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1Then David said, “Here shall be the house of the L ord God and here the altar of burnt offering for Israel.”

David Prepares to Build the Temple

2 David gave orders to gather together the aliens who were residing in the land of Israel, and he set stonecutters to prepare dressed stones for building the house of God. 3David also provided great stores of iron for nails for the doors of the gates and for clamps, as well as bronze in quantities beyond weighing, 4and cedar logs without number—for the Sidonians and Tyrians brought great quantities of cedar to David. 5For David said, “My son Solomon is young and inexperienced, and the house that is to be built for the L ord must be exceedingly magnificent, famous and glorified throughout all lands; I will therefore make preparation for it.” So David provided materials in great quantity before his death.

David’s Charge to Solomon and the Leaders

6 Then he called for his son Solomon and charged him to build a house for the L ord, the God of Israel. 7David said to Solomon, “My son, I had planned to build a house to the name of the L ord my God. 8But the word of the L ord came to me, saying, ‘You have shed much blood and have waged great wars; you shall not build a house to my name, because you have shed so much blood in my sight on the earth. 9See, a son shall be born to you; he shall be a man of peace. I will give him peace from all his enemies on every side; for his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quiet to Israel in his days. 10He shall build a house for my name. He shall be a son to me, and I will be a father to him, and I will establish his royal throne in Israel forever.’ 11Now, my son, the L ord be with you, so that you may succeed in building the house of the L ord your God, as he has spoken concerning you. 12Only, may the L ord grant you discretion and understanding, so that when he gives you charge over Israel you may keep the law of the L ord your God. 13Then you will prosper if you are careful to observe the statutes and the ordinances that the L ord commanded Moses for Israel. Be strong and of good courage. Do not be afraid or dismayed. 14With great pains I have provided for the house of the L ord one hundred thousand talents of gold, one million talents of silver, and bronze and iron beyond weighing, for there is so much of it; timber and stone too I have provided. To these you must add more. 15You have an abundance of workers: stonecutters, masons, carpenters, and all kinds of artisans without number, skilled in working 16gold, silver, bronze, and iron. Now begin the work, and the L ord be with you.”

17 David also commanded all the leaders of Israel to help his son Solomon, saying, 18“Is not the L ord your God with you? Has he not given you peace on every side? For he has delivered the inhabitants of the land into my hand; and the land is subdued before the L ord and his people. 19Now set your mind and heart to seek the L ord your God. Go and build the sanctuary of the L ord God so that the ark of the covenant of the L ord and the holy vessels of God may be brought into a house built for the name of the L ord.”


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