When Solomon had finished1 building the temple of the LORD and the royal palace, and had achieved all he had desired to do,
the LORD appeared2 to him a second time, as he had appeared to him at Gibeon.
The LORD said to him: "I have heard3 the prayer and plea you have made before me; I have consecrated this temple, which you have built, by putting my Name4 there forever. My eyes5 and my heart will always be there.
"As for you, if you walk before me faithfully with integrity of heart6 and uprightness, as David7 your father did, and do all I command and observe my decrees and laws,85
I will establish9 your royal throne over Israel forever, as I promised David your father when I said, 'You shall never fail10 to have a successor on the throne of Israel.'
"But if youa or your descendants turn away11 from me and do not observe the commands and decrees I have given youb and go off to serve other gods12 and worship them,
then I will cut off Israel from the land13 I have given them and will reject this temple I have consecrated for my Name.14 Israel will then become a byword15 and an object of ridicule16 among all peoples.
This temple will become a heap of rubble. Allc who pass by will be appalled17 and will scoff and say, 'Why has the LORD done such a thing to this land and to this temple?'189
People will answer,19 'Because they have forsaken20 the LORD their God, who brought their ancestors out of Egypt, and have embraced other gods, worshiping and serving them--that is why the LORD brought all this disaster21 on them.' "