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A.C. 1011 4 It stood upon twelve oxen, three looking toward the north, and three
to 1005. looking toward the west, and three looking toward the south, and three looking

toward the east: and the sea was set above upon them, and all their hinder parts
were inward.

5 And the thickness of it was an hand-breadth, and the brim of it like the * Or, like a work of the brim of cup, * with flowers of lilies; and it received and held lily flower.

three thousand baths.

6 | He made also ten lavers, and put five on the right hand, and five on

the left, to wash in them: f such things as they offered for the burnt offering offering

they washed in them; but the sea was for the priests to wash in.

7 And he made ten candlesticks of gold according to their form, and set them in the temple, five on the right hand, and five on the left.

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11 And Huram made the pots, and the shovels, and the I basons. And Heb. finish. Huram § finished the work that he was to make for king Solomon for the house

of God;

12 To wit, the two pillars, and the pommels, and the chapiters which were on the top of the two pillars, and the two wreaths to cover the two pommels of the chapiters which were on the pillars ;

13 And four hundred pomegranates on the two wreaths ; two rows of pome

granates on each wreath, to cover the two pommels of the chapiters which were || Heb. upon

|| upon the pillars.
the face.
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14 He made also bases, and * lavers made he upon the bases ;
15 One sea, and twelve oxen under it.

16 The pots also, and the shovels, and the fleshhooks, and all their instru

ments, did Huram his father make to king Solomon for the house of the LORD Heb. made of f bright brass. bright, or,

17 In the plain of Jordan did the king cast them, in the clay ground beHeb. thick.

tween Succoth and Zeredathah. nesses of the ground. 18 Thus Solomon made all these vessels in great abundance: for the weight

of the brass could not be found out.

19 | And Solomon made all the vessels that were for the house of God, the golden altar also, and the tables whereon the shewbread was set ;

20 Moreover the candlesticks with their lamps, that they should burn after the manner before the oracle, of pure gold;

21 And the flowers, and the lamps, and the tongs, made he of gold, and that ^ Heb. perfec- $ perfect gold ; tions of gold. H. Or, bowls.

22 And the snuffers and the || basons, and the spoons, and the censers, of pure gold: and the entry of the house, the inner doors thereof for the most holy place, and the doors of the house of the temple, were of gold.


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The Dedication of the Temple.

2 CHRONICLES V. 1 Thus « all the work that Solomon made for the house 2 Kings vii. of the LORD was finished : and Solomon brought in all the



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things that Dayid his father had dedicated; and the silver, A.C.1004. and the gold, and all the instruments, put he among the treasures of the house of God.

2 " Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel, and p 1 Kings viii. all the heads of the tribes, the chief of the fathers of the children of Israel, unto Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the covenant of the Lord out of the city of David, which is Zion.

3 Wherefore all the men of Israel assembled themselves unto the king in the feast which was in the seventh month. 4 And all the elders of Israel came; and the Levites took

up the ark.

5 And they brought up the ark, and the tabernacle of the congregation, and all the holy vessels that were in the tabernacle

, these did the priests and the Levites bring up. 6 Also king Solomon, and all the congregation of Israel that were assembled unto him before the ark, sacrificed sheep and oxen, which could not be told nor numbered for multitude.

7 And the priests brought in the ark of the covenant of the Lord unto his place, to the oracle of the house, into the most holy place, even under the wings of the cherubims :

8 For the cherubims spread forth their wings over the place of the ark, and the cherubims covered the ark and the staves thereof above. 9 And they drew out the staves of the ark, that the ends of the staves were seen from the ark before the oracle ; but they were not seen without. And * there it is unto this there,

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Kings viii, 8. 10 There was nothing in the ark save the two tables which Moses o put therein at Horeb, + when the Lord made ¢ Deut. 1.2,5, e covenant with the children of Israel, when they came out

!! And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy place : (for all the priests that were present were : Heb found. sanctified, and did not then wait by course :

12 “ Also the Levites which were the singers, all of them a Chron. of Asaph, of Heman, of Jeduthun, with their sons and their bretaren

, being arrayed in white linen, having cymbals and psalteries and harps, stood at the east end of the altar, and with them an hundred and twenty priests sounding with 13 It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, 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 musick, and praised the Lord, saying, ' For he is good ; for his mercy e Ps. cxxvi.

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A.C. 1004. endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud,

even the house of the LORD;

14 So that the priests could not stand to minister by
reason of the cloud : for the glory of the LORD had filled
the house of God.

4 | Then the king and all the people offered sacrifices
before the LORD 5.

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.

6 f And the priests waited on their offices : the Levites also with instruments of musick of the LORD, which David

the king had made to praise the Lord, because his mercy *Heboby their endureth for ever, when David praised * by their ministry;

and the priests sounded trumpets before them, and all Israel

7 Moreover Solomon hallowed the middle of the court
that was before the house of the LORD: for there he offered
burnt offerings, and the fat of the peace offerings, because
the brasen altar which Solomon had made was not able to
receive the burnt offerings, and the meat offerings, and
the fat.

2 CHRONICLES VI. Ver. 1-40.
1 Solomon, having blessed the people, blesseth God. 12 Solomon's prayer in the

consecration of the temple, upon the brasen scaffold.
81 Kings viii. 1 Then said Solomon, The Lord hath said that he
blev. xvi. 2. would dwell in the " thick darkness.

