“Yahweh said to me.
‘It is Solomon your son who shall build my house and my courts.
I have chosen him to be a son to me.
I will be a father to him.
I will establish his kingdom forever
If he continues resolute in keeping my commandments
And my ordinances, as he is today.’
Now therefore in the sight of all Israel, the assembly of Yahweh, and in the hearing of our God, observe and search out all the commandments of Yahweh your God. Thus you may possess this good land, and leave it for an inheritance to your children after you forever.
‘You, Solomon my son,
Know the God of your father.
Serve him with a single mind and a willing heart.
Yahweh searches every mind,
He understands every plan and thought.
If you seek him,
He will be found by you.
But if you forsake him,
He will abandon you forever.
Take heed now,
Yahweh has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary.
Be strong, and do it.’”
Solomon will build the house of Yahweh. As earlier in this work, chapter 17, it was Nathan who told David that Yahweh did not want him to build the temple. In fact, in chapter 22 of this book, David told Solomon that he was going to be the one to build this temple. Now it is declared to all Israel. Solomon would have to keep all the commandments and ordinances of Yahweh. If he did so, he would possess the land forever. In a beautiful admonition to his son that is somewhat like the last private death bed admonition to Solomon in 1 Kings, chapter 2, King David wants his son Solomon to follow the commandments of Yahweh. Solomon was to be single minded, never abandoning Yahweh. He was to build the house for Yahweh. Once again he needs to be strong.