1 Chronicles 22 (New American Standard)

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David Prepares for Temple Building

1 Then David said, "1This is the house of the LORD God, and this is the altar of burnt offering for Israel." 2 So David agave orders to gather 2the foreigners who were in the land of Israel, and 3he set stonecutters to hew out stones to build the house of God. 3 David 4prepared large quantities of iron bto make the nails for the doors of the gates and for the clamps, and more 5bronze than could be weighed ; 4 and timbers of cedar logs beyond number, for 6the Sidonians and Tyrians brought large quantities of cedar timber to David. 5 David said, "My son 7Solomon is young and inexperienced, and the house that is to be built for the LORD shall be exceedingly magnificent, famous and glorious throughout all lands. Therefore now I will make preparation for it." So David made ample preparations before his death.

Solomon Charged with the Task

6 Then 8he called for his son Solomon, and charged him to build a house for the LORD God of Israel. 7 David said to Solomon, "9My son, cI had intended to build a house to the name of the LORD my God. 8 "But the word of the LORD came to me, saying, '10You have shed much blood and have dwaged great wars ; you shall not build a house to My name, because you have shed so much blood on the earth before Me. 9 'Behold, a son will be born to you, who shall be a man of rest ; and 11I will give him rest from all his enemies on every side ; for 12his name shall be eSolomon, and I will give peace and quiet to Israel in his days. 10 '13He shall build a house for My name, and he shall be My son and I will be his father ; and I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel forever .' 11 "Now, my son, 14the LORD be with you that you may be successful, and build the house of the LORD your God just as He has spoken concerning you. 12 "15Only the LORD give you discretion and understanding, and give you charge over Israel, so that you may 16keep the law of the LORD your God. 13 "17Then you will prosper, if you are careful to observe the statutes and the ordinances which the LORD commanded Moses concerning Israel. 18Be strong and courageous, do not fear nor be dismayed. 14 "Now behold, fwith great pains I have prepared for the house of the LORD 19 100,000 talents of gold and 1,000,000 talents of silver, and 20 bronze and iron beyond weight, for g they are in great quantity ; also timber and stone I have prepared, and you may add to them. 15 "Moreover, there are many workmen with you, stonecutters and masons of stone and carpenters , and all men who are skillful in every kind of work. 16 "Of the gold, the silver and the bronze and the iron there is no limit. Arise and work, and may 21the LORD be with you." 17 22David also commanded all the leaders of Israel to help his son Solomon, saying, 18 "Is not the LORD your God with you? And 23has He not given you rest on every side ? For He has given the inhabitants of the land into my hand, and the land is subdued before the LORD and before His people. 19 "Now 24set your heart and your soul to seek the LORD your God ; arise, therefore, and build the sanctuary of the LORD God, 25so that you may bring the ark of the covenant of the LORD and the holy vessels of God into the house that is to be built 26for the name of the LORD."
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