Furthermore, David the king said unto all the congregation,
&c.] Having finished what he had to say to Solomon, he addressed the congregation again:
Solomon my son, whom alone God hath chosen;
both to be king, and to build the temple
is yet young and tender;
see ( 1 Chronicles 22:5 )
and the work is great;
both of governing so great a people, and of building so magnificent a temple, especially the latter is meant:
for the palace is not for man;
for any mortal king, though ever so great:
but for the Lord God;
the Targum is,
``but for the Word of the Lord God,''
who is the King of kings, and Lord of lords; and therefore is to be built as with the greatest exactness, according to the pattern he himself has given, so with the greatest splendour and magnificence.