1 Kings 8
1 Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel and all the heads of the tribes, the chief
fathers of the children of Israel, unto King Solomon at Jerusalem, that they might bring up
the ark of the covenant of Jehovah out of the City of David, which is Zion.
2 Therefore all the men of Israel assembled unto King Solomon at the feast in the month
of Ethanim, which is the seventh month.
3 So all the elders of Israel came, and the priests took up the ark.
4 And they brought up the ark of Jehovah, the tent of meeting, and all the holy vessels that
were in the tent. The priests and the Levites brought them up.
5 And King Solomon, and all the congregation of Israel who were assembled with him,
were with him before the ark, sacrificing sheep and oxen that could not be counted or
numbered for multitude.
6 And the priests brought in the ark of the covenant of Jehovah to its place, into the inner
sanctuary of the house, to the Holy of Holies, under the wings of the cherubim.
7 For the cherubim spread their two wings over the place of the ark, and the cherubim
covered over the ark and its poles.
8 The poles extended so that the ends of the poles could be seen from the holy place, in
front of the inner sanctuary; but they could not be seen from outside. And they are there to
9 Nothing was in the ark except the two tablets of stone which Moses had put there at
Horeb, when Jehovah had made a covenant with the children of Israel, when they came
out of the land of Egypt.
10 And it came to pass, when the priests came out of the holy place, that the cloud filled
the house of Jehovah,
11 such that the priests were not able to stand to minister before the cloud; for the glory
of Jehovah had filled the house of Jehovah.
12 Then Solomon spoke: Jehovah has said that He would dwell in the thick darkness.
13 I have built to establish for You an exalted house, a fixed place for You to abide
14 And the king turned his face around and blessed the whole assembly of Israel, while all
the assembly of Israel was standing.
15 And he said: Blessed is Jehovah the God of Israel, who has spoke with His mouth to
my father David, and with His hand has fulfilled it, saying,
16 Since the day that I brought My people Israel out of Egypt, I have chosen no city from
any tribe of Israel in which to build a house, for My name to be there; but I chose David to
be over My people Israel.
17 Now it was in the heart of my father David to build a house for the name of Jehovah the
God of Israel.
18 But Jehovah said to my father David, Whereas it was in your heart to build a house for
My name, you did well that it was in your heart.
19 Nevertheless you shall not build the house, but your son who shall come from your
body, he shall build the house for My name.
20 Thus Jehovah has fulfilled His word which He has spoken; and I have risen up in place
of my father David, and sit on the throne of Israel, as Jehovah has promised; and I have
built a house for the name of Jehovah the God of Israel.
21 And there I have fixed a place for the ark, in which is the covenant of Jehovah which
He had made with our fathers, when He brought them out from the land of Egypt.
22 Then Solomon stood before the altar of Jehovah in front of all the assembly of Israel,
and spread out his hands toward the heavens;
23 and he said: Jehovah the God of Israel, there is no god in the heavens above or on the
earth below like You, who keeps Your covenant and mercy with Your servants who walk
before You with all their hearts.
24 You have kept what You have 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, Jehovah the God of Israel, now keep what You have promised Your servant
David my father, saying, You shall not fail to have a man sitting before Me on the throne
of Israel, only if your sons take heed to their way, to walk before Me as you have walked
26 And now I pray, O God of Israel, let Your word be confirmed, which You have
spoken to Your servant David my father.
27 But will God truly dwell on the earth? Behold, the heavens and the Heaven of heavens
cannot contain You. How much less this house which I have built!
28 Yet regard the prayer of Your servant and his supplication, O Jehovah 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 house night and day, toward the place of
which You have said, My name shall be there, that You may hear the prayer which Your
servant prays 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,
31 When anyone sins against his neighbor, and is required to take an oath, and has come
to swear an oath before Your altar in this house,
32 then hear in Heaven, and act, and judge Your servants, to condemn the wicked, to
bring his way upon his head, and to justify the righteous, giving him according to his
33 When Your people Israel are struck down 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 house,
34 then hear in Heaven, and forgive the sin of Your people Israel, and bring them back to
the land which You have given to their fathers.
