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Tanach - Chronicles I Chapter 29

9. Then the people rejoiced, for having offered willingly, because with perfect heart they offered willingly to the
Lord; and David the king also rejoiced with great joy.
10. And David blessed the Lord before all the congregation; and David said, Blessed be you, Lord God of Israel our
father, forever and ever.
11. Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty; for all
that is in heaven and in earth is yours; your is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all.
12. Both riches and honor come from you, and you reign over all; and in your hand is power and might; and in your
hand it is to make great, and to give strength to all.
13. Now therefore, our God, we thank you, and praise your glorious name.

Tanach - Chronicles I Chapter 21

1. And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to make a census of Israel.
13. And David said to Gad, I am in great distress; let me fall rather into the hand of the Lord; for very great are his
mercies; but let me not fall into the hand of man.
14. And the Lord sent a pestilence upon Israel; and there fell of Israel seventy thousand men.
15. And God sent an angel to Jerusalem to destroy it; and as he was destroying, the Lord saw and he repented of the
evil, and said to the angel who destroyed, It is enough, stay now your hand. And the angel of the Lord stood by the
threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite.
16. And David lifted up his eyes, and saw the angel of the Lord standing between the earth and the heaven, having a
drawn sword in his hand stretched out over Jerusalem. Then David and the elders of Israel, who were clothed in
sackcloth, fell upon their faces.
17. And David said to God, Was it not I who commanded the people to be counted? It is I who have sinned and done
very wickedly; but as for these sheep, what have they done? Let your hand, I pray you, O Lord my God, be against
me, and against my father’s house; but let not the plague be upon your people.
18. Then the angel of the Lord commanded Gad to say to David, that David should go up, and set up an altar to the
Lord on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite.
19. And David went up at the saying of Gad, which he spoke in the name of the Lord.
20. And Ornan turned back, and saw the angel; and his four sons with him hid themselves. And Ornan was threshing
21. And as David came to Ornan, Ornan looked and saw David, and went out from the threshing floor, and bowed
himself to David with his face to the ground.
22. Then David said to Ornan, Grant me the place of this threshing floor, that I may build an altar on it to the Lord;
you shall grant it to me for the full price; that the plague may be stayed from the people.
23. And Ornan said to David, Take it, and let my lord the king do that which is good in his eyes; behold, I give you
also the oxen for burnt offerings, and the threshing instruments for wood, and the wheat for the meal offering; I give
it all.
24. And king David said to Ornan, No; but I will buy it for the full price; for I will not take that which is yours for
the Lord, nor offer burnt offerings without cost.
25. And David gave to Ornan six hundred shekels of gold by weight for the place.
26. And David built there an altar to the Lord, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings, and called upon the
Lord; and he answered him from heaven by fire upon the altar of the burnt offering.
27. And the Lord commanded the angel; and he put his sword back into its sheath.
28. At that time when David saw that the Lord had answered him in the threshing floor of Ornan the
Jebusite, then he sacrificed there.
29. And the tabernacle of the Lord, which Moses made in the wilderness, and the altar of the burnt offering,
were at that time in the high place at Gibeon.
30. And David could not go before it to inquire of God; for he was afraid because of the sword of the angel of
the Lord.

