Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

Solomon prayed that God's promises to his father David would come to pass. The King James Version says Solomon wanted God's promises verified. The word verify means "to establish as a fact," or "to prove true." Scientists verify their hypotheses by hundreds of tests. Detectives verify evidence by examining it from every conceivable angle.

Faith means to believe God to establish His promise as a fact. You build your faith by searching out the promises of God until you have established, or verified, them as facts in your mind, not just as promises. When you establish God's Word as fact, He will then establish your life by fulfilling His promises: "Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established" (2 Chronicles 20:20 KJV).

Whatever crisis you are facing, make the effort to verify the promises of God that pertain to that situation. Find every shred of biblical evidence that fits your case. Meditate on that evidence until it turns from a promise into an established fact in your heart. As you establish God's promises, He will establish you!

2 Chronicles 6:12-8:10

Solomon’s Prayer of Dedication6:12-40pp — 1Ki 8:22-536:41-42pp — Ps 132:8-10

12 Then Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in front of the whole assembly of Israel and spread out his hands.13 Now he had made a bronze platform,Ne 8:4 five cubits long, five cubits wide and three cubits high,That is, about 7 1/2 feet long and wide and 4 1/2 feet high or about 2.3 meters long and wide and 1.4 meters high and had placed it in the center of the outer court. He stood on the platform and then knelt downPs 95:6 before the whole assembly of Israel and spread out his hands toward heaven.14 He said:

Lord, the God of Israel, there is no God like youS Ex 8:10; 15:11 in heaven or on earth—you who keep your covenant of loveS Dt 7:9 with your servants who continue wholeheartedly in your way.15 You have kept your promise to your servant David my father; with your mouth you have promisedS 1Ch 22:10 and with your hand you have fulfilled it—as it is today.

16 “Now, Lord, the God of Israel, keep for your servant David my father the promises you made to him when you said, ‘You shall never failS 2Sa 7:13, 15; 2Ch 23:3 to have a successor to sit before me on the throne of Israel, if only your descendants are careful in all they do to walk before me according to my law,Ps 132:12 as you have done.’17 And now, Lord, the God of Israel, let your word that you promised your servant David come true.

18 “But will God really dwellS Rev 21:3 on earth with humans? The heavens,Ps 11:4; Isa 40:22; 66:1 even the highest heavens, cannot contain you. How much less this temple I have built!19 Yet, Lord my God, give attention to your servant’s prayer and his plea for mercy. Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence.20 May your eyesS Ex 3:16; Ps 34:15 be open toward this temple day and night, this place of which you said you would put your NameDt 12:11 there. May you hear2Ch 7:14; 30:20 the prayer your servant prays toward this place.21 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.Ps 51:1; Isa 33:24; 40:2; 43:25; 44:22; 55:7; Mic 7:18

22 “When anyone wrongs their neighbor and is required to take an oathS Ex 22:11 and they come and swear the oath before your altar in this temple,23 then hear from heaven and act. Judge between your servants, condemningIsa 3:11; 65:6; S Mt 16:27 the guilty and bringing down on their heads what they have done, and vindicating the innocent by treating them in accordance with their innocence.

24 “When your people Israel have been defeatedS Lev 26:17 by an enemy because they have sinned against you and when they turn back and give praise to your name, praying and making 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 you gave to them and their ancestors.

26 “When the heavens are shut up and there is no rainLev 26:19; S Dt 11:17; 28:24; S 2Sa 1:21 because your people have sinned against you, and when they pray toward this place and give praise to your name and turn from their sin because you have afflicted them,27 then hear from heaven and forgivever 30, 39; 2Ch 7:14 the sin of your servants, your people Israel. Teach them the right way to live, and send rain on the land you gave your people for an inheritance.

28 “When famine2Ch 20:9 or plague comes to the land, or blight or mildew, locusts or grasshoppers, or when enemies besiege them in any of their cities, whatever disaster or disease may come,29 and when a prayer or plea is made by anyone among your people Israel—being aware of their afflictions and pains, and spreading out their hands toward this temple—30 then hear from heaven, your dwelling place. Forgive,S ver 27 and deal with everyone according to all they do, since you know their hearts (for you alone know the human heart),S 1Sa 2:3; Ps 7:9; 44:21; Pr 16:2; 17:331 so that they will fear youS Dt 6:13; Ps 34:7, 9; 103:11, 13; Pr 8:13 and walk in obedience to you all the time they live in the land you gave our ancestors.

