The Location of Solomon's Temple

Chapter 5

The Message of the Covenant

Location, Location, Location

As any realtor will readily proclaim, the most important rule of real estate is location, location, location. Certainly, this was and is true regarding the temple in Jerusalem. God directly stipulated the correct location for the temple and it was supposed to be located upon His holy mount, Mount Zion.

Psalm 132:13 For the LORD has chosen Zion, he has desired it for his dwelling, saying, 14 This is my resting place for ever and ever; here I will sit enthroned, for I have desired it.(NIV) (Emphasis added)

The location of the temple is especially important today considering the fact that there is another building occupying the site of the former temples in Jerusalem. If the site of the former temples could be purchased for money, which, under the circumstances, it cannot; it would surely bring an exorbitant price.

Since it is now evident that many details of the first temple were not in keeping with God's plan as related through King David and the prophets, is it not reasonable to question the temple location?

2 Chronicles 3:1 Then Solomon began to build the temple of the LORD in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, where the LORD had appeared to his father David. It was on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite, the place provided by David. (NIV) (Emphasis added)

One may recall that King David selected the location on Moriah when he was completing an instance of God's judgment for having acted presumptuously by numbering the fighting men of Israel. Subsequently, David acted presumptuously by wishing to construct the temple. God sent word through Nathan the prophet to David to stop this project.

2 Samuel 7
God's Promise to David
2 Samuel 7:1 After the king was settled in his palace and the LORD had given him rest from all his enemies around him, 2 he said to Nathan the prophet, "Here I am, living in a house of cedar, while the ark of God remains in a tent."3 Nathan replied to the king, "Whatever you have in mind, go ahead and do it, for the LORD is with you."
4 But that night the word of the LORD came to Nathan, saying:
5 "Go and tell my servant David, 'This is what the LORD says: Are you the one to build me a house to dwell in? 6 I have not dwelt in a house from the day I brought the Israelites up out of Egypt to this day. I have been moving from place to place with a tent as my dwelling. 7 Wherever I have moved with all the Israelites, did I ever say to any of their rulers whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, "Why have you not built me a house of cedar?"'
8 "Now then, tell my servant David, 'This is what the LORD Almighty says: I took you from the pasture, from tending the flock, and appointed you ruler over my people Israel. 9 I have been with you wherever you have gone, and I have cut off all your enemies from before you. Now I will make your name great, like the names of the greatest men on earth. 10 And I will provide a place for my people Israel and will plant them so that they can have a home of their own and no longer be disturbed. Wicked people will not oppress them anymore, as they did at the beginning 11 and have done ever since the time I appointed leaders[a] over my people Israel. I will also give you rest from all your enemies.
"'The LORD declares to you that the LORD himself will establish a house for you: 12 When your days are over and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, your own flesh and blood, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. 14 I will be his father, and he will be my son. When he does wrong, I will punish him with a rod wielded by men, with floggings inflicted by human hands. 15 But my love will never be taken away from him, as I took it away from Saul, whom I removed from before you. 16 Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me[b]; your throne will be established forever.'"
17 Nathan reported to David all the words of this entire revelation.
(NIV) (Emphasis added)

If one examines the narratives of the culmination of the judgment from the numbering of the fighting men, that individual will notice that the prophet Gad told David to build an altar on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite. He never said anything about building a temple or moving the tabernacle to there. Furthermore, there is no indication from Gad that this site was to be anything more than one of the many locations where altars were built for special instances.