Tanach - Chronicles I Chapter 22

1. Then David said, This is the house of the Lord God, and this is the altar of the burnt offering for Israel.
2. And David commanded to gather together the foreigners who were in the land of Israel; and he set masons
to hew dressed stones to build the house of God.
3. And David prepared iron in abundance for the nails for the doors of the gates, and for the joinings; and bronze in
abundance beyond weighing.
4. Also cedar wood in abundance; for the Sidonians and Tyrians brought much cedar wood to David.
5. And David said, Solomon my son is young and tender, and the house that is to be built for the Lord must be
exceedingly magnificent, of fame and of glory throughout all lands. I will therefore now make preparation for it.
And David prepared abundant materials before his death.
6. Then he called for Solomon his son, and charged him to build a house for the Lord God of Israel.
7. And David said to Solomon, My son, as for me, it was in my mind to build a house to the name of the Lord
my God;
8. And the word of the Lord came to me, saying, You have shed abundant blood, and have made great wars;
you shall not build a house to my name, because you have shed much blood upon the earth in my sight.
9. Behold, a son shall be born to you, who shall be a man of rest; and I will give him rest from all his enemies
around; for his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quiet to Israel in his days.
10. He shall build a house for my name; and he shall be my son, and I will be his father; and I will establish the
throne of his kingdom over Israel forever.
11. Now, my son, the Lord be with you; and prosper you, and build the house of the Lord your God, as he has said
of you.
12. Only may the Lord give you wisdom and understanding, than when he gives you charge concerning Israel, that
you may keep the Torah of the Lord your God.
13. Then shall you prosper, if you take heed to fulfil the statutes and judgments which the Lord commanded Moses
for Israel; be strong, and of good courage; do not fear, nor be dismayed.
14. And, behold, in my trouble I have prepared for the house of the Lord a hundred thousand talents of gold, and a
million talents of silver; and of bronze and iron beyond weighing; for it is in abundance; I have also prepared timber
and stone; and you may add to it.
15. And there are workmen with you in abundance, hewers and workers of stone and timber, and all kinds of skilful
men for every kind of work,
16. Of gold, of silver, and of bronze, and of iron; there are numberless. Arise therefore, and do, and the Lord be with
17. David also commanded all the princes of Israel to help Solomon his son, saying:
18. Is not the Lord your God with you? And has he not given you rest on every side? For he has given the
inhabitants of the land into my hand; and the land is subdued before the Lord, and before his people.
19. Now set your heart and your soul to seek the Lord your God; arise therefore, and build the sanctuary of the Lord
God, to bring the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and the holy utensils of God, into the house that is to be built to
the name of the Lord.