32 “As for the foreigner who does not belong to your people Israel but has come2Ch 9:6 from a distant land because of your great name and your mighty handS Ex 3:19, 20 and your outstretched arm—when they come and pray toward this temple,33 then hear from heaven, your dwelling place. Do whatever the foreignerS Ex 12:43 asks of you, so that all the peoples of the earth may know your name and fear you, as do your own people Israel, and may know that this house I have built bears your Name.

34 “When your people go to war against their enemies,Dt 28:7 wherever you send them, and when they prayS 1Ch 5:20 to you toward this city you have chosen and the temple I have built for your Name,35 then hear from heaven their prayer and their plea, and uphold their cause.

36 “When they sin against you—for there is no one who does not sinS 1Ki 8:46; Job 11:12; 15:14; Ps 143:2; Ecc 7:20; Jer 9:5; 13:23; 17:9; S Ro 3:9; Eph 2:3—and you become angry with them and give them over to the enemy, who takes them captiveS Lev 26:44 to a land far away or near;37 and if they have a change of heart1Ki 8:48; 2Ch 7:14; 12:6, 12; 30:11; 33:12, 19, 23; 34:27; 36:12; Isa 58:3; Jer 24:7; 29:13 in the land where they are held captive, and repent and plead with you in the land of their captivity and say, ‘We have sinned, we have done wrong and acted wickedly’;38 and if they turn back to you with all their heart and soul in the land of their captivity where they were taken, and pray toward the land you gave their ancestors, toward the city you have chosen and toward the temple I have built for your Name;39 then from heaven, your dwelling place, hear their prayer and their pleas, and uphold their cause. And forgiveS ver 27; 2Ch 30:9 your people, who have sinned against you.

40 “Now, my God, may your eyes be open and your ears attentiveS 1Ki 8:29, 52; 2Ch 7:15; Ne 1:6, 11; Ps 17:1, 6; 116:1; 130:2; Isa 37:17 to the prayers offered in this place.

41 “Now arise,Ps 3:7; 7:6; 59:4; Isa 33:10 Lord God, and come to your resting place,1Ch 28:2

you and the ark of your might.

May your priests,Ps 132:16 Lord God, be clothed with salvation,

may your faithful people rejoice in your goodness.Ps 13:6; 27:13; 116:12; 142:7

42 Lord God, do not reject your anointed one.Ps 2:2

Remember the great lovePs 89:24, 28 promised to David your servant.”

The Dedication of the Temple7:1-10pp — 1Ki 8:62-66

When Solomon finished praying, fireS Ex 19:18; S Lev 9:24; S 1Ki 18:38 came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the Lord filledS Ex 16:10 the temple.Ps 26:8The priests could not enterS 1Ki 8:11 the temple of the Lord because the gloryS Ex 29:43; S 40:35 of the Lord filled it.When all the Israelites saw the fire coming down and the glory of the Lord above the temple, they knelt on the pavement with their faces to the ground, and they worshiped and gave thanks to the Lord, saying,

“He is good;

his love endures forever.”S 1Ch 16:34; 2Ch 5:13; Ezr 3:11

Then the king and all the people offered sacrifices before the Lord.And King Solomon offered a sacrifice of twenty-two thousand head of cattle and a hundred and twenty thousand sheep and goats. So the king and all the people dedicated the temple of God.The priests took their positions, as did the Levites1Ch 15:16 with the Lord’s musical instruments,S 1Ch 15:24 which King David had made for praising the Lord and which were used when he gave thanks, saying, “His love endures forever.” Opposite the Levites, the priests blew their trumpets, and all the Israelites were standing.

Solomon consecrated the middle part of the courtyard in front of the temple of the Lord, and there he offered burnt offerings and the fatS Ex 29:13 of the fellowship offerings, because the bronze altar he had made could not hold the burnt offerings, the grain offerings and the fat portions.

So Solomon observed the festival2Ch 30:26; Ne 8:17 at that time for seven days, and all IsraelS 1Ch 9:1 with him—a vast assembly, people from Lebo HamathS Nu 13:21 to the Wadi of Egypt.S Ge 15:18On the eighth day they held an assembly, for they had celebrated2Ch 30:23 the dedication of the altar for seven days and the festivalS Lev 23:36 for seven days more.10 On the twenty-third day of the seventh month he sent the people to their homes, joyful and glad in heart for the good things the Lord had done for David and Solomon and for his people Israel.

The Lord Appears to Solomon7:11-22pp — 1Ki 9:1-9

11 When Solomon had finishedS 1Ch 28:20 the temple of the Lord and the royal palace, and had succeeded in carrying out all he had in mind to do in the temple of the Lord and in his own palace,12 the Lord appeared2Ch 1:7 to him at night and said:

“I have heard your prayer and have chosenDt 12:11 this place for myselfS Dt 12:5 as a temple for sacrifices.

