1 Chronicles 28
1 Now David assembled at Jerusalem all the rulers of Israel: the chiefs of the tribes and
the leaders of the divisions who served the king, the commanders over thousands and
commanders over hundreds, and the officials over all the substance and possessions of the
king and of his sons, with the overseers, the mighty men, and all the men of valor.
2 And King David rose to his feet and said, Hear me, my brethren and my people: I had it
in my heart to build a house of rest for the ark of the covenant of Jehovah, and for the
footstool of our God, and had made preparations to build it.
3 But God has said to me, You shall not build a house for My name, because you have
been a man of war and have shed blood.
4 However Jehovah the God of Israel chose me above all the house of my father to be
king over Israel forever, for He has chosen Judah as the ruler; and of the house of Judah,
the house of my father, and among the sons of my father, He has been pleased to make me
king over all Israel.
5 And of all my sons (for Jehovah has given me many sons) He has chosen my son
Solomon to sit on the throne of the kingdom of Jehovah, over Israel.
6 And He said to me, Your son Solomon shall build My house and My courts; for I have
chosen him as My son, and I will be his Father.
7 Moreover I will establish his kingdom forever, if he prevails to do My commandments
and My judgments, as it is this day.
8 Now therefore, in the eyes of all Israel the assembly of Jehovah, and in the ears of our
God, take heed to seek out all the commandments of Jehovah your God, that you may
possess this good land, and leave it as an inheritance for your children after you always.
9 As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a
perfect heart and with a willing mind; for Jehovah searches all hearts and understands all
the intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake
Him, He will cast you off forever.
10 Consider now, for Jehovah has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary; be
strong, and do it.
11 Then David gave his son Solomon the pattern for the porch, its houses, its treasuries,
its upper chambers, its inner chambers, and the place of the mercy seat;
12 and the pattern for all that he had by the Spirit, of the courts of the house of Jehovah,
of all the chambers all around, of the treasuries of the house of God, and of the treasuries
for the consecrated things;
13 also for the divisions of the priests and the Levites, for all the work of the service of the
house of Jehovah, and for all the vessels of service in the house of Jehovah.
14 Gold by weight for the things of gold, for all the vessels used in every kind of service;
also silver for all the vessels of silver by weight, for all the vessels used in every kind of
15 the weight for the lampstands of gold, and their lamps of gold, by weight for each
lampstand and its lamps; for the lampstands of silver by weight, for the lampstand and its
lamps, according to the service of each lampstand.
16 And by weight, the gold for the tables of the Bread in Rows, for each table, and silver
for the tables of silver;
17 also pure gold for the forks, the bowls, the pitchers of pure gold, and the golden basins;
gold by weight for every basin; and for the silver basins, silver by weight for every basin;
18 and refined gold by weight for the altar of incense, and for the construction of the
chariot, that is, the gold cherubim that spread their wings and overshadowed the ark of the
covenant of Jehovah.
19 All this, said David, Jehovah has given me insight in writing, by His hand upon me, all
these patterns of the workmanship.
20 And David said to his son Solomon, Be strong and of good courage, and do it; do not
fear nor be dismayed, for Jehovah God, my God, will be with you. He will not leave you
nor forsake you, until you have finished all the work for the service of the house of
21 Behold, the divisions of the priests and the Levites for all the service of the house of
God; and every willing man of wisdom will be with you for all manner of workmanship,
for every kind of service; also the rulers and all the people are here for whatever you say.