So David gave orders to gather the strangers who were in the land of Israel, and he set stonecutters to cut out stones to build the house of God.
And David prepared large quantities of iron to make the nails for the doors of the gates and for the clamps, and more bronze than could be weighed;
and timbers of cedar beyond number, for the Sidonians and Tyrians brought large quantities of cedar timber to David.
David said, 'My son Solomon is young and inexperienced, and the house that is to be built for the LORD shall be exceedingly magnificent, famous, and glorious throughout the lands. Therefore
I now will make preparations for it.' So David made ample preparations before his death.
Then he called for his son Solomon, and commanded him to build a house for the LORD God of Israel.
David said to Solomon, 'My son, I had intended to build a house for the name of the LORD my God.
But the word of the LORD came to me, saying, ‘You have shed much blood and have waged great wars; you shall not build a house to My name, because you have shed so
much blood on the earth before Me.
Behold, a son will be born to you, who shall be a man of rest, and I will give him rest from all his enemies on every side; for his name will be Solomon, and I will give peace and quiet to Israel in his days.
He shall build a house for My name, and he shall be My son and I will be his Father; and I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel forever.’
Now, my son, the LORD be with you that you may be successful, and build the house of the LORD your God just as He has spoken concerning you.
Only the LORD give you discretion and understanding, and put you in charge of Israel, so that you may keep the Law of the LORD your God.
Then you will prosper, if you are careful to follow the statutes and the ordinances which the LORD commanded Moses concerning Israel. Be strong and courageous, do not fear nor be dismayed.
Now behold, with great pains I have prepared for the house of the LORD a hundred thousand talents of gold and a million talents of silver, and bronze and iron beyond measure, for they are in great quantity; I have also prepared timber and stone, and you may add to that.
Moreover there are many workmen with you, stonecutters, masons of stone, and carpenters; and all of them
are skillful in every kind of work.