"Go, tell my servant David: 'This is what the Lord says: Do you really intend to build a house for me to live in?
"You know that my father David was unable to build a temple to honor the Lord his God, for he was busy fighting battles on all fronts while the Lord subdued his enemies.
He told David, 'Since the day I brought my people Israel out of Egypt, I have not chosen a city from all the tribes of Israel to build a temple in which to live. But I have chosen David to lead my people Israel.'
"Go, tell my servant David: 'This is what the Lord says: "You must not build me a house in which to live.
David said to Solomon: "My son, I really wanted to build a temple to honor the Lord my God.
The Levites who were thirty years old and up were counted; there were 38,000 men.