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1 Chronicles 28:1-21

28*  And David assembled all the captains of Israel, the captains of the tribes and the captains of divisions who officiated for the king and the captains of thousands and of hundreds and the king’s ministers for all chattels and stock and his sons with the eunuchs and the champions and every leading man, to Jerusalem. 2  And King David rose to his feet and said “Hear me, my brothers and my people. I myself had it in mind to build a house of rest for the ark of Jehovah’s covenant and for the footstool of our God, and I made preparations for building; 3  but God said to me ‘You shall not build a house for my name, because you are a man of wars and have been shedding blood.’ 4  But Israel’s God Jehovah chose me out of all my family to become king over Israel forever, because he chose Judah for warden, and in the house of Judah my family, and among my father’s sons he was pleased to take me to install as king over all Israel. 5  And out of all my sons (for Jehovah gave me many sons) he chose my son Solomon to sit on the throne of Jehovah’s empire over all Israel; 6  and he said to me ‘Your son Solomon, he shall build my house and my courts, because I have chosen him to be son to me and I will be father to him; 7  and I will make his kingship firm forever if he is determined to live up to my commandments and laws as is done at this day.’ 8  “And now, before the eyes of all Israel, Jehovah’s assembly, and in the hearing of our God: Observe and study all the commandments of your God Jehovah, in order that you may possess the good country and pass on the inheritance to your sons after you forever! 9  And do you, son Solomon, know your father’s God and serve him with earnest heart and willing soul, because Jehovah examines all hearts and is aware of all the drift of thoughts; if you invoke him he will let you find him, but if you leave him he will repudiate you forevermore. 10  Look out now, because Jehovah has chosen you to build a house for his sanctuary; be resolute and go to work.” 11**  And David gave his son Solomon the specifications for the porch and its houses and its treasuries and its roof-chambers and its inner chambers and the housing for the mercy-seat, 12  and the specifications for everything he had been inspired with for the courts of Jehovah’s house and for all the surrounding vestries and for the storages of God’s house and of the sacred things, 13  and for the divisions of the priests and the Levites and for all the care of Jehovah’s house and for all the furnishings of Jehovah’s house: 14  for the gold by weight for the gold for all vessels for each purpose, for all the silver vessels by weight for all vessels for each purpose, 15  and weight for the gold lampstands and their lamps, gold by weight for each stand and its lamps, and for the silver lampstands by weight for a stand and its lamps for the purposes of each stand, 16  and the gold a weight for the stack-tables, for each table, and silver for the silver tables, 17  and the forks and bowls and flagons pure gold, and for the golden stoups by weight for each stoup, and for the silver stoups by weight for each stoup, 18  and for the altar of incense refined gold by weight, and for the model of the chariot, of the cherubs, gold, for those that were to spread out and overarch the ark of Jehovah’s covenant: 19*  “all in writing, from Jehovah’s hand, he notified to me, all the execution of the specifications.” 20  And David said to his son Solomon “Courage, put your best foot foremost, and go to work; do not be afraid nor dismayed, for you have with you Jehovah God, my God; he will not neglect you nor abandon you till all the business of the work on Jehovah’s house is finished. 21  And here are the divisions of the priests and the Levites for all the service of the house of God, and in every task you have by you all sorts of volunteers with skill for all sorts of work, and the captains and all the people for all your affairs.”


28:1 Or the king’s and his sons’ ministers for all chattels and stock with the eunuchs
28:11, 12, 19 (specifications) Or pattern
28:11 Conj. the porch and the house and its treasuries
28:19 Conj. notified to him and omit quotation marks