David praised the LORD in the presence of the whole assembly, saying, "Praise be to you, O LORD, God of our father Israel, from everlasting to everlasting.
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Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power1 and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours.2 Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all.3
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Wealth and honor4 come from you; you are the ruler5 of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all.
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Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.
"But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this?6 Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.7
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We are aliens and strangers8 in your sight, as were all our forefathers. Our days on earth are like a shadow,9 without hope.
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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 heart10 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.11
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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 devotion12 to keep your commands, requirements and decrees13 and to do everything to build the palatial structure for which I have provided."14
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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:15 a thousand bulls, a thousand rams and a thousand male lambs, together with their drink offerings, and other sacrifices in abundance for all Israel.16
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They ate and drank with great joy17 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 Zadok18 to be priest.
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So Solomon sat19 on the throne20 of the LORD as king in place of his father David. He prospered and all Israel obeyed him.
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All the officers and mighty men, as well as all of King David's sons,21 pledged their submission to King Solomon.
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The LORD highly exalted22 Solomon in the sight of all Israel and bestowed on him royal splendor23 such as no king over Israel ever had before.24
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