1 Chronicles 28

1David gathered all the leaders of the people of Israel. He commanded all those leaders to come to Jerusalem. David called all the leaders of the family groups, the commanders of the army groups serving the king, the captains, the generals, the officials taking care of the property and animals that belonged to the king and his sons, the king’s important officials, the powerful heroes, and all the brave soldiers. 2King David stood up and said, “Listen to me, my brothers and my people. In my heart I wanted to build a place to keep the Box of the Lord’s Agreement. I wanted to build a place that would be God’s footstool. And I made the plans for building that house for God. 3But God said to me, 'No David, you must not build a house for my name. You must not do that because you are a soldier, and you have killed many men.’ 4“The Lord God of Israel chose the family group of Judah to lead the twelve family groups of Israel. And then from that family group, the Lord chose my father’s family. And from that family, God chose me to be the king of Israel forever! God wanted to make me king of Israel! 5The Lord has given me many sons. And from all those sons, the Lord chose Solomon to be the new king of Israel. But really, Israel is the Lord’s kingdom. 6The Lord said to me, 'David, your son Solomon will build my temple and the area around it. Why? Because I have chosen Solomon to be my son, and I will be his father. 7Solomon is obeying my laws and commands now. If he continues to obey my laws, then I will make Solomon’s kingdom strong forever!’” 8˻David said,˼ “Now, in front of all Israel and God, I tell you these things: Be careful to obey all the commands of the Lord your God! Then you can keep this good land. And you can pass it on to your descendants forever. 9“And you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father. Serve God with a pure heart. Be happy in your heart ˻(mind)˼ to serve God. Why? Because the Lord knows what is in every person’s heart ˻(mind)˼. The Lord understands everything you think. If you go to the Lord for help, you will get an answer. But if you turn away from the Lord, he will leave you forever. 10Solomon, you must understand that the Lord has chosen you to build his holy place—the temple. Be strong and finish the job.” 11Then David gave his son Solomon the plans for building the temple. Those plans were also for the porch around the temple, and for its buildings, its storerooms, its upper rooms, its inside rooms, and for the place for the mercy seat. 12David had made plans for all parts of the temple. David gave those plans to Solomon. David gave him all the plans for the yard around the Lord’s temple, and for all the rooms around it. David gave him the plans for the temple storerooms and for the storerooms where they kept the holy things used in the temple. 13David told Solomon about the groups of the priests and Levites. David told Solomon about all the work of serving in the Lord’s temple and about all the things to be used in the temple service. 14David told Solomon how much gold and silver should be used to make all the things to be used in the temple. 15There were plans for gold lamps and lampstands, and there were plans for silver lamps and lampstands. David told Solomon how much gold or silver to use for each lampstand and its lamps. The different lampstands were to be used where needed. 16David told how much gold should be for each table used for holy bread. David told how much silver should be used for the silver tables. 17David told how much pure gold should be used to make the forks, sprinkling bowls, and pitchers. David told how much gold should be used to make each gold dish, and how much silver should be used to make each silver dish. 18David told how much pure gold should be used for the altar of incense. David also gave Solomon the plans for ˻God’s˼ chariot—the mercy seat with the Cherub angels spreading their wings over the Box of the Lord’s Agreement. The Cherub angels were made of gold. 19David said, “All these plans were written with the Lord guiding me. The Lord helped me understand everything in the plans.” 20David also said to his son Solomon, “Be strong and brave and finish this work. Don’t be afraid, because the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will help you until all the work is finished. He will not leave you. You will build the Lord’s temple. 21The groups of the priests and Levites are ready for all the work on God’s temple. Every skilled worker is ready to help you with all the work. The officials and all the people will obey every command you give.”

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