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2 Chronicles 4:1-6:11

Furnishings of the Temple

1Then he made a bronze altar, twenty cubits in length and twenty cubits in width and ten cubits in height.2Also he made the cast metal sea, ten cubits from brim to brim, circular in form, and its height was five cubits and its circumference thirty cubits.3Now figures like oxen were under it and all around it, ten cubits, entirely encircling the sea. The oxen were in two rows, cast in one piece.4It stood on twelve oxen, three facing the north, three facing west, three facing south and three facing east; and the sea was set on top of them and all their hindquarters turned inwards.5It was a handbreadth thick, and its brim was made like the brim of a cup, like a lily blossom; it could hold 3,000 baths.6He also made ten basins in which to wash, and he set five on the right side and five on the left to rinse things for the burnt offering; but the sea was for the priests to wash in.

7Then he made the ten golden lampstands in the way prescribed for them and he set them in the temple, five on the right side and five on the left.8He also made ten tables and placed them in the temple, five on the right side and five on the left. And he made one hundred golden bowls.9Then he made the court of the priests and the great court and doors for the court, and overlaid their doors with bronze.10He set the sea on the right side of the house toward the southeast.

11Huram also made the pails, the shovels and the bowls. So Huram finished doing the work which he performed for King Solomon in the house of God:12the two pillars, the bowls and the two capitals on top of the pillars, and the two networks to cover the two bowls of the capitals which were on top of the pillars,13and the four hundred pomegranates for the two networks, two rows of pomegranates for each network to cover the two bowls of the capitals which were on the pillars.14He also made the stands and he made the basins on the stands,15and the one sea with the twelve oxen under it.16The pails, the shovels, the forks and all its utensils, Huram-abi made of polished bronze for King Solomon for the house of the LORD.17On the plain of the Jordan the king cast them in the clay ground between Succoth and Zeredah.18Thus Solomon made all these utensils in great quantities, for the weight of the bronze could not be found out.

19Solomon also made all the things that were in the house of God: even the golden altar, the tables with the bread of the Presence on them,20the lampstands with their lamps of pure gold, to burn in front of the inner sanctuary in the way prescribed;21the flowers, the lamps, and the tongs of gold, of purest gold;22and the snuffers, the bowls, the spoons and the firepans of pure gold; and the entrance of the house, its inner doors for the holy of holies and the doors of the house, that is, of the nave, of gold.

The Ark Is Brought into the Temple

1Thus all the work that Solomon performed for the house of the LORD was finished. And Solomon brought in the things that David his father had dedicated, even the silver and the gold and all the utensils, and put them in the treasuries of the house of God.

2Then Solomon assembled to Jerusalem the elders of Israel and all the heads of the tribes, the leaders of the fathers’ households of the sons of Israel, to bring up the ark of the covenant of the LORD out of the city of David, which is Zion.3All the men of Israel assembled themselves to the king at the feast, that is in the seventh month.4Then all the elders of Israel came, and the Levites took up the ark.5They brought up the ark and the tent of meeting and all the holy utensils which were in the tent; the Levitical priests brought them up.6And King Solomon and all the congregation of Israel who were assembled with him before the ark, were sacrificing so many sheep and oxen that they could not be counted or numbered.7Then the priests brought the ark of the covenant of the LORD to its place, into the inner sanctuary of the house, to the holy of holies, under the wings of the cherubim.8For the cherubim spread their wings over the place of the ark, so that the cherubim made a covering over the ark and its poles.9The poles were so long that the ends of the poles of the ark could be seen in front of the inner sanctuary, but they could not be seen outside; and they are there to this day.10There was nothing in the ark except the two tablets which Moses put there at Horeb, where the LORD made a covenant with the sons of Israel, when they came out of Egypt.

The Glory of God Fills the Temple

11When the priests came forth from the holy place (for all the priests who were present had sanctified themselves, without regard to divisions),12and all the Levitical singers, Asaph, Heman, Jeduthun, and their sons and kinsmen, clothed in fine linen, with cymbals, harps and lyres, standing east of the altar, and with them one hundred and twenty priests blowing trumpets13in unison when the trumpeters and the singers were to make themselves heard with one voice to praise and to glorify the LORD, and when they lifted up their voice accompanied by trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and when they praised the LORDsaying,He indeed is good for His lovingkindness is everlasting,” then the house, the house of the LORD, was filled with a cloud,14so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the LORD filled the house of God.

Solomon’s Dedication

1Then Solomon said,

“The LORD has said that He would dwell in the thick cloud.

2“I have built You a lofty house,

And a place for Your dwelling forever.”

3Then the king faced about and blessed all the assembly of Israel, while all the assembly of Israel was standing.4He said, “Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, who spoke with His mouth to my father David and has fulfilled it with His hands, saying,5‘Since the day that I brought My people from the land of Egypt, I did not choose a city out of all the tribes of Israel in which to build a house that My name might be there, nor did I choose any man for a leader over My people Israel;6but I have chosen Jerusalem that My name might be there, and I have chosen David to be over My people Israel.’7“Now it was in the heart of my father David to build a house for the name of the LORD, the God of Israel.8“But the LORD said to my father David, ‘Because it was in your heart to build a house for My name, you did well that it was in your heart.9‘Nevertheless you shall not build the house, but your son who will be born to you, he shall build the house for My name.’10“Now the LORD has fulfilled His word which He spoke; for I have risen in the place of my father David and sit on the throne of Israel, as the LORD promised, and have built the house for the name of the LORD, the God of Israel.11“There I have set the ark in which is the covenant of the LORD, which He made with the sons of Israel.”

Solomon’s Prayer of Dedication

Romans 7:1-13

Believers United to Christ

1Or do you not know, brethren (for I am speaking to those who know the law), that the law has jurisdiction over a person as long as he lives?2For the married woman is bound by law to her husband while he is living; but if her husband dies, she is released from the law concerning the husband.3So then, if while her husband is living she is joined to another man, she shall be called an adulteress; but if her husband dies, she is free from the law, so that she is not an adulteress though she is joined to another man.

4Therefore, my brethren, you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God.5For while we were in the flesh, the sinful passions, which were aroused by the Law, were at work in the members of our body to bear fruit for death.6But now we have been released from the Law, having died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in newness of the Spirit and not in oldness of the letter.

7What shall we say then? Is the Law sin? May it never be! On the contrary, I would not have come to know sin except through the Law; for I would not have known about coveting if the Law had not said, “YOUSHALL NOTCOVET.”8But sin, taking opportunity through the commandment, produced in me coveting of every kind; for apart from the Law sin is dead.9I was once alive apart from the Law; but when the commandment came, sin became alive and I died;10and this commandment, which was to result in life, proved to result in death for me;11for sin, taking an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me.12So then, the Law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.

13Therefore did that which is good become a causeof death for me? May it never be! Rather it was sin, in order that it might be shown to be sin by effecting my death through that which is good, so that through the commandment sin would become utterly sinful.

The Conflict of Two Natures

Proverbs 19:22-23

22What is desirable in a man is his kindness,

And it is better to be a poor man than a liar.

23The fear of the LORDleads to life,

So that one may sleep satisfied, untouched by evil.