1 Chronicles 28

David’s Address about the Temple

1Now a  David assembled at Jerusalem all 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 b  the mighty men, even all the valiant men. 2Then King David rose to his feet and said, “Listen to me, my brethren and my people; I c  had
Lit in my heart
intended to build a
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permanent home for the ark of the covenant of the  Lord and for f  the footstool of our God. So I had made preparations to build it.
3But God said to me, ‘ g  You shall not build a house for My name because you are a man of war and have shed blood.’ 4“Yet, the  Lord, the God of Israel, h  chose me from all the house of my father to be king over Israel i  forever. For j  He has chosen Judah to be a leader; and k  in the house of Judah, my father’s house, and among the sons of my father He took pleasure in me to make me king over all Israel. 5 l  Of all my sons (for the  Lord has given me many sons), m  He has chosen my son Solomon to sit on the throne of the kingdom of the  Lord over Israel. 6He said to me, ‘Your son n  Solomon 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. 7I will establish his kingdom forever o  if he resolutely performs My commandments and My ordinances, as
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is done now.’
8So now, in the sight of all Israel, the assembly of the  Lord, and in the hearing of our God, observe and seek after all the commandments of the  Lord your God so that you may possess the good land and bequeath it to your sons after you forever.

9As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and q  serve Him with
Or the same
a whole heart and a willing
Lit soul
mind; t  for the  Lord searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts. u  If you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever.
10Consider now, for the  Lord has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary; v  be courageous and act.”

11Then David gave to his son Solomon w  the plan of x  the porch of the temple, its buildings, its storehouses, its upper rooms, its inner rooms and y  the room for the mercy seat; 12and the plan of all that he had in
Lit the spirit with him
mind, for the courts of the house of the  Lord, and for all the surrounding rooms, for aa  the storehouses of the house of God and for the storehouses of the dedicated things;
13also for ab  the divisions of the priests and ac  the 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; 14for the golden utensils, the weight of gold for all utensils for every kind of service; for the silver utensils, the weight of silver for all utensils for every kind of service; 15and the weight of gold for the ad  golden lampstands and their golden lamps, with the weight of each lampstand and its lamps; and the weight of silver for the silver lampstands, with the weight of each lampstand and its lamps according to the use of each lampstand; 16and the gold by weight for the tables of showbread, for each table; and silver for the silver tables; 17and the forks, the basins, and the pitchers of pure gold; and for the golden bowls with the weight for each bowl; and for the silver bowls with the weight for each bowl; 18and for ae  the altar of incense refined gold by weight; and gold for the model of the chariot, even af  the cherubim that spread out their wings and covered the ark of the covenant of the  Lord.

19All this,” said David, “the  Lord made me understand in writing by His hand upon me, ag  all the
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details of this pattern.”

20Then David said to his son Solomon ai  Be strong and courageous, and act; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the  Lord God, my God, is with you. aj  He will not fail you nor forsake you until all the work for the service of the house of the  Lord is finished. 21Now behold, ak  there are the divisions of the priests and the Levites for all the service of the house of God, and al  every willing man of any skill 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.”
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