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1 Kings 8:15-21 (Holman Christian Standard)

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15 He said: May the Lord God of Israel be praised! He spoke directly to my father David, and He has fulfilled [the promise] by His power. He said, 16 "Since the day I brought My people Israel out of Egypt, I have not chosen a city to build a temple in among any of the tribes of Israel, so that My name would be there. But I have chosen David to rule My people Israel." 17 It was in the desire of my father David to build a temple for the name of the Lord God of Israel. 18 But the Lord said to my father David, "Since it was your desire to build a temple for My name, you have done well to have this desire. 19 Yet you are not the one to build it; instead, your son, your own offspring, will build it for My name."a 20 The Lord has fulfilled what He promised. I have taken the place of my father David, and I sit on the throne of Israel, as the Lord promised. I have built the temple for the name of the Lord God of Israel. 21 I have provided a place there for the ark, where the Lord's covenant is that He made with our ancestors when He brought them out of the land of Egypt.b
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