Now 1Davidassembled at Jerusalemall 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 mightymen, even all the valiantmen.
Then KingDavidrose to his feet and said, "Listen to me, my brethren and my people; I 3had aintended to build a bpermanenthome for the ark of the covenant of the LORD and for 4the footstool of our God. So I had madepreparations to build it.
"But Godsaid to me, '5You shall not build a house for My namebecause you are a man of war and have shedblood.'
"Yet, the LORD, the God of Israel, 6chose me from all the house of my father to be kingoverIsrael7forever. For 8He has chosenJudah to be a leader; and 9in the house of Judah, my father'shouse, and among the sons of my father He tookpleasure in me to make me kingoverallIsrael.
"10Of all my sons (for the LORD has given me manysons ), 11He has chosen my sonSolomon to sit on the throne of the kingdom of the LORDoverIsrael.
"He said to me, 'Your son12Solomon 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.
'I will establish his kingdomforever13if he resolutelyperforms My commandments and My ordinances, as cis done now.'
"So now, in the sight of allIsrael, the assembly of the LORD, and in the hearing of our God, observe and seekafterall the commandments of the LORD your Godso that you may possess the goodland and bequeath it to your sonsafter you forever .
"As for you, my sonSolomon, know the God of your father, and 14serve Him with da wholeheart and a willingemind; 15for the LORDsearchesallhearts, and understandseveryintent of the thoughts. 16If you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever.
10"Considernow, for the LORD has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary; 17be courageous and act."
Then Davidgave to his sonSolomon18the plan of 19the porch of the temple, its buildings, its storehouses, its upperrooms, its innerrooms and 20the room for the mercyseat;
and the plan of all that he had in fmind, for the courts of the house of the LORD, and for all the surroundingrooms, for 21the storehouses of the house of God and for the storehouses of the dedicatedthings;
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;
for the golden utensils, the weight of gold for allutensils for everykind of service; for the silverutensils, the weight of silver for allutensils for everykind of service;
and the weight of gold for the 24goldenlampstands and their goldenlamps, with the weight of each lampstand and its lamps; and the weight of silver for the silverlampstands, with the weight of each lampstand and its lamps according to the use of eachlampstand;
and the gold by weight for the tables of showbread, for eachtable; and silver for the silvertables;
and the forks, the basins, and the pitchers of puregold; and for the goldenbowls with the weight for eachbowl; and for the silverbowls with the weight for eachbowl;
and for 25the altar of incenserefinedgold 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.
19"All this," said David, "the LORD made me understand in writing by His hand upon me, 27all the gdetails of this pattern."
Then Davidsaid to his sonSolomon, "28Be strong and courageous, and act; do not fearnor be dismayed, for the LORDGod, my God, is with you. 29He will not fail you norforsake you untilall the work for the service of the house of the LORD is finished.
"Now behold, 30there are the divisions of the priests and the Levites for all the service of the house of God, and 31everywillingman of anyskill 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."