O God, God of our fathers Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, keep this generous spirit alive forever in these people always, keep their hearts set firmly in you.
And give my son Solomon an uncluttered and focused heart so that he can obey what you command, live by your directions and counsel, and carry through with building The Temple for which I have provided."
David then addressed the congregation: "Bless God, your God!" And they did it, blessed God, the God of their ancestors, and worshiped reverently in the presence of God and the king.
The very next day they butchered the sacrificial animals and offered in the worship of Israel to God a thousand bulls, a thousand rams, a thousand sheep, and in addition drink offerings and many other sacrifices.
They feasted all day, eating and drinking before God, exuberant with joy.
Solomon sat on the throne of God as king in place of David his father. And everything went well; all Israel obeyed him.
All the leaders of the people, including all the sons of King David, accepted Solomon as their king and promised their loyalty.
Solomon rode high on a crest of popular acclaim - it was all God's doing. God gave him position and honor beyond any king in Israel before him.
David son of Jesse ruled over all Israel.
He was king for forty years. He ruled from Hebron seven years and from Jerusalem thirty-three.
He died at a ripe old age, full of days, wealth, and glory. His son Solomon ruled after him.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)