|The Prayer of Solomon
2Chron 6: 14 - 42
14 and he said: “LORD God of Israel, there is no God in heaven or on earth like You,
who keep Your covenant and mercy with Your servants who walk before You with all
their hearts. 15 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. 16
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 in My law as you have walked
before Me.’ 17 And now, O LORD God of Israel, let Your word come true, which You
have spoken to Your servant David.
18 “But will God indeed dwell with men on the earth? Behold, heaven and the heaven
of heavens cannot contain You. How much less this temple[c] which I have built! 19
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: 20 that
Your eyes may be open toward this temple day and night, toward the place where
You said You would put Your name, that You may hear the prayer which Your servant
makes toward this place. 21 And may You hear the supplications of Your servant and
of Your people Israel, when they pray toward this place. Hear from heaven Your
dwelling place, and when You hear, forgive.
22 “If anyone sins against his neighbor, and is forced to take an oath, and comes and
takes an oath before Your altar in this temple, 23 then hear from heaven, and act,
and judge Your servants, bringing retribution on the wicked by bringing his way on his
own head, and justifying the righteous by giving him according to his righteousness.
24 “Or if Your people Israel are defeated before an enemy because they have sinned
against You, and return and confess Your name, and pray and make supplication
before You in this temple, 25 then hear from heaven and forgive the sin of Your
people Israel, and bring them back to the land which You gave to them and their
26 “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, 27 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
28 “When there is famine in the land, pestilence or blight or mildew, locusts or
grasshoppers; when their enemies besiege them in the land of their cities; whatever
plague or whatever sickness there is; 29 whatever prayer, whatever supplication is
made by anyone, or by all Your people Israel, when each one knows his own burden
and his own grief, and spreads out his hands to this temple: 30 then hear from
heaven Your dwelling place, and forgive, and give to everyone according to all his
ways, whose heart You know (for You alone know the hearts of the sons of men), 31
that they may fear You, to walk in Your ways as long as they live in the land which
You gave to our fathers.
32 “Moreover, concerning a foreigner, who is not of Your people Israel, but has come
from a far country for the sake of Your great name and Your mighty hand and Your
outstretched arm, when they come and pray in this temple; 33 then hear from 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.
34 “When Your people go out to battle against their enemies, wherever You send
them, and when they pray to You toward this city which You have chosen and the
temple which I have built for Your name, 35 then hear from heaven their prayer and
their supplication, and maintain their cause.
36 “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 a land far or near; 37 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 their
captivity, saying, ‘We have sinned, we have done wrong, and have committed
wickedness’; 38 and when they return to You with all their heart and with all their
soul in the land of their captivity, where they have been carried captive, and pray
toward their land which You gave to their fathers, the city which You have chosen,
and toward the temple which I have built for Your name: 39 then hear from heaven
Your dwelling place their prayer and their supplications, and maintain their cause, and
forgive Your people who have sinned against You. 40 Now, my God, I pray, let Your
eyes be open and let Your ears be attentive to the prayer made in this place.
41 “Now therefore,
Arise, O LORD God, to Your resting place,
You and the ark of Your strength.
Let Your priests, O LORD God, be clothed with salvation,
And let Your saints rejoice in goodness.
42 “O LORD God, do not turn away the face of Your Anointed;
Remember the mercies of Your servant David.”