2 Chronicles 7)
1 Now when Solomon had made an end of praying, the fire came down from heaven, and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; (see Gen. 4:4. This is complimentary to 1 Kings 8:63,63) and the glory of the Lord filled the house.
2 And the priests could not enter into the house of the Lord (Yahaveh), because the glory of the Lord had filled the Lord's house.
3 And when all the sons 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 worshiped, and praised the Lord, saying, "For He is good; for His grace endures for ever."
P V1 y 4.5. Sacrifices. z 6-. The priests. z -6. The Levites. y 7. Sacrifices. V2 a 8. The feast. b 9-. Convocation. b -9-. Dedication. a -9,10. The feast.
4 Then the king and all the people sacrificed sacrifices before the Lord.
5 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 (hā-'Elohīm, the true God).
6 And the priests waited on their offices:
the Levites also with instruments of music of the Lord, which David the king had made to praise the Lord, because his mercy endures for ever, when David praised by their ministry; and the priests sounded trumpets before them, and all Israel stood.
7 Moreover Solomon hallowed (see Ex. 3:5 "holy") the middle of the court that was before the house of the Lord: for there he prepared burnt offerings, and the fat of the peace offerings, because the brass altar which Solomon had made was not able to receive the burnt offerings, and the meat offerings, and the fat.
8 Also at the same time Solomon kept the feast seven days, (i.e the feast of Tabernacles) and all Israel with him, a very great assembly, from the entering in of Hamath to the Wady (or torrent) of Egypt.
9 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 showed to 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.
C W c 12-. Prayer accepted. d -12. House accepted. X e 13. Yahaveh. Displeasure. f 14-. People. Humiliation. f -14-. People. Prayer. e -14. Yahaveh. Regard. W c 15. Prayer accepted. d 16. House accepted. X g 17. Solomon. Obedience. h 18. Yahaveh. Establishment. g 19. Solomon. Disobedience.
12 And the Lord appeared to Solomon by night, and said to him, "I have heard your prayer, (This was 13 years after the dedication. Cp. 7:1 and 8:1. 1 Kings 6:37; 9:1. The fire from heaven was the immediate answer to Solomon's prayer. This later answer shows that the prayers of God's people are ever fresh before Him)
and have chosen this place to Myself for a 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 My eyes shall be open, and My ears attentive to 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 my eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.
17 And as for you, if you will walk before me, according as David your father walked, and do according to all that I have commanded you, and shall observe My statutes and My judgments;
18 Then will I establish the throne of your kingdom, according as I have confirmed by covenant with David your father, saying, 'There shall not be cut off from you a man to be ruler in Israel.'
19 But if you 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 peoples.
21 And this house, which is high, shall be a cause for astonishment to every one that passes by it; so that he shall say, 'Why has the Lord done thus to this land, and to 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 worshiped them, and served them: therefore has He brought all this adversity upon them.' "