II Chronicles 7
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1  When Shlomo finished praying, fire descended from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of Hashem filled the House.

א  וּכְכַלּוֹת שְׁלֹמֹה לְהִתְפַּלֵּל וְהָאֵשׁ יָרְדָה מֵהַשָּׁמַיִם וַתֹּאכַל הָעֹלָה וְהַזְּבָחִים וּכְבוֹד יְהֹוָה מָלֵא אֶת־הַבָּיִת׃

2  The Kohanim could not enter the House of Hashem, for the glory of Hashem filled the House of Hashem.

ב  וְלֹא יָכְלוּ הַכֹּהֲנִים לָבוֹא אֶל־בֵּית יְהֹוָה כִּי־מָלֵא כְבוֹד־יְהֹוָה אֶת־בֵּית יְהֹוָה׃

3  All the Israelites witnessed the descent of the fire and the glory of Hashem on the House; they knelt with their faces to the ground and prostrated themselves, praising Hashem, “For He is good, for His steadfast love is eternal.”

ג  וְכֹל בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל רֹאִים בְּרֶדֶת הָאֵשׁ וּכְבוֹד יְהֹוָה עַל־הַבָּיִת וַיִּכְרְעוּ אַפַּיִם אַרְצָה עַל־הָרִצְפָה וַיִּשְׁתַּחֲווּ וְהוֹדוֹת לַיהֹוָה כִּי טוֹב כִּי לְעוֹלָם חַסְדּוֹ׃

4  Then the king and all the people offered sacrifices before Hashem.

ד  וְהַמֶּלֶךְ וְכָל־הָעָם זֹבְחִים זֶבַח לִפְנֵי יְהֹוָה׃

5  King Shlomo offered as sacrifices 22,000 oxen and 120,000 sheep; thus the king and all the people dedicated the House of Hashem.

ה  וַיִּזְבַּח הַמֶּלֶךְ שְׁלֹמֹה אֶת־זֶבַח הַבָּקָר עֶשְׂרִים וּשְׁנַיִם אֶלֶף וְצֹאן מֵאָה וְעֶשְׂרִים אָלֶף וַיַּחְנְכוּ אֶת־בֵּית הָאֱלֹהִים הַמֶּלֶךְ וְכָל־הָעָם׃

6  The Kohanim stood at their watches; the Leviim with the instruments for Hashem‘s music that King David had made to praise Hashem, “For His steadfast love is eternal,” by means of the psalms of David that they knew. The Kohanim opposite them blew trumpets while all Yisrael were standing.

ו  וְהַכֹּהֲנִים עַל־מִשְׁמְרוֹתָם עֹמְדִים וְהַלְוִיִּם בִּכְלֵי־שִׁיר יְהֹוָה אֲשֶׁר עָשָׂה דָּוִיד הַמֶּלֶךְ לְהֹדוֹת לַיהֹוָה כִּי־לְעוֹלָם חַסְדּוֹ בְּהַלֵּל דָּוִיד בְּיָדָם וְהַכֹּהֲנִים מחצצרים [מַחְצְרִים] נֶגְדָּם וְכָל־יִשְׂרָאֵל עֹמְדִים׃

7  Shlomo consecrated the center of the court in front of the House of Hashem, because he presented there the burnt offerings and the fat parts of the offerings of well-being, since the bronze mizbayach that Shlomo had made was not able to hold the burnt offerings, the meal offerings, and the fat parts.

ז  וַיְקַדֵּשׁ שְׁלֹמֹה אֶת־תּוֹךְ הֶחָצֵר אֲשֶׁר לִפְנֵי בֵית־יְהֹוָה כִּי־עָשָׂה שָׁם הָעֹלוֹת וְאֵת חֶלְבֵי הַשְּׁלָמִים כִּי־מִזְבַּח הַנְּחֹשֶׁת אֲשֶׁר עָשָׂה שְׁלֹמֹה לֹא יָכוֹל לְהָכִיל אֶת־הָעֹלָה וְאֶת־הַמִּנְחָה וְאֶת־הַחֲלָבִים׃

8  At that time Shlomo kept the Feast for seven days—all Yisrael with him—a great assemblage from Lebo-hamath to the Wadi of Egypt.

ח  וַיַּעַשׂ שְׁלֹמֹה אֶת־הֶחָג בָּעֵת הַהִיא שִׁבְעַת יָמִים וְכָל־יִשְׂרָאֵל עִמּוֹ קָהָל גָּדוֹל מְאֹד מִלְּבוֹא חֲמָת עַד־נַחַל מִצְרָיִם׃

9  On the eighth day they held a solemn gathering; they observed the dedication of the mizbayach seven days, and the Feast seven days.

