2 Chronicles 6:1-11 Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then Solomon said:
The Lord said He would dwell in thick darkness,
but I have built an exalted temple for You,
a place for Your residence forever.
Then the king turned and blessed the entire congregation of Israel while they were standing. He said:
May the Lord God of Israel be praised!
He spoke directly to my father David,
and He has fulfilled the promise
by His power.
“Since the day I brought My people Israel
out of the land of Egypt,
I have not chosen a city to build a temple in
among any of the tribes of Israel,
so that My name would be there,
and I have not chosen a man
to be ruler over My people Israel.
But I have chosen Jerusalem
so that My name will be there,
and I have chosen David
to be over My people Israel.”
Now it was in the heart of my father David
to build a temple for the name of Yahweh, the God of Israel.
However, Yahweh said to my father David,
“Since it was your desire to build a temple for My name,
you have done well to have this desire.
Yet, you are not the one to build the temple,
but your son, your own offspring,
will build the temple for My name.”
So Yahweh has fulfilled what He promised.
I have taken the place of my father David
and I sit on the throne of Israel, as Yahweh promised.
I have built the temple for the name of Yahweh, the God of Israel.
I have put the ark there,
where Yahweh’s covenant is
that He made with the Israelites.