I Chronicles 28:6
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6  He said to me,‘It will be your son Shlomo who will build My House and My courts, for I have chosen him to be a son to Me, and I will be a father to him.

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ו  וַיֹּאמֶר לִי שְׁלֹמֹה בִנְךָ הוּא־יִבְנֶה בֵיתִי וַחֲצֵרוֹתָי כִּי־בָחַרְתִּי בוֹ לִי לְבֵן וַאֲנִי אֶהְיֶה־לּוֹ לְאָב׃

 28:6   For I have chosen him to be a son to Me, and I will be a father to him

King David’s son Shlomo is chosen by God as the heir to his father’s throne and the eternal monarchy of the People of Israel. In addition to the name Shlomo, he is also known as Yedidya, which means ‘beloved of God’ (II Samuel 12:25). Radak suggests that Hashem wants his name to be Shlomo (שלמה), from the Hebrew word shalom (שלום), meaning ‘peace’, because during his reign God would bless him and the People of Israel with peace. But Shlomo is also Yedidya, the beloved of God, as reflected in this verse. Indeed, both of his names accurately describe his accomplishments. During King Shlomo’s reign, the Nation of Israel achieves the greatest heights, peace with the other nations, as well closeness to Hashem through service in the Beit Hamikdash.

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  • David must have had mixed feelings when told that his son, and not he, was going to build the Temple. Pride that G-d had chosen Soloman, but maybe a little sad that he was not to have that priviledge. Although David had wisdom it was not like that which G-d gave Soloman, still it was enough that he accepted the words of the Lord.

    When we lived in Western Samoa I remember hearing a preacher speaking about the mark of a 'good leader'. He said that normally when at the 'top' a man or woman can keep looking over their shoulder to see who is coming up behind them. But a good leader encourages those coming behind to do better than they themselves. Isn't that just what David did!

    Like I've commented before David recognised that he had blood on his hands, albeit the battles were to subdue those who contended against the Israelites. It's an interesting thought from Rabbi David Kimchi that as G-d wanted David's son named Soloman, which means shalom [peace], how fitting that after all those battles 'Peace' should sit on the throne.

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I Chronicles 28:6

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