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The Story So Far

(Category 13 of 16)

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1 So aall the work that Solomon had done for the house of the LORD was finished; and Solomon brought in the things which his father David had dedicated: the silver and the gold and all the furnishings. And he put them in the treasuries of the house of God.

The Ark Brought into the Temple

2 aNow Solomon assembled the elders of Israel and all the heads of the tribes, the chief fathers of the children of Israel, in Jerusalem, that they might bring the ark of the covenant of the LORD up bfrom the City of David, which is Zion.
3 aTherefore all the men of Israel assembled with the king bat the feast, which was in the seventh month.
4 So all the elders of Israel came, and the aLevites took up the ark.
5 Then they brought up the ark, the tabernacle of meeting, and all the holy furnishings that were in the tabernacle. The priests and the Levites brought them up.
6 Also King Solomon, and all the congregation of Israel who were assembled with him before the ark, were sacrificing sheep and oxen that could not be counted or numbered for multitude.
7 Then the priests brought in the ark of the covenant of the LORD to its place, into the ainner sanctuary of the 1temple, to the Most Holy Place, under the wings of the cherubim.
8 For the cherubim spread their wings over the place of the ark, and the cherubim overshadowed the ark and its poles.
9 The poles extended so that the ends of the apoles of the ark could be seen from the holy place, in front of the inner sanctuary; but they could not be seen from outside. And 1they are there to this day.
10 Nothing was in the ark except the two tablets which Moses aput there at Horeb, 1when the LORD made a covenant with the children of Israel, when they had come out of Egypt.
11 And it came to pass when the priests came out of the Most Holy Place (for all the priests who were present had 1sanctified themselves, without keeping to their adivisions),
12 aand the Levites who were the singers, all those of Asaph and Heman and Jeduthun, with their sons and their brethren, stood at the east end of the altar, clothed in white linen, having cymbals, stringed instruments and harps, band with them one hundred and twenty priests sounding with trumpets—
13 indeed it came to pass, when the trumpeters and singers were as one,

CHAPTER 5 References

1 a1 Kin. 7:51
2 a1 Kin.
8:1–9; Ps. 47:9
b2 Sam. 6:12
3 a1 Kin. 8:2
bLev. 23:34;
2 Chr. 7:8–10
4 a1 Chr. 15:2,
7 a2 Chr. 4:20
1Lit. house
9 aEx.
25:13–15 1Lit.
it is
10 aEx. 25:16;
Deut. 10:2, 5;
2 Chr. 6:11;
Heb. 9:4 1Or
11 a1 Chr.
24:1–5 1consecrated
12 aEx. 32:26;
1 Chr. 25:1–7
b1 Chr. 13:8;
15:16, 24
13 a1 Chr.
16:34, 41;
2 Chr. 7:3;
Ezra 3:11; Ps.
100:5; 106:1;
136; Jer. 33:11
14 aEx. 40:35;
1 Kin. 8:11;
2 Chr. 7:2;
Ezek. 43:5
1Lit. stand to

CHAPTER 6 References

1 aEx. 19:9;
20:21; 1 Kin.
8:12–21 b[Lev.
16:2]; Ps. 97:2
2 a2 Sam. 7:13;
1 Chr. 17:12;
2 Chr. 7:12
3 a2 Sam. 6:18
4 a1 Chr. 17:5
6 aDeut.
12:5–7; 2 Chr.
12:13; Zech.
2:12 b1 Sam.
1 Chr. 28:4
7 a2 Sam. 7:2;
1 Chr. 17:1;
28:2; Ps.
132:1–5 1Lit.
house, and so
in vv. 8–10
9 a1 Chr.
10 a1 Kin. 2:12;
11 a2 Chr.
12 a1 Kin. 8:22;
2 Chr. 7:7–9
1Lit. he

to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD, and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the LORD, saying:

a“For He is good, For His mercy endures forever,”

that the house, the house of the LORD, was filled with a cloud,
14 so that the priests could not 1continue ministering because of the cloud; afor the glory of the LORD filled the house of God.


