"And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion1 and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches every heart2 and understands every motive behind the thoughts. If you seek him,3 he will be found by you; but if you forsake4 him, he will reject5 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 plans6 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 Spirit7 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.813
He gave him instructions for the divisions9 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.
He designated the weight of gold for all the gold articles to be used in various kinds of service, and the weight of silver for all the silver articles to be used in various kinds of service:
the weight of gold for the gold lampstands10 and their lamps, with the weight for each lampstand and its lamps; and the weight of silver for each silver lampstand and its lamps, according to the use of each lampstand;
the weight of gold for each table11 for consecrated bread; the weight of silver for the silver tables;
the weight of pure gold for the forks, sprinkling bowls12 and pitchers; the weight of gold for each gold dish; the weight of silver for each silver dish;
and the weight of the refined gold for the altar of incense.13 He also gave him the plan for the chariot,14 that is, the cherubim of gold that spread their wings and shelter15 the ark of the covenant of the LORD.
"All this," David said, "I have in writing from the hand of the LORD upon me, and he gave me understanding in all the details16 of the plan.17"
David also said to Solomon his son, "Be strong and courageous,18 and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake19 you until all the work for the service of the temple of the LORD is finished.20