1 Chronicles Chapter 28 |
1David assembled all the officers of Israel—the tribal officers, the divisional officers who served the king, the captains of thousands and the captains of hundreds, and the stewards of all the property and cattle of the king and his sons, with the eunuchs and the warriors, all the men of substance—to Jerusalem. 2King David rose to his feet and said, “Hear me, my brothers, my people! I wanted to build a resting-place for the Ark of the Covenant of the Lord, for the footstool of our God, and I laid aside material for building. 3But God said to me,‘You will not build a house for My name, for you are a man of battles and have shed blood.’ 4The Lord God of Israel chose me of all my father’s house to be king over Israel forever. For He chose Judah to be ruler, and of the family of Judah, my father’s house; and of my father’s sons, He preferred to make me king over all Israel; 5and of all my sons—for many are the sons the Lord gave me—He chose my son Solomon to sit on the throne of the kingdom of the Lord over Israel. 6He said to me,‘It will be your son Solomon who will build My House and My courts, for I have chosen him to be a son to Me, and I will be a father to him. 7I will establish his kingdom forever, if he keeps firmly to the observance of My commandments and rules as he does now.’ 8And now, in the sight of all Israel, the congregation of the Lord, and in the hearing of our God, [I say:] Observe and apply yourselves to all the commandments of the Lord your God in order that you may possess this good land and bequeath it to your children after you forever.
9“And you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with single mind and fervent heart, for the Lord searches all minds and discerns the design of every thought; if you seek Him He will be available to you, but if you forsake Him He will abandon you forever. 10See then, the Lord chose you to build a house as the sanctuary; be strong and do it.”
11David gave his son Solomon the plan of the porch and its houses, its storerooms and its upper chambers and inner chambers; and of the place of the Ark-cover; 12and the plan of all that he had by the spirit: of the courts of the House of the Lord and all its surrounding chambers, and of the treasuries of the House of God and of the treasuries of the holy things; 13the divisions of priests and Levites for all the work of the service of the House of the Lord and all the vessels of the service of the House of the Lord; 14and gold, the weight of gold for vessels of every sort of use; silver for all the vessels of silver by weight, for all the vessels of every kind of service; 15the weight of the gold lampstands and their gold lamps, and the weight of the silver lampstands, each lampstand and its silver lamps, according to the use of every lampstand; 16and the weight of gold for the tables of the rows of bread, for each table, and of silver for the silver tables; 17and of the pure gold for the forks and the basins and the jars; and the weight of the gold bowls, every bowl; and the weight of the silver bowls, each and every bowl; 18the weight of refined gold for the incense altar and the gold for the figure of the chariot—the cherubs—those with outspread wings screening the Ark of the Covenant of the Lord. 19“All this that the Lord made me understand by His hand on me, I give you in writing—the plan of all the works.”
20David said to his son Solomon, “Be strong and of good courage and do it; do not be afraid or dismayed, for the Lord God my God is with you; He will not fail you or forsake you till all the work on the House of the Lord is done. 21Here are the divisions of the priests and Levites for all kinds of service of the House of God, and with you in all the work are willing men, skilled in all sorts of tasks; also the officers and all the people are at your command.”