But God said to me,1 'You are not to build a house for my Name,2 because you are a warrior and have shed blood.'34
"Yet the LORD, the God of Israel, chose me4 from my whole family5 to be king over Israel forever. He chose Judah6 as leader, and from the house of Judah he chose my family, and from my father's sons he was pleased to make me king over all Israel.75
Of all my sons--and the LORD has given me many8--he has chosen my son Solomon9 to sit on the throne10 of the kingdom of the LORD over Israel.
He said to me: 'Solomon your son is the one who will build11 my house and my courts, for I have chosen him to be my son,12 and I will be his father.
I will establish his kingdom forever if he is unswerving in carrying out my commands and laws,13 as is being done at this time.'
"So now I charge you in the sight of all Israel14 and of the assembly of the LORD, and in the hearing of our God: Be careful to follow all the commands15 of the LORD your God, that you may possess this good land and pass it on as an inheritance to your descendants forever.169
"And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion17 and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches every heart18 and understands every motive behind the thoughts. If you seek him,19 he will be found by you; but if you forsake20 him, he will reject21 you forever.
Consider now, for the LORD has chosen you to build a temple as a sanctuary. Be strong and do the work."
Then David gave his son Solomon the plans22 for the portico of the temple, its buildings, its storerooms, its upper parts, its inner rooms and the place of atonement.
He gave him the plans of all that the Spirit23 had put in his mind for the courts of the temple of the LORD and all the surrounding rooms, for the treasuries of the temple of God and for the treasuries for the dedicated things.2413
He gave him instructions for the divisions25 of the priests and Levites, and for all the work of serving in the temple of the LORD, as well as for all the articles to be used in its service.