There I've placed the chest that contains the covenant that the LORD made with the Israelites.
Solomon stood before the LORD's altar in front of the entire Israelite assembly and spread out his hands.
Now Solomon had made a bronze platform seven and a half feet long, seven and a half feet wide, and four and a half feet high, and he set it in the middle of the enclosure. He stood on it. Then, kneeling before the whole assembly of Israel and spreading his hands toward the sky,
he said: LORD God of Israel, there is no god like you in heaven or on the earth. You keep the covenant and show loyalty to your servants who walk before you with all their heart.
This is the covenant you kept with your servant David my father, which you promised him. Today you have fulfilled what you promised.
So now, LORD God of Israel, keep what you promised my father David your servant when you said to him, "You will never fail to have a successor sitting on Israel's throne as long as your descendants carefully walk according to my Instruction, just as you have walked before me."
So now, LORD God of Israel, may your promise to your servant David come true.
But how could God possibly live on earth with people? If heaven, even the highest heaven, can't contain you, how can this temple that I have built contain you?
LORD, my God, listen to your servant's prayer and request, and hear the cry and prayer that I your servant pray to you.
Constantly watch over this temple, the place where you promised to put your name, and listen to the prayer your servant is praying concerning this place.
Listen to the request of your servant and your people Israel when they pray concerning this place. Listen from your heavenly dwelling place, and when you hear, forgive!