When Solomon finished presenting all these prayers and requests to the Lord, he got up from before the altar of the Lord where he had kneeled and spread out his hands toward the sky. 1
Huram also said, “Worthy of praise is the Lord God of Israel, who made the sky and the earth! He has given David a wise son who has discernment and insight and will build a temple for the Lord, as well as a royal palace for himself. 1
I prayed, 1 “O my God, I am ashamed and embarrassed to lift my face to you, my God! For our iniquities have climbed higher than our heads, and our guilt extends to the heavens.
You alone are the LORD. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, 1 along with all their multitude of stars, 2 the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You impart life to them all, and the multitudes of heaven worship you.
While this one was still speaking, 1 another messenger arrived 2 and said, “The fire of God 3 has fallen from heaven 4 and has burned up the sheep and the servants – it has consumed them! And I – only I alone – escaped to tell you!”
For the music director; according to the machalath style; 2 a well-written song 3 by David. Fools say to themselves, 4 “There is no God.” 5 They sin and commit evil deeds; 6 none of them does what is right. 7
I will bow down toward your holy temple, and give thanks to your name, because of your loyal love and faithfulness, for you have exalted your promise above the entire sky. 1
At that time 1 they will growl over their prey, 2 it will sound like sea waves crashing against rocks. 3 One will look out over the land and see the darkness of disaster, clouds will turn the light into darkness. 4
The one who runs away from the sound of the terror will fall into the pit; 1 the one who climbs out of the pit, will be trapped by the snare. For the floodgates of the heavens 2 are opened up 3 and the foundations of the earth shake.
For this is what the Lord says, the one who created the sky – he is the true God, 1 the one who formed the earth and made it; he established it, he did not create it without order, 2 he formed it to be inhabited – “I am the Lord, I have no peer.
You are tired out from listening to so much advice. 1 Let them take their stand – the ones who see omens in the sky, who gaze at the stars, who make monthly predictions – let them rescue you from the disaster that is about to overtake you! 2