The prayer of King Solomon for the new temple (1 Kings 8:27-8:30)

“But will God indeed dwell on the earth?

Even heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you.

How much less this house which I have built!

Regard your servant’s prayer and his plea.

O Yahweh my God, heeding the cry and the prayer

That your servant prays to you today.

That your eyes may be open night and day toward this house,

The place of which you said.

‘My name shall be there,’

That you may heed the prayer

That your servant prays toward this place.

Hear the plea of your servant and of your people Israel,

When they pray toward this place.

O hear in heaven your dwelling place.

Heed and forgive.”

Where will God dwell? The heavens cannot contain Yahweh. Then how can this little house contain him? No, it is the name of Yahweh that shall be here in this temple. Here his servants, the people of Israel, can come and offer up their prayers. Yahweh can then hear their prayers in his name. He will hear the Israelites when they pray. Solomon asked that Yahweh hear his servant and the people of Israel when they pray in this dwelling place. His prayer to Yahweh is hear, heed, and forgive.

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