13 “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain,S Dt 11:17; Am 4:7 or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people,14 if my people, who are called by my name,S Nu 6:27 will humbleS Ex 10:3; S Lev 26:41; S 2Ch 6:37 themselves and pray and seek my faceS 1Ch 16:11 and turnS 2Ki 17:13; Isa 55:7; Eze 18:32; Zec 1:4 from their wicked ways, then I will hearS 2Ch 6:20 from heaven, and I will forgiveS 2Ch 6:27 their sin and will healS Ex 15:26; 2Ch 30:20; Ps 60:2; Isa 30:26; 53:5; 57:18; Jer 33:6; Mal 4:2 their land.15 Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.S 1Ki 8:29; S 2Ch 6:40; Ne 1:616 I have chosenS Dt 12:5; 2Ch 33:7 and consecrated this temple so that my Name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there.

17 “As for you, if you walk before me faithfullyS 1Ki 9:4 as David your father did, and do all I command, and observe my decreesS Lev 19:37 and laws,18 I will establish your royal throne, as I covenantedIsa 9:7; Jer 33:17, 21 with David your father when I said, ‘You shall never fail to have a successorS 1Ch 5:2; Isa 55:4; Mic 5:2 to rule over Israel.’S 2Sa 7:13; S 1Ch 17:12; 2Ch 13:5; 23:3

19 “But if youThe Hebrew is plural. turn awayS Dt 28:15 and forsakeS 1Ch 28:9; 2Ch 12:1; 24:18; Jer 9:13; 11:8 the decrees and commands I have given youThe Hebrew is plural. and go off to serve other gods and worship them,20 then I will uprootS Dt 29:28 Israel from my land,1Ki 14:15; Jer 12:14; 16:13; 50:11 which I have given them, and will reject this temple I have consecrated for my Name. I will make it a byword and an object of ridiculeS Dt 28:37 among all peoples.21 This temple will become a heap of rubble. AllSee some Septuagint manuscripts, Old Latin, Syriac, Arabic and Targum; Hebrew And though this temple is now so imposing, all who pass by will be appalledJer 19:8 and say,Dt 29:24 ‘Why has the Lord done such a thing to this land and to this temple?’22 People will answer, ‘Because they have forsaken the Lord, the God of their ancestors, who brought them out of Egypt, and have embraced other gods, worshiping and serving themJer 16:11—that is why he brought all this disaster on them.’”

Solomon’s Other Activities8:1-18pp — 1Ki 9:10-28

At the end of twenty years, during which Solomon built the temple of the Lord and his own palace,S 2Sa 7:2Solomon rebuilt the villages that HiramHebrew Huram, a variant of Hiram; also in verse 18 had given him, and settled Israelites in them.Solomon then went to Hamath Zobah and captured it.He also built up Tadmor in the desert and all the store cities he had built in Hamath.S 2Sa 8:9He rebuilt Upper Beth HoronS Jos 10:10 and Lower Beth Horon as fortified cities, with walls and with gates and bars,as well as BaalathS Jos 19:44 and all his store cities, and all the cities for his chariots and for his horsesOr charioteers—whatever he desired to build in Jerusalem, in Lebanon and throughout all the territory he ruled.

There were still people left from the Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and JebusitesS Ge 10:16; S 15:18-21; Ezr 9:1 (these people were not Israelites).Solomon conscriptedS 2Ch 2:18 the descendants of all these people remaining in the land—whom the Israelites had not destroyed—to serve as slave labor, as it is to this day.But Solomon did not make slaves of the Israelites for his work; they were his fighting men, commanders of his captains, and commanders of his chariots and charioteers.10 They were also King Solomon’s chief officials—two hundred and fifty officials supervising the men.

Solomon’s Prayer of Dedication

12 Then Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in front of the entire community of Israel, and he lifted his hands in prayer.13 Now Solomon had made a bronze platform 7 1⁄2 feet long, 7 1⁄2 feet wide, and 4 1⁄2 feet highHebrew 5 cubits [2.3 meters] long, 5 cubits wide, and 3 cubits [1.4 meters] high. and had placed it at the center of the Temple’s outer courtyard. He stood on the platform, and then he knelt in front of the entire community of Israel and lifted his hands toward heaven.14 He prayed,

“O Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like you in all of heaven and earth. You keep your covenant and show unfailing love to all who walk before you in wholehearted devotion.15 You have kept your promise to your servant David, my father. You made that promise with your own mouth, and with your own hands you have fulfilled it today.

