2 Chronicles 7:12-22 NIV

12 the LORD appeared1 to him at night and said: "I have heard your prayer and have chosen2 this place for myself3 as a temple for sacrifices.

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13 "When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain,4 or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people,

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14 if my people, who are called by my name,5 will humble6 themselves and pray and seek my face7 and turn8 from their wicked ways, then will I hear9 from heaven and will forgive10 their sin and will heal11 their land.

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15 Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.12

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16 I have chosen13 and consecrated this temple so that my Name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there.

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17 "As for you, if you walk before me14 as David your father did, and do all I command, and observe my decrees15 and laws,

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18 I will establish your royal throne, as I covenanted16 with David your father when I said, 'You shall never fail to have a man17 to rule over Israel.'18

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19 "But if youa turn away19 and forsake20 the decrees and commands I have given youb and go off to serve other gods and worship them,

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    • c 7:19 - The Hebrew is plural.
    • d 7:19 - The Hebrew is plural.
      20 then I will uproot21 Israel from my land,22 which I have given them, and will reject this temple I have consecrated for my Name. I will make it a byword and an object of ridicule23 among all peoples.

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      21 And though this temple is now so imposing, all who pass by will be appalled24 and say,25 'Why has the LORD done such a thing to this land and to this temple?'

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      22 People will answer, 'Because they have forsaken the LORD, the God of their fathers, who brought them out of Egypt, and have embraced other gods, worshiping and serving them26--that is why he brought all this disaster on them.' "

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