David summoned all the officials of Israel to Jerusalem—the leaders of the tribes, the commanders of the army divisions, the other generals and captains, the overseers of the royal property and livestock, the palace officials, the mighty men, and all the other brave warriors in the kingdom.
David rose to his feet and said: “My brothers and my people! It was my desire to build a Temple where the Ark of the LORD ’s Covenant, God’s footstool, could rest permanently. I made the necessary preparations for building it,
but God said to me, ‘You must not build a Temple to honor my name, for you are a warrior and have shed much blood.’
“Yet the LORD, the God of Israel, has chosen me from among all my father’s family to be king over Israel forever. For he has chosen the tribe of Judah to rule, and from among the families of Judah he chose my father’s family. And from among my father’s sons the LORD was pleased to make me king over all Israel.
And from among my sons—for the LORD has given me many—he chose Solomon to succeed me on the throne of Israel and to rule over the LORD ’s kingdom.
He said to me, ‘Your son Solomon will build my Temple and its courtyards, for I have chosen him as my son, and I will be his father.
And if he continues to obey my commands and regulations as he does now, I will make his kingdom last forever.’
“So now, with God as our witness, and in the sight of all Israel—the LORD ’s assembly—I give you this charge. Be careful to obey all the commands of the LORD your God, so that you may continue to possess this good land and leave it to your children as a permanent inheritance.