On the eighth day they held an assembly, for they had celebrated1 the dedication of the altar for seven days and the festival2 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 finished3 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 appeared4 to him at night and said: "I have heard your prayer and have chosen5 this place for myself6 as a temple for sacrifices.
"When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain,7 or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people,
if my people, who are called by my name,8 will humble9 themselves and pray and seek my face10 and turn11 from their wicked ways, then will I hear12 from heaven and will forgive13 their sin and will heal14 their land.
Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.1516
I have chosen16 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 me17 as David your father did, and do all I command, and observe my decrees18 and laws,
I will establish your royal throne, as I covenanted19 with David your father when I said, 'You shall never fail to have a man20 to rule over Israel.'2119
"But if youa turn away22 and forsake23 the decrees and commands I have given youb and go off to serve other gods and worship them,