ט  וַיַּעֲשׂוּ בַּיּוֹם הַשְּׁמִינִי עֲצָרֶת כִּי חֲנֻכַּת הַמִּזְבֵּחַ עָשׂוּ שִׁבְעַת יָמִים וְהֶחָג שִׁבְעַת יָמִים׃

10  On the twenty-third day of the seventh month he dismissed the people to their homes, rejoicing and in good spirits over the goodness that Hashem had shown to David and Shlomo and His people Yisrael.

י  וּבְיוֹם עֶשְׂרִים וּשְׁלֹשָׁה לַחֹדֶשׁ הַשְּׁבִיעִי שִׁלַּח אֶת־הָעָם לְאָהֳלֵיהֶם שְׂמֵחִים וְטוֹבֵי לֵב עַל־הַטּוֹבָה אֲשֶׁר עָשָׂה יְהֹוָה לְדָוִיד וְלִשְׁלֹמֹה וּלְיִשְׂרָאֵל עַמּוֹ׃

11  Thus Shlomo finished building the House of Hashem and the royal palace; Shlomo succeeded in everything he had set his heart on accomplishing with regard to the House of Hashem and his palace.

יא  וַיְכַל שְׁלֹמֹה אֶת־בֵּית יְהֹוָה וְאֶת־בֵּית הַמֶּלֶךְ וְאֵת כָּל־הַבָּא עַל־לֵב שְׁלֹמֹה לַעֲשׂוֹת בְּבֵית־יְהֹוָה וּבְבֵיתוֹ הִצְלִיחַ׃

12  Hashem appeared to Shlomo at night and said to him, “I have heard your prayer and have chosen this site as My House of sacrifice.

יב  וַיֵּרָא יְהֹוָה אֶל־שְׁלֹמֹה בַּלָּיְלָה וַיֹּאמֶר לוֹ שָׁמַעְתִּי אֶת־תְּפִלָּתֶךָ וּבָחַרְתִּי בַּמָּקוֹם הַזֶּה לִי לְבֵית זָבַח׃

13  If I shut up the heavens and there is no rain; if I command the locusts to ravage the land; or if I let loose pestilence against My people,

יג  הֵן אֶעֱצֹר הַשָּׁמַיִם וְלֹא־יִהְיֶה מָטָר וְהֵן־אֲצַוֶּה עַל־חָגָב לֶאֱכוֹל הָאָרֶץ וְאִם־אֲשַׁלַּח דֶּבֶר בְּעַמִּי׃

14  when My people, who bear My name, humble themselves, pray, and seek My favor and turn from their evil ways, I will hear in My heavenly abode and forgive their sins and heal their land.

v’-yi-ka-n’-U a-MEE a-SHER nik-ra sh’-MEE a-lay-HEM v’-yit-pa-l’-LU vee-vak-SHU fa-NAI v’-ya-SHU-vu mi-dar-khay-HEM ha-ra-EEM va-a-NEE esh-MA min ha-sha-MA-yim v’-es-LAKH l’-kha-ta-TAM v’-er-PA et ar-TZAM

יד  וְיִכָּנְעוּ עַמִּי אֲשֶׁר נִקְרָא־שְׁמִי עֲלֵיהֶם וְיִתְפַּלְלוּ וִיבַקְשׁוּ פָנַי וְיָשֻׁבוּ מִדַּרְכֵיהֶם הָרָעִים וַאֲנִי אֶשְׁמַע מִן־הַשָּׁמַיִם וְאֶסְלַח לְחַטָּאתָם וְאֶרְפָּא אֶת־אַרְצָם׃

7:14  Forgive their sins and heal their land

The Children of Israel are God’s chosen people, and the Land of Israel is His chosen land. The people’s conduct directly influences what happens in the land, since Hashem responds to them with reward or punishment as appropriate. As such, the people feel a great attachment to the land, since it is through the land that God communicates whether or not His people are following His will.Comment

15  Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to the prayers from this place.

טו  עַתָּה עֵינַי יִהְיוּ פְתֻחוֹת וְאָזְנַי קַשֻּׁבוֹת לִתְפִלַּת הַמָּקוֹם הַזֶּה׃

16  And now I have chosen and consecrated this House that My name be there forever. My eyes and My heart shall always be there.

