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C hronicles – E Z R A – N E H E M I A H
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before you in wholehearted devotion. You have kept your promise to
your servant David, my father. You made that promise with your own
mouth, and with your own hands you have fulfilled it today.
“And now, O Lord, God of Israel, carry out the additional promise
you made to your servant David, my father. For you said to him, ‘If your
descendants guard their behavior and faithfully follow my Law as you
have done, one of them will always sit on the throne of Israel.’ Now,
O Lord, God of Israel, fulfill this promise to your servant David.
“But will God really live on earth among people? Why, even the
highest heavens cannot contain you. How much less this Temple I
have built! Nevertheless, listen to my prayer and my plea, O Lord my
God. Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is making to you.
May you watch over this Temple day and night, this place where you
have said you would put your name. May you always hear the prayers I
make toward this place. May you hear the humble and earnest requests
from me and your people Israel when we pray toward this place. Yes,
hear us from heaven where you live, and when you hear, forgive.
“If someone wrongs another person and is required to take an
oath of innocence in front of your altar at this Temple, then hear
from heaven and judge between your ­servants—­the accuser and the
accused. Pay back the guilty as they deserve. Acquit the innocent
because of their innocence.
“If your people Israel are defeated by their enemies because they
have sinned against you, and if they turn back and acknowledge your
name and pray to you here in this Temple, then hear from heaven and
forgive the sin of your people Israel and return them to this land you
gave to them and to their ancestors.
“If the skies are shut up and there is no rain because your people
have sinned against you, and if they pray toward this Temple and
acknowledge your name and turn from their sins because you have
punished them, then hear from heaven and forgive the sins of your
servants, your people Israel. Teach them to follow the right path, and
send rain on your land that you have given to your people as their
special possession.
“If there is a famine in the land or a plague or crop disease or attacks
of locusts or caterpillars, or if your people’s enemies are in the land
besieging their ­towns—­whatever disaster or disease there ­is—­and if
your people Israel pray about their troubles or sorrow, raising their
hands toward this Temple, then hear from heaven where you live, and
forgive. Give your people what their actions deserve, for you alone
know each human heart. Then they will fear you and walk in your
ways as long as they live in the land you gave to our ancestors.
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