New American Standard Bible

1 Kings 8

The Ark Brought into the Temple

1Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel and all the heads of the tribes, the leaders of the fathers’ households of the sons of Israel, to King Solomon in Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the covenant of the Lord from the city of David, which is Zion. All the men of Israel assembled themselves to King Solomon at the feast, in the month Ethanim, which is the seventh month. Then all the elders of Israel came, and the priests took up the ark. They brought up the ark of the Lord and the tent of meeting and all the holy utensils, which were in the tent, and the priests and the Levites brought them up. And King Solomon and all the congregation of Israel, who were assembled to him, were with him before the ark, sacrificing [a]so many sheep and oxen they could not be counted or numbered. Then the priests brought the ark of the covenant of the Lord to its place, into the inner sanctuary of the house, to the most holy place, under the wings of the cherubim. For the cherubim spread their wings over the place of the ark, and the cherubim made a covering over the ark and its poles from above. But the poles were so long that the ends of the poles could be seen from the holy place before the inner sanctuary, but they could not be seen outside; they are there to this day. There was nothing in the ark except the two tablets of stone which Moses put there at Horeb, where the Lord made a covenant with the sons of Israel, when they came out of the land of Egypt. 10 It happened that when the priests came from the holy place, the cloud filled the house of the Lord, 11 so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord.

Solomon Addresses the People

12 Then Solomon said,

“The Lord has said that He would dwell in the thick cloud.
13 “I have surely built You a lofty house,
A place for Your dwelling forever.”

14 Then the king [b]faced about and blessed all the assembly of Israel, while all the assembly of Israel was standing. 15 He said, “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who spoke with His mouth to my father David and has fulfilled it with His hand, saying, 16 ‘Since the day that I brought My people Israel from Egypt, I did not choose a city out of all the tribes of Israel in which to build a house that My name might be there, but I chose David to be over My people Israel.’ 17 Now it was [c]in the heart of my father David to build a house for the name of the Lord, the God of Israel. 18 But the Lord said to my father David, ‘Because it was [d]in your heart to build a house for My name, you did well that it was [e]in your heart. 19 Nevertheless you shall not build the house, but your son who [f]will be born to you, he will build the house for My name.’ 20 Now the Lord has fulfilled His word which He spoke; for I have risen in place of my father David and sit on the throne of Israel, as the Lord [g]promised, and have built the house for the name of the Lord, the God of Israel. 21 There I have set a place for the ark, in which is the covenant of the Lord, which He made with our fathers when He brought them from the land of Egypt.”

The Prayer of Dedication

22 Then Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in the presence of all the assembly of Israel and spread out his hands toward heaven. 23 He said, “O Lord, the God of Israel, there is no God like You in heaven above or on earth beneath, keeping covenant and showing lovingkindness to Your servants who walk before You with all their heart, 24 who have kept with Your servant, my father David, that which You have [h]promised him; indeed, You have spoken with Your mouth and have fulfilled it with Your hand as it is this day. 25 Now therefore, O Lord, the God of Israel, keep with Your servant David my father that which You have [i]promised him, saying, ‘[j]You shall not lack a man to sit on the throne of Israel, if only your sons take heed to their way to walk before Me as you have walked.’ 26 Now therefore, O God of Israel, let Your word, I pray, be confirmed which You have spoken to Your servant, my father David.

27 “But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the [k]highest heaven cannot contain You, how much less this house which I have built! 28 Yet have regard to the prayer of Your servant and to his supplication, O Lord my God, to listen to the cry and to the prayer which Your servant prays before You today; 29 that Your eyes may be open toward this house night and day, toward the place of which You have said, ‘My name shall be there,’ to listen to the prayer which Your servant shall pray toward this place. 30 Listen to the supplication of Your servant and of Your people Israel, when they pray toward this place; hear in heaven Your dwelling place; hear and forgive.

31 “If a man sins against his neighbor and is made to take an oath, and he comes and takes an oath before Your altar in this house, 32 then hear in heaven and act and judge Your servants, condemning the wicked by bringing his way on his own head and justifying the righteous by giving him according to his righteousness.

33 “When Your people Israel are [l]defeated before an enemy, because they have sinned against You, if they turn to You again and confess Your name and pray and make supplication to You in this house, 34 then hear in heaven, and forgive the sin of Your people Israel, and bring them back to the land which You gave to their fathers.

35 “When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain, because they have sinned against You, and they pray toward this place and confess Your name and turn from their sin when You afflict them, 36 then hear in heaven and forgive the sin of Your servants and of Your people Israel, indeed, teach them the good way in which they should walk. And send rain on Your land, which You have given Your people for an inheritance.