16 “And now, O Lord, God of Israel, carry out the additional promise you made to your servant David, my father. For you said to him, ‘If your descendants guard their behavior and faithfully follow my Law as you have done, one of them will always sit on the throne of Israel.’17 Now, O Lord, God of Israel, fulfill this promise to your servant David.

18 “But will God really live on earth among people? Why, even the highest heavens cannot contain you. How much less this Temple I have built!19 Nevertheless, listen to my prayer and my plea, O Lord my God. Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is making to you.20 May you watch over this Temple day and night, this place where you have said you would put your name. May you always hear the prayers I make toward this place.21 May you hear the humble and earnest requests from me and your people Israel when we pray toward this place. Yes, hear us from heaven where you live, and when you hear, forgive.

22 “If someone wrongs another person and is required to take an oath of innocence in front of your altar at this Temple,23 then hear from heaven and judge between your servants—the accuser and the accused. Pay back the guilty as they deserve. Acquit the innocent because of their innocence.

24 “If your people Israel are defeated by their enemies because they have sinned against you, and if they turn back and acknowledge your name and pray to you here in this Temple,25 then hear from heaven and forgive the sin of your people Israel and return them to this land you gave to them and to their ancestors.

26 “If the skies are shut up and there is no rain because your people have sinned against you, and if they pray toward this Temple and acknowledge your name and turn from their sins because you have punished them,27 then hear from heaven and forgive the sins of your servants, your people Israel. Teach them to follow the right path, and send rain on your land that you have given to your people as their special possession.

28 “If there is a famine in the land or a plague or crop disease or attacks of locusts or caterpillars, or if your people’s enemies are in the land besieging their towns—whatever disaster or disease there is—29 and if your people Israel pray about their troubles or sorrow, raising their hands toward this Temple,30 then hear from heaven where you live, and forgive. Give your people what their actions deserve, for you alone know each human heart.31 Then they will fear you and walk in your ways as long as they live in the land you gave to our ancestors.

32 “In the future, foreigners who do not belong to your people Israel will hear of you. They will come from distant lands when they hear of your great name and your strong hand and your powerful arm. And when they pray toward this Temple,33 then hear from heaven where you live, and grant what they ask of you. In this way, all the people of the earth will come to know and fear you, just as your own people Israel do. They, too, will know that this Temple I have built honors your name.

34 “If your people go out where you send them to fight their enemies, and if they pray to you by turning toward this city you have chosen and toward this Temple I have built to honor your name,35 then hear their prayers from heaven and uphold their cause.

36 “If they sin against you—and who has never sinned?—you might become angry with them and let their enemies conquer them and take them captive to a foreign land far away or near.37 But in that land of exile, they might turn to you in repentance and pray, ‘We have sinned, done evil, and acted wickedly.’38 If they turn to you with their whole heart and soul in the land of their captivity and pray toward the land you gave to their ancestors—toward this city you have chosen, and toward this Temple I have built to honor your name—39 then hear their prayers and their petitions from heaven where you live, and uphold their cause. Forgive your people who have sinned against you.

40 “O my God, may your eyes be open and your ears attentive to all the prayers made to you in this place.

41 “And now arise, O Lord God, and enter your resting place,

along with the Ark, the symbol of your power.

May your priests, O Lord God, be clothed with salvation;

may your loyal servants rejoice in your goodness.

42 O Lord God, do not reject the king you have anointed.

Remember your unfailing love for your servant David.”

The Dedication of the Temple

When Solomon finished praying, fire flashed down from heaven and burned up the burnt offerings and sacrifices, and the glorious presence of the Lord filled the Temple.The priests could not enter the Temple of the Lord because the glorious presence of the Lord filled it.When all the people of Israel saw the fire coming down and the glorious presence of the Lord filling the Temple, they fell face down on the ground and worshiped and praised the Lord, saying,

“He is good!

His faithful love endures forever!”

Then the king and all the people offered sacrifices to the Lord.King Solomon offered a sacrifice of 22,000 cattle and 120,000 sheep and goats. And so the king and all the people dedicated the Temple of God.The priests took their assigned positions, and so did the Levites who were singing, “His faithful love endures forever!” They accompanied the singing with music from the instruments King David had made for praising the Lord. Across from the Levites, the priests blew the trumpets, while all Israel stood.

Solomon then consecrated the central area of the courtyard in front of the Lord’s Temple. He offered burnt offerings and the fat of peace offerings there, because the bronze altar he had built could not hold all the burnt offerings, grain offerings, and sacrificial fat.

