The priests could not enter1 the temple of the LORD because the glory2 of the LORD filled it.
When all the Israelites saw the fire coming down and the glory of the LORD above the temple, they knelt on the pavement with their faces to the ground, and they worshiped and gave thanks to the LORD, saying, "He is good; his love endures forever."34
Then the king and all the people offered sacrifices before the LORD.
And King Solomon offered a sacrifice of twenty-two thousand head of cattle and a hundred and twenty thousand sheep and goats. So the king and all the people dedicated the temple of God.
The priests took their positions, as did the Levites4 with the LORD's musical instruments,5 which King David had made for praising the LORD and which were used when he gave thanks, saying, "His love endures forever." Opposite the Levites, the priests blew their trumpets, and all the Israelites were standing.
Solomon consecrated the middle part of the courtyard in front of the temple of the LORD, and there he offered burnt offerings and the fat6 of the fellowship offerings,a because the bronze altar he had made could not hold the burnt offerings, the grain offerings and the fat portions.
So Solomon observed the festival7 at that time for seven days, and all Israel8 with him--a vast assembly, people from Lebob Hamath9 to the Wadi of Egypt.109
On the eighth day they held an assembly, for they had celebrated11 the dedication of the altar for seven days and the festival12 for seven days more.
On the twenty-third day of the seventh month he sent the people to their homes, joyful and glad in heart for the good things the LORD had done for David and Solomon and for his people Israel.
When Solomon had finished13 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 appeared14 to him at night and said: "I have heard your prayer and have chosen15 this place for myself16 as a temple for sacrifices.