37 “If there is famine in the land, if there is pestilence, if there is blight or mildew, locust or grasshopper, if their enemy besieges them in the land of their [m]cities, whatever plague, whatever sickness there is, 38 whatever prayer or supplication is made by any man or by all Your people Israel, [n]each knowing the [o]affliction of his own heart, and spreading his [p]hands toward this house; 39 then hear in heaven Your dwelling place, and forgive and act and render to each according to all his ways, whose heart You know, for You alone know the hearts of all the sons of men, 40 that they may [q]fear You all the days that they live [r]in the land which You have given to our fathers.

41 “Also concerning the foreigner who is not of Your people Israel, when he comes from a far country for Your name’s sake 42 (for they will hear of Your great name and Your mighty hand, and of Your outstretched arm); when he comes and prays toward this house, 43 hear in heaven Your dwelling place, and do according to all for which the foreigner calls to You, in order that all the peoples of the earth may know Your name, to [s]fear You, as do Your people Israel, and that they may know that [t]this house which I have built is called by Your name.

44 “When Your people go out to battle against [u]their enemy, by whatever way You shall send them, and they pray to the Lord [v]toward the city which You have chosen and the house which I have built for Your name, 45 then hear in heaven their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their [w]cause.

46 “When they sin against You (for there is no man who does not sin) and You are angry with them and deliver them to an enemy, so that [x]they take them away captive to the land of the enemy, far off or near; 47 if they [y]take thought in the land where they have been taken captive, and repent and make supplication to You in the land of those who have taken them captive, saying, ‘We have sinned and have committed iniquity, we have acted wickedly’; 48 if they return to You with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their enemies who have taken them captive, and pray to You toward their land which You have given to their fathers, the city which You have chosen, and the house which I have built for Your name; 49 then hear their prayer and their supplication in heaven Your dwelling place, and maintain their [z]cause, 50 and forgive Your people who have sinned against You and all their transgressions which they have transgressed against You, and make them objects of compassion before those who have taken them captive, that they may have compassion on them 51 (for they are Your people and Your inheritance which You have brought forth from Egypt, from the midst of the iron furnace), 52 that Your eyes may be open to the supplication of Your servant and to the supplication of Your people Israel, to listen to them whenever they call to You. 53 For You have separated them from all the peoples of the earth as Your inheritance, as You spoke through Moses Your servant, when You brought our fathers forth from Egypt, O Lord [aa]God.”

Solomon’s Benediction

54 When Solomon had finished praying this entire prayer and supplication to the Lord, he arose from before the altar of the Lord, from kneeling on his knees with his [ab]hands spread toward heaven. 55 And he stood and blessed all the assembly of Israel with a loud voice, saying:

56 “Blessed be the Lord, who has given rest to His people Israel, according to all that He [ac]promised; not one word has [ad]failed of all His good [ae]promise, which He [af]promised through Moses His servant. 57 May the Lord our God be with us, as He was with our fathers; may He not leave us or forsake us, 58 that He may incline our hearts to Himself, to walk in all His ways and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His ordinances, which He commanded our fathers. 59 And may these words of mine, with which I have made supplication before the Lord, be near to the Lord our God day and night, that He may maintain the [ag]cause of His servant and the [ah]cause of His people Israel, [ai]as each day requires, 60 so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God; there is no one else. 61 Let your heart therefore be [aj]wholly devoted to the Lord our God, to walk in His statutes and to keep His commandments, as at this day.”

Dedicatory Sacrifices

62 Now the king and all Israel with him offered sacrifice before the Lord. 63 Solomon offered for the sacrifice of peace offerings, which he offered to the Lord, 22,000 oxen and 120,000 sheep. So the king and all the sons of Israel dedicated the house of the Lord. 64 On the same day the king consecrated the middle of the court that was before the house of the Lord, because there he [ak]offered the burnt offering and the grain offering and the fat of the peace offerings; for the bronze altar that was before the Lord was too small to hold the burnt offering and the grain offering and the fat of the peace offerings.

65 So Solomon observed the feast at that time, and all Israel with him, a great assembly from the entrance of Hamath to the brook of Egypt, before the Lord our God, for seven days and seven more days, even fourteen days. 66 On the eighth day he sent the people away and they blessed the king. Then they went to their tents joyful and glad of heart for all the goodness that the Lord had [al]shown to David His servant and to Israel His people.