For the next seven days Solomon and all Israel celebrated the Festival of Shelters.Hebrew the festival (also in 7:9); see note on 5:3. A large congregation had gathered from as far away as Lebo-hamath in the north and the Brook of Egypt in the south.On the eighth day they had a closing ceremony, for they had celebrated the dedication of the altar for seven days and the Festival of Shelters for seven days.10 Then at the end of the celebration,Hebrew Then on the twenty-third day of the seventh month. This day of the ancient Hebrew lunar calendar occurred in October or early November. Solomon sent the people home. They were all joyful and glad because the Lord had been so good to David and to Solomon and to his people Israel.

The Lord’s Response to Solomon

11 So Solomon finished the Temple of the Lord, as well as the royal palace. He completed everything he had planned to do in the construction of the Temple and the palace.12 Then one night the Lord appeared to Solomon and said,

“I have heard your prayer and have chosen this Temple as the place for making sacrifices.13 At times I might shut up the heavens so that no rain falls, or command grasshoppers to devour your crops, or send plagues among you.14 Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.15 My eyes will be open and my ears attentive to every prayer made in this place.16 For I have chosen this Temple and set it apart to be holy—a place where my name will be honored forever. I will always watch over it, for it is dear to my heart.

17 “As for you, if you faithfully follow me as David your father did, obeying all my commands, decrees, and regulations,18 then I will establish the throne of your dynasty. For I made this covenant with your father, David, when I said, ‘One of your descendants will always rule over Israel.’

19 “But if you or your descendants abandon me and disobey the decrees and commands I have given you, and if you serve and worship other gods,20 then I will uproot the people from this land that I have given them. I will reject this Temple that I have made holy to honor my name. I will make it an object of mockery and ridicule among the nations.21 And though this Temple is impressive now, all who pass by will be appalled. They will ask, ‘Why did the Lord do such terrible things to this land and to this Temple?’

22 “And the answer will be, ‘Because his people abandoned the Lord, the God of their ancestors, who brought them out of Egypt, and they worshiped other gods instead and bowed down to them. That is why he has brought all these disasters on them.’”

Solomon’s Many Achievements

It took Solomon twenty years to build the Lord’s Temple and his own royal palace. At the end of that time,Solomon turned his attention to rebuilding the towns that King HiramHebrew Huram, a variant spelling of Hiram; also in 8:18. had given him, and he settled Israelites in them.

Solomon also fought against the town of Hamath-zobah and conquered it.He rebuilt Tadmor in the wilderness and built towns in the region of Hamath as supply centers.He fortified the towns of Upper Beth-horon and Lower Beth-horon, rebuilding their walls and installing barred gates.He also rebuilt Baalath and other supply centers and constructed towns where his chariots and horsesOr and charioteers. could be stationed. He built everything he desired in Jerusalem and Lebanon and throughout his entire realm.

There were still some people living in the land who were not Israelites, including the Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites.These were descendants of the nations whom the people of Israel had not destroyed. So Solomon conscripted them for his labor force, and they serve as forced laborers to this day.But Solomon did not conscript any of the Israelites for his labor force. Instead, he assigned them to serve as fighting men, officers in his army, commanders of his chariots, and charioteers.10 King Solomon appointed 250 of them to supervise the people.

12 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 brasen 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 Lord God of Israel, there is no God like thee in the heaven, nor in the earth; which keepest covenant, and shewest mercy unto thy servants, that walk before thee with all their hearts:

15 Thou which hast kept with thy servant David my father that which thou hast promised him; and spakest with thy mouth, and hast fulfilled it with thine hand, as it is this day.

16 Now therefore, O Lord God of Israel, keep with thy servant David my father that which thou hast promised him, saying, There 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 walk in my law, as thou hast walked before me.

17 Now then, O Lord God of Israel, let thy word be verified, which thou hast spoken unto thy servant David.

18 But will God in very deed dwell with men on the earth? behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house which I have built!

19 Have respect therefore to the prayer of thy servant, and to his supplication, O 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.

21 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, forgive.

22 If a man sin against his neighbour, and an oath be laid upon him to make him swear, and the oath come before thine altar in this house;

23 Then hear thou from heaven, and do, and judge thy servants, by requiting the wicked, by recompensing his way upon his own head; and by justifying the righteous, by giving him according to his righteousness.

24 And if thy people Israel be put to the worse before the enemy, because they have sinned against thee; and shall return and confess thy name, and pray and make supplication before thee in this house;

25 Then hear thou from the heavens, and forgive the sin of thy people Israel, and bring them again unto the land which thou gavest to them and to their fathers.

