2 Chronicles 7:1-10 NIV

The Dedication of the Temple

7:1-10pp -- 1Ki 8:62-66

1 When Solomon finished praying, fire1 came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the LORD filled2 the temple.3

References for 2 Chronicles 7:1

2 The priests could not enter4 the temple of the LORD because the glory5 of the LORD filled it.

References for 2 Chronicles 7:2

3 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."6

References for 2 Chronicles 7:3

4 Then the king and all the people offered sacrifices before the LORD.
5 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.
6 The priests took their positions, as did the Levites7 with the LORD's musical instruments,8 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.

References for 2 Chronicles 7:6

7 Solomon consecrated the middle part of the courtyard in front of the temple of the LORD, and there he offered burnt offerings and the fat9 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.

References for 2 Chronicles 7:7

    • a 7:7 - Traditionally "peace offerings"
      8 So Solomon observed the festival10 at that time for seven days, and all Israel11 with him--a vast assembly, people from Lebob Hamath12 to the Wadi of Egypt.13

      References for 2 Chronicles 7:8

        • b 7:8 - Or "from the entrance to"
          9 On the eighth day they held an assembly, for they had celebrated14 the dedication of the altar for seven days and the festival15 for seven days more.

          References for 2 Chronicles 7:9

          10 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.