1 Now David assembled at Jerusalem all a the leaders of Israel: the officers of the tribes and b the captains of the divisions who served the king, the captains over thousands and captains over hundreds, and c the stewards over all the substance and 1 possessions of the king and of his sons, with the officials, the valiant men, and all d the mighty men of valor. 2 Then King David rose to his feet and said, "Hear me, my brethren and my people: e I had it in my heart to build a house of rest for the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and for f the footstool of our God, and had made preparations to build it. 3 "But God said to me, g 'You shall not build a house for My name, because you have been a man of war and have shed h blood.' 4 "However the LORD God of Israel i chose me above all the house of my father to be king over Israel forever, for He has chosen j Judah to be the ruler. And of the house of Judah, k the house of my father, and l among the sons of my father, He was pleased with me to make me king over all Israel. 5 m "And of all my sons (for the LORD has given me many sons) n He has chosen my son Solomon to sit on the throne of the kingdom of the LORD over Israel. 6 "Now He said to me, 'It is o your son Solomon who 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, p if he is steadfast to observe My commandments and My judgments, as it is this day.' 8 "Now therefore, in the sight of all Israel, the assembly of the LORD, and in the hearing of our God, be careful to seek out all the commandments of the LORD your God, that you may possess this good land, and leave it as an inheritance for your children after you forever.New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.