Tanach - Chronicles II Chapter 6

1. Then said Solomon, The Lord has said that he would dwell in the thick darkness.
2. And I have built a house of habitation for you, and a place for your dwelling forever.
3. And the king turned his face, and blessed the whole congregation of Israel; and all the congregation of Israel
4. And he said, Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, who has with his hands fulfilled that which he spoke with his
mouth to my father David, saying,
5. Since the day that I brought forth my people from the land of Egypt I chose no city among all the tribes of
Israel to build a house in, that my name might be there; nor did I choose any man to be a ruler over my
people Israel;
6. And I have chosen Jerusalem, that my name might be there; and have chosen David to be over my people
7. And it was in the heart of David my father to build a house for the name of the Lord God of Israel.
8. And the Lord said to David my father, Whereas it was in your heart to build a house for my name, you did well in
that it was in your heart;
9. Nevertheless you shall not build the house; but your son who shall come forth from your loins, he shall build the
house for my name.
10. The Lord therefore has performed his word that he has spoken; for I am risen up in the place of David my father,
and am set on the throne of Israel, as the Lord promised, and have built the house for the name of the Lord God of
11. And in it have I put the ark, where inside is the covenant of the Lord, that he made with the people of Israel.
12. And he stood before the altar of the Lord in the presence of all the congregation of Israel, and stretched out his
13. For Solomon had made a bronze scaffold, of five cubits long, and five cubits broad, and three cubits high, and
had set it in the midst of the court; and upon it he stood, and kneeled down upon his knees before all the
congregation of Israel, and stretched out his hands toward heaven,
14. And said, O Lord God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven or in earth; who keeps the covenant, and
shows loving kindness to your servants, who walk before you with all their hearts;
15. You who have kept with your servant David my father that which you had promised him; and have spoken with
your mouth, and have fulfilled it with your hand, as it is this day.
16. Now therefore, O Lord God of Israel, keep with your servant David my father that which you have promised
him, saying, There shall not fail you a man in my sight to sit upon the throne of Israel, if only your children would
take heed to their way, to walk in my Torah, as you have walked before me.
17. Now then, O Lord God of Israel, let your word be confirmed, which you have spoken to your servant
18. Will God indeed dwell with men on the earth? Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain
you; how much less this house which I have built!
19. Have regard therefore to the prayer of your servant, and to his supplication, O Lord my God, to listen to
the cry and the prayer which your servant prays before you;
20. That your eyes may be open upon this house day and night, upon the place about which you have said that
you would put your name there; to listen to the prayer which your servant prays toward this place.
21. Listen to the supplications of your servant, and of your people Israel, which they shall make toward this
place; hear from your dwelling place, from heaven; and when you hear, forgive.
22. If a man sins against his neighbor, and an oath is laid upon him to make him swear, and the oath comes
before your altar in this house;
23. Then hear you from heaven, and do, and judge your servants, by requiting the wicked, by rewarding his
way upon his own head; and by justifying the righteous, by giving him according to his righteousness.
24. And if your people Israel are defeated by the enemy, because they have sinned against you; and shall
return and confess your name, and pray and make supplication before you in this house;
25. Then hear you from the heavens, and forgive the sin of your people Israel, and bring them back to the
land which you gave to them and to their fathers.
26. When the heaven is shut up, and there is no rain, because they have sinned against you; yet if they would
pray toward this place, and confess your name, and turn from their sin, when you afflict them;
27. Then hear you in heaven, and forgive the sin of your servants, your people Israel, when you have taught
them the good way, in which they should walk; and send rain upon your land, which you have given to your
people as an inheritance.
28. If there should be famine in the land, if there should be pestilence, if there should be blight, or mildew,
locusts, or caterpillars; if if their enemies should besiege them in the cities of their land; whatever plague,
whatever sickness should be;
29. Then whatever prayer, whatever supplication, shall be made by any man, or by all your people Israel,
when every one shall know his own affliction and his own grief, and shall stretch out his hands in this house;
30. Then hear from heaven your dwelling place, and forgive, and render to every man according to all his
ways, whose heart you know; for only you know the hearts of the sons of men;
31. That they may fear you, to walk in your ways, that they should live in the land which you gave to our
32. And also, concerning the foreigner, who is not of your people Israel, but has come from a far country for
your great name’s sake, and your mighty hand, and your stretched out arm; if they come and pray in this
33. Then hear you from the heavens, from your dwelling place, and do according to all that the foreigner calls
to you for; that all the peoples of the earth may know your name, and fear you, as does your people Israel,
and may know that this house which I have built is called by your name.
34. If your people go out to war against their enemies by the way that you shall send them, and they pray to
you toward this city which you have chosen, and the house which I have built for your name;
35. Then hear you from the heavens their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their cause.
36. If they sin against you, for there is no man who does not sin, and you are angry with them, and deliver
them over before their enemies, and they carry them away captives to a land far or near;
37. Yet if they take thought in the land where they are carried captive, and turn and pray to you in the land
of their captivity; saying, We have sinned, we have done amiss, and have dealt wickedly;
38. If they return to you with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their captivity, where they
have carried them captives, and pray toward their land, which you gave to their fathers, and toward the city
which you have chosen, and toward the house which I have built for your name;
39. Then hear you from the heavens, from your dwelling place, their prayer and their supplications, and
maintain their cause, and forgive your people who have sinned against you.
40. Now, my God, let, I beseech you, your eyes be open, and let your ears be attentive to the prayer that is
made in this place.
41. Now therefore arise, O Lord God, into your resting place, you, and the ark of your strength; let your
priests, O Lord God, be clothed with salvation, and let your pious ones rejoice in goodness.
42. O Lord God, turn not away the face of your anointed; remember the mercies of David your servant.

Tanach - Psalms Chapter 137

How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land?
5. If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning.
6. If I do not remember you, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I do not set Jerusalem above my
highest joy.

Talmud - Mas. Berachoth 58a

It was taught in a Baraitha in the name of R. Akiba: ‘Thine, oh Lord, is the greatness’: this refers to the cleaving of
the Red Sea. ‘And the power’: this refers to the smiting of the first-born. ‘And the glory’: this refers to the giving of
the Torah. ‘And the victory’: this refers to Jerusalem. ‘And the majesty’: this refers to the Temple.

Midrash Rabbah - Genesis

David was Israel's shepherd, as it says, Thou shalt shepherd My people Israel (I Chron. XI, 2); and who was David's
shepherd? God: The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want (Ps. XXIII, 1). Jerusalem is the light of the world, as it
says, And nations shall walk at thy light (Isa. LX, 3); and who is the light of Jerusalem? God, as it is written,
But the Lord shall be to thee an everlasting,light (ib. 19)
R. Johanan went up to inquire after the wellbeing of R. Hanina, and he found him sitting and lecturing on this verse:
‘At that time they shall call Jerusalem ‘The throne of the Lord’, and all the nations shall be gathered unto it.
Said he to him: Can it then hold [them all]! It is amazing! -The Holy One, blessed be He, will order it: ' Lengthen
[thy boundaries], enlarge [thy space], and receive thy hosts,’ as it is said, Enlarge the place of thy tent (Isa. LlV, 2)

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