1 Then aSolomon spoke:

“The LORD said He would dwell in the bdark cloud.
2 I have surely built You an exalted house, And aa place for You to dwell in forever.”

Solomon’s Speech upon Completion of the Work

3 Then the king turned around and ablessed the whole assembly of Israel, while all the assembly of Israel was standing.
4 And he said: “Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, who has fulfilled with His hands what He spoke with His mouth to my father David, asaying,
5 ‘Since the day that I brought My people out of the land of Egypt, I have chosen no city from any tribe of Israel in which to build a house, that My name might be there, nor did I choose any man to be a ruler over My people Israel.
6 a‘Yet I have chosen Jerusalem, that My name may be there, and I bhave chosen David to be over My people Israel.’
7 “Now ait was in the heart of my father David to build a 1temple for the name of the LORD God of Israel.
8 “But the LORD said to my father David, ‘Whereas it was in your heart to build a temple for My name, you did well in that it was in your heart.
9 ‘Nevertheless you shall not build the temple, but your son who will come from your body, he shall build the temple for My aname.’
10 “So the LORD has fulfilled His word which He spoke, and I have filled the position of my father David, and asit on the throne of Israel, as the LORD promised; and I have built the temple for the name of the LORD God of Israel.
11 “And there I have put the ark, ain which is the covenant of the LORD which He made with the children of Israel.”

Solomon’s Prayer of Dedication

12 aThen 1Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of

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all the assembly of Israel, and spread out his hands
13 (for Solomon had made a bronze platform five cubits long, five cubits wide, and three cubits high, and had set it in the midst of the court; and he stood on it, knelt down on his knees before all the assembly of Israel, and spread out his hands toward heaven);
14 and he said: “LORD God of Israel, athere is no God in heaven or on earth like You, who keep Your bcovenant and mercy with Your servants who walk before You with all their hearts.
15 a“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, a‘You shall not fail to have a man sit before Me on the throne of Israel, bonly 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? aBehold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain You. How much less this 1temple 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 aopen 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 btoward 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, aforgive.
22 “If anyone sins against his neighbor, and is forced to take an aoath, 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 arighteousness.
24 “Or if Your people Israel are defeated before an aenemy 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

14 a[Ex. 15:11;
Deut. 4:39] b[Deut. 7:9] 15 a1 Chr. 22:9,
16 a2 Sam.
7:12, 16;
1 Kin. 2:4;
6:12; 2 Chr.
7:18 bPs.
18 a[2 Chr. 2:6;
Is. 66:1; Acts
7:49] 1Lit.
20 a2 Chr. 7:15
bPs. 5:7; Dan.
21 a[Is. 43:25;
44:22; Mic.
7:18] 22 aEx. 22:8–11
23 a[Job 34:11] 24 a2 Kin.
21:14, 15
26 aDeut.
28:23, 24;
1 Kin. 17:1
28 a2 Chr. 20:9
b[Mic. 6:13] 30 a[1 Chr.
28:9; Prov.
21:2; 24:12] b[1 Sam. 16:7] 32 aJohn 12:20;
Acts 8:27
33 1Lit. Your
name is called
upon this
36 aProv. 20:9;
Eccl. 7:20;
[Rom. 3:9, 19;
5:12; Gal.
3:10]; James
3:2; 1 John 1:8
37 1Lit. bring
back to their


which You gave to them and their fathers.
26 “When the aheavens 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 inheritance.
28 “When there ais 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 bsickness 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 aknow the bhearts 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, awho 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 1this 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 ano one who does not sin), and You become angry with them and deliver them to the enemy, and they take them bcaptive to a land far or near;
37 “yet when they 1come 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

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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 acity 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 aopen and let Your ears be attentive to the prayer made in this place.

