Bible: 2 Chronicles 6:20-40

6:20 Night and day may you watch over this temple, the place where you promised you would live. 1  May you answer your servant’s prayer for this place. 2  6:21 Respond to the requests of your servant and your people Israel for this place. 3  Hear from your heavenly dwelling place and respond favorably and forgive. 4 

6:22When someone is accused of sinning against his neighbor and the latter pronounces a curse on the alleged offender before your altar in this temple, 5  6:23 listen from heaven and make a just decision about your servantsclaims. Condemn the guilty party, declare the other innocent, and give both of them what they deserve. 6 

6:24If your people Israel are defeated by an enemy 7  because they sinned against you, then if they come back to you, renew their allegiance to you, 8  and pray for your help 9  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. 10 

6:26The time will come when 11  the skies 12  are shut up tightly and no rain falls because your people 13  sinned against you. When they direct their prayers toward this place, renew their allegiance to you, 14  and turn away from their sin because you punish 15  them, 6:27 then listen from heaven and forgive the sin of your servants, your people Israel. Certainly 16  you will then teach them the right way to live 17  and send rain on your land that you have given your people to possess. 18 

6:28The time will come when the land suffers from a famine, a plague, blight, and disease, or a locust 19  invasion, or when their enemy lays siege to the cities of the land, 20  or when some other type of plague or epidemic occurs. 6:29 When all your people Israel pray and ask for help, 21  as they acknowledge their intense pain 22  and spread out their hands toward this temple, 6:30 then listen from your heavenly dwelling place, forgive their sin, 23  and act favorably toward each one based on your evaluation of their motives. 24  (Indeed you are the only one who can correctly evaluate the motives of all people.) 25  6:31 Then they will honor 26  you by obeying you 27  throughout their lifetimes as 28  they live on the land you gave to our ancestors.

6:32Foreigners, who do not belong to your people Israel, will come from a distant land because of your great reputation 29  and your ability to accomplish mighty deeds; 30  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. 31  Then all the nations of the earth will acknowledge your reputation, 32  obey 33  you like your people Israel do, and recognize that this temple I built belongs to you. 34 

6:34When you direct your people to march out and fight their enemies, 35  and they direct their prayers to you toward this chosen city and this temple I built for your honor, 36  6:35 then listen from heaven to their prayers for help 37  and vindicate them. 38 

6:36The time will come when your people 39  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 40  come to their senses 41  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 42 , we have done evil!’ 6:38 When they return to you with all their heart and being 43  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, 44  6:39 then listen from your heavenly dwelling place to their prayers for help, 45  vindicate them, 46  and forgive your sinful people.

6:40Now, my God, may you be attentive and responsive to the prayers offered in this place. 47 

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