
44 “When Your people go out to battle against their enemy, wherever You send
them, and when they pray to the LORD toward the city which You have chosen
and the temple which I have built for Your name, 45 then hear in heaven their
prayer and their supplication, and maintain their cause.
46 “When they sin against You (for there is no one who does not sin), and You
become angry with them and deliver them to the enemy, and they take them
captive to the land of the enemy, far or near; 47 yet when they come to
themselves in the land where they were carried captive, and repent, and make
supplication to You in the land of those who took them captive, saying, ‘We have
sinned and done wrong, we have committed wickedness’; 48 and when they return
to You with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their enemies who
led them away captive, and pray to You toward their land which You gave to their
fathers, the city which You have chosen and the temple which I have built for
Your name: 49 then hear in heaven Your dwelling place their prayer and their
supplication, and maintain their cause, 50 and forgive Your people who have
sinned against You, and all their transgressions which they have transgressed
against You; and grant them compassion before those who took them captive,
that they may have compassion on them 51 (for they are Your people and Your
inheritance, whom You brought out of Egypt, out of the iron furnace), 52 that Your
eyes may be open to the supplication of Your servant and the supplication of Your
people Israel, to listen to them whenever they call to You. 53 For You separated
them from among all the peoples of the earth to be Your inheritance, as You
spoke by Your servant Moses, when You brought our fathers out of Egypt, O Lord
GOD.”