"Now, my son, may the LORD be with you and give you success as you follow his instructions in building the Temple of the LORD your God.
And may the LORD give you wisdom and understanding, that you may obey the law of the LORD your God as you rule over Israel.
For if you carefully obey the laws and regulations that the LORD gave to Israel through Moses, you will be successful. Be strong and courageous; do not be afraid or lose heart!
"I have worked hard to provide materials for building the Temple of the LORD -- nearly four thousand tons of gold, nearly forty thousand tons of silver, a and so much iron and bronze that it cannot be weighed. I have also gathered lumber and stone for the walls, though you may need to add more.
You have many skilled stonemasons and carpenters and craftsmen of every kind available to you.
They are expert goldsmiths and silversmiths and workers of bronze and iron. Now begin the work, and may the LORD be with you!"
Then David ordered all the leaders of Israel to assist Solomon in this project.
"The LORD your God is with you," he declared. "He has given you peace with the surrounding nations. He has handed them over to me, and they are now subject to the LORD and his people.
Now seek the LORD your God with all your heart. Build the sanctuary of the LORD God so that you can bring the Ark of the LORD's covenant and the holy vessels of God into the Temple built to honor the LORD's name."
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)