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,
"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."
It was in the desire of my father David to build a temple for the name of the Lord God of Israel.
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.
Yet you are not the one to build it; instead, your son, your own offspring, will build it for My name."a20
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.
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