28 "If there is a famine in the land, or plagues, or crop disease, or attacks of locusts or caterpillars, or if your people's enemies are in the land besieging their towns--whatever the trouble is--
29 and if your people offer a prayer concerning their troubles or sorrow, raising their hands toward this Temple,
30 then hear from heaven where you live, and forgive. Give your people whatever they deserve, for you alone know the human heart.
31 Then they will fear you and walk in your ways as long as they live in the land you gave to our ancestors.
32 "And when foreigners hear of you and your mighty miracles, and they come from distant lands to worship your great name and to pray toward this Temple,
33 then hear from heaven where you live, and grant what they ask of you. Then all the people of the earth will come to know and fear you, just as your own people Israel do. They, too, will know that this Temple I have built bears your name.
34 "If your people go out at your command to fight their enemies, and if they pray to you toward this city that you have chosen and toward this Temple that I have built for your name,
35 then hear their prayers from heaven and uphold their cause.
36 "If they sin against you--and who has never sinned?--you may become angry with them and let their enemies conquer them and take them captive to a foreign land far or near.
37 But in that land of exile, they may turn to you again in repentance and pray, `We have sinned, done evil, and acted wickedly.'
38 Then if they turn to you with their whole heart and soul and pray toward the land you gave to their ancestors, toward this city you have chosen, and toward this Temple I have built to honor your name,
39 then hear their prayers from heaven where you live. Uphold their cause and forgive your people who have sinned against you.
40 "O my God, be attentive to all the prayers made to you in this place.
41 And now, O LORD God, arise and enter this resting place of yours, where your magnificent Ark has been placed. May your priests, O LORD God, be clothed with salvation, and may your saints rejoice in your goodness.
42 O LORD God, do not reject your anointed one. Remember your unfailing love for your servant David.*"1
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