The LORD said to him: "I have heard1 the prayer and plea you have made before me; I have consecrated this temple, which you have built, by putting my Name2 there forever. My eyes3 and my heart will always be there.
"As for you, if you walk before me in integrity of heart4 and uprightness, as David5 your father did, and do all I command and observe my decrees and laws,65
I will establish7 your royal throne over Israel forever, as I promised David your father when I said, 'You shall never fail8 to have a man on the throne of Israel.'
"But if youa or your sons turn away9 from me and do not observe the commands and decrees I have given youb and go off to serve other gods10 and worship them,
then I will cut off Israel from the land11 I have given them and will reject this temple I have consecrated for my Name.12 Israel will then become a byword13 and an object of ridicule14 among all peoples.
And though this temple is now imposing, all who pass by will be appalled15 and will scoff and say, 'Why has the LORD done such a thing to this land and to this temple?'169
People will answer,17 'Because they have forsaken18 the LORD their God, who brought their fathers out of Egypt, and have embraced other gods, worshiping and serving them--that is why the LORD brought all this disaster19 on them.' "
At the end of twenty years, during which Solomon built these two buildings--the temple of the LORD and the royal palace--
King Solomon gave twenty towns in Galilee to Hiram king of Tyre, because Hiram had supplied him with all the cedar and pine and gold20 he wanted.
But when Hiram went from Tyre to see the towns that Solomon had given him, he was not pleased with them.
"What kind of towns are these you have given me, my brother?" he asked. And he called them the Land of Cabul,c21 a name they have to this day.