41 “Nowa therefore, Arise, O LORD God, to Your bresting place, You and the ark of Your strength. Let Your priests, O LORD God, be clothed with salvation, And let Your saints crejoice in goodness.

42 “O LORD God, do not turn away the face of Your Anointed; aRemember the mercies of Your servant David.”

Solomon Dedicates the Temple


1 When aSolomon had finished praying, bfire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and cthe glory of the LORD filled the 1temple.
2 aAnd the priests could not enter the house of the LORD, because the glory of the LORD had filled the LORD’s house.
3 When all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the LORD on the temple, they bowed their faces to the ground on the pavement, and worshiped and praised the LORD, saying:

a“For He is good, bFor His mercy endures forever.”

4 aThen the king and all the people offered sacrifices before the LORD.
5 King Solomon offered a sacrifice of twenty-two thousand bulls and one hundred and twenty thousand sheep. So the king and all the people dedicated the house of God.
6 aAnd the priests attended to their services; the Levites also with instruments of the music of the LORD, which King David had made to praise the LORD, saying, “For His mercy endures forever,” whenever David offered praise by their 1ministry. bThe priests sounded trumpets opposite them, while all Israel stood.

38 aDan. 6:10
40 a2 Chr. 6:20
41 aPs.
132:8–10, 16
b1 Chr. 28:2
cNeh. 9:25
42 a2 Sam.
7:15; Ps.
89:49; 132:1,
8–10; Is. 55:3

CHAPTER 7 References

1 a1 Kin. 8:54
bLev. 9:24;
Judg. 6:21;
1 Kin. 18:38;
1 Chr. 21:26
c1 Kin. 8:10,
11 1Lit. house
2 a2 Chr. 5:14
3 a2 Chr. 5:13;
Ps. 106:1;
136:1 b1 Chr.
16:41; 2 Chr.
4 a1 Kin. 8:62,
6 a1 Chr. 15:16
b2 Chr. 5:12
1Lit. hand
7 a1 Kin.
8:64–66; 9:3
8 a1 Kin. 8:65
b1 Kin. 4:21,
24; 2 Kin.
14:25 cJosh.
13:3 1The Shihor,
1 Chr.
9 aLev. 23:36
10 a1 Kin. 8:66
11 a1 Kin. 9:1
12 a1 Kin. 3:5;
11:9 bDeut.
12:5, 11
c2 Chr. 6:20
13 aDeut.
28:23, 24;
1 Kin. 17:1;
2 Chr. 6:26–28
14 aDeut.
28:10; [Is.
43:7] b2 Chr.
12:6, 7;
[James 4:10] c2 Chr. 6:27,
15 a2 Chr. 6:20,
16 a1 Kin. 9:3;
2 Chr. 6:6 1set
apart 2My
attention 3My
17 a1 Kin. 9:4
18 a2 Sam.
1 Kin. 2:4;
2 Chr. 6:16
19 aLev. 26:14,
33; [Deut.
28:15, 36] 20 aDeut.
2 Kin. 25:1–7

7 Furthermore aSolomon consecrated the middle of the court that was in front of the house of the LORD; for there he offered burnt offerings and the fat of the peace offerings, because the bronze altar which Solomon had made was not able to receive the burnt offerings, the grain offerings, and the fat.
8 aAt that time Solomon kept the feast seven days, and all Israel with him, a very great assembly bfrom the entrance of Hamath to cthe1 Brook of Egypt.
9 And on the eighth day they held a asacred assembly, for they observed the dedication of the altar seven days, and the feast seven days.
10 aOn the twenty-third day of the seventh month he sent the people away to their tents, joyful and glad of heart for the good that the LORD had done for David, for Solomon, and for His people Israel.
11 Thus aSolomon finished the house of the LORD and the king’s house; and Solomon successfully accomplished all that came into his heart to make in the house of the LORD and in his own house.

