Now I have built a glorious Temple for you, a place where you can live forever!”
Then the king turned around to the entire community of Israel standing before him and gave this blessing:
“Praise the LORD, the God of Israel, who has kept the promise he made to my father, David. For he told my father,
‘From the day I brought my people out of the land of Egypt, I have never chosen a city among any of the tribes of Israel as the place where a Temple should be built to honor my name. Nor have I chosen a king to lead my people Israel.
But now I have chosen Jerusalem as the place for my name to be honored, and I have chosen David to be king over my people Israel.’”
Then Solomon said, “My father, David, wanted to build this Temple to honor the name of the LORD, the God of Israel.
But the LORD told him, ‘You wanted to build the Temple to honor my name. Your intention is good,
but you are not the one to do it. One of your own sons will build the Temple to honor me.’
“And now the LORD has fulfilled the promise he made, for I have become king in my father’s place, and now I sit on the throne of Israel, just as the LORD promised. I have built this Temple to honor the name of the LORD, the God of Israel.
There I have placed the Ark, which contains the covenant that the LORD made with the people of Israel.”
Then Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in front of the entire community of Israel, and he lifted his hands in prayer.