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 Levites1 with the LORD's musical instruments,2 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 fat3 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 festival4 at that time for seven days, and all Israel5 with him--a vast assembly, people from Lebob Hamath6 to the Wadi of Egypt.79
On the eighth day they held an assembly, for they had celebrated8 the dedication of the altar for seven days and the festival9 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.