God’s Second Appearance to Solomon

12 Then the LORD aappeared to Solomon by night, and said to him: “I have heard your prayer, band have chosen this cplace for Myself as a house of sacrifice.
13 a“When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people,
14 “if My people who are acalled by My name will bhumble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, cthen I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
15 “Now aMy eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place.
16 “For now aI have chosen and 1sanctified this house, that My name may be there forever; and 2My eyes and 3My heart will be there perpetually.
17 a“As for you, if you walk before Me as your father David walked, and do according to all that I have commanded you, and if you keep My statutes and My judgments,
18 “then I will establish the throne of your kingdom, as I covenanted with David your father, saying, a‘You shall not fail to have a man as ruler in Israel.’
19 a“But if you turn away and forsake My statutes and My commandments which I have set before you, and go and serve other gods, and worship them,
20 a“then I will uproot them from My land which I have given them;

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and this house which I have 1sanctified for My name I will cast out of My sight, and will make it a proverb and a bbyword among all peoples.
21 “And as for athis 1house, which 2is exalted, everyone who passes by it will be bastonished and say, c‘Why has the LORD done thus to this land and this house?’
22 “Then they will answer, ‘Because they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, who brought them out of the land of Egypt, and embraced other gods, and worshiped them and served them; therefore He has brought all this calamity on them.’ ”

Solomon’s Additional Achievements


1 It acame to pass at the end of btwenty years, when Solomon had built the house of the LORD and his own house,
2 that the cities which 1Hiram had given to Solomon, Solomon built them; and he settled the children of Israel there.
3 And Solomon went to Hamath Zobah and seized it.
4 aHe also built Tadmor in the wilderness, and all the storage cities which he built in bHamath.
5 He built Upper Beth Horon and aLower Beth Horon, fortified cities with walls, gates, and bars,
6 also Baalath and all the storage cities that Solomon had, and all the chariot cities and the cities of the cavalry, and all that Solomon adesired to build in Jerusalem, in Lebanon, and in all the land of his dominion.
7 aAll the people who were left of the Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites,who were not of Israel—
8 that is, their descendants who were left in the land after them, whom the children of Israel did not destroy—from these Solomon raised forced labor, as it is to this day.
9 But Solomon did not make the children of Israel 1servants for his work. Some were men of war, captains of his officers, captains of his chariots, and his cavalry.
10 And others were chiefs of the officials of King Solomon: atwo hundred and fifty, who ruled over the people.
11 Now Solomon abrought the daughter of Pharaoh up from the City of David to the house he had built for her, for he said, “My wife shall not dwell in the house of David king of Israel, because the places to which the ark of the LORD has come are holy.”
12 Then Solomon offered burnt offerings to the LORD on the altar of the LORD which he had built before the vestibule,

20 bPs. 44:14
1set apart
21 a2 Kin. 25:9
b2 Chr. 29:8
c[Deut. 29:24,
25; Jer. 22:8,
9] 1Temple
2Or was

CHAPTER 8 References

1 a1 Kin.
b1 Kin.
2 1Heb.
Huram, 2 Chr.
4 a1 Kin. 9:17,
18 b1 Chr.
18:3, 9
5 a1 Chr. 7:24
6 a2 Chr. 7:11
7 aGen.
1 Kin. 9:20
9 1slaves
10 a1 Kin. 9:23
11 a1 Kin. 3:1;
7:8; 9:24; 11:1
13 aEx.
Num. 28:3, 9,
11, 26; 29:1
bEx. 23:14–17;
34:22, 23;
Deut. 16:16
cLev. 23:1–44
14 a1 Chr. 24:3
b1 Chr. 25:1
c1 Chr. 9:17;
26:1 1ordinance
15 a1 Chr.
16 1So with
LXX, Syr.,
Vg.; MT as far
17 a1 Kin. 9:26;
2 Chr. 20:36
1Heb. Eloth,
2 Kin. 14:22
18 a1 Kin. 9:27;
2 Chr. 9:10, 13
b1 Chr. 29:4

