The LORDappeared to
Solomon during the night and said to him: I have heard your prayer, and I have
chosen this place for my house of sacrifice.
If I close heaven so that there is no rain, if I command the
locust to devour the land, if I send pestilence among my people,if then my people, upon whom my name has been pronounced, humble
themselves and pray, and seek my face and turn from their evil ways, I will
hear them from heaven and pardon their sins and heal their land.
Now, therefore, my eyes shall be open and my ears attentive to the
prayer of this place;now
I have chosen and consecrated this house that my name may be there forever; my
eyes and my heart shall be there always.
As for you, if you walk before me as David your father did, doing
all that I have commanded you and keeping my statutes and ordinances,I will establish the throne of your kingship as I covenanted with
David your father when I said, There shall never be wanting someone from your
line as ruler in Israel.
But if ever you turn away and forsake my commandments and statutes
which I set before you, and proceed to serve other gods, and bow down to them,I will uproot the people from the land I gave and repudiate the
house I have consecrated for my name. I will make it a proverb and a byword
among all nations.And
this house which is so exalted—every passerby shall be horrified and ask:
has the LORDdone such things to
this land and to this house?”
the answer will come:
“Because they abandoned the LORD, the God of their
ancestors, who brought them out of the land of Egypt, and they embraced other
gods, bowing down to them and serving them. That is why he has brought upon
them all this evil.”