6:1 Then Solomon said, “The Lord has said that he lives in thick darkness. 6:2 O Lord, 1 I have built a lofty temple for you, a place where you can live permanently.” 6:3 Then the king turned around 2 and pronounced a blessing over the whole Israelite assembly as they stood there. 3 6:4 He said, “The Lord God of Israel is worthy of praise because he has fulfilled 4 what he promised 5 my father David. 6:5 He told David, 6 ‘Since the day I brought my people out of the land of Egypt, I have not chosen a city from all the tribes of Israel to build a temple in which to live. 7 Nor did I choose a man as leader of my people Israel. 6:6 But now I have chosen Jerusalem as a place to live, 8 and I have chosen David to lead my people Israel.’ 6:7 Now my father David had a strong desire to build a temple to honor the Lord God of Israel. 9 6:8 The Lord told my father David, ‘It is right for you to have a strong desire to build a temple to honor me. 10 6:9 But you will not build the temple; your very own son will build the temple for my honor.’ 11 6:10 The Lord has kept the promise he made. I have taken my father David’s place and have occupied the throne of Israel, as the Lord promised. I have built this temple for the honor of the Lord God of Israel 6:11 and set up in it a place for the ark containing the covenant the Lord made with the Israelites.”
1 tn The words “O
2 tn Heb “turned his face.”
3 tn Heb “and he blessed all the assembly of Israel, and all the assembly of Israel was standing.”
4 tn The Hebrew text reads, “fulfilled by his hand,” but the phrase “by his hand” is somewhat redundant in contemporary English and has not been translated.
5 tn The Hebrew text reads, “promised by his mouth,” but the phrase “by his mouth” is somewhat redundant in contemporary English and has not been translated.
6 tn Heb “saying.”
7 tn Heb “to build a house for my name to be there.” Here “name” is used by metonymy for the
9 tn Heb “and it was with the heart of David my father to build a house for the name of the
sn On the significance of the
10 tn Heb “Because it was with your heart to build a house for my name, you did well that it was with your heart.”
11 tn Heb “your son, the one who came out of your body, he will build the temple for my name.”