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Then he sent for his son Solomon. He told him to build a house for the Lord, the God of Israel. David said to Solomon, “My son, with all my heart I wanted to build a house for the Lord my God. That’s where his Name will be. But a message from the Lord came to me. It said, ‘You have spilled the blood of many people. You have fought many wars. You are not the one who will build a house for my Name. That is because I have seen you spill the blood of many people on the earth.

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