13 according to the adaily rate, offering according to the commandment of Moses, for the Sabbaths, the New Moons, and the bthree appointed yearly cfeasts—the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Feast of Weeks, and the Feast of Tabernacles.
14 And, according to the 1order of David his father, he appointed the adivisions of the priests for their service, bthe Levites for their duties (to praise and serve before the priests) as the duty of each day required, and the cgatekeepers by their divisions at each gate; for so David the man of God had commanded.
15 They did not depart from the command of the king to the priests and Levites concerning any matter or concerning the atreasuries.
16 Now all the work of Solomon was well-ordered 1from the day of the foundation of the house of the LORD until it was finished. So the house of the LORD was completed.
17 Then Solomon went to aEzion Geber and 1Elath on the seacoast, in the land of Edom.
18 aAnd Hiram sent him ships by the hand of his servants, and servants who knew the sea. They went with the servants of Solomon to bOphir, and acquired four hundred and fifty talents of gold from there, and brought it to King Solomon.

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Glory and Universality of the Messiah’s Reign

A Psalm aof Solomon.

1 GIVE the king Your judgments, O God, And Your righteousness to the king’s Son.
2 aHe will judge Your people with righteousness, And Your poor with justice.
3 aThe mountains will bring peace to the people, And the little hills, by righteousness.
4 aHe will bring justice to the poor of the people; He will save the children of the needy, And will 1break in pieces the oppressor.

5 1They shall fear You aAs long as the sun and moon endure, Throughout all generations.
6 aHe shall come down like rain upon the grass before mowing, Like showers that water the earth.
7 In His days the righteous shall flourish, aAnd abundance of peace, Until the moon is no more.

8 aHe shall have dominion also from sea to sea, And from the River to the ends of the earth.
9 aThose who dwell in the wilderness will bow before Him, bAnd His enemies will lick the dust.
10 aThe kings of Tarshish and of the isles Will bring presents; The kings of Sheba and Seba Will offer gifts.
11 aYes, all kings shall fall down before Him; All nations shall serve Him.

PSALM 72 References

title aPs. 127:title
2 a[Is. 9:7;
11:2–5; 32:1] 3 aPs. 85:10
4 aIs. 11:4
5 aPs. 72:7, 17;
89:36 1So with
MT, Tg.; LXX,
Vg. They shall
6 aDeut. 32:2;
2 Sam. 23:4;
Hos. 6:3
7 aIs. 2:4
8 aEx. 23:31;
[Is. 9:6; Zech.
9:10] 9 aPs. 74:14;
Is. 23:13 bIs.
49:23; Mic.
10 a1 Kin. 10:2;
2 Chr. 9:21
11 aIs. 49:23
12 aJob 29:12
14 a1 Sam.
26:21; [Ps.
116:15] 15 aIs. 60:6
16 a1 Kin. 4:20
17 a[Ps. 89:36] b[Gen. 12:3] cLuke 1:48
18 a1 Chr.
29:10 bEx.
15:11; Job 5:9
19 a[Neh. 9:5] bNum. 14:21;
Hab. 2:14

12 For He awill deliver the needy when he cries, The poor also, and him who has no helper.
13 He will spare the poor and needy, And will save the souls of the needy.
14 He will redeem their life from oppression and violence; And aprecious shall be their blood in His sight.

15 And He shall live; And the gold of aSheba will be given to Him; Prayer also will be made for Him continually, And daily He shall be praised.
16 There will be an abundance of grain in the earth, On the top of the mountains; Its fruit shall wave like Lebanon; aAnd those of the city shall flourish like grass of the earth.

17 aHis name shall endure forever; His name shall continue as long as the sun. And bmen shall be blessed in Him; cAll nations shall call Him blessed.

18 aBlessed be the LORD God, the God of Israel, bWho only does wondrous things!
19 And ablessed be His glorious name forever! bAnd let the whole earth be filled with His glory. Amen and Amen.

20 The prayers of David the son of Jesse are ended.




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