For the next seven days they celebrated the Festival of Shelters a with huge crowds gathered from all the tribes of Israel. They came from as far away as Lebo-hamath in the north, to the brook of Egypt in the south.
On the eighth day they had a closing ceremony, for they had celebrated the dedication of the altar for seven days and the Festival of Shelters for seven days.
Then at the end of the celebration, b Solomon sent the people home. They were all joyful and happy because the LORD had been so good to David and Solomon and to his people Israel.
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