We are aliens and strangers1 in your sight, as were all our forefathers. Our days on earth are like a shadow,2 without hope.
O LORD our God, as for all this abundance that we have provided for building you a temple for your Holy Name, it comes from your hand, and all of it belongs to you.
I know, my God, that you test the heart3 and are pleased with integrity. All these things have I given willingly and with honest intent. And now I have seen with joy how willingly your people who are here have given to you.418
O LORD, God of our fathers Abraham, Isaac and Israel, keep this desire in the hearts of your people forever, and keep their hearts loyal to you.
And give my son Solomon the wholehearted devotion5 to keep your commands, requirements and decrees6 and to do everything to build the palatial structure for which I have provided."720
Then David said to the whole assembly, "Praise the LORD your God." So they all praised the LORD, the God of their fathers; they bowed low and fell prostrate before the LORD and the king.
The next day they made sacrifices to the LORD and presented burnt offerings to him:8 a thousand bulls, a thousand rams and a thousand male lambs, together with their drink offerings, and other sacrifices in abundance for all Israel.922
They ate and drank with great joy10 in the presence of the LORD that day. Then they acknowledged Solomon son of David as king a second time, anointing him before the LORD to be ruler and Zadok11 to be priest.
So Solomon sat12 on the throne13 of the LORD as king in place of his father David. He prospered and all Israel obeyed him.
All the officers and mighty men, as well as all of King David's sons,14 pledged their submission to King Solomon.
The LORD highly exalted15 Solomon in the sight of all Israel and bestowed on him royal splendor16 such as no king over Israel ever had before.17