26 When the heaven is shut up, and there is no rain, because they have sinned against thee; yet if they pray toward this place, and confess thy name, and turn from their sin, when thou dost afflict them;

27 Then hear thou from heaven, and forgive the sin of thy servants, and of thy people Israel, when thou hast taught them the good 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 pestilence, if there be blasting, or mildew, locusts, or caterpillers; if their enemies besiege them in the cities of their land; whatsoever sore or whatsoever sickness there be:

29 Then what prayer or what supplication soever shall be made of any man, or of all thy people Israel, when every one shall know his own sore and his own grief, and shall spread forth his hands in this house:

30 Then hear thou from heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive, and render unto every man according unto all his ways, whose heart thou knowest; (for thou only knowest the hearts of the children of men:)

31 That they may fear thee, to walk in thy ways, so long as they live in the land which thou gavest unto our fathers.

32 Moreover 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, and thy stretched out arm; if they come and pray in this house;

33 Then hear thou from the heavens, even from thy dwelling place, 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.

34 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 name;

35 Then hear thou from the heavens their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their cause.

36 If they sin against thee, (for there is no man which sinneth not,) and thou be angry with them, and deliver them over before their enemies, and they carry them away captives unto a land far off or near;

37 Yet if they bethink themselves in the land whither they are carried captive, and turn and pray unto thee in the land of their captivity, saying, We have sinned, we have done amiss, and have dealt wickedly;

38 If they return to thee with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their captivity, whither they have carried them captives, and pray toward their land, which thou gavest unto their fathers, and toward the city which thou hast chosen, and toward the house which I have built for thy name:

39 Then hear thou from the heavens, even from thy dwelling place, their prayer and their supplications, and maintain their cause, and forgive thy people which have sinned against thee.

40 Now, my God, let, I beseech thee, thine eyes be open, and let thine ears be attent unto the prayer that is made in this place.

41 Now therefore arise, O Lord God, into thy resting place, thou, and the ark of thy strength: let thy priests, O Lord God, be clothed with salvation, and let thy saints rejoice in goodness.

42 O Lord God, turn not away the face of thine anointed: remember the mercies of David thy servant.

Now 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 the Lord filled the house.

And the priests could not enter into the house of the Lord, because the glory of the Lord had filled the Lord's house.

And when all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the Lord upon the house, they bowed themselves with their faces to the ground upon the pavement, and worshipped, and praised the Lord, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.

Then the king and all the people offered sacrifices before the Lord.

And king Solomon offered a sacrifice of twenty and two thousand oxen, and an hundred and twenty thousand sheep: so the king and all the people dedicated the house of God.

And the priests waited on their offices: the Levites also with instruments of musick of the Lord, which David the king had made to praise the Lord, because his mercy endureth for ever, when David praised by their ministry; and the priests sounded trumpets before them, and all Israel stood.

Moreover Solomon hallowed the middle of the court that was before the house of the Lord: for there he offered burnt offerings, and the fat of the peace offerings, because the brasen altar which Solomon had made was not able to receive the burnt offerings, and the meat offerings, and the fat.

Also at the same time Solomon kept the feast seven days, and all Israel with him, a very great congregation, from the entering in of Hamath unto the river of Egypt.

And in the eighth day they made a solemn assembly: for they kept the dedication of the altar seven days, and the feast seven days.

10 And on the three and twentieth day of the seventh month he sent the people 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 people.

11 Thus Solomon finished the house of the Lord, and the king's house: and all that came into Solomon's heart to make in the house of the Lord, and in his own house, he prosperously effected.

12 And the Lord appeared to Solomon by night, and said unto him, I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for an house of sacrifice.

13 If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people;

14 If my people, which 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.

15 Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place.

16 For now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that my name may be there for ever: and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.

17 And as for thee, if thou wilt walk before me, as David thy father walked, and do according to all that I have commanded thee, and shalt observe my statutes and my judgments;

18 Then will I stablish the throne of thy kingdom, according as I have covenanted with David thy father, saying, There shall not fail thee a man to be ruler in Israel.

19 But if ye 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;

20 Then will I pluck them up by the roots out of my land which I have given them; and this house, which I have sanctified for my name, will I cast out of my sight, and will make it to be a proverb and a byword 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, and worshipped them, and served them: therefore hath he brought all this evil upon them.

And it came to pass at the end of twenty years, wherein Solomon had built the house of the Lord, 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.

And Solomon went to Hamathzobah, and prevailed against it.

And he built Tadmor in the wilderness, and all the store cities, which he built in Hamath.

Also he built Bethhoron the upper, and Bethhoron the nether, fenced cities, with walls, gates, and bars;

And Baalath, and all the store cities that Solomon had, 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.

As for all the people that were left of the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, which were not of Israel,

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.

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 horsemen.