2 But I have built an house of habitation for thee, and a place for thy dwelling for ever.

3 And the king turned his face, and blessed the whole congregation of Israel : and all the congregration of Israel stood.

4 And he said, blessed be the LORD God of Israel, who hath with his hands fulfilled that which he spake with his mouth to my father David, saying,

5 It was the custom both among the Jews, and, before them, among the patriarchs, to offer the sacrifice, and then to make their prayer. Immediately after Solomon's prayer, we read that the fire descended and consumed the sacrifices: which, in compliance with the usual custom, must have been first offered. The events of this third chapter then would have taken place in the order in which they are here arranged; the ark is removed into the temple—the sacrifices are slain--the prayer is made—and the fire descends to prove that these services were accepted by the God of Israel.

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I Chron. xvii, 1. & xxviii, 2.

3 Since the day that I brought forth my people out of A.C. 1004. the land of Egypt I chose no city among all the tribes of leuel to build an house in, that my name might be there ; metber chose I any man to be a ruler over my people Israel :

6 But I have chosen Jerusalem, that my name might be there; and have chosen David to be over my people Israel

. 7 Now it was in the heart of David my father to build an i 2 Sam. vii. 2. house for the name of the LORD God of Israel.

8 But the Lord said to David my father, Forasmuch as it was in thine heart to build an house for

my name, thou didst well in that it was in thine heart : 9 Notwithstanding thou shalt not build the house; but thy son which shall come forth out of thy loins, he shall build the house for my name.

10 The Lord therefore hath performed his word that he hath spoken : for I am risen up in the room of David my father, and am set on the throne of Israel, as the Lord promised, and have built the house for the name of the LORD God of Israel.

11 And in it have I put the ark, wherein is the covenant of the Lord, that he made with the children of Israel.

12 C And he stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands :

13 For Solomon had made a brasen scaffold, of five cubits * long, and five cubits broad, and three cubits high, is Heb, the

length thcrcof: and had set it in the midst of the court: and upon it he fc. stood

, and kneeled down upon his knees before all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands toward heaven

14 And said, O Lord God of Israel, k there is no God k Ex. xv. II. like thee in the heaven, nor in the earth; which keepest covenant, and shewest mercy unto thy servants, that walk before thee with all their hearts :

15 Thou which hast kept with thy servant David my father that which thou hast promised him; and spakest with thy mouth, and hast fulfilled it with thine hand, as it

is this day.

shall not a man be cut.

16 Now therefore, O Lord God of Israel, keep with thy servant David my father that which thou hast promised him, saying, + 'There shall not fail thee a man in my sight | Hel. There to sit

upon the throne of Israel; " yet so that thy children take heed to their way to walk in my law, as thou hast 13, 6. King

17 Now then, O Lord God of Israel, let thy word be 12. verified, which thou hast spoken unto thy servant David.

walked before me.

ij. 4. & vi. 12. m Ps. cxxxii,

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A.C. 1004. 18 But will God in very deed dwell with men on the

earth ? " behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot Exvi. 1. Acts contain thee; how much less this house which I have built !

19 Have respect therefore to the prayer of thy servant, and to his supplication, O LORD my God, to hearken unto the cry and the prayer which thy servant prayeth before thee:

20 That thine eyes may be open upon this house day and night, upon the place whereof thou hast said that thou

wouldest put thy name there ; to hearken unto the prayer Or, in this which thy servant prayeth * toward this place.

21 Hearken therefore unto the supplications of thy ser+ Hcb. pray. vant, and of thy people Israel, which they shall + make to

ward this place: hear thou from thy dwelling place, even

from heaven; and when thou hearest, forgive. 1 Heb. and he 22 f If a man sin against his neighbour, I and an oath oath of him. be laid upon him to make him swear, and the oath come be

fore thine altar in this house;

23 Then hear thou from heaven, and do, and judge thy servants, by requiting the wicked, by recompensing his way upon his own head; and by justifying the righteous, by

giving him according to his righteousness. Or, de sonil. 24 And if thy people Israel be put to the worse be

fore the enemy, because they have sinned against thee; and

shall return and confess thy name, and pray || Or, toward. plication before thee in this house ;

25 Then hear thou from the heavens, and forgive the sin of thy people Israel, and bring them again unto the land

which thou gavest to them and to their fathers.
o | Kings 26 9 When the heaven is shut up, and there is no rain,

because they have sinned against thee; yet if they pray to-
ward this place, and confess thy name, and turn from their
sin, when thou dost afflict them;

27 Then hear thou from heaven, and forgive the sin of
thy servants, and of thy people Israel, when thou hast
taught them the good way, wherein they should walk; and
send rain upon thy land, which thou hast given unto thy
people for an inheritance.

28 9 If there P be dearth in the land, if there be pesti

lence, if there be blasting, or mildew, locusts, or caterpil* Heb, in the lars; if their enemies besiege them *in the cities of their

land; whatsoever sore or whatsoever sickness there be :

29 Then what prayer or what supplication soever sball be made of any man, or of all thy people Israel, when every one

shall know his own sore and his own grief, and shall spread + Or, toward forth his hands + in this house :


and make sup

xvii. 1.

p ch. xx. 9.

land of their gates.

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