Bible: 1 Kings 8:46-53

8:46The time will come when your people 1  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, 2  whether far away or close by. 8:47 When your people 3  come to their senses 4  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; 5  we have done evil.’ 8:48 When they return to you with all their heart and being 6  in the land where they are held prisoner, 7  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, 8  8:49 then listen from your heavenly dwelling place to their prayers for help 9  and vindicate them. 10  8:50 Forgive all the rebellious acts of your sinful people and cause their captors to have mercy on them. 11  8:51 After all, 12  they are your people and your special possession 13  whom you brought out of Egypt, from the middle of the iron-smelting furnace. 14 

8:52May you be attentive 15  to your servant’s and your people Israel’s requests for help and may you respond to all their prayers to you. 16  8:53 After all, 17  you picked them out of all the nations of the earth to be your special possession, 18  just as you, O sovereign Lord, announced through your servant Moses when you brought our ancestors out of Egypt.”

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