THE FIRST BOOK OF THE
1 Chronicles 28 ©
David’s last charge to the princes, v. 1, etc. And to Solomon, concerning the keeping of all God’s commandments, and in particular the building of the temple, 9. He gives Solomon a pattern of the entire building, and likewise of all the vessels thereunto appertaining, 14. A short repetition of David’s exhortation to Solomon, 20.
AND1 David assembled all the princes of Israel, the princes of the tribes, and 2the captains of the companies that ministered to the king by course, and the captains over the thousands, and captains over the hundreds, and the stewards over all the substance and possession of the king, and 3of his sons, with 4the officers, and with the mighty men, and with all the valiant men, unto Jerusalem.
Then David the king 5stood up upon his feet, and said, Hear me, my brethren, and my people: As for me, I had in mine heart to build 6an house of rest for the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and for the 7footstool of our God, and had made ready for the building:
Buta God said unto me, Thou shalt not build an house for my name, because thou hast been a man of war, and hast shed 8blood.
Howbeit the LORD God of Israel chose me before all the house of my father to be king over Israel 9for ever: for he hath chosen 10Judah 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 tob make me king over all Israel:
And of all my sons, (for the LORD hath given me many sons,) he hath chosen Solomon my son to sit upon the throne of the kingdom of the LORD over Israel.
And hec said unto me, Solomon thy son, he shall build my house and my courts: for I have chosen him to be my son, and Id will be his father.
Moreover I will establish his kingdom 11for ever, if he be constant to do my commandments and my judgments, 12as at this day.
Now therefore in the sight of all Israel the congregation of the LORD, and in the audience of our God, 13keep and seek for all the commandments of the LORD your God: that ye may possess this good land, and leave it for an inheritance for your children after you for ever.
¶And thou, Solomon my son, know thou 14the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for thee LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth 15all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.
Take heed now; for the LORD hath chosen thee to build an house for the sanctuary: be strong, 16and do it.
¶Then David gave to Solomon his son the 17pattern of the porch, and of the houses thereof, and of the treasuries thereof, and of the upper chambers thereof, and of the inner parloursf thereof, and of the place 18of the mercy seat,
And the pattern of all that 19he had 20by the spirit, of the courts of the house of the LORD, and of all the chambers round about, 21of the treasuries of the house of God, and of the treasuries of the dedicated things:
Also 22for the courses of the priests and the Levites, and for all the work of the service of the house of the LORD, and for all the vessels of service in the house of the LORD.
He gave of 23gold by weight for things of gold, for all instruments 24of all manner of service; silver also for all instruments of silver by weight, for all instruments 25of every kind of service:
Even the weight for the candlesticks of gold, and 26for their lamps of gold, by weight for every candlestick, and for the lamps thereof: and for the candlesticks of silver by weight, both for the candlestick, and also for the lamps thereof, according to the use of every candlestick.
And by weight he gave gold 27for the tables of shewbread, 28for every table; and likewise silver for the tables of silver:
Also pure gold for the fleshhooks, and 29the bowls, and the cups: and for the golden basons he gave gold by weight 30for every bason; and likewise silver by weight for every bason of silver:
And for the altar of incense refined gold by weight; and gold for the pattern 31of the chariot of the cherubims, that spread out their wings, and covered the ark of the covenant of the LORD.
All this, said David, 32the LORD made me understand 33in writing by his hand upon me, even all the works of this pattern.
And David said to Solomon his son, Beg strong and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the LORD God, even my God, will be with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD.
And, behold, the courses of the priests and the Levites, even they shall be with thee for all the service of the house of God: and there shall be with thee for all manner of workmanship every willing skilful man, for any manner of service: also the princes and all the people will be wholly at thy 34commandment.