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He summoned his son Solomon and commanded him to build a house for the Lord, the God of Israel.

David said to Solomon:

My son, I had it in my heart to build a house for the name of the Lord my God. But this word of the Lord was laid upon me: “You have shed much blood. You have waged great wars. You will not build a house for my name because of the great amount of blood you have shed on the earth in my presence.

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