"But will God really dwell1 on earth? The heavens, even the highest heaven,2 cannot contain3 you. How much less this temple I have built!
Yet give attention to your servant's prayer and his plea for mercy, O LORD my God. Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence this day.
May your eyes be open4 toward5 this temple night and day, this place of which you said, 'My Name6 shall be there,' so that you will hear the prayer your servant prays toward this place.
Hear the supplication of your servant and of your people Israel when they pray7 toward this place. Hear8 from heaven, your dwelling place, and when you hear, forgive.931
"When a man wrongs his neighbor and is required to take an oath and he comes and swears the oath10 before your altar in this temple,
then hear from heaven and act. Judge between your servants, condemning the guilty and bringing down on his own head what he has done. Declare the innocent not guilty, and so establish his innocence.1133
"When your people Israel have been defeated12 by an enemy because they have sinned13 against you, and when they turn back to you and confess your name, praying and making supplication to you in this temple,1434
then hear from heaven and forgive the sin of your people Israel and bring them back to the land you gave to their fathers.
"When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain15 because your people have sinned16 against you, and when they pray toward this place and confess your name and turn from their sin because you have afflicted them,
then hear from heaven and forgive the sin of your servants, your people Israel. Teach17 them the right way18 to live, and send rain19 on the land you gave your people for an inheritance.
"When famine20 or plague21 comes to the land, or blight22 or mildew, locusts or grasshoppers,23 or when an enemy besieges them in any of their cities, whatever disaster or disease may come,