1 KINGS 8:1-21
8:1 Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel and all the heads of the tribes, the leaders of the fathers’ houses of the children of Israel, before King Solomon in Jerusalem in order to bring up the Ark of the Covenant of Jehovah from the city of David, which is Zion.
8:2 And all the men of Israel assembled themselves before King Solomon at the feast in the month of Ethanim, which is the seventh month.
8:3 And when all the elders of Israel came, the priests took up the Ark;
8:4 And they brought up the Ark of Jehovah and the Tent of Meeting and all the holy vessels that were in the tent; and the priests and Levites brought them up.
8:5 And King Solomon and all the assembly of Israel, who had assembled before him and were with him before the Ark, were sacrificing sheep and oxen which could not be counted or numbered for multitude.
8:6 And the priests brought the Ark of the Covenant of Jehovah to its place, into the innermost sanctuary of the house, into the Holy of Holies under the wings of the cherubim.
8:7 For the cherubim had their wings spread out over the place of the Ark, and the cherubim covered the Ark and its poles overhead.
8:8 And the poles extended out so that the ends of the poles could be seen from the Holy Place before the innermost sanctuary, but they were not seen outside; and they are there to this day.
8:9 There was nothing in the Ark except the two stone tablets, which Moses placed there at Horeb when Jehovah made a covenant with the children of Israel when they came out of the land of Egypt.
8:10 And when the priests came out of the Holy Place, the cloud filled the house of Jehovah;
8:11 And the priests were not able to stand and minister because of the cloud, for the glory of Jehovah filled the house of Jehovah.
8:12 Then Solomon said, Jehovah has said that He would dwell in deep darkness.
8:13 I have surely built You a lofty house, a place for You to dwell in forever.
8:14 And the king turned about and blessed all the congregation of Israel while all the congregation of Israel stood.
8:15 And he said, Blessed be Jehovah the God of Israel, who spoke with His mouth to David my father and fulfilled it with His hand, saying,
8:16 Since the day when I brought My people Israel out from Egypt, I have not chosen a city out of all the tribes of Israel to build a house for My name that it might be there; but I chose David to be over My people Israel.
8:17 And it was on David my father’s heart to build a house for the name of Jehovah the God of Israel;
8:18 But Jehovah said to David my father, Because it was on your heart to build a house for My name, you have done well that it was on your heart;
8:19 However you will not build the house, but your son, who will come forth from your loins, he will build the house for My name.
8:20 And Jehovah has established His word which He spoke; for I have risen up in the place of David my father, and I sit upon the throne of Israel, as Jehovah promised, and I have built the house for the name of Jehovah the God of Israel.
8:21 And there I have set a place for the Ark, in which is the covenant of Jehovah, which He made with our fathers when He brought them out from the land of Egypt.
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