and said: "O LORD, God of Israel, there is no God like1 you in heaven above or on earth below--you who keep your covenant of love2 with your servants who continue wholeheartedly in your way.
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You have kept your promise to your servant David my father; with your mouth you have promised and with your hand you have fulfilled it--as it is today.
"Now LORD, God of Israel, keep for your servant David my father the promises3 you made to him when you said, 'You shall never fail to have a man to sit before me on the throne of Israel, if only your sons are careful in all they do to walk before me as you have done.'
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And now, O God of Israel, let your word that you promised4 your servant David my father come true.
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"But will God really dwell5 on earth? The heavens, even the highest heaven,6 cannot contain7 you. How much less this temple I have built!
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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 open8 toward9 this temple night and day, this place of which you said, 'My Name10 shall be there,' so that you will hear the prayer your servant prays toward this place.
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Hear the supplication of your servant and of your people Israel when they pray11 toward this place. Hear12 from heaven, your dwelling place, and when you hear, forgive.13
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"When a man wrongs his neighbor and is required to take an oath and he comes and swears the oath14 before your altar in this temple,
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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.15
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"When your people Israel have been defeated16 by an enemy because they have sinned17 against you, and when they turn back to you and confess your name, praying and making supplication to you in this temple,18
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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 rain19 because your people have sinned20 against you, and when they pray toward this place and confess your name and turn from their sin because you have afflicted them,
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then hear from heaven and forgive the sin of your servants, your people Israel. Teach21 them the right way22 to live, and send rain23 on the land you gave your people for an inheritance.
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"When famine24 or plague25 comes to the land, or blight26 or mildew, locusts or grasshoppers,27 or when an enemy besieges them in any of their cities, whatever disaster or disease may come,
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and when a prayer or plea is made by any of your people Israel--each one aware of the afflictions of his own heart, and spreading out his hands28 toward this temple--
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then hear29 from heaven, your dwelling place. Forgive30 and act; deal with each man according to all he does, since you know31 his heart (for you alone know the hearts of all men),
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so that they will fear32 you all the time they live in the land33 you gave our fathers.
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"As for the foreigner34 who does not belong to your people Israel but has come from a distant land because of your name--
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for men will hear35 of your great name and your mighty hand36 and your outstretched arm--when he comes and prays toward this temple,
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then hear from heaven, your dwelling place, and do whatever the foreigner asks of you, so that all the peoples of the earth may know37 your name and fear38 you, as do your own people Israel, and may know that this house I have built bears your Name.39
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"When your people go to war against their enemies, wherever you send them, and when they pray40 to the LORD toward the city you have chosen and the temple I have built for your Name,
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then hear from heaven their prayer and their plea, and uphold their cause.41
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"When they sin against you--for there is no one who does not sin42--and you become angry with them and give them over to the enemy, who takes them captive43 to his own land, far away or near;
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and if they have a change of heart in the land where they are held captive, and repent and plead44 with you in the land of their conquerors and say, 'We have sinned, we have done wrong, we have acted wickedly';45
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and if they turn back46 to you with all their heart47 and soul in the land of their enemies who took them captive, and pray48 to you toward the land you gave their fathers, toward the city you have chosen and the temple49 I have built for your Name;50
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then from heaven, your dwelling place, hear their prayer and their plea, and uphold their cause.
And forgive your people, who have sinned against you; forgive all the offenses they have committed against you, and cause their conquerors to show them mercy;51
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for they are your people and your inheritance,52 whom you brought out of Egypt, out of that iron-smelting furnace.53
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"May your eyes be open54 to your servant's plea and to the plea of your people Israel, and may you listen to them whenever they cry out to you.55
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For you singled them out from all the nations of the world to be your own inheritance,56 just as you declared through your servant Moses when you, O Sovereign LORD, brought our fathers out of Egypt."
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