then hear from heaven where you live, and forgive. Give your people what their actions deserve, for you alone know each human heart.
Then they will fear you and walk in your ways as long as they live in the land you gave to our ancestors.
“In the future, foreigners who do not belong to your people Israel will hear of you. They will come from distant lands when they hear of your great name and your strong hand and your powerful arm. And when they pray toward this Temple,
then hear from heaven where you live, and grant what they ask of you. In this way, all the people of the earth will come to know and fear you, just as your own people Israel do. They, too, will know that this Temple I have built honors your name.
“If your people go out where you send them to fight their enemies, and if they pray to you by turning toward this city you have chosen and toward this Temple I have built to honor your name,
then hear their prayers from heaven and uphold their cause.
“If they sin against you—and who has never sinned?—you might become angry with them and let their enemies conquer them and take them captive to a foreign land far away or near.
But in that land of exile, they might turn to you in repentance and pray, ‘We have sinned, done evil, and acted wickedly.’
If they turn to you with their whole heart and soul in the land of their captivity and pray toward the land you gave to their ancestors—toward this city you have chosen, and toward this Temple I have built to honor your name—
then hear their prayers and their petitions from heaven where you live, and uphold their cause. Forgive your people who have sinned against you.
“O my God, may your eyes be open and your ears attentive to all the prayers made to you in this place.
“And now arise, O LORD God, and enter your resting place, along with the Ark, the symbol of your power. May your priests, O LORD God, be clothed with salvation; may your loyal servants rejoice in your goodness.
O LORD God, do not reject the king you have anointed. Remember your unfailing love for your servant David.”