Bible: 2 Chron. 6
6:1 Then Solomon said, “The
6:12 He stood before the altar of the
6:18 “God does not really live with humankind on the earth! 23 Look, if the sky and the highest heaven cannot contain you, how much less this temple I have built! 6:19 But respond favorably to 24 your servant’s prayer and his request for help, O
6:22 “When someone is accused of sinning against his neighbor and the latter pronounces a curse on the alleged offender before your altar in this temple, 32 6:23 listen from heaven and make a just decision about your servants’ claims. Condemn the guilty party, declare the other innocent, and give both of them what they deserve. 33
6:24 “If your people Israel are defeated by an enemy 34 because they sinned against you, then if they come back to you, renew their allegiance to you, 35 and pray for your help 36 before you in this temple, 6:25 then listen from heaven, forgive the sin of your people Israel, and bring them back to the land you gave to them and their ancestors. 37
6:26 “The time will come when 38 the skies 39 are shut up tightly and no rain falls because your people 40 sinned against you. When they direct their prayers toward this place, renew their allegiance to you, 41 and turn away from their sin because you punish 42 them, 6:27 then listen from heaven and forgive the sin of your servants, your people Israel. Certainly 43 you will then teach them the right way to live 44 and send rain on your land that you have given your people to possess. 45
6:28 “The time will come when the land suffers from a famine, a plague, blight, and disease, or a locust 46 invasion, or when their enemy lays siege to the cities of the land, 47 or when some other type of plague or epidemic occurs. 6:29 When all your people Israel pray and ask for help, 48 as they acknowledge their intense pain 49 and spread out their hands toward this temple, 6:30 then listen from your heavenly dwelling place, forgive their sin, 50 and act favorably toward each one based on your evaluation of their motives. 51 (Indeed you are the only one who can correctly evaluate the motives of all people.) 52 6:31 Then they will honor 53 you by obeying you 54 throughout their lifetimes as 55 they live on the land you gave to our ancestors.
6:32 “Foreigners, who do not belong to your people Israel, will come from a distant land because of your great reputation 56 and your ability to accomplish mighty deeds; 57 they will come and direct their prayers toward this temple. 6:33 Then listen from your heavenly dwelling place and answer all the prayers of the foreigners. 58 Then all the nations of the earth will acknowledge your reputation, 59 obey 60 you like your people Israel do, and recognize that this temple I built belongs to you. 61
6:34 “When you direct your people to march out and fight their enemies, 62 and they direct their prayers to you toward this chosen city and this temple I built for your honor, 63 6:35 then listen from heaven to their prayers for help 64 and vindicate them. 65
6:36 “The time will come when your people 66 will sin against you (for there is no one who is sinless!) and you will be angry at them and deliver them over to their enemies, who will take them as prisoners to their land, whether far away or close by. 6:37 When your people 67 come to their senses 68 in the land where they are held prisoner, they will repent and beg for your mercy in the land of their imprisonment, admitting, ‘We have sinned and gone astray 69 , we have done evil!’ 6:38 When they return to you with all their heart and being 70 in the land where they are held prisoner and direct their prayers toward the land you gave to their ancestors, your chosen city, and the temple I built for your honor, 71 6:39 then listen from your heavenly dwelling place to their prayers for help, 72 vindicate them, 73 and forgive your sinful people.
6:40 “Now, my God, may you be attentive and responsive to the prayers offered in this place. 74 6:41 Now ascend, O