Chapter 5: The Ark of Yah Brought into the Temple
1 So all the work that Solomon had done for the house of Yah was finished and Solomon brought in the things which his father David had dedicated: the silver and the gold and all the furnishings. And he put them in the treasuries of the house of Yah. 2 Now Solomon assembled the zahkin of Ysrayl and all the heads of the tribes, the chief fathers of the children of Ysrayl, in Yahrushalom, that they might bring the ark of the covenant of Yah up from the City of David, which is Zion. 3 Therefore, all the men of Ysrayl assembled with the king at the feast, which was in the seventh month. 4 So all the zahkin of Ysrayl came and the Levites took up the ark. 5 Then they brought up the ark, the tabernacle of meeting and all the qodesh furnishings that were in the tabernacle. The priests and the Levites brought them up. 6 Also, King Solomon and all the congregation of Ysrayl who were assembled with him before the ark, were sacrificing sheep and oxen that could not be counted or numbered for multitude. 7 Then the priests brought in the ark of the covenant of Yah to its place, into the inner sanctuary of the temple, to the Most Qodesh Place, under the wings of the cherubim. 8 For the cherubim spread their wings over the place of the ark and the cherubim overshadowed the ark and its poles. 9 The poles extended so that the ends of the poles of the ark could be seen from the qodesh place, in front of the inner sanctuary but they could not be seen from outside. And they are there to this day. 10 Nothing was in the ark except the two tablets which Moshe put there at Horeb, when Yah made a covenant with the children of Ysrayl, when they had come out of Egypt.
Levites Clothed in White Linen Ready to Work: Yah Fills the Temple in Cloud Form
11 And it came to pass when the priests came out of the Most Qodesh Place, for all the priests who were present had sanctified themselves, without keeping to their divisions–12 And the Levites who were the singers, all those of Asaph and Heman and Yaduthun, with their sons and their brothers, stood at the east end of the altar, clothed in white linen, having cymbals, stringed instruments and harps and with them one hundred and twenty priests sounding with trumpets– 13 Indeed, it came to pass, when the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking Yah and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music and prasied Yah saying: For He is good, for His mercy endures forever (compare Psalm 106:1), that the house, the house of Yah was filled with a cloud–14 So that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud. For the esteem of Yah filled the house of Yah.
Chapter 6: Solomon Speaks to Yah
1 Then Solomon spoke: “Yah said He would dwell in the dark cloud. 2 I have surely built You an exalted house and a place for You to dwell in forever”.
Solomon’s Speech Upon Completion of the Work
3 Then the king turned around and blessed the whole assembly of Ysrayl, while all the assembly of Ysrayl was standing. 4 And he said: “Blessed be Yah Almighty of Ysrayl who has fulfilled with His hands what He spoke with His mouth to my father David saying: 5 ‘Since the day that I brought My people out of the land of Egypt, I have chosen no city from any tribe of Ysrayl in which to build a house, that My name might be there nor did I choose any man to be a ruler over My people Ysrayl. 6 Yet I have chosen Yahrushalom, that My name may be there and I have chosen David to be over My people Ysrayl’. (Also Read Deuteronomy 16:5, 6 and 16, 2 Chronicles 7:16, 1 Kings 11:36 and 2 Kings 23:27).7 Now it was in the heart of my father David to build a temple for the name of Yah Almighty of Ysrayl. 8 But Yah said to my father David, ‘Whereas it was in your heart to build a temple for My name, you did well in that it was in your heart. 9 Nevertheless, you shall not build the temple but your son who will come from your body, he shall build the temple for My name’. 10 So Yah has fulfilled His word which He spoke and I have filled the position of my father David and sit on the throne of Ysrayl, as Yah promised and I have built the temple for the name of Yah Almighty of Ysrayl. 11 And there I have put the ark, in which is the covenant of Yah which He made with the children of Ysrayl.” (Read 1 Kings 8:14-21).
Solomon Prays at the temple Kneeling and Hands Toward Heaven
12 Then Solomon stood before the altar of Yah in the presence of all the assembly of Ysrayl and spread out his hands. 13 For Solomon had made a bronze platform five cubits long, five cubits wide and three cubits high and set it in the midst of the court and he stood on it, knelt down on his knees before all the assembly of Ysrayl and spread out his hands toward heaven. 14 And he said: “Yah Almighty of Ysrayl, there is no Power in heaven or on earth like You, who keep Your covenant and mercy with Your servants who walk before You with all their hearts. 15 You have kept what You promised Your servant David, my father. You have both spoken with Your mouth and fulfilled it with Your hand, as it is this day. 16 Therefore, Yah Almighty of Ysrayl, now keep what You promised Your servant David, my father saying, ‘You shall not fail to have a man sit before Me on the throne of Ysrayl, only if your sons take heed to their way, that they walk in My law as you have walked before Me’. 17 And now, O Yah Almighty of Ysrayl, let Your word come true, which You have spoken to Your servant David.
