1 And Dawid assembled all the princes of Yisrael, the princes of the tribes, and the 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 of his sons, with the officers, and with the mighty men, and with all the valiant men, unto Jerusalem (Yerushalayim).
2 Then Dawid the king stood up upon his feet, and said, “Hear me, my brethren, and my people: As for me, I had in mine heart to build a house of rest for the ark of the covenant of יהוה, and for the footstool of our God (Elohim), and had made ready for the building.
3 But God (Elohim) said unto me, ‘You shalt not build a house for My name, because you have been a man of war, and hast shed blood.
4 Howbeit יהוה God of Israel (Elohei Yisrael) chose me before all the house of my father to be king over Yisrael forever, for He hath chosen Judah (Yehudah) to be the ruler; and of the house of Judah (Yehudah), the house of my father; and among the sons of my father He liked me to make me king over all Yisrael.
5 And of all my sons, (for יהוה hath given me many sons,) He hath chosen Solomon (Shelomoh) my son to sit upon the throne of the kingdom of יהוה over Yisrael.
6 And He said unto me, ‘Solomon (Shelomoh) your son, he shall build My house and My courts, for I have chosen him to be My son, and I will be his Father.
7 Moreover I will establish his kingdom forever, if he is steadfast to do My commandments and My judgments, as at this day.’
8 Now therefore in the sight of all Yisrael the congregation of יהוה, and in the audience of our God (Elohim), keep and seek for all the commandments of יהוה your God (Elohim), that you may possess this good land, and leave it for an inheritance for your children after you forever.
9 And you, Solomon (Shelomoh) my son, know you the God (Elohim) of your father, and serve Him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind; for יהוה searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will be found of you; but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever.
10 Take heed now, for יהוה hath chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary; be strong, and do it.”
11 Then Dawid gave to Solomon (Shelomoh) his son the pattern of the porch, and of the houses thereof, and of the treasuries thereof, and of the upper chambers thereof, and of the inner parlours thereof, and of the place of the mercy seat,
12 And the pattern of all that he had by the spirit, of the courts of the house of יהוה, and of all the chambers round about, of the treasuries of the house of God (Elohim), and of the treasuries of the dedicated things;
13 Also for the courses of the priests (kohanim) and the Levites (Lewiyim), and for all the work of the service of the house of יהוה, and for all the vessels of service in the house of יהוה.
14 He gave of gold by weight for things of gold, for all instruments of all manner of service; silver also for all instruments of silver by weight, for all instruments of every kind of service;
15 Even the weight for the candlesticks (menorot) of gold, and for their lamps of gold, by weight for every candlestick (menorah), and for the lamps thereof; and for the candlesticks (menorot) of silver by weight, both for the candlestick (menorah), and also for the lamps thereof, according to the use of every candlestick (menorah).
16 And by weight he gave gold for the tables of shewbread, for every table; and likewise silver for the tables of silver;
17 Also pure gold for the fleshhooks, and the bowls, and the cups; and for the golden basons he gave gold by weight for every bason; and likewise silver by weight for every bason of silver;
18 And for the altar of incense refined gold by weight; and gold for the pattern of the chariot of the cherubims (keruvim), that spread out their wings, and covered the ark of the covenant of יהוה.
19 “All this,” said Dawid, “יהוה made me understand in writing by His hand upon me, even all the works of this pattern.”
20 And Dawid said to Solomon (Shelomoh) his son, “Be strong and of good courage, and do it; fear not, nor be dismayed; for יהוה God (Elohim), even my God (Elohim), will be with you; He will not fail you, nor forsake you, until you have finished all the work for the service of the house of יהוה.
21 And, behold, the courses of the priests (kohanim) and the Levites (Lewiyim), even they shall be with you for all the service of the house of God (Elohim); and there shall be with you 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 your command.”