Then KingDavidrose to his feet and said, "Listen to me, my brethren and my people; I 1had aintended to build a bpermanenthome for the ark of the covenant of the LORD and for 2the footstool of our God. So I had madepreparations to build it.
"But Godsaid to me, '3You shall not build a house for My namebecause you are a man of war and have shedblood.'
"Yet, the LORD, the God of Israel, 4chose me from all the house of my father to be kingoverIsrael5forever. For 6He has chosenJudah to be a leader; and 7in the house of Judah, my father'shouse, and among the sons of my father He tookpleasure in me to make me kingoverallIsrael.
"8Of all my sons (for the LORD has given me manysons ), 9He has chosen my sonSolomon to sit on the throne of the kingdom of the LORDoverIsrael.
"He said to me, 'Your son10Solomon is the one who shall build My house and My courts; for I have chosen him to be a son to Me, and I will be a father to him.
'I will establish his kingdomforever11if he resolutelyperforms My commandments and My ordinances, as cis done now.'
"So now, in the sight of allIsrael, the assembly of the LORD, and in the hearing of our God, observe and seekafterall the commandments of the LORD your Godso that you may possess the goodland and bequeath it to your sonsafter you forever .