Kings 8:22-30, 41-43
Kings 8: 22-30, 41-43
Then Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of
all the assembly of Israel, and spread out his hands to heaven.
He said, "O LORD, God of Israel, there is no God like you in
heaven above or on earth beneath, keeping covenant and steadfast
love for your servants who walk before you with all their heart,
the covenant that you kept for your servant my father David as you
declared to him; you promised with your mouth and have this day
fulfilled with your hand.
Therefore, O LORD, God of Israel, keep for your servant my father
David that which you promised him, saying, 'There shall never fail
you a successor before me to sit on the throne of Israel, if only
your children look to their way, to walk before me as you have
walked before me.'
Therefore, O God of Israel, let your word be confirmed, which you
promised to your servant my father David.
"But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Even heaven and the
highest heaven cannot contain you, much less this house that I
Regard your servant's prayer and his plea, O LORD my God, heeding
the cry and the prayer that your servant prays to you today;
that your eyes may be open night and day toward this house, the
place of which you said, 'My name shall be there,' that you may
heed the prayer that your servant prays toward this place.
Hear the plea of your servant and of your people Israel when they
pray toward this place; O hear in heaven your dwelling place; heed
"Likewise when a foreigner, who is not of your people Israel,
comes from a distant land because of your name
--for they shall hear of your great name, your mighty hand, and
your outstretched arm--when a foreigner comes and prays toward
then hear in heaven your dwelling place, and do according to all
that the foreigner calls to you, so that all the peoples of the
earth may know your name and fear you, as do your people Israel,
and so that they may know that your name has been invoked on this
house that I have built.
84:1 How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD of hosts!
My soul longs, indeed it faints for the courts of the LORD; my
heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God.
Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself,
where she may lay her young, at your altars, O LORD of hosts, my
King and my God.
Happy are those who live in your house, ever singing your praise.
Happy are those whose strength is in you, in whose heart are the
highways to Zion.
As they go through the valley of Baca they make it a place of
springs; the early rain also covers it with pools.
They go from strength to strength; the God of gods will be seen in
O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer; give ear, O God of Jacob!
Behold our shield, O God; look on the face of your anointed.
For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I
would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than live in
the tents of wickedness.
For the LORD God is a sun and shield; he bestows favor and honor.
No good thing does the LORD withhold from those who walk
O LORD of hosts, happy is everyone who trusts in you.
6:10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his
Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand
against the wiles of the devil.
For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but
against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic
powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of
evil in the heavenly places.
Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able
to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to
Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist,
and put on the breastplate of righteousness.
As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to
proclaim the gospel of peace.
With all of these, take the shield of faith, with which you will
be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which
is the word of God.
Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication.
To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for
all the saints.
Pray also for me, so that when I speak, a message may be given to
me to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel,
for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it
boldly, as I must speak.
6:56 Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I
Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the
Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me.
This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which
your ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread
will live forever."
He said these things while he was teaching in the synagogue at
When many of his disciples heard it, they said, "This
teaching is difficult; who can accept it?"
But Jesus, being aware that his disciples were complaining about
it, said to them, "Does this offend you?
Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he
It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh is useless. The words
that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.
But among you there are some who do not believe." For Jesus
knew from the first who were the ones that did not believe, and
who was the one that would betray him.
And he said, "For this reason I have told you that no one can
come to me unless it is granted by the Father."
Because of this many of his disciples turned back and no longer
went about with him.
So Jesus asked the twelve, "Do you also wish to go
Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom can we go? You have
the words of eternal life.
We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of