Then Solomon said, God said he would dwell in a cloud,
But I've built a temple most splendid, A place for you to live in forever.
The king then turned to face the congregation that had come together and blessed them:
"Blessed be God, the God of Israel, who spoke personally to my father David. Now he has done what he promised when he said,
'From the day I brought my people Israel up from Egypt, I haven't set apart one city among the tribes of Israel in which to build a temple to honor my Name, or chosen one person to be the leader.
But now I have chosen both a city and a person: Jerusalem for honoring my Name and David to lead my people Israel.'
"My father David very much wanted to build a temple honoring the Name of God, the God of Israel,
but God told him, 'It was good that you wanted to build a temple in my honor - most commendable!
But you are not the one to do it. Your son, who will carry on your dynasty, will build it for my Name.'
"And now you see the promise completed. God has done what he said he would do; I have succeeded David my father and now rule Israel; and I have built a temple to honor God, the God of Israel,
and have secured a place for the Chest that holds the Covenant of God, the covenant he made with the people of Israel."
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)