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

Romans 7:14-8:8

14 We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual,1Co 3:1 sold1Ki 21:20, 25; 2Ki 17:17 as a slave to sin.S Ro 6:1615 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.ver 19; Gal 5:1716 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good.S ver 1217 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me.ver 2018 For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature.Or my fleshver 25; S Gal 5:24 For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.ver 1520 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.ver 17

21 So I find this law at work:ver 23, 25 Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me.22 For in my inner beingEph 3:16 I delight in God’s law;Ps 1:2; 40:823 but I see another law at work in me, waging warGal 5:17; Jas 4:1; 1Pe 2:11 against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sinS Ro 6:16 at work within me.24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?Ro 6:6; 8:225 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!S 2Co 2:14

So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law,S Ro 6:22 but in my sinful natureOr in the flesh a slave to the law of sin.S Ro 6:16

Life Through the Spirit

Therefore, there is now no condemnationver 34 for those who are in Christ Jesus,ver 39; S Ro 16:3because through Christ JesusRo 7:25 the law of the Spirit who gives life1Co 15:45 has set youThe Greek is singular; some manuscripts me freeJn 8:32, 36; S Ro 6:18 from the law of sinS Ro 6:16; S 7:4 and death.For what the law was powerlessHeb 7:18; 10:1-4 to do because it was weakened by the flesh,In contexts like this, the Greek word for flesh (sarx) refers to the sinful state of human beings, often presented as a power in opposition to the Spirit; also in verses 4-13.Ro 7:18, 19; S Gal 5:24 God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful fleshS Php 2:7 to be a sin offering.Or flesh, for sinHeb 2:14, 17 And so he condemned sin in the flesh,in order that the righteous requirementRo 2:26 of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.S Gal 5:16

Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires;Gal 5:19-21 but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.Gal 5:22-25The mind governed by the flesh is death,S Ro 6:23 but the mind governed by the Spirit is lifever 13; Gal 6:8 and peace.The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God;Jas 4:4 it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.Those who are in the realm of the fleshS Gal 5:24 cannot please God.

Struggling with Sin

14 So the trouble is not with the law, for it is spiritual and good. The trouble is with me, for I am all too human, a slave to sin.15 I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate.16 But if I know that what I am doing is wrong, this shows that I agree that the law is good.17 So I am not the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.

18 And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature.Greek my flesh; also in 7:25. I want to do what is right, but I can’t.19 I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway.20 But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.

21 I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong.22 I love God’s law with all my heart.23 But there is another powerGreek law; also in 7:23b. within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me.24 Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death?25 Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.

Life in the Spirit

So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.And because you belong to him, the powerGreek the law; also in 8:2b. of the life-giving Spirit has freed youSome manuscripts read me. from the power of sin that leads to death.The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature.Greek our flesh; similarly in 8:4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins.He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit.

Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit.So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will.That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God.

14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.

15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.

16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.

17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.

19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.

20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.

22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:

23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.

24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.

For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

Psalm 18:1-15

Psalm 18In Hebrew texts 18:1-50 is numbered 18:2-51.18:Title–50pp — 2Sa 22:1-51

For the director of music. Of David the servant of the Lord. He sang to the Lord the words of this song when the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. He said:

I love you, Lord, my strength.S Ex 15:2; S Dt 33:29; S 1Sa 2:10; Ps 22:19; 28:7; 59:9; 81:1; Isa 12:2; 49:5; Jer 16:19

The Lord is my rock,S Ex 33:22 my fortressPs 28:8; 31:2, 3; Isa 17:10; Jer 16:19 and my deliverer;Ps 40:17

my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,Ps 2:12; 9:9; 94:22

my shieldOr sovereignS Ge 15:1; Ps 28:7; 84:9; 119:114; 144:2 and the hornHorn here symbolizes strength. of my salvation,S 1Sa 2:1; S Lk 1:69 my stronghold.

I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise,S 1Ch 16:25

and I have been saved from my enemies.S Ps 9:13

The cords of deathPs 116:3 entangled me;

the torrentsPs 93:4; 124:4; Isa 5:30; 17:12; Jer 6:23; 51:42, 55; Eze 43:2 of destruction overwhelmed me.

The cords of the grave coiled around me;

the snares of deathPr 13:14 confronted me.

In my distressS Dt 4:30 I called to the Lord;Ps 30:2; 99:6; 102:2; 120:1

I cried to my God for help.

From his temple he heard my voice;Ps 66:19; 116:1

my cry cameS Job 16:18 before him, into his ears.

