1 Kings 8:31-53 NIV

31 "When a man wrongs his neighbor and is required to take an oath and he comes and swears the oath1 before your altar in this temple,

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32 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.2

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33 "When your people Israel have been defeated3 by an enemy because they have sinned4 against you, and when they turn back to you and confess your name, praying and making supplication to you in this temple,5

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34 then hear from heaven and forgive the sin of your people Israel and bring them back to the land you gave to their fathers.
35 "When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain6 because your people have sinned7 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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36 then hear from heaven and forgive the sin of your servants, your people Israel. Teach8 them the right way9 to live, and send rain10 on the land you gave your people for an inheritance.

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37 "When famine11 or plague12 comes to the land, or blight13 or mildew, locusts or grasshoppers,14 or when an enemy besieges them in any of their cities, whatever disaster or disease may come,

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38 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 hands15 toward this temple--

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39 then hear16 from heaven, your dwelling place. Forgive17 and act; deal with each man according to all he does, since you know18 his heart (for you alone know the hearts of all men),

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40 so that they will fear19 you all the time they live in the land20 you gave our fathers.

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      41 "As for the foreigner21 who does not belong to your people Israel but has come from a distant land because of your name--

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      42 for men will hear22 of your great name and your mighty hand23 and your outstretched arm--when he comes and prays toward this temple,

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      43 then hear from heaven, your dwelling place, and do whatever the foreigner asks of you, so that all the peoples of the earth may know24 your name and fear25 you, as do your own people Israel, and may know that this house I have built bears your Name.26

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      44 "When your people go to war against their enemies, wherever you send them, and when they pray27 to the LORD toward the city you have chosen and the temple I have built for your Name,

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      45 then hear from heaven their prayer and their plea, and uphold their cause.28

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      46 "When they sin against you--for there is no one who does not sin29--and you become angry with them and give them over to the enemy, who takes them captive30 to his own land, far away or near;

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      47 and if they have a change of heart in the land where they are held captive, and repent and plead31 with you in the land of their conquerors and say, 'We have sinned, we have done wrong, we have acted wickedly';32

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      48 and if they turn back33 to you with all their heart34 and soul in the land of their enemies who took them captive, and pray35 to you toward the land you gave their fathers, toward the city you have chosen and the temple36 I have built for your Name;37

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      49 then from heaven, your dwelling place, hear their prayer and their plea, and uphold their cause.
      50 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;38

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      51 for they are your people and your inheritance,39 whom you brought out of Egypt, out of that iron-smelting furnace.40

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      52 "May your eyes be open41 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.42

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          53 For you singled them out from all the nations of the world to be your own inheritance,43 just as you declared through your servant Moses when you, O Sovereign LORD, brought our fathers out of Egypt."

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