Footnotes

  1. 1 Kings 8:5 Lit sheep and oxen...numbered for multitude
  2. 1 Kings 8:14 Lit turned his face about
  3. 1 Kings 8:17 Lit with
  4. 1 Kings 8:18 Lit with
  5. 1 Kings 8:18 Lit with
  6. 1 Kings 8:19 Lit will come forth from your loins
  7. 1 Kings 8:20 Lit spoke
  8. 1 Kings 8:24 Lit spoken to
  9. 1 Kings 8:25 Lit spoken to
  10. 1 Kings 8:25 Lit There shall not be cut off to you a man from before Me
  11. 1 Kings 8:27 Lit heaven of heavens
  12. 1 Kings 8:33 Lit smitten
  13. 1 Kings 8:37 Lit gates
  14. 1 Kings 8:38 Lit who shall know each
  15. 1 Kings 8:38 Lit plague
  16. 1 Kings 8:38 Lit palms
  17. 1 Kings 8:40 Or revere
  18. 1 Kings 8:40 Lit on the face of the land
  19. 1 Kings 8:43 Or reverence
  20. 1 Kings 8:43 Lit Your name is called upon this house which I have built
  21. 1 Kings 8:44 Lit his
  22. 1 Kings 8:44 Lit in the way of
  23. 1 Kings 8:45 Lit right or justice
  24. 1 Kings 8:46 Lit their captors take them captive
  25. 1 Kings 8:47 Lit return to their heart
  26. 1 Kings 8:49 Lit judgment
  27. 1 Kings 8:53 Heb YHWH, usually rendered Lord
  28. 1 Kings 8:54 Lit palms
  29. 1 Kings 8:56 Lit spoke
  30. 1 Kings 8:56 Lit fallen
  31. 1 Kings 8:56 Lit word
  32. 1 Kings 8:56 Lit spoke
  33. 1 Kings 8:59 Lit judgment
  34. 1 Kings 8:59 Lit judgment
  35. 1 Kings 8:59 Lit the thing of a day in its day
  36. 1 Kings 8:61 Lit complete with
  37. 1 Kings 8:64 Lit made
  38. 1 Kings 8:66 Lit done

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

列王纪上 8

运约柜入圣殿

1所罗门把以色列的长老、各支派的首领和族长召集到耶路撒冷,准备把耶和华的约柜从大卫城锡安运上来。

在以他念月,即七月住棚节的时候,以色列人都聚集到所罗门王那里。 以色列的长老到齐后,祭司便抬起约柜, 祭司和利未人将约柜、会幕和会幕里的一切圣器运上来。 所罗门王和聚集到他那里的以色列全体会众在约柜前献祭,献上的牛羊多得不可胜数。 祭司把耶和华的约柜抬进内殿,即至圣所,放在两个基路伯天使的翅膀下面。 基路伯天使展开翅膀,遮盖约柜和抬约柜的横杠。 横杠相当长,在至圣所前面的圣所中可以看见横杠的末端,在圣所外面看不见。横杠至今仍在那里。 约柜里除了两块石版,没有别的东西。石版是以色列人离开埃及后,耶和华在何烈山跟他们立约时,摩西放进去的。 10 祭司从圣所出来的时候,就有云彩充满了耶和华的殿, 11 以致祭司不能留在殿里供职,因为那里充满了耶和华的荣光。 12 那时,所罗门说:

“耶和华啊,
你曾说你要住在密云中,
13 现在,我为你建造了殿宇,
作你永远的居所。”

14 然后,王转身为站立在那里的以色列民众祝福, 15 说:“以色列的上帝耶和华当受称颂!祂亲口给我父大卫的应许,现在祂亲手成就了! 16 祂曾说,‘自从我把我的以色列子民带出埃及以来,我并没有在以色列各支派中选出一座城来建造殿宇,作为我名下的居所。我只是拣选了大卫来治理我的以色列子民。’” 17 所罗门又说:“我父大卫曾想为以色列的上帝耶和华建殿, 18 但是耶和华对我父大卫说,‘你想为我建殿,这番心意是好的, 19 但你不要建,要由你的亲生儿子为我建殿。’

20 “耶和华已经实现祂的应许,祂让我继承我父大卫的王位统治以色列。现在,我为以色列的上帝耶和华的名建了殿, 21 并在殿里预备了放约柜的地方。约柜里有耶和华的约,是祂把我们的祖先带出埃及时跟他们立的。”

所罗门的祷告

22 所罗门当着以色列会众的面,站在耶和华的坛前,向天伸出双手, 23 祷告说:“以色列的上帝耶和华啊,天上地下没有神明可以与你相比!你向尽心遵行你旨意的仆人守约,施慈爱。 24 你持守向你仆人——我父大卫的应许,你曾亲口应许,你今天亲手成就了。

25 “以色列的上帝耶和华啊,你曾对你仆人——我父大卫说,‘你的子孙若像你一样谨慎行事、遵行我的旨意,你的王朝就不会中断。’求你信守这应许。 26 以色列的上帝耶和华啊,求你实现你向你仆人——我父大卫的应许。

