2 Chronicles 6:3-11

Solomon speaks to the people

3 All the Israelites were standing there together. Then the king turned round and he blessed all the Israelites. 4 He said, ‘Praise the Lord, Israel's God. He promised something to my father David. And he has done it. He said, 5 “I brought my people out of Egypt. Since then I have not chosen any city in Israel for you to build a house for my name. And I have not chosen a man to be the leader of my people called Israel. 6 But now I have chosen Jerusalem to become the place where they give honour to my name. And I have chosen David to rule my people called Israel.”

7 My father David wanted to build a house for the name of the Lord, Israel's God. 8 But the Lord said to my father David, “You were good to think that you might build a house for my name. 9 But you will not build the house. But your son who will be born in your own family will build the house for my name.”

10 And the Lord has done what he promised to do. I have become king after my father David. And now I sit on the king's seat in Israel, as the Lord promised. And I have built the house for the name of the Lord, Israel's God. 11 I have put the Covenant Box there. The Lord's covenant that he gave to the Israelites is in it.’