281King David commanded all the officials of Israel to assemble in Jerusalem. So all the officials of the tribes, the officials who administered the work of the kingdom, the leaders of the clans, the supervisors of the property and livestock that belonged to the king and his sons — indeed all the palace officials, leading soldiers, and important men — gathered in Jerusalem.
David stood before them and addressed them: “My friends, listen to me. I wanted to build a permanent home for the Covenant Box, the footstool of the LORD our God. I have made preparations for building a temple to honour him, 3but he has forbidden me to do it, because I am a soldier and have shed too much blood. 4The LORD, the God of Israel, chose me and my descendants to rule Israel for ever. He chose the tribe of Judah to provide leadership, and out of Judah he chose my father's family. From all that family it was his pleasure to take me and make me king over all Israel. 5He gave me many sons, and out of them all he chose Solomon to rule over Israel, the LORD's kingdom.
6“The LORD said to me, ‘Your son Solomon is the one who will build my Temple. I have chosen him to be my son, and I will be his father. 7I will make his kingdom last for ever if he continues to obey carefully all my laws and commands as he does now.’
8“So now, my people, in the presence of our God and of this assembly of all Israel, the LORD's people, I charge you to obey carefully everything that the LORD our God has commanded us, so that you may continue to possess this good land and so that you may hand it on to succeeding generations for ever.”
9And to Solomon he said, “My son, I charge you to acknowledge your father's God and to serve him with an undivided heart and a willing mind. He knows all our thoughts and desires. If you go to him, he will accept you; but if you turn away from him, he will abandon you for ever. 10You must realize that the LORD has chosen you to build his holy Temple. Now do it — and do it with determination.”
11David gave Solomon the plans for all the temple buildings, for the storerooms and all the other rooms, and for the Most Holy Place, where sins are forgiven. 12He also gave him the plans for all he had in mind for the courtyards and the rooms around them, and for the storerooms for the temple equipment and the gifts dedicated to the LORD. 13David also gave him the plans for organizing the priests and Levites to perform their duties, to do the work of the Temple, and to take care of all the temple utensils. 14He gave instructions as to how much silver and gold was to be used for making the utensils, 15for each lamp and lampstand, 16for the silver tables, and for each gold table on which were placed the loaves of bread offered to God. 17He also gave instructions as to how much pure gold was to be used in making forks, bowls, and jars, how much silver and gold in making dishes, 18and how much pure gold in making the altar on which incense was burnt and in making the chariot for the winged creatures that spread their wings over the LORD's Covenant Box. 19King David said, “All this is contained in the plan written according to the instructions which the LORD himself gave me to carry out.”
20King David said to his son Solomon, “Be confident and determined. Start the work and don't let anything stop you. The LORD God, whom I serve, will be with you. He will not abandon you, but he will stay with you until you finish the work to be done on his Temple. 21The priests and the Levites have been assigned duties to perform in the Temple. Workers with every kind of skill are eager to help you, and all the people and their leaders are at your command.”
King David announced to the whole assembly: “My son Solomon is the one whom God has chosen, but he is still young and lacks experience. The work to be done is tremendous, because this is not a palace for people but a temple for the LORD God. 2I have made every effort to prepare materials for the Temple — gold, silver, bronze, iron, timber, precious stones and gems, stones for mosaics, and quantities of marble. 3Over and above all this that I have provided, I have given silver and gold from my personal property because of my love for God's Temple. 4I have given more than a hundred tonnes of the finest gold and almost 240 tonnes of pure silver for decorating the walls of the Temple 5and for all the objects which the skilled workers are to make. Now who else is willing to give a generous offering to the LORD?”
6Then the heads of the clans, the officials of the tribes, the commanders of the army, and the administrators of the royal property volunteered to give 7the following for the work on the Temple: more than 170 tonnes of gold, over 340 tonnes of silver, almost 620 tonnes of bronze, and more than 3,400 tonnes of iron. 8Those who had precious stones gave them to the temple treasury, which was administered by Jehiel of the Levite clan of Gershon. 9The people had given willingly to the LORD, and they were happy that so much had been given. King David also was extremely happy.
10There in front of the whole assembly King David praised the LORD. He said, “LORD God of our ancestor Jacob, may you be praised for ever and ever! 11
You are great and powerful, glorious, splendid, and majestic. Everything in heaven and earth is yours, and you are king, supreme ruler over all. 12All riches and wealth come from you; you rule everything by your strength and power; and you are able to make anyone great and strong. 13Now, our God, we give you thanks, and we praise your glorious name.
14“Yet my people and I cannot really give you anything, because everything is a gift from you, and we have only given back what is yours already. 15You know, O LORD, that we pass through life like exiles and strangers, as our ancestors did. Our days are like a passing shadow, and we cannot escape death. 16O LORD, our God, we have brought together all this wealth to build a temple to honour your holy name, but it all came from you and all belongs to you. 17I know that you test everyone's heart and are pleased with people of integrity. In honesty and sincerity I have willingly given all this to you, and I have seen how your people who are gathered here have been happy to bring offerings to you. 18LORD God of our ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, keep such devotion for ever strong in your people's hearts and keep them always faithful to you. 19Give my son Solomon a wholehearted desire to obey everything that you command and to build the Temple for which I have made these preparations.”
20Then David commanded the people, “Praise the LORD your God!” And the whole assembly praised the LORD, the God of their ancestors, and they bowed low and gave honour to the LORD and also to the king.
21The following day they killed animals as sacrifices, dedicating them to the LORD, and then gave them to the people to eat. In addition, they sacrificed a thousand bulls, a thousand rams, and a thousand lambs, which they burnt whole on the altar. They also brought the offerings of wine. 22So that day they were very happy as they ate and drank in the presence of the LORD.
For a second time they proclaimed Solomon king. In the name of the LORD they anointed him as their ruler and Zadok as priest. 23
So Solomon succeeded his father David on the throne which the LORD had established. He was a successful king, and the whole nation of Israel obeyed him. 24All the officials and soldiers, and even all of David's other sons promised to be loyal to Solomon as king. 25The LORD made the whole nation stand in awe of Solomon, and he made him more glorious than any other king that had ruled Israel.
26David son of Jesse ruled over all Israel 27
for forty years. He ruled in Hebron for seven years and in Jerusalem for 33. 28He died at a ripe old age, wealthy and respected, and his son Solomon succeeded him as king. 29The history of King David from beginning to end is recorded in the records of the three prophets, Samuel, Nathan, and Gad. 30The records tell how he ruled, how powerful he was, and all the things that happened to him, to Israel, and to the surrounding kingdoms.