Now 1David assembled at Jerusalem all the officials of Israel, the princes of the tribes, and the commanders of the divisions that served the king, and the commanders of thousands, and the commanders of hundreds, and the overseers of all the property and livestock belonging to the king and his sons, with the officials and 2the mighty men, even all the valiant men.
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Then King David rose to his feet and said, "Listen to me, my brethren and my people; I 3had intended to build a permanent home for the ark of the covenant of the LORD and for 4the footstool of our God. So I had made preparations to build it.
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"But God said to me, '5You shall not build a house for My name because you are a man of war and have shed blood.'
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"Yet, the LORD, the God of Israel, 6chose me from all the house of my father to be king over Israel 7forever. For 8He has chosen Judah to be a leader; and 9in the house of Judah, my father's house, and among the sons of my father He took pleasure in me to make me king over all Israel.
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"10Of all my sons (for the LORD has given me many sons ), 11He has chosen my son Solomon to sit on the throne of the kingdom of the LORD over Israel.
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"He said to me, 'Your son 12Solomon is the one who shall build My house and My courts; for I have chosen him to be a son to Me, and I will be a father to him.
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'I will establish his kingdom forever 13if he resolutely performs My commandments and My ordinances, as is done now.'
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"So now, in the sight of all Israel, the assembly of the LORD, and in the hearing of our God, observe and seek after all the commandments of the LORD your God so that you may possess the good land and bequeath it to your sons after you forever .
"As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and 14serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind; 15for the LORD searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts. 16If you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever.
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"Consider now, for the LORD has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary; 17be courageous and act."
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Then David gave to his son Solomon 18the plan of 19the porch of the temple, its buildings, its storehouses, its upper rooms, its inner rooms and 20the room for the mercy seat;
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and the plan of all that he had in mind, for the courts of the house of the LORD, and for all the surrounding rooms, for 21the storehouses of the house of God and for the storehouses of the dedicated things;
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also for 22the divisions of the priests and 23the Levites and for all the work of the service of the house of the LORD and for all the utensils of service in the house of the LORD;
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for the golden utensils, the weight of gold for all utensils for every kind of service; for the silver utensils, the weight of silver for all utensils for every kind of service;
and the weight of gold for the 24golden lampstands and their golden lamps, with the weight of each lampstand and its lamps; and the weight of silver for the silver lampstands, with the weight of each lampstand and its lamps according to the use of each lampstand;
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and the gold by weight for the tables of showbread, for each table; and silver for the silver tables;
and the forks, the basins, and the pitchers of pure gold; and for the golden bowls with the weight for each bowl; and for the silver bowls with the weight for each bowl;
and for 25the altar of incense refined gold by weight; and gold for the model of the chariot, even 26the cherubim that spread out their wings and covered the ark of the covenant of the LORD.
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"All this," said David, "the LORD made me understand in writing by His hand upon me, 27all the details of this pattern."
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Then David said to his son Solomon, "28Be strong and courageous, and act; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. 29He will not fail you nor forsake you until all the work for the service of the house of the LORD is finished.
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"Now behold, 30there are the divisions of the priests and the Levites for all the service of the house of God, and 31every willing man of any skill will be with you in all the work for all kinds of service. The officials also and all the people will be entirely at your command."
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