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ting, mildew, locust, or if there be caterpillar; if their enemy besiege them in the land of their cities; whatsoever plague, whatsoever sickness, there be; what prayer and supplication soever be made by any man, or by all thy people Israel, which shall know every man the plague of his own heart, and spread forth his hands towards this house: then hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive, and do, and give to every man according to his ways, whose heart thou knowest; (for thou, even thou only, knowest the hearts of all the children of men ;) that they may fear thee all the days that they live in the land which thou gavest unto our fathers. Moreover, conce
ncerning a stranger,* that is not of thy people Israel, but cometh out of a far country for thy name's sake; (for they shall hear of thy great name, and of thy strong hand, and of thy stretched out arm;) when he shall come and pray towards this house; hear thou in heaven 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, to fear thee, as do thy people Israel; and that they may know that this house which I have builded is called by thy name.
If thy people go out to battle against their enemy, whithersoever thou shalt send them, and shall pray unto Jehovah toward the city which thou hast chosen, and toward the house that I have built for thy name, then hear thou in heaven their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their cause.
If they sin against thee, (for there is no man that sinneth not,) and thou be angry with them, and deliver them to the enemy, so that they carry them away captives unto the land of the enemy, far or near; yet if they shall bethink
* This, perhaps, was the reason why, in after times, heathen princes were permitted to bring their sacrifices to this temple. Br. Wilson.
themselves in the land whither they were carried captives, and repent, and make supplication unto thee in the land of them that carried them captives, saying; We have sinned, and have done perversely, we have committed wickedness; and so return unto thee with all their heart, and with all their soul, in the land of their enemies, which led them away captive, and pray unto thee toward their land, which thou gavest unto their fathers, the city which thou hast chosen, and the house which I have built for thy name: then hear thou their prayer and their supplication in heaven thy dwelling place, and maintain their cause, and forgive thy people that have sinned against thee, and all their transgressions wherein they have transgressed against thee, and give them compassion before them who carried them captive, that they may have compassion on them : for they be thy people and thy inheritance, which thou broughtest forth out of Egypt, from the midst of the furnace of iron: that thine eyes may be open unto the supplication of thy servant, and unto the supplication of thy people Israel, to hearken unto them in all that they call for unto thee. For thou didst separate them from among all the people of the earth, to be thine inheritance, as thou spakest by the hand of Moses, thy servant, when thou broughtest our fathers out of Egypt, O Jehovah, God.
And it was so, that when Solomon had made an end of praying all this prayer and supplication unto Jehovah, he arose from before the altar of Jehovah, from kneeling on his knees with his hands spread up to heaven. And he stood and blessed all the congregation of Israel with a loud voice, saying, Blessed be Jehovah, that hath given rest unto his people Israel, according to all that he promised; there hath not failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised by the band of Moses, his servant. Jehovah, our God, be with us, as he was with our fathers; let him not
leave us, nor forsake us; that he may incline our hearts unto him, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments, and his statutes, and his judgments, which he commanded our fathers. And let these my words, wherewith I have made supplication before Jehovah, be nigh unto Jehovah, our God, day and night, that he maintain the cause of his servant, and the cause of his people Israel, at all times, as the matter shall require; that all the people of the earth may know that Jehovah is God, and that there is none else. Let
your heart, therefore, be perfect with Jehovah, our God, to walk in his statutes, and to keep his commandments, as at this day.*
And the king, and all Israel with him, offered sacrifice before Jehovah. And Solomon offered a sacrifice of peace offerings, which he offered unto Jehovah, two and twenty thousand oxen, and an hundred and twenty thousand sheep. So the king, and all the children of Israel, dedicated the house of Jehovah.†
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 Jehovah filled the house. And the priests could not enter into the house of Jehovah, because the glory of Jehovah had filled the house of Jehovah. And when all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of Jehovah upon the house, they bowed themselves with their faces to the ground upon the pavement, and worshipped, and praised Jehovah, saying, For he is good : for his mercy endureth for ever. I
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
* 1 Kings, viji. 12–61. 2 Chron. vi. 1-42. + 1 Kings, viii. 63. 2 Chron. vii. 5. 2 Chron. vii. 1-3.
Supposed to be from Antioch of Syria, to the Rhinococura ; the former being on the north, the latter on the south; i. e. from one extremity of the land to the other. A. Clarke.
eighth day they made a solemn assembly; for they kept the dedication of the altar seven days, and the feast seven days. And on the three and twentieth day of the seventh month the king sent the people away into their tents, glad and merry in heart, for the goodness that Jehovah had shewed unto David, and to Solomon, and to Israel his people.*
Besides this magnificent temple, Solomon erected a palace for himself, of great splendour,† and the house of the forest of Lebanon, and a smaller palace for his queen, the daughter of Pharaoh; who, as a gentile, he did not think it right should dwell in the house of David, king of Israel, whereunto the ark of Jehovah had come;# and these latter erections, it is said, occupied a space of thirteen years.Ş
And it came to pass, when Solomon had finished the building of the house of Jehovah, and the king's house, and all Solomon's desire which he was pleased to do, that Jehovah appeared to Solomon the second time, as he had appeared unto him at Gibeon. And Jehovah said unto him, I have heard thy prayer and thy supplication that thou hast made before me; I have hallowed this house, which thou hast built, to put my name there for ever; and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually. And if thou wilt walk before me, as David thy father walked, in integrity of heart, and in uprightness, to do according to all that I have commanded thee; and wilt keep my statutes and my judgments, then I will establish the tbrone of thy kingdom upon Israel for ever, as I promised to David, thy father, saying, There shall not fail thee a man upon the throne of Israel. But if ye shall at all turn from following me, ye or your children, and will not keep my commandments and my statutes, which I have set
* 2 Chron. vii. 8-10.
1 2 Chron, viii. 11. 1 Kings, ix. 24.
$ 1 Kings, vij. I.
before you, but go and serve other gods, and worship them ; then will I cut off Israel out of the land which I have given them; and this house which I have hallowed for my name, will I cast out of my sight; and Israel shall be a proverb and a by-word among all people ;* and at this house, which is high, every one that passeth by it shall be astonished, and shall hiss; and they shall say, Why bath Jehovah done thus unto this land, and to this house? And they shall answer, Because they forsook Jehovah, their God, who brought forth their fathers out of the land of Egypt, and have taken hold upon other gods, and have worshipped them, and served them; therefore bath Jehovah brought upon them all this evil.f
Besides the cedar wood and artificers with which Hiram had supplied Solomon for these important erections, he also sent him six score talents of gold, and four hundred and fifty talents of gold from Ophir ;and Solomon in return, over and beyond the corn, wine, and oil, which he had contracted to pay his servants,ll gave him also twenty cities in the land of Galilee; with which, however, he does not appear to have been satisfied, for he called them Cabul. |
This highly favoured monarch also built Millo, and the wall of Jerusalem, and Hagor, and Megiddo, and Gezer,
* How is it possible that an infidel can resist the effect of the exact fulfilment of this and similar prophecies, in every Jew he sees or hears of, from the richest to the poorest amongst them? † 1 Kings, ix. 1--9. 2 Chron. vii. 11--22.
1 1 Kings, ix. 14.
Il 2 Chron. ii. 10. 1 Kings, v. 11. 1 1 Kings, ix. 11–13. 2 Chron. viii. 2. The word Cabul signifies displeasing or dirty. They seem to have been small towns in the vicinity of Tyre, beyond the boundaries of the land, as divided by Joshua, and lately taken from the ancient inhabitants. Scott, in 1 Kings, ix.