Bible: 1 Kings 8:33-53

8:33The time will come when 1  your people Israel are defeated by an enemy 2  because they sinned against you. If they come back to you, renew their allegiance to you, 3  and pray for your help 4  in this temple, 8:34 then listen from heaven, forgive the sin of your people Israel, and bring them back to the land you gave to their ancestors.

8:35The time will come when 5  the skies are shut up tightly and no rain falls because your people 6  sinned against you. When they direct their prayers toward this place, renew their allegiance to you, 7  and turn away from their sin because you punish 8  them, 8:36 then listen from heaven and forgive the sin of your servants, your people Israel. Certainly 9  you will then teach them the right way to live 10  and send rain on your land that you have given your people to possess. 11 

8:37The time will come when the land suffers from a famine, a plague, blight and disease, or a locust 12  invasion, or when their enemy lays siege to the cities of the land, 13  or when some other type of plague or epidemic occurs. 8:38 When all your people Israel pray and ask for help, 14  as they acknowledge their pain 15  and spread out their hands toward this temple, 8:39 then listen from your heavenly dwelling place, forgive their sin, 16  and act favorably toward each one based on your evaluation of his motives. 17  (Indeed you are the only one who can correctly evaluate the motives of all people.) 18  8:40 Then they will obey 19  you throughout their lifetimes as 20  they live on the land you gave to our ancestors.

8:41Foreigners, who do not belong to your people Israel, will come from a distant land because of your reputation. 21  8:42 When they hear about your great reputation 22  and your ability to accomplish mighty deeds, 23  they will come and direct their prayers toward this temple. 8:43 Then listen from your heavenly dwelling place and answer all the prayers of the foreigners. 24  Then all the nations of the earth will acknowledge your reputation, 25  obey 26  you like your people Israel do, and recognize that this temple I built belongs to you. 27 

8:44When you direct your people to march out and fight their enemies, 28  and they direct their prayers to the Lord 29  toward his chosen city and this temple I built for your honor, 30  8:45 then listen from heaven to their prayers for help 31  and vindicate them. 32 

8:46The time will come when your people 33  will sin against you (for there is no one who is sinless!) and you will be angry with them and deliver them over to their enemies, who will take them as prisoners to their own land, 34  whether far away or close by. 8:47 When your people 35  come to their senses 36  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; 37  we have done evil.’ 8:48 When they return to you with all their heart and being 38  in the land where they are held prisoner, 39  and direct their prayers to you toward the land you gave to their ancestors, your chosen city, and the temple I built for your honor, 40  8:49 then listen from your heavenly dwelling place to their prayers for help 41  and vindicate them. 42  8:50 Forgive all the rebellious acts of your sinful people and cause their captors to have mercy on them. 43  8:51 After all, 44  they are your people and your special possession 45  whom you brought out of Egypt, from the middle of the iron-smelting furnace. 46 

8:52May you be attentive 47  to your servant’s and your people Israel’s requests for help and may you respond to all their prayers to you. 48  8:53 After all, 49  you picked them out of all the nations of the earth to be your special possession, 50  just as you, O sovereign Lord, announced through your servant Moses when you brought our ancestors out of Egypt.”

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