King Solomon’s discourse to the people (1 Chr 6:7-6:11)

“My father King David had it in mind to build a house for the name of Yahweh, the God of Israel. But Yahweh said to my father King David.

‘You did well to consider building a house for my name.

Nevertheless you shall not build the house,

But your son who shall be born to you

Shall build the house for my name.’

Now Yahweh has fulfilled his promise that he made. For I have succeeded my father King David. I sit on the throne of Israel, as Yahweh promised. I have built the house for the name of Yahweh, the God of Israel. There I have set the ark, in which is the covenant of Yahweh that he made with the people of Israel.”

Once again, this is lifted from 1 Kings, chapter 8, almost word for word. King Solomon said that his father wanted to build a temple in Jerusalem. However, Yahweh said that it would be his son who would build the temple. King Solomon then said that since he is king, he has built the temple, the house of Yahweh. There the Ark of the Covenant, made with his ancestors, shall remain. The name of Yahweh will be here in the temple.

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