When Solomon had finished all these prayers and supplications to the LORD, he rose from before the altar of the LORD, where he had been kneeling with his hands spread out toward heaven.
He stood and blessed1 the whole assembly of Israel in a loud voice, saying:
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"Praise be to the LORD, who has given rest2 to his people Israel just as he promised. Not one word has failed of all the good promises3 he gave through his servant Moses.
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May the LORD our God be with us as he was with our fathers; may he never leave us nor forsake4 us.
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May he turn our hearts5 to him, to walk in all his ways and to keep the commands, decrees and regulations he gave our fathers.
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And may these words of mine, which I have prayed before the LORD, be near to the LORD our God day and night, that he may uphold the cause of his servant and the cause of his people Israel according to each day's need,
so that all the peoples6 of the earth may know that the LORD is God and that there is no other.7
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But your hearts8 must be fully committed9 to the LORD our God, to live by his decrees and obey his commands, as at this time."
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Then the king and all Israel with him offered sacrifices10 before the LORD.
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Solomon offered a sacrifice of fellowship offerings to the LORD: twenty-two thousand cattle and a hundred and twenty thousand sheep and goats. So the king and all the Israelites dedicated11 the temple of the LORD.
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On that same day the king consecrated the middle part of the courtyard in front of the temple of the LORD, and there he offered burnt offerings, grain offerings and the fat12 of the fellowship offerings, because the bronze altar13 before the LORD was too small to hold the burnt offerings, the grain offerings and the fat of the fellowship offerings.14
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