2 Chronicles 7
1Now when Solomon’s prayers were ended, fire came down from heaven, burning up all the offerings; and the house was full of the glory of the Lord.
2And the priests were not able to go into the house of the Lord, for the Lord’s house was full of the glory of the Lord.
3And all the children of Israel were looking on when the fire came down, and the glory of the Lord was on the house; and they went down on their knees, with their faces to the earth, worshipping and praising the Lord, and saying, He is good; for his mercy is unchanging for ever.
4Then the king and all the people made offerings before the Lord.
5King Solomon made an offering of twenty-two thousand oxen, and a hundred and twenty thousand sheep. So the king and all the people kept the feast of the opening of the house of God.
6And the priests were in their places, and the Levites with their instruments of music for the Lord’s song, which David the king had made for the praise of the Lord whose mercy is unchanging for ever, when David gave praise by their hand; and the priests were sounding horns before them; and all Israel were on their feet.
7Then Solomon made holy the middle of the open square in front of the house of the Lord, offering the burned offerings there, and the fat of the peace-offerings; for there was not room on the brass altar which Solomon had made for all the burned offerings and the meal offerings and the fat.
8So Solomon kept the feast at that time for seven days, and all Israel with him, a very great meeting, for the people had come together from the way into Hamath and from as far as the river of Egypt.
9And on the eighth day they had a holy meeting; the offerings for making the altar holy went on for seven days, and the feast for seven days.
10And on the twenty-third day of the seventh month, he sent the people away to their tents, full of joy and glad in their hearts, because of all the good which the Lord had done to David and to Solomon and to Israel his people.
11So Solomon came to the end of building the house of the Lord and the king’s house; and everything which it was in his mind to make in the house of the Lord and for himself had been well done.
12Now the Lord came to Solomon in a vision by night, and said to him, I have given ear to your prayer, and have taken this place for myself as a house where offerings are to be made.
13If, at my word, heaven is shut up, so that there is no rain, or if I send locusts on the land for its destruction, or if I send disease on my people;
14If my people, on whom my name is named, make themselves low and come to me in prayer, searching for me and turning from their evil ways; then I will give ear from heaven, overlooking their sin, and will give life again to their land.
15Now my eyes will be open and my ears awake to the prayers made in this place.
16For I have taken this house for myself and made it holy, so that my name may be there for ever; and my eyes and my heart will be there at all times.
17And as for you, if you will go on your way before me as David your father did, doing whatever I have given you orders to do and keeping my laws and my decisions:
18Then I will make strong the seat of your kingdom, as I gave my word to David your father, saying, You will never be without a man to be ruler in Israel.
19But if you are turned away from me, and do not keep my orders and my laws which I have put before you, but go and make yourselves servants to other gods, giving them worship:
20Then I will have this people uprooted out of my land which I have given them; and this house, which I have made holy for my name, I will put away from before my eyes, and make it an example and a word of shame among all peoples.
21And this house will become a mass of broken walls, and everyone who goes by will be overcome with wonder, and will say, Why has the Lord done so to this land and to this house?
22And their answer will be, Because they were turned away from the Lord, the God of their fathers, who took them out of the land of Egypt, and took for themselves other gods and gave them worship and became their servants: that is why he has sent all this evil on them.
1For see, the day is coming, it is burning like an oven; all the men of pride and all who do evil will be dry stems of grass: and in the day which is coming they will be burned up, says the Lord of armies, till they have not a root or a branch.
2But to you who give worship to my name, the sun of righteousness will come up with new life in its wings; and you will go out, playing like young oxen full of food.
3And the evil-doers will be crushed under you, they will be dust under your feet, in the day when I do my work, says the Lord of armies.
4Keep in mind the law of Moses, my servant, which I gave him in Horeb for all Israel, even the rules and the decisions.
5See, I am sending you Elijah the prophet before the day of the Lord comes, that great day, greatly to be feared.
6And by him the hearts of fathers will be turned to their children, and the hearts of children to their fathers; for fear that I may come and put the earth under a curse.
24So they sent a second time for the man who had been blind and they said to him, Give glory to God: it is clear to us that this man is a sinner.
25He said in answer, I have no knowledge if he is a sinner or not, but one thing I am certain about; I was blind, and now I see.
26Then they said to him, What did he do to you? how did he give you the use of your eyes?
27His answer was: I have said it before, but your ears were shut: why would you have me say it again? is it your desire to become his disciples?
28And they were angry with him and said, You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses.
29We are certain that God gave his word to Moses: but as for this man, we have no knowledge where he comes from.
30The man said in answer, Why, here is a strange thing! You have no knowledge where he comes from though he gave me the use of my eyes.
31We have knowledge that God does not give ear to sinners, but if any man is a worshipper of God and does his pleasure, to him God’s ears are open.
32In all the years nobody has ever before seen the eyes of a man blind from birth made open.
33If this man did not come from God he would be unable to do anything.
34Their answer was: You came to birth through sin; do you make yourself our teacher? And they put him out of the Synagogue.
35It came to the ears of Jesus that they had put him out, and meeting him he said, Have you faith in the Son of man?
36He said in answer, And who is he, Lord? Say, so that I may have faith in him.
37Jesus said to him, You have seen him; it is he who is talking to you.
38And he said, Lord, I have faith. And he gave him worship.
39And Jesus said, I came into this world to be a judge, so that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.
40These words came to the ears of the Pharisees who were with him and they said to him, Are we, then, blind?
41Jesus said to them, If you were blind you would have no sin: but now that you say, We see; your sin is there still.