1 Solomon prayed: “Our Lord, you said that you

               Would live in a dark cloud. 2 Now I have built

               A splendid temple where you can reside

Forever.” 3 Solomon turned toward the people

               Who stood there, then he blessed them

4-6 and he said:

               Praise the Lord God of Israel! He brought

His people out of Egypt long ago

               And later kept his promise to make my

               Father David the king of Israel.

The Lord promised him that Jerusalem

               Would be the city where his temple will

               Be built, and now that promise has come true.

7 My father wanted to construct a temple

               For the Lord God of Israel, 8 but he

               Said, “It is good you want to build a temple

Where people can come worship me, 9 but you

               Are not the one to do the job. Your son

               Will build the temple, which will honor me.”

10 The Lord has done what he did promise. I

               am now the king of Israel, and I

               Have built a temple for the Lord our God.

11 And I have put the sacred chest inside

               The temple; in that chest are two flat stones

               On which is written the Lord’s covenant

Made with our ancestors when he saved them

               From Egypt. 12–13  Earlier, King Solomon

               Had men make a bronze platform, and it was

About eight feet square and five feet high, and

               He put it in the center of the outer

               Courtyard beside the altar. Solomon

Stood on the platform facing toward the altar

               And everybody stood behind him, then

               He raised his arms toward heaven; he knelt down

14 And prayed: “Lord God of Israel, there is

               No other god in heaven or on earth

               Like you! The covenant you made with your

People–you never do forget it–and

               You’re loyal to a man who faithfully

               Obeys your teachings, 15 and my father David

Served you; today you’ve kept each promise that

               You made to him. 16 You promised that a man

               Out of his family would always be

The king of Israel, if they shall do

               Their best to follow you, just as he did. 

               17 Please keep this promise you made to David,

Your servant. 18 Heaven can’t hold you, Lord God.

               How could you possibly reside on earth

               Inside this temple I have built? 19 But I

Ask you to answer my own prayer. 20 This is

               The temple where you’ve chosen to be worshiped.

               Please watch it day and night and listen when

I turn toward it and pray. 21 I am your servant;

               The Israelites belong to you, and so

               Whenever any of us look toward this

Temple and pray, then answer from your home

               In heaven and forgive our sins. 22 Suppose

               Someone accuses someone else of crime,

And the accused must stand before the altar

               Inside your temple and say this, “I swear

               I’m innocent!” 23 Hear this from heaven and

Determine who’s correct, then punish he

               Who’s guilty and permit the innocent

               One to go free. 24 Suppose your Israelites

Sin toward you, then an enemy defeats

               Them; if they come into this temple and

               Beg for forgiveness, 25 hear them from your home

In heaven and forgive them and bring them

               Back to the land you gave their ancestors.

               26 Suppose your people sin against you, and

You punish them by holding back the rain.

               If they stop sinning and turn toward this temple

               To pray in your name, 27 listen from your home

In heaven and forgive them. Israelites

               Are your own servants, so teach them to live

               Correctly, and send rain upon the land

You promised them forever. 28 Sometimes crops

               May dry up or may rot or may be eaten

               By locusts or by grasshoppers, and your

Own people will be starving. Enemies

               In hard times may surround their towns, or else

               Your people will get sick with maladies.

29 Please listen when a man or woman in

               Israel does feel sorry and begins

               To pray with their arms lifted toward your temple.

30 You know what is in everybody’s heart,

               So from your home in heaven answer their

               Prayers, by what they do and what is in

Their hearts, 31 and then the Israelites will worship

               You and obey you as long as they live

               In land you gave their ancestors, and then

32 The foreigners will hear about you and

               Your might, and some of them will come to live

               Among your people Israel, and if

Any of them pray toward this temple, 33 hear

               Them from your home in heaven and provide

               An answer to their prayers. Then everyone

On earth will worship you, as your own people

               Israel do, and they will know that I

               Have built this temple in your honor, and

34 Sometimes you’ll tell your people to attack

               Your enemies, and then your people will

               Turn toward this temple I have built for you

Inside your chosen city, and they’ll pray

               To you, 35 and when they pray, please answer their

               Prayers from heaven and give them success.

36 Everyone sins, but when your people sin

               Against you, let’s suppose that you get mad

               Enough to let their enemies drag them

Away to foreign countries; 37–39 later on,

               They may feel sorry for what they did and

               Ask your forgiveness. Answer them when they

Pray toward this temple I have built for you

               Inside your chosen city, here within

               This land you gave their ancestors, and from

Your home in heaven, hear their sincere prayers;

               Forgive your people who have sinned against

               You; 40 Lord God, hear us when we pray inside

This temple. 41 Come to your new home, where we’ve

               Already placed the sacred chest, which is

               The symbol of your strength. I pray that when

The priests announce your power to save people,

               The faithful ones will celebrate what you

               Have done for them. 42 Remember always how

You loved your servant David like a son,

               So you will not reject your chosen one.