When Solomon had finished1 the temple of the LORD and the royal palace, and had succeeded in carrying out all he had in mind to do in the temple of the LORD and in his own palace,
the LORD appeared2 to him at night and said: "I have heard your prayer and have chosen3 this place for myself4 as a temple for sacrifices.
"When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain,5 or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people,
if my people, who are called by my name,6 will humble7 themselves and pray and seek my face8 and turn9 from their wicked ways, then will I hear10 from heaven and will forgive11 their sin and will heal12 their land.
Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.1316
I have chosen14 and consecrated this temple so that my Name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there.
"As for you, if you walk before me15 as David your father did, and do all I command, and observe my decrees16 and laws,
I will establish your royal throne, as I covenanted17 with David your father when I said, 'You shall never fail to have a man18 to rule over Israel.'1919
"But if youa turn away20 and forsake21 the decrees and commands I have given youb and go off to serve other gods and worship them,
then I will uproot22 Israel from my land,23 which I have given them, and will reject this temple I have consecrated for my Name. I will make it a byword and an object of ridicule24 among all peoples.
And though this temple is now so imposing, all who pass by will be appalled25 and say,26 'Why has the LORD done such a thing to this land and to this temple?'
People will answer, 'Because they have forsaken the LORD, the God of their fathers, who brought them out of Egypt, and have embraced other gods, worshiping and serving them27--that is why he brought all this disaster on them.' "