Reader: When the Israelites established themselves in Canaan, King Solomon built the Temple as a sanctuary to God. When it was completed, lie prayed,
Cong.: "O Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like Thee
in heaven above nor upon the earth beneath.
Reader: "But can God dwell with men on the earth? Behold
the heavens and the highest heaven cannot contain
Thee, how much less this house which I have built!
Cong.: "Yet listen to the prayer which Thy servant is
uttering at this moment.
Reader: 'In case a man sin against his neighbor and he come
and swear before Thy altar in this house, hear Thou
in the heavens, condemn the wicked and justify the
Cong.: "When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain,
if they pray toward this place, hear Thou in the
heavens and grant rain upon Thy land!
Reader: "If there be in the land famine, sickness, mildew;
if their enemy besiege them, whatever prayer be
made by any man, hear Thou in the heavens!
Cong.: "And also to the stranger who comes from a far
country for Thy name's sake, when he shall come
and pray toward this house, hear Thou in the heavens.
Reader: "May Thine eyes be open toward this house day and
Cong.: "Hearken to the prayer of Thy people Israel when
they shall pray toward this place!"