And Davidassembled all the princes of Israel, the princes of the tribes, and the captains of the companiesthatministered to the king by course, and the captainsover the thousands, and captainsover the hundreds, and the stewardsover all the substance and possession of the king, and of his sons, with the officers, and with the mighty men, and with all the valiant men, untoJerusalem.
ThenDavid the kingstood up upon his feet, and said, Hear me, my brethren, and my people: As for me, I had in mineheart to build an house of rest for the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and for the footstool of our God, and had madeready for the building:
Howbeit the LORD God of Israelchose me before all the house of my father to be kingoverIsrael for ever: for he hathchosenJudah to be the ruler; and of the house of Judah, the house of my father; and among the sons of my father he liked me to make me kingover all Israel:
Now therefore in the sight of all Israel the congregation of the LORD, and in the audience of our God, keep and seek for all the commandments of the LORDyour God: that ye may possessthisgoodland, and leave it for an inheritance for yourchildrenafter you for ever.
And thou, Solomon my son, knowthou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfectheart and with a willingmind: for the LORDsearcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thouseek him, he will be found of thee; but if thouforsake him, he willcastthee off for ever.
ThenDavidgave to Solomon his son the pattern of the porch, and of the housesthereof, and of the treasuriesthereof, and of the upperchambersthereof, and of the innerparloursthereof, and of the place of the mercyseat,
And the pattern of all that he had by the spirit, of the courts of the house of the LORD, and of all the chambersroundabout, of the treasuries of the house of God, and of the treasuries of the dedicatedthings:
Even the weight for the candlesticks of gold, and for theirlamps of gold, by weight for everycandlestick, and for the lampsthereof: and for the candlesticks of silver by weight, both for the candlestick, and also for the lampsthereof, according to the use of everycandlestick.
And Davidsaid to Solomon his son, Be strong and of goodcourage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the LORD God, even my God, will be withthee; he will not failthee, nor forsakethee, untilthouhastfinished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD.
And, behold, the courses of the priests and the Levites, eventheyshall be withthee for all the service of the house of God: and thereshall be withthee for all manner of workmanshipeverywillingskilful man, for any manner of service: also the princes and all the peoplewill be wholly at thy commandment.