David Commissions Solomon to Build the Temple
1David assembled all the leaders of Israel in Jerusalem: 1Ch 23:2; 27:1-31 the leaders of the tribes, the leaders of the divisions in the king’s service, the commanders of thousands and the commanders of hundreds, and the officials in charge of all the property and cattle of the king and his sons, along with the court officials, the fighting men, 1Ch 11:10-47 and all the brave warriors.
2Then King David rose to his feet and said, “Listen to me, my brothers and my people. It was in my heart to build a house as a resting place for the ark of the Lord’s covenant 2Sm 7:1-3; 1Ch 17:1-2; 22:7 and as a footstool Ps 132:7; Is 66:1 for our God. I had made preparations to build,
3but God said to me, ‘You are not to build a house for My name because you are a man of war and have shed blood.’ 1Ch 22:8
4“Yet the Lord God of Israel chose me out of all my father’s household 1Sm 16:6-13 to be king over Israel forever. 1Ch 17:23,27 For He chose Judah as leader, Gn 49:8-10; 1Ch 5:2 and from the house of Judah, my father’s household, and from my father’s sons, 1Sm 16:1 He was pleased to make me king over all Israel.
5And out of all my sons 1Ch 3:1-9; 14:3-7 — for the Lord has given me many sons — He has chosen my son Solomon to sit on the throne of the Lord’s kingdom over Israel. 1Ch 22:9
6He said to me, 2Sm 7:13-14; 1Ch 22:10 ‘Your son Solomon is the one who is to build My house and My courts, for I have chosen him to be My son, and I will be his father.
7I will establish his kingdom forever if he perseveres in keeping My commands and My ordinances as he is today.’ 1Ch 22:13
8“So now in the sight of all Israel, the assembly of the Lord, and in the hearing of our God, observe and follow all the commands of the Lord your God so that you may possess this good land and leave it as an inheritance to your descendants forever.
9“As for you, Solomon my son, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind, 1Kg 8:61; 1Ch 29:17-19 for the Lord searches every heart and understands the intention of every thought. Gn 6:5; 1Sm 16:7; Ps 139 If you seek Him, He will be found by you, but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever. 2Ch 15:2; Jr 29:13
10Realize now that the Lord has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary. Be strong, and do it.” 1Ch 22:13
11Then David gave his son Solomon the plans Ex 25:9,40; 1Ch 28:19 for the portico 1Kg 6:3 of the temple and its buildings, treasuries, upper rooms, inner rooms, and a room for the mercy seat. Ex 25:17-22
12The plans contained everything he had in mind Or he received from the Spirit 1Ch 28:19 for the courts of the Lord’s house, all the surrounding chambers, the treasuries 1Ch 26:20,22,24,26; Ezr 2:69 of God’s house, and the treasuries for what is dedicated.
13Also included were plans for the divisions of the priests and the Levites; all the work of service in the Lord’s house; all the articles of service of the Lord’s house;
14the weight of gold for all the articles for every kind of service; the weight of all the silver articles for every kind of service;
15the weight of the gold lampstands Ex 25:31-39 and their gold lamps, including the weight of each lampstand and its lamps; the weight of each silver lampstand and its lamps, according to the service of each lampstand;
16the weight of gold for each table for the rows of the bread of the Presence and the silver for the silver tables;
17the pure gold for the forks, sprinkling basins, and pitchers; the weight of each gold dish; the weight of each silver bowl;
18the weight of refined gold for the altar of incense; Ex 30:1-10 and the plans for the chariot of Or chariot, that is ; Ps 18:10; Ezk 1:5,15 Ps 18:10 the gold cherubim that spread out their wings and cover the ark of the Lord’s covenant. Ex 25:18-22; 1Kg 8:6-7; 2Ch 5:7-8
19David concluded, “By the Lord’s hand on me, He enabled me to understand everything in writing, all the details of the plan.” Hb obscure
20Then David said to his son Solomon, “Be strong and courageous, Jos 1:6-7; 1Ch 22:13; 2Ch 32:7 and do the work. Don’t be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He won’t leave you or forsake you Dt 31:6; Jos 1:5,9; Heb 13:5 until all the work for the service of the Lord’s house is finished.
21Here are the divisions of the priests and the Levites for all the service of God’s house. 1Ch 28:13 Every willing man of any skill Ex 35:25-35; 36:1-2 will be at your disposal for the work, and the leaders and all the people are at your every command.”