Chapter 7: Yah Sends Fire From Heaven After Solomon Finished Praying: The Esteem of Yah Fills the House So that the Priests Can Not Enter: The Children of Ysrayl Bow Down to Yah
1 When Solomon had finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices and the esteem of Yah filled the temple. 2 And the priests could not enter the house of Yah because the esteem of Yah had filled Yah’s house. 3 When all the children of Ysrayl saw how the fire came down and the esteem of Yah on the temple, they bowed their faces to the ground on the pavement and worshiped and praised Yah saying: For He is good, for His mercy endures forever.
*Compare to Psalm 106:1 and 1 Chronicles 29:20
Solomon and the Children of Ysrayl Sacrifice to Yah: The Levites Praise Yah with Music: The Levites Sound the Shofars and the Children of Ysrayl Stand at Attention
4 Then the king and all the people offered sacrifices before Yah. 5 King Solomon offered a sacrifice of twenty-two thousand bulls and one hundred and twenty thousand sheep. 6 And the priest attended to their services. The Levites also with instruments of the music of Yah, which King David had made to praise Yah saying, “For His mercy endures forever, whenever David offered praise by their ministry. The priests sounded trumpets opposite them, while all Ysrayl stood.
Solomon Sacrificed (Consecrated or Dedicated) to Yah in the Middle of the Court
7 Furthermore, Solomon consecrated the middle of the court that was in front of the house of Yah, for there he offered burnt offerings and the fat of the peace offerings because the bronze altar which Solomon had made was not able to receive the burnt offerings, the grain offerings and the fat.
Solomon and the Children of Ysrayl Feast for Seven Days and on the Eighth Day a Qodesh Assembly
8 At that time Solomon kept the feast seven days and all Ysrayl with him, a very great assembly from the entrance of Hamath to the Brook of Egypt (that is, the Shihor, compare 1 Chronicles 13:5). 9 And on the eighth day, they held a sacred assembly, for they observed the dedication of the altar seven days and the feast seven days. 10 On the twenty-third day of the seventh month he sent the people away to their tents, joyful and glad of heart for the good that Yah had done for David, for Solomon and for His people Ysrayl. 11 Thus Solomon finished the house of Yah and the king’s house and Solomon successfully accomplished all that came into his heart to make in the house of Yah and in his own house.
Yah Appears to Solomon a Second Time and Answers Solomon’s Question About Hearing Our Prayers From Heaven If We Turn to the Temple (or Yahrushalom) and Pray
12 Then Yah appeared to Solomon by night and said to him: “I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for Myself as a house of sacrifice. 13 When I shut up heaven and there is no rain or command the locusts to devour the land or send pestilence among My people–14 If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 15 Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place. 16 For now I have chosen and sanctified this house, that My name may be there forever and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually”.
Yah Talks to Solomon About His Walk and to Keep the Commandments
17 “As for you, if you walk before Me as your father David walked and do according to all that I have commanded you and if you keep My statues and My judgments. 18 Then I will establish the throne of your kingdom, as I covenanted with David your father saying, ‘You shall not fail to have a man as ruler in Ysrayl’.”
Yah Explains to Solomon What Will Happen If the Children of Ysrayl Bow to the Fallen Malakim (Angels or Gods)
19 But if you turn away and forsake My statues and My commandments which I have set before you and go and serve the gods and worship them–20 Then I will uproot them from My land which I have given them and this house which I have sanctified for My name, I will cast out of My sight and will make it a proverb and a byword among all peoples. 21 And as for this house, which is exalted, everyone who passes by it will be astonished and say, ‘Why has Yah done thus to this land and this house’? 22 Then they will answer, ‘Because they forsook Yah Almighty of their fathers, who brought them out of the land of Egypt and embraced the gods and worshiped them and served them. Therefore, He has brought all this calamity on them’.”
Chapter 8: Other Achievements of Solomon: Solomon Builds Up Cities and Settles the Children of Ysrayl There
1 It came to pass at the end of twenty years, when Solomon had built the house of Yah and his own house–2 That the cities which Hiram had given to Solomon, Solomon built them and he settled the children of Ysrayl there. 3 And Solomon went to Hannah Zobah and seized it. 4 He also built Tadmor in the wilderness and all the storage cities which he built in Hamath. 5 He built Upper Beth Horon and Lower Beth Horon, fortified cities with walls, gates and bars–6 Also Baalath and all the storage cities that Solomon had and all the chariot cities and the cities of the calvary and all that Solomon desired to build in Yahrushalom, in Lebanon and in all the land of his dominion.
Solomon Sets Up Officials Over the People
7 All the people who were left of the Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Yebusites, who were not of Ysrayl–8 That is, their descendants who were left in the land after them, whom the children of Ysrayl did not destroy–from these Solomon raised forced labor, as it is to this day. 9 But Solomon did not make the children of Ysrayl servants for his work. Some were men of war, captains of his officers, captains of his chariots and his cavalry. 10 And others were chiefs of the officials of King Solomon: two hundred and fifty, who ruled over the people.
Solomon Moves His Wife Into His House
11 Now Solomon brought the daughter of Pharoah up from the City of David to the house he had built for her, for he said, “My wife shall not dwell in the house of David king of Ysrayl because the places to which the ark of Yah has come are qodesh”.
Solomon Sacrifies to Yah:Solomon Keeps the Order David Set
12 Then Solomon offered burnt offerings to Yah on the altar of Yah which he had built before the vestibule–13 According to the daily rate, offering according to the commandment of Moshe, for the Shabbats, the New Moons and the three appointed yearly feasts–the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Feast of Weeks and the Feast of Tabernacles. 14 And According to the order of David his father, he appointed the divisions of the priests for their service, the Levites for their duties, to praise and serve before the priests, as the duty of each day required and the gatekeepers by their divisions at each gate. For so David the man of Yah had commanded. 15 They did not depart from the command of the king to the priests and Levites concerning any matter or concerning the treasuries.
Solomon Visits the Seacoast: Hiram Sends Ships to Solomon and Their Servants Bring Back Gold From Ophir
16 Now all the work of Solom was well-ordered from the day of the foundation of the house of Yah until it was finished. So the house of Yah was completed. 17 Then Solomon went to Ezion Geber and Ylath (Hebrew Yloth, compare 2 Kings 14:22) on the seacoast, in the land of Edom. 18 And Hiram sent him ships by the hand of his servants and servants who knew the sea. They went with the servants of Solomon to Ophir and acquired four hundred and fifty talents of gold from there and brought it to King Solomon.