28David 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.H1732H6950H8269H3478H8269H7626H8269H4256H8334H4428H4256H8269H505H8269H3967H8269H7399H4735H4428H1121H5631H1368H2428H3389 2David 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,H1732H4428H6965H7272H559H8085H251H5971H3824H1129H1004H4496H727H1285H3068H1916H7272H430H3559H1129 3but God said to me, 'You must not build a temple to honor my name, for you are a warrior and have shed much blood.'H430H559H1129H1004H8034H376H4421H8210H1818 4"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.H3068H430H3478H977H1004H1H4428H3478H5769H977H3063H5057H1004H3063H1004H1H1121H1H7521H4427H3478 5And 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.H1121H3068H5414H7227H1121H977H8010H1121H3427H3678H4438H3068H3478 6He 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.H559H8010H1121H1129H1004H2691H977H1121H1 7And if he continues to obey my commands and regulations as he does now, I will make his kingdom last forever.'H3559H4438H5769H2388H6213H4687H4941H3117 8"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.H5869H3478H6951H3068H241H430H8104H1875H4687H3068H430H3423H2896H776H5157H1121H310H5704H5769 9"And Solomon, my son, learn to know the God of your ancestors intimately. Worship and serve him with your whole heart and a willing mind. For the LORD sees every heart and knows every plan and thought. If you seek him, you will find him. But if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.H8010H1121H3045H430H1H5647H8003H3820H2655H5315H3068H1875H3824H995H3336H4284H1875H4672H5800H2186H5703 10So take this seriously. The LORD has chosen you to build a Temple as his sanctuary. Be strong, and do the work."H7200H3068H977H1129H1004H4720H2388H6213 11Then David gave Solomon the plans for the Temple and its surroundings, including the entry room, the storerooms, the upstairs rooms, the inner rooms, and the inner sanctuary—which was the place of atonement.H1732H5414H8010H1121H8403H197H1004H1597H5944H6442H2315H1004H3727 12David also gave Solomon all the plans he had in mind for the courtyards of the LORD's Temple, the outside rooms, the treasuries, and the rooms for the gifts dedicated to the LORD.H8403H7307H2691H1004H3068H3957H5439H214H1004H430H214H6944 13The king also gave Solomon the instructions concerning the work of the various divisions of priests and Levites in the Temple of the LORD. And he gave specifications for the items in the Temple that were to be used for worship.H4256H3548H3881H4399H5656H1004H3068H3627H5656H1004H3068 14David gave instructions regarding how much gold and silver should be used to make the items needed for service.H2091H4948H2091H3627H5656H3627H3701H4948H3627H5656 15He told Solomon the amount of gold needed for the gold lampstands and lamps, and the amount of silver for the silver lampstands and lamps, depending on how each would be used.H4948H4501H2091H5216H2091H4948H4501H5216H4501H3701H4948H4501H5216H5656H4501 16He designated the amount of gold for the table on which the Bread of the Presence would be placed and the amount of silver for other tables.H4948H2091H7979H4635H7979H3701H7979H3701 17David also designated the amount of gold for the solid gold meat hooks used to handle the sacrificial meat and for the basins, pitchers, and dishes, as well as the amount of silver for every dish.H2889H2091H4207H4219H7184H2091H3713H4948H3713H4948H3713H3701 18He designated the amount of refined gold for the altar of incense. Finally, he gave him a plan for the LORD's "chariot"—the gold cherubim whose wings were stretched out over the Ark of the LORD's Covenant.H4196H7004H2212H2091H4948H2091H8403H4818H3742H6566H5526H727H1285H3068 19"Every part of this plan," David told Solomon, "was given to me in writing from the hand of the LORD."H3068H7919H3791H3027H4399H8403 20Then David continued, "Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don't be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. He will see to it that all the work related to the Temple of the LORD is finished correctly.H1732H559H8010H1121H2388H553H6213H3372H2865H3068H430H430H7503H5800H3615H4399H5656H1004H3068 21The various divisions of priests and Levites will serve in the Temple of God. Others with skills of every kind will volunteer, and the officials and the entire nation are at your command."H4256H3548H3881H5656H1004H430H4399H5081H2451H5656H8269H5971H1697
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