27 “然而,上帝啊,你真的会住在人间吗?看啊,诸天尚且不够你居住,更何况我建造的这殿呢? 28 可是,我的上帝耶和华啊,求你垂顾你仆人的祷告和祈求,垂听你仆人今天在你面前的呼求和祈祷。 29 愿你昼夜看顾这殿——你应许立你名的地方!你仆人向着这地方祷告的时候,求你垂听。 30 你仆人和你的以色列子民向这地方祈祷的时候,求你从你天上的居所垂听,赦免我们的罪。

31 “如果有人得罪邻舍,被叫到这殿中,在你的坛前起誓, 32 求你从天上垂听,在你众仆人当中施行审判,按他们的行为罚恶赏善。

33 “当你的以色列子民因得罪你而败在敌人手中时,如果他们回心转意归向你,承认你的名,在这殿里祈祷, 34 求你从天上垂听,赦免他们的罪,带领他们回到你赐给他们祖先的土地上。

35 “当你的子民得罪你,你惩罚他们,叫天不降雨时,如果他们向着这殿祷告,承认你的名,并离开罪恶, 36 求你在天上垂听,赦免你仆人——你以色列子民的罪,教导他们走正道,降下甘霖滋润你赐给你子民作产业的土地。

37 “如果国中有饥荒、瘟疫、旱灾、霉病、蝗灾、虫灾,或是城邑被敌人围困,无论遭遇什么灾祸疾病, 38 只要你的以色列子民,或个人或全体,自知心中痛苦并向着这殿伸手祷告,无论祈求什么, 39 求你从天上的居所垂听,赦免他们。唯独你能洞察人心,你必按各人的行为施行赏罚, 40 使你的子民在你赐给我们祖先的土地上终生敬畏你。

41-42 “如果有远方的外族人听说你的大能大力,慕名而来,向着这殿祷告, 43 求你从天上的居所垂听,应允他们的祈求,好叫天下万民都像你的以色列子民一样认识你的名,敬畏你,并知道我建造的这殿属于你的名下。

44 “你的子民奉你的命令上阵与敌人作战,无论他们在哪里,如果他们向着你选择的这城和我为你建造的这殿祷告, 45 求你从天上垂听,使他们得胜。

46 “世上没有不犯罪的人,如果你的子民得罪你,以致你向他们发怒,让敌人把他们掳走,不论远近, 47 若他们在那里回心转意,向你恳求,承认自己犯罪作恶了; 48 若他们全心全意地归向你,朝着你赐给他们祖先的这片土地、你选择的这城和我为你建的这殿向你祷告, 49 求你从天上的居所垂听他们的祈求,为他们伸张正义, 50 赦免得罪你的子民,赦免他们的一切过犯,使掳掠他们的人善待他们。 51 因为他们是你的子民、你的产业,是你从埃及那熊熊的火炉里拯救出来的。

52 “愿你垂顾仆人和你的以色列子民的祈求。无论他们什么时候向你祈求,都求你垂听。 53 主耶和华啊,因为你把我们祖先带出埃及的时候,曾经借着你的仆人摩西应许将以色列人从万民中分别出来,作你自己的产业。”

所罗门为民祝福

54 所罗门跪在耶和华的坛前,举着手向耶和华祷告完毕, 55 便站起来高声为以色列全体会众祝福: 56 “耶和华当受称颂!祂照着应许赐平安给祂的以色列子民。祂从前借着仆人摩西赐下的美好应许一句也没有落空。 57 愿我们的上帝耶和华与我们同在,就像与我们的祖先同在一样。愿祂永远都不撇下我们,不丢弃我们, 58 使我们的心归向祂,遵行祂的旨意,谨守祂吩咐我们祖先的诫命、律例和典章。 59 愿我们的上帝耶和华昼夜顾念我在祂面前的这些祈求,天天护佑祂的仆人和祂的以色列子民, 60 叫地上万民都知道,耶和华是独一无二的上帝。 61 愿你们像今天一样专心事奉我们的上帝耶和华,遵行祂的律法,谨守祂的诫命。”

圣殿奉献礼

62 王和以色列众民一同向耶和华献祭。 63 所罗门向耶和华献上两万二千头牛、十二万只羊作平安祭,王和以色列众民为耶和华的殿举行奉献典礼。

64 那天,因为耶和华殿前的铜坛太小,容不下燔祭、素祭和平安祭祭牲的脂肪,所罗门王就把殿前院子中间分别出来作圣洁之地,在那里献上燔祭、素祭和平安祭祭牲的脂肪。 65 所罗门和从哈马口直至埃及小河而来的全体以色列人聚成一大群会众,在我们的上帝耶和华面前守节期两周,共十四天。 66 之后,所罗门王让众民各回本乡。他们看见耶和华向祂的仆人大卫和以色列子民所施的一切恩惠,都为王祝福,并满心欢喜地回家去了。