Solomon Asks Yah to Hear the Prayers of His Servants that Pray Towards the Temple and Forgive
18 But will Yah indeed dwell with men on earth? Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain You. How much less this temple which I have built! 19 Yet regard the prayer of Your servant and his supplication (petition), O Yah my Father and listen to the cry and the prayer which Your servant is praying before You: 20 That Your eyes may be open toward this temple day and night, toward the place where You said You would put Your name, that You may hear the prayer which Your Servant makes toward this place. 21 And may You hear the supplications of Your servant and of Your people Ysrayl, when they pray toward this place. Hear from heaven Your dwelling place and when You hear, forgive.
Solomon Asks Yah to Judge When Someone Sins Against His Neighbor and to Take an Oath at the Altar
22 If anyone sins against his neighbor and is forced to take an oath and comes and takes an oath before Your altar in this temple–23 Then hear from heaven and act and judge Your servants, bringing retribution on the wicked by bringing his way of his own head and justifying the righteous by giving him according to his righteousness.
Solomon Asks Yah to Hear Ysrayl Confess Sin When an Enemy Defeats the Army
24 Or if Your people Ysrayl are defeated before an enemy because they have sinned against You and return and confess Your name and pray and make supplication (petition) before You in this temple–25 Then hear from heaven and forgive the sin of Your people Ysrayl and bring them back to the land which You gave to them and their fathers.
Solomon Asks Yah Hear Ysrayl Confess Sin and Send Rain
26 When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain because they have sinned against You, when they pray toward this place and confess Your name and turn from their sin because You afflict them–27 Then hear in heaven and forgive the sin of Your servants, Your people Ysrayl, that You may teach them the good way in which they should walk and send rain on Your land which You have given to Your people as an inheritance.
Solomon Asks Yah to Heal the Land and the People If They Turn Back to Him
28 When there is famine in the land, pestilence or blight or mildew, locusts or grasshoppers; when their enemy besiege them in the land of their cities, whatever plague or whatever sickness there is–29 Whatever prayer, whatever supplication (petition) is made by anyone or by all Your people Ysrayl, when each one knows his own burden and his own grief and spreads out his hands to this temple: 30 Then hear from heaven Your dwelling place and forgive and give to everyone according to all his ways, whose heart You know, for You alone know the hearts of the sons of men. 31 That they may fear You, to walk in Your ways as long as they live in the land which You gave to our fathers.
Solomon Asks Yah to Hear the Petition of Foreigners that Live in the Land and Call Upon His Name
32 Moreover, concerning a foreigner, who is not of Your people Ysrayl but has come from a far country for the sake of Your great name and Your mighty hand and Your outstretched arm, when they come and pray in this temple–33 Then hear from heaven Your dwelling place and do according to all for which the foreigner calls to You, that all peoples of the earth may know Your name and fear You, as do Your people Ysrayl and that they may know that this temple which I have built is called by Your name. 35 Then hear from heaven their prayer and their supplication and maintain their cause.
Solomon Asks Yah to Hear When the Children of Ysrayl Cry Out to Him During Captivity in a Foreign Land
36 When they sin against You, for there is no one who does not sin, and You become angry with them and deliver them to the enemy and they take them captive to a land far or near–37 Yet when they come to themselves in the land where they were carried captive and repent and make supplication to You in the land of their captivity saying, “We have sinned. We have done wrong and have committed wickedness’–38 And when they return to You with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their captivity, where they have been carried captive and pray toward their land which You gave to their fathers, the city which You have chosen and toward the temple which I have built for Your name–39 Then hear from heaven Your dwelling place their prayer and their supplications and maintain their cause and forgive Your people who have sinned against You. 40 Now, my Yah, I pray, let Your eyes be open and let Your ears be attentive to the prayer made in this place.
Solomon Asks Yah with the Ark of the Covenant to Enter the Temple
41 Now therefore, Arise O Yah Almighty, to Your resting place, You and the ark of Your strength. Let Your priests, O Master Yah, be clothed with salvation and let Your saints rejoice in goodness. 42 O Yah Almighty, do not turn away the face of Your anointed. Remember the mercies of Your servant David”. (compare to Psalm 132:8-10).
*1 Kings 8:22-53, praying toward Yahrushalom asking to be forgiven is called the prayer of redemption.