1 Chronicles 28

David brings all his officers together

28:1All this happened in the last year of David's rule. It was about 970 BC.

1 David asked all the leaders of Israel to come to him at Jerusalem. The leaders of the tribes had to come with the officers over the king's work. That included the officers over the king's things and his animals or his sons' things and their animals. It also included the officers over groups of 1,000 or 100 men. All the officers in the king's house and all his brave army officers had to come too.

2 King David stood up and he said, ‘Listen to me, my relatives and my people. I wanted very much to build a house for the Lord's Covenant Box to stay. And I wanted it to be a place for our God to put his feet. And I prepared the things that I would need to do it. 3 But God said to me, “You are a fighter and you have killed people. So you must not build a house for my name.” ’

God has chosen Solomon to be king after David

4 ‘But the Lord, the God of Israel chose me from all my clan. He chose me to be king over Israel for all time. He chose Judah to rule over the people and he chose my family from the tribe of Judah. And he chose me from my father's sons to be king over all Israel. 5 The Lord has given me many sons and he has chosen Solomon from among them. He has chosen him to sit on the king's seat and to rule over the Lord's kingdom. That kingdom is Israel. 6 He said to me, “Solomon your son will build my house and the buildings round it. That is because I have chosen him to be like my son. And I will be like his father. 7 But he must always do the things that give me pleasure. And he must obey my laws. He must obey me as he is doing now. If he does that, I will make his kingdom strong for all time.”

8 Now I am telling you this in front of all the Lord's people, Israel. And God can hear what I am saying. You must be careful to obey all the laws of the Lord your God. You must carefully read about all his rules and you must obey them. Then you will have this good country. And after you die it will be for your descendants to keep for all time.’

Solomon will build God's house

9 ‘And you, Solomon my son, know your father's God. Be his faithful servant in every way with your whole mind. The Lord knows what you are thinking. And he understands all your thoughts. If you look for him, you will find him. But if you leave him, he will turn away from you for all time. 10 Think now how the Lord has chosen you. He has chosen you to build a house that will be his temple. Be strong and do this work.’

Solomon learns how to build the temple

11 Then David showed to his son Solomon everything that he had prepared for him to do. He showed him how to build the way into the temple. He showed him how its buildings should be. He showed him how to build the rooms to store valuable things. He described the upstairs rooms and the inside rooms. And he described the room where the Covenant Box with its special lid would be. 12 He gave to him pictures of the house of the Lord. And he gave to him pictures of every room that God's Spirit had shown to him. He included the yards and the rooms where they would keep valuable things safe. And he showed to him the rooms to store all the things that people would give to God.

13 David gave to him lists of all the things that they would need for the work in the Lord's house. And he gave to him the lists of the groups of priests and Levites. And he gave to him the rules about how each group should work in the Lord's house. 14 He said how much gold he should use to make those things. He also said how much silver Solomon should use for all the things for the work in the temple. 15 He said how much gold was for the lampstands and for their lamps. He told him the weight of silver for the silver lampstands and for their lamps. And he told him where they would put each lampstand. 16 He told him the weight of gold for each table on which the priests would put the special bread. And he told him the weight of the silver for the silver tables. 17 He told him the weight of gold to use for the forks, dishes and cups. He told him what the weight of each gold dish should be. And he told him the weight of silver for each silver dish. 18 He told him the weight of best gold for the altar to burn oils with sweet smells. And he showed him how they must make the models of cherubs out of gold. They would be like a chariot to stand over the Lord's Covenant Box. And they would cover it with their wings.

19 David said, ‘I have written this as the Lord told me. And he helped me to understand how to do all the work.’

20 David said to Solomon his son, ‘Be strong and very brave and do this work. The Lord God, my God is with you. He will not leave you but he will help you. He will stay with you until you have finished all the work. So do not be afraid. And do not think that it will be too difficult for you. Then the Lord's house will be ready for him. 21 Look! The groups of priests and Levites are ready to start work in God's house. The men who are good at any kind of work will be happy to help. And the officers and all the people will do everything that you want them to do.’