David (who made his reputation by fighting) was not to build the temple because it was supposed to remind the people of the peace and rest God gives.

BibleGateway: 1 Chronicles 22:2-16

ESV Text: 1 Chronicles 22:2-16


KJV Text:

The section starts at about 0:7 and ends at about 2:57

2 And David commanded to gather together the strangers that were in the land of Israel; and he set masons to hew wrought stones to build the house of God. 3 And David prepared iron in abundance for the nails for the doors of the gates, and for the joinings; and brass in abundance without weight; 4 Also cedar trees in abundance: for the Zidonians and they of Tyre brought much cedar wood to David. 5 And David said, Solomon my son is young and tender, and the house that is to be builded for the LORD must be exceeding magnifical, of fame and of glory throughout all countries: I will therefore now make preparation for it. So David prepared abundantly before his death.

     6 Then he called for Solomon his son, and charged him to build an house for the LORD God of Israel. 7 And David said to Solomon, My son, as for me, it was in my mind to build an house unto the name of the LORD my God: 8 But the word of the LORD came to me, saying, Thou hast shed blood abundantly, and hast made great wars: thou shalt not build an house unto my name, because thou hast shed much blood upon the earth in my sight. 9 Behold, a son shall be born to thee, who shall be a man of rest; and I will give him rest from all his enemies round about: for his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quietness unto Israel in his days. 10 He shall build an 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 for ever. 11 Now, my son, the LORD be with thee; and prosper thou, and build the house of the LORD thy God, as he hath said of thee. 12 Only the LORD give thee wisdom and understanding, and give thee charge concerning Israel, that thou mayest keep the law of the LORD thy God. 13 Then shalt thou prosper, if thou takest heed to fulfil the statutes and judgments which the LORD charged Moses with concerning Israel: be strong, and of good courage; dread not, nor be dismayed. 14 Now, behold, in my trouble I have prepared for the house of the LORD an hundred thousand talents of gold, and a thousand thousand talents of silver; and of brass and iron without weight; for it is in abundance: timber also and stone have I prepared; and thou mayest add thereto. 15 Moreover there are workmen with thee in abundance, hewers and workers of stone and timber, and all manner of cunning men for every manner of work. 16 Of the gold, the silver, and the brass, and the iron, there is no number. Arise therefore, and be doing, and the LORD be with thee.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 633:
O Lord of Hosts, Whose Glory Fills

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— Organ Audio

1. O Lord of hosts, whose glory fills 
The bounds of the eternal hills 
And yet vouchsaf’st, in Christian lands, 
To dwell in temples made with hands, 

2. Grant that all we who here today 
Rejoicing this foundation lay 
May be in very deed Thine own, 
Built on the precious Cornerstone. 

3. Endue the creatures with Thy grace 
That shall adorn Thy dwelling place. 
The beauty of the oak and pine, 
The gold and silver, make them Thine. 

4. To Thee they all belong, to Thee, 
The treasures of the earth and sea; 
And when we bring them to Thy throne, 
We but present Thee with Thine own. 

5. The heads that guide endue with skill, 
The hands that work preserve from ill, 
That we who these foundations lay 
May raise the top-stone in its day. 

6. Both now and ever, Lord, protect 
The temple of Thine own elect; 
Be Thou in them and they in Thee, 
O ever-blessed Trinity! 


Hymn: LSB 610 Lord Jesus, Think on Me
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