'Since the day I brought my people Israel out of Egypt,1 I have not chosen a city in any tribe of Israel to have a temple built that my Name2 might be there, but I have chosen3 David4 to rule my people Israel.'
"My father David had it in his heart5 to build a temple6 for the Name of the LORD, the God of Israel.
But the LORD said to my father David, 'You did well to have it in your heart to build a temple for my Name.
Nevertheless, you7 are not the one to build the temple, but your son, who is your own flesh and blood--he is the one who will build the temple for my Name.'820
"The LORD has kept the promise he made: I have succeeded9 David my father and now I sit on the throne of Israel, just as the LORD promised, and I have built10 the temple for the Name of the LORD, the God of Israel.
I have provided a place there for the ark, in which is the covenant of the LORD that he made with our ancestors when he brought them out of Egypt."
Then Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in front of the whole assembly of Israel, spread out his hands11 toward heaven
and said: "LORD, the God of Israel, there is no God like12 you in heaven above or on earth below--you who keep your covenant of love13 with your servants who continue wholeheartedly in your way.
You have kept your promise to your servant David my father; with your mouth you have promised and with your hand you have fulfilled it--as it is today.