Then he said: "Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel, who with his hands has fulfilled what he promised with his mouth to my father David. For he said,
'Since the day I brought my people out of Egypt, I have not chosen a city in any tribe of Israel to have a temple built for my Name to be there, nor have I chosen anyone to be the leader over my people Israel.
But now I have chosen Jerusalem1 for my Name2 to be there, and I have chosen David3 to rule my people Israel.'
"My father David had it in his heart4 to build a temple for the Name of the LORD, the God of Israel.
But the LORD said to my father David, 'Because it was in your heart to build a temple for my Name, you did well to have this in your heart.
Nevertheless, you 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.'
"The LORD has kept the promise he made. I have succeeded David my father and now I sit on the throne of Israel, just as the LORD promised, and I have built the temple for the Name of the LORD, the God of Israel.
There I have placed the ark, in which is the covenant5 of the LORD that he made with the people of Israel."
Then Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in front of the whole assembly of Israel and spread out his hands.
Now he had made a bronze platform,6 five cubitsa long, five cubits wide and three cubitsb high, and had placed it in the center of the outer court. He stood on the platform and then knelt down7 before the whole assembly of Israel and spread out his hands toward heaven.
He said: "O LORD, God of Israel, there is no God like you8 in heaven or on earth--you who keep your covenant of love9 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 promised10 and with your hand you have fulfilled it--as it is today.