The Lord appears to Solomon
11 Solomon finished the house of the Lord and the king's house. He was able to do everything that he had wanted to do for the house of the Lord. And he was able to do everything that he had wanted to do for his own house. 12 Then the Lord appeared to Solomon at night. He said to Solomon, ‘I have heard your prayer and I have chosen this place. It will be a place where people can give sacrifices to me.
13 I might cause there to be no rain or I might send insects to eat your food plants. Or I might send bad illnesses to my people. 14 Then my people who are called by my name should be sorry. They should be humble and they should pray. They should try to find me. And they should stop doing the wrong things that they have done. Then I will hear them from heaven and I will forgive their sin. And I will make their country better. 15 Now I will be watching this place and I will be listening to the prayers from here. 16 I have now chosen this temple for me to use and I have made it holy. So my name can be here for all time. I will always be watching it. And it will always be special to me.’