I have built you an exalted house, a place for you to reside in forever."
Then the king turned around and blessed all the assembly of Israel, while all the assembly of Israel stood.
And he said, "Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who with his hand has fulfilled what he promised with his mouth to my father David, saying,
"Since the day that I brought my people out of the land of Egypt, I have not chosen a city from any of the tribes of Israel in which to build a house, so that my name might be there, and I chose no one as ruler over my people Israel;
but I have chosen Jerusalem in order that my name may be there, and I have chosen David to be over my people Israel.'
My father David had it in mind to build a house for the name of the Lord, the God of Israel.
But the Lord said to my father David, "You did well to consider building a house for my name;
nevertheless you shall not build the house, but your son who shall be born to you shall build the house for my name.'
Now the Lord has fulfilled his promise that he made; for I have succeeded my father David, and sit on the throne of Israel, as the Lord promised, and have built the house for the name of the Lord, the God of Israel.
There I have set the ark, in which is the covenant of the Lord that he made with the people of Israel."
Then Solomon a stood before the altar of the Lord in the presence of the whole assembly of Israel, and spread out his hands.
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