35 When the heavens are restrained and there is no rain because they have sinned against
You; when they have prayed toward this place and confessed Your name, and turned from
their sin because You afflicted 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 upon 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 in 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
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 have known the hearts of
all the sons of men),
40 that they may fear You all the days that they are alive on the face of the land which
You have given to our fathers.
41 Moreover, concerning a foreigner, who is not of Your people Israel, but has come
from a distant land on account of Your name
42 (for they will hear of Your great name and Your strong hand and Your outstretched
arm), when he has come and prayed toward this house,
43 hear in Heaven Your dwelling place, and do according to all for which the foreigner
calls upon You, that all peoples of the earth may know Your name to fear You, as do Your
people Israel, and that they may know that this house which I have built is called by Your
44 When Your people go out to battle against their enemy, wherever You send them, and
when they pray to Jehovah toward the city which You have chosen and the house which I
have built for Your name,
45 then hear in Heaven their prayer and their supplication, and attend to their cause.
46 When they sin against You (for there is no one who does not sin), and You have
become angry with them and delivered them to the enemy, and they have taken them
captive to the land of the enemy, far or near;
47 yet when they have returned in their minds in the land where they have been carried
captive, and have repented in their hearts, and made supplication to You in the land of
those holding them captive, saying, We have sinned and done perversely, we have
48 and when they return to You with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of
their enemies who have taken them captive, and have prayed to You toward their land
which You have given to their fathers, the city which You have chosen and the house
which I have built for Your name:
49 then hear in Heaven Your dwelling place their prayer and their supplication, and attend
to 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 have brought out of
Egypt, out of the midst 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 unto You.
53 For as You have spoken by the hand of Your servant Moses, You have separated them
from among all the peoples of the earth to be Your inheritance, when You brought our
fathers out of Egypt, O Lord Jehovah.
54 And so it was, when Solomon had finished praying all this prayer and supplication
unto Jehovah, that he arose before the altar of Jehovah, from kneeling on his knees with
his hands spread up to the heavens.
55 And he stood and blessed all the assembly of Israel with a loud voice, saying:
56 Blessed is Jehovah, who has given rest to His people Israel, according to all that He has
spoken. There has not failed one word of all His good word, which He has spoken by the
hand of His servant Moses.
57 Jehovah our God be with us, as He was with our fathers. May He not leave us nor
58 that He may incline our hearts unto Himself, to walk in all His ways, and to keep His
commandments and His statutes and His judgments, which He has commanded our
59 And may these words of mine, with which I have made supplication before Jehovah,
be near Jehovah our God day and night, that He may attend to the cause of His servant
and the cause of His people Israel, each matter from day to day,
60 that all the peoples of the earth may know that Jehovah is God; there is no other.
61 Let your heart therefore be perfect with Jehovah our God, to walk in His statutes and
keep His commandments, as at this day.
62 And the king and all Israel with him were offering sacrifices before Jehovah.
63 And Solomon offered sacrifices of peace offerings, which he offered unto Jehovah,
twenty-two thousand bulls and one hundred and twenty thousand sheep. Thus the king and
all the children of Israel dedicated the house of Jehovah.
64 And for that day the king consecrated the middle of the court that was in front of the
house of Jehovah; for there he offered burnt offerings, grain offerings, and the fat of the
peace offerings, because the bronze altar that was before Jehovah was too small to receive
the burnt offerings, the grain offerings, and the fat of the peace offerings.
65 And at that time Solomon held a feast, and all Israel with him, a great assembly from
the entrance of Hamath to the Brook of Egypt, before Jehovah our God, seven days and
seven more days; fourteen days.
66 On the eighth day he sent the people away; and they blessed the king, and went to their
tents joyful and glad of heart for all the good that Jehovah had done for His servant David,
and for Israel His people.