טז  וְעַתָּה בָּחַרְתִּי וְהִקְדַּשְׁתִּי אֶת־הַבַּיִת הַזֶּה לִהְיוֹת־שְׁמִי שָׁם עַד־עוֹלָם וְהָיוּ עֵינַי וְלִבִּי שָׁם כָּל־הַיָּמִים׃

17  As for you, if you walk before Me as your father David walked before Me, doing all that I have commanded you, keeping My laws and rules,

יז  וְאַתָּה אִם־תֵּלֵךְ לְפָנַי כַּאֲשֶׁר הָלַךְ דָּוִיד אָבִיךָ וְלַעֲשׂוֹת כְּכֹל אֲשֶׁר צִוִּיתִיךָ וְחֻקַּי וּמִשְׁפָּטַי תִּשְׁמוֹר׃

18  then I will establish your royal throne over Yisrael forever, in accordance with the Covenant I made with your father David, saying, ‘You shall never lack a descendant ruling over Yisrael.’

יח  וַהֲקִימוֹתִי אֵת כִּסֵּא מַלְכוּתֶךָ כַּאֲשֶׁר כָּרַתִּי לְדָוִיד אָבִיךָ לֵאמֹר לֹא־יִכָּרֵת לְךָ אִישׁ מוֹשֵׁל בְּיִשְׂרָאֵל׃

19  But if you turn away from Me and forsake My laws and commandments that I set before you, and go and serve other gods and worship them,

יט  וְאִם־תְּשׁוּבוּן אַתֶּם וַעֲזַבְתֶּם חֻקּוֹתַי וּמִצְוׂתַי אֲשֶׁר נָתַתִּי לִפְנֵיכֶם וַהֲלַכְתֶּם וַעֲבַדְתֶּם אֱלֹהִים אֲחֵרִים וְהִשְׁתַּחֲוִיתֶם לָהֶם׃

20  then I will uproot them from My land that I gave them, and this House that I consecrated to My name I shall cast out of my sight, and make it a proverb and a byword among all peoples.

כ  וּנְתַשְׁתִּים מֵעַל אַדְמָתִי אֲשֶׁר נָתַתִּי לָהֶם וְאֶת־הַבַּיִת הַזֶּה אֲשֶׁר הִקְדַּשְׁתִּי לִשְׁמִי אַשְׁלִיךְ מֵעַל פָּנָי וְאֶתְּנֶנּוּ לְמָשָׁל וְלִשְׁנִינָה בְּכָל־הָעַמִּים׃

21  And as for this House, once so exalted, everyone passing by it shall be appalled and say, ‘Why did Hashem do thus to this land and to this House?’

כא  וְהַבַּיִת הַזֶּה אֲשֶׁר הָיָה עֶלְיוֹן לְכָל־עֹבֵר עָלָיו יִשֹּׁם וְאָמַר בַּמֶּה עָשָׂה יְהֹוָה כָּכָה לָאָרֶץ הַזֹּאת וְלַבַּיִת הַזֶּה׃

22  And the reply will be, ‘It is because they forsook God of their fathers who freed them from the land of Egypt, and adopted other gods and worshiped them and served them; therefore He brought all this calamity upon them.’”

כב  וְאָמְרוּ עַל אֲשֶׁר עָזְבוּ אֶת־יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהֵי אֲבֹתֵיהֶם אֲשֶׁר הוֹצִיאָם מֵאֶרֶץ מִצְרַיִם וַיַּחֲזִיקוּ בֵּאלֹהִים אֲחֵרִים וַיִּשְׁתַּחֲווּ לָהֶם וַיַּעַבְדוּם עַל־כֵּן הֵבִיא עֲלֵיהֶם אֵת כָּל־הָרָעָה הַזֹּאת׃

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  • It is obvious from these verses that prosperity in and on the land is subject to Shlomo and the Israelites keeping G-d's commandments and honouring Hashem. Blessing always comes with responsibility doesn't it! But we see that G-d has made it very clear to Shlomo that it's all on his terms – for all that Hashem says time and time again in 2 Chron that he will hear from heaven if the people repent. Such is the heart of Hashem, that he understands that we are not perfect and that there will be times when we do fail him, that even makes the way back to him.

    What a promise for our land if we keep G-d's commandments. This is a verse [14] that has been heard and spoken around the world, as sometimes we stand in the gap for our countries sin, when we see G-dliness trampled underfoot by our leaders. So for Shlomo what weight he had on his shoulders. It behoves us to pray for our leaders!

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