The earth trembledPs 97:4; Isa 5:25; 64:3 and quaked,S Jdg 5:4

and the foundations of the mountains shook;S Jdg 5:5

they trembled because he was angry.S Job 9:5; Jer 10:10

Smoke rose from his nostrils;S Job 41:20

consuming fireS Ex 15:7; S 19:18; S Job 41:21; Ps 50:3; 97:3; Da 7:10 came from his mouth,

burning coalsPr 25:22; Ro 12:20 blazed out of it.

He parted the heavens and came down;S Ge 11:5; S Ps 57:3

dark cloudsS Ex 20:21; S Dt 33:26; S Ps 104:3 were under his feet.

10 He mounted the cherubimS Ge 3:24; Eze 10:18 and flew;

he soaredS Dt 33:26 on the wings of the wind.Ps 104:3

11 He made darkness his covering,S Ex 19:9; S Dt 4:11 his canopyS Job 22:14; Isa 4:5; Jer 43:10 around him—

the dark rain clouds of the sky.

12 Out of the brightness of his presencePs 104:2 clouds advanced,

with hailstonesS Jos 10:11 and bolts of lightning.S Job 36:30

13 The Lord thunderedS Ex 9:23; S 1Sa 2:10 from heaven;

the voice of the Most High resounded.Some Hebrew manuscripts and Septuagint (see also 2 Samuel 22:14); most Hebrew manuscripts resounded, / amid hailstones and bolts of lightning

14 He shot his arrowsS Dt 32:23 and scattered the enemy,

with great bolts of lightningS Job 36:30; Rev 4:5 he routed them.S Jdg 4:15

15 The valleys of the sea were exposed

and the foundationsS Ps 11:3 of the earth laid bare

at your rebuke,Ps 76:6; 104:7; 106:9; Isa 50:2 Lord,

at the blast of breath from your nostrils.S Ex 15:8

Psalm 18

For the choir director: A psalm of David, the servant of the Lord. He sang this song to the Lord on the day the Lord rescued him from all his enemies and from Saul. He sang:

I love you, Lord;

you are my strength.

The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior;

my God is my rock, in whom I find protection.

He is my shield, the power that saves me,

and my place of safety.

I called on the Lord, who is worthy of praise,

and he saved me from my enemies.

The ropes of death entangled me;

floods of destruction swept over me.

The graveHebrew Sheol. wrapped its ropes around me;

death laid a trap in my path.

But in my distress I cried out to the Lord;

yes, I prayed to my God for help.

He heard me from his sanctuary;

my cry to him reached his ears.

Then the earth quaked and trembled.

The foundations of the mountains shook;

they quaked because of his anger.

Smoke poured from his nostrils;

fierce flames leaped from his mouth.

Glowing coals blazed forth from him.

He opened the heavens and came down;

dark storm clouds were beneath his feet.

10 Mounted on a mighty angelic being,Hebrew a cherub. he flew,

soaring on the wings of the wind.

11 He shrouded himself in darkness,

veiling his approach with dark rain clouds.

12 Thick clouds shielded the brightness around him

and rained down hail and burning coals.Or and lightning bolts; also in 18:13.

13 The Lord thundered from heaven;

the voice of the Most High resounded

amid the hail and burning coals.

14 He shot his arrows and scattered his enemies;

great bolts of lightning flashed, and they were confused.

15 Then at your command, O Lord,

at the blast of your breath,

the bottom of the sea could be seen,

and the foundations of the earth were laid bare.

18 I will love thee, O Lord, my strength.

The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.

The sorrows of death compassed me, and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid.

The sorrows of hell compassed me about: the snares of death prevented me.

In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.

Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because he was wroth.

There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it.

He bowed the heavens also, and came down: and darkness was under his feet.

10 And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: yea, he did fly upon the wings of the wind.

11 He made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies.

12 At the brightness that was before him his thick clouds passed, hail stones and coals of fire.

13 The Lord also thundered in the heavens, and the Highest gave his voice; hail stones and coals of fire.

14 Yea, he sent out his arrows, and scattered them; and he shot out lightnings, and discomfited them.

15 Then the channels of waters were seen, and the foundations of the world were discovered at thy rebuke, O Lord, at the blast of the breath of thy nostrils.

Proverbs 19:24-25

24 A sluggard buries his hand in the dish;

he will not even bring it back to his mouth!Pr 26:15

25 Flog a mocker, and the simple will learn prudence;

rebuke the discerning,S Ps 141:5 and they will gain knowledge.S Pr 9:9; 21:11

24 Lazy people take food in their hand

but don’t even lift it to their mouth.

25 If you punish a mocker, the simpleminded will learn a lesson;

if you correct the wise, they will be all the wiser.

24 A slothful man hideth his hand in his bosom, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.

25 Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware: and reprove one that hath understanding, and he will understand knowledge.

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