1 Kings 8:1, 6, 10-11, 22-30, 41-43
1 Then SolomonI assembledII the eldersIII of IsraelIV and all the headsV of the tribes,VI
the leadersVII of the ancestral housesVIII of the Israelites,IX before KingX Solomon in Jerusalem,XI
to bring upXII the arkXIII of the covenantXIV of the LordXV
out of the cityXVI of David,XVII which is Zion.XVIII
6 Then the priestsXIX broughtXX the ark of the covenant of the Lord to its place,XXI in the inner sanctuaryXXII of the house,XXIII
in the most holy place,XXIV underneath the wingsXXV of the cherubim.XXVI
10 AndXXVII when the priests came outXXVIII of the holy place, a cloudXXIX filledXXX the house of the Lord,
11 so that the priests couldXXXI not standXXXII to ministerXXXIII becauseXXXIV of the cloud; for the gloryXXXV of the Lord filled the house of the Lord.
22 Then Solomon stood beforeXXXVI the altarXXXVII of the Lord in the presenceXXXVIII of all the assemblyXXXIX of Israel,
and spread outXL his handsXLI to heaven.XLII
23 He said, “O Lord, GodXLIII of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven above or on earthXLIV beneath, keepingXLV covenant and steadfast loveXLVI
for your servantsXLVII who walkXLVIII beforeXLIX you with all their heart,L
24 the covenant that you kept for your servant my fatherLI David as you declaredLII to him; you promisedLIII with your mouthLIV
and have this dayLV fulfilledLVI with your hand.LVII
25 Therefore, O Lord, God of Israel, keep for your servant my father David that which you promised him, saying, ‘There shall never failLVIII you a successorLIX beforeLX me to sitLXI on the throneLXII of Israel,
if onlyLXIII your childrenLXIV look toLXV their way,LXVI to walk beforeLXVII me as you have walked beforeLXVIII me.’
26 Therefore, O God of Israel, let your wordLXIX be confirmed,LXX, LXXI which you promised to your servant my father David.
27 “But will God indeedLXXII dwellLXXIII on the earth?LXXIV Even heaven and the highest heavenLXXV cannot containLXXVI you, much less this house that I have built!LXXVII
28 RegardLXXVIII your servant’s prayerLXXIX and his plea,LXXX O Lord my God,
heedingLXXXI the cryLXXXII and the prayer that your servant praysLXXXIII toLXXXIV you today;
29 that your eyesLXXXV may beLXXXVI openLXXXVII nightLXXXVIII and day toward this house, the place of which you said, ‘My name shall be there,’LXXXIX that you may heed the prayer that your servant prays toward this place.
30 HearXC the plea of your servant and of your peopleXCI Israel when they pray toward this place; O hear in heaven your dwelling place; heed and forgive.XCII
41 “Likewise when a foreigner,XCIII who is not of your people Israel, comesXCIV from a distantXCV landXCVI because of your name
42 —for they shall hear of your greatXCVII name, your mightyXCVIII hand,XCIX and your outstretchedC armCI—when a foreigner comes and prays toward this house,
43 then hear in heaven your dwelling place,CII and doCIII according to all that the foreigner callsCIV to you, so that all the peoples of the earth may knowCV your name and fearCVI you, as do your people Israel, and so that they may know that your name has been invokedCVII on this house that I have built.
Image credit: “Mountains and Light” by Ky0n Cheng, 2013.