1 And David assembled all the chief men of Israel, the chief of the judges, and all the chief men of the courses of attendance on the person of the king, and the captains of thousands and hundreds, and the treasurers, and the lords of his substance, and of all the king's property, and of his sons, together with the eunuchs, and the mighty men, and the warriors of the army, at Jerusalem.
2 And David stood in the midst of the assembly, and said, Hear me, my brethren, and my people: it was in my heart to build a house of rest 1for the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and a 2place for the feet of our Lord, and I prepared materials suitable for the building: 3 but God said, Thou shalt not build me a house to call my name upon it, for thou art a man of war, and hast shed blood. 4 Yet the Lord God of Israel chose 3me 4out of the whole house of my father to be king over Israel for ever; and he chose Juda as the kingly house, and out of the house of Juda he chose the house of my father; and among the sons of my father he preferred 5me, that I should be king
9 And now, my son Solomon, know the God of thy fathers, and serve him with a perfect heart and willing soul: for the Lord searches all hearts, and knows every thought: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou shouldest forsake him, he will forsake thee for ever. 10 See now, for the Lord has chosen thee to build him a house for a sanctuary, be strong and do it.
11 And David gave Solomon his son the plan of the temple, and its buildings, and its treasuries, and its upper chambers, and the inner store-rooms, and the 8place of the atonement, 12 and the plan which he had in his 9mind of the courts of the house of the Lord, and of all the chambers round about, designed for the treasuries of the house of God, and of the treasuries of the holy things, and of the chambers for resting: 13 and the plan of the courses of the priests and Levites, for all the work of the service of the house of the Lord, and of the stores of vessels for ministration of the service of the house of the Lord. 14 And he gave him the account of their weight, both of gold and silver vessels. 15 He gave him the weight of the candlesticks, and of the lamps. 16 He gave him likewise the weight of the tables of 10shewbread, of each table of gold, and likewise of the tables of silver: 17 also of the flesh-hooks, and vessels for drink-offering, and golden bowls: and the weight of the gold and silver articles, and censers, and 11bowls, according to the weight of each. 18 And he shewed him the weight of the utensils of the altar of incense, which was of 12pure gold, and the plan of the chariot of the cherubs that spread out 13their wings, and overshadowed the ark of the covenant of the Lord. 19 David gave all to Solomon in the Lord's handwriting, according to the knowledge given him of the work of the pattern.
20 And David said to Solomon his son, Be strong, and play the man, and do: fear not, neither be terrified; for the Lord my God is with thee; he will not forsake thee, and will not fail thee, until thou hast finished all the work of the service of the house of the Lord. And behold the pattern of the temple, even his house, and its 14treasury, and the upper chambers, and the inner store-rooms, and the 15place of propitiation,
1 Gr. of.
2 Gr. standing.
3 Gr. in me. Hebraism.
4 Gr. from.
5 Gr. from.
6 Or, to place him.
7 Gr. as this day is.
8 Gr. house.
9 Gr. spirit.
10 Gr. tables of the setting forth.
11 The Hebrew word is in Greek letters.
12 Gr. tried or approved.
13 Gr. with their wings.
14 The last words of this verse seem to be an interpolation.
15 Gr. house.
16 Or, service.
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