Then Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in front of the whole assembly of Israel and spread out his hands.
Now he had made a bronze platform,2 five cubitsa long, five cubits wide and three cubitsb high, and had placed it in the center of the outer court. He stood on the platform and then knelt down3 before the whole assembly of Israel and spread out his hands toward heaven.
He said: "O LORD, God of Israel, there is no God like you4 in heaven or on earth--you who keep your covenant of love5 with your servants who continue wholeheartedly in your way.
You have kept your promise to your servant David my father; with your mouth you have promised6 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 promises you made to him when you said, 'You shall never fail7 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 according to my law,8 as you have done.'
And now, O LORD, God of Israel, let your word that you promised your servant David come true.
"But will God really dwell9 on earth with men? The heavens,10 even the highest heavens, cannot contain 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.
May your eyes11 be open toward this temple day and night, this place of which you said you would put your Name12 there. May you hear13 the prayer your servant prays toward this place.
Hear the supplications of your servant and of your people Israel when they pray toward this place. Hear from heaven, your dwelling place; and when you hear, forgive.14