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1 Chronicles 22:1-19

22  and David said “This is the house of Jehovah God, and this the altar for burnt-offering for Israel.” 2  And David ordered the immigrants in the country of Israel collected, and appointed stonecutters to cut dressed stones for building the house of God; 3  and David got ready iron in large quantity for the nails for the gates and for the cramps, and bronze in quantity beyond weighing, 4  and cedar timber beyond counting; for the Sidonians and Tyrians brought David cedar timber in great quantity. 5*  And David thought “My son Solomon is an immature boy, and the house to be built for Jehovah is to be made surpassingly great for name and fame to all countries: let me make preparations for it”; and David made preparations in great quantities before his death, 6  and called his son Solomon and commanded him to build a house for Israel’s God Jehovah. 7*  And David said to his son Solomon “I had it in mind myself to build a house for the name of my God Jehovah; 8  but Jehovah’s word came to me ‘You have shed blood in great quantities and waged great wars; you shall not build a house for my name, because you have poured much blood on the earth before me. 9  Here is a son being born to you; he shall be a restful man, and I will give him rest from all his enemies on every side; for his name shall be Solomon, “Peaceman,” and I will give peace and quiet over Israel in his time. 10  He shall build a house for my name, and he shall be son to me and I will be father to him, and I will set the throne of his kingship firm over Israel forever.’ 11  “Now, my son, Jehovah be with you, and may you prosper and build the house of your God Jehovah as he predicted it of you. 12  Only may Jehovah give you good sense and discernment and his commission for Israel and that you may observe the instructions of your God Jehovah; 13  then will you prosper, if you take care to live up to the usages and laws which Jehovah charged Moses with for Israel. Courage, and do your best; do not be afraid nor dismayed. 14  And here with my scanty means I have got ready for Jehovah’s house five thousand tons of gold and fifty thousand tons of silver, and bronze and iron left unweighed because they were in such quantities; and I have got ready timber and stones, and you will add to them. 15  And you have about you a great body of skilled labor, quarrymen and stonecutters and carpenters and men with all kinds of skill in all kinds of work 16  in gold, silver, and bronze and iron, beyond counting. Up and to work, and Jehovah be with you!” 17  And David charged all the princes of Israel to help his son Solomon: 18  “you have your God Jehovah with you, and he has given you rest on every side, because he gave the inhabitants of the country into my hands and the country is subjugated before Jehovah and before his people. 19  Now put your hearts and souls into invoking your God Jehovah, and stand up and build the sanctuary of your God Jehovah, to bring in the ark of Jehovah’s covenant and the vessels consecrated to God into the house that is built for Jehovah’s name.”

Footnotes

22:5 Or preparations for him
22:7 Var. said to Solomon “My son, I had it