1 Chronicles 21:15 And God sent an angel unto Jerusalem to destroy it; and as he was about to destroy, the Lord beheld, and He repented Him of the evil, and said to the destroying angel: 'It is enough; now stay thy hand.' And the angel of the Lord was standing by the threshing-floor of Ornan the Jebusite. 16 And David lifted up his eyes, and saw the angel of the Lord standing between the earth and the heaven, having a drawn sword in his hand stretched out over Jerusalem. Then David and the elders, clothed in sackcloth, fell upon their faces. (JPS) (Emphasis added)
1 Chronicles 21:18 Then the angel of the Lord commanded Gad to say to David, that David should go up, and rear an altar unto the Lord in the threshing-floor of Ornan the Jebusite. 19 And David went up at the saying of Gad, which he spoke in the name of the Lord. 20 And Ornan turned back, and saw the angel; and his four sons that were with him hid themselves. Now Ornan was threshing wheat. 21 And as David came to Ornan, Ornan looked and saw David, and went out of the threshing-floor, and bowed down to David with his face to the ground. 22 Then David said to Ornan: 'Give me the place of this threshing-floor, that I may build thereon an altar unto the Lord; for the full price shalt thou give it me; that the plague may be stayed from the people.' (JPS) (Emphasis added)
1 Chronicles 21:26 And David built there an altar unto the Lord, and offered burnt-offerings and peace-offerings, and called upon the Lord; and He answered him from heaven by fire upon the altar of burnt-offering. 27 And the Lord commanded the angel; and he put up his sword back into the sheath thereof. 28 At that time, when David saw that the Lord had answered him in the threshing-floor of Ornan the Jebusite, then he sacrificed there. 29 For the tabernacle of the Lord, which Moses made in the wilderness, and the altar of burnt-offering, were at that time in the high place at Gibeon. 30 But David could not go before it to inquire of God; for he was terrified because of the sword of the angel of the Lord. (JPS) (Emphasis added)
1 Chronicles 22:1 Then David said: 'This is the house of the Lord God, and this is the altar of burnt-offering for Israel.' (JPS)
David Builds an Altar
2 Samuel 24:18 On that day Gad went to David and said to him, "Go up and build an altar to the LORD on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite." 19 So David went up, as the LORD had commanded through Gad. 20 When Araunah looked and saw the king and his officials coming toward him, he went out and bowed down before the king with his face to the ground. (NIV) (Emphasis added)

The preceding narratives make no mention of Gad saying anything more than to build an altar on the threshing floor of Araunah and this name is synonymous with Ornan. No record exists that Gad said to build a temple.

Proverbs 30:6 Add thou not unto His words, lest He reprove thee, and thou be found a liar. (JPS)

Psalms notes that the Lord will dwell in Zion several times, so David should have known better. Despite David's declaration in 1 Chronicles 22:1, it was David that personally penned several of the Psalms that state that Zion was to be the place where the Lord would dwell. The temple was in fact located at Zion from the time that David brought the Ark into Jerusalem until they took it to the temple on Mount Moriah. The fact that the temple belonged at Zion is crystal-clear and a subject of considerable prominence in scripture. It is also relevant that Mount Zion is higher in elevation than Mount Moriah.

2 Samuel 6:16 And it was so, as the ark of the Lord came into the city of David, that Michal the daughter of Saul looked out at the window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart. 17 And they brought in the ark of the Lord, and set it in its place, in the midst of the tent that David had pitched for it; and David offered burnt-offerings and peace-offerings before the Lord. (JPS) (Emphasis added)
Nahmanides in Jerusalem
In the year 1322 Estori Farhi was in Jerusalem; and his "Kaftor wa-Ferah" (ch. vi.) gives an archeological description of the city (Eng. transl. in "Itinerary" of Benjamin of Tudela, ii. 393; German, in Zunz, "G. S." ii. 268). According to Farhi, Jerusalem was three parasangs long. He mentions the entrance to the Cave of Hezekiah (B. K. 16b), within the walls of Jerusalem to the north; the tent erected by David for the Ark, which was supposed to be still in a place called "David's Temple," south of Mt. Moriah (comp. "Yihus ha-Abot," p. 25); northwest of this was a place near which were a synagogue and the Jewish quarter (see David b. Zimrah, Responsa, No. 633). The city of Jerusalem is, according to him, higher than Mt. Moriah, and of course higher than the above-mentioned synagogue. (Emphasis added)
(Jewish Encyclopedia; Jerusalem; by Richard Gottheil, Gotthard Deutsch, Martin A. Meyer, Joseph Jacobs, M. Franco)

"For the Lord hath chosen Zion;" but got Moriah

Today, some erroneously apply the name Zion to the whole of Jerusalem, but in scripture, this is never the case. In fact, Zion as the name of a place refers exclusively to the hill upon which is situated the City of David. Consequently, it is also applied to the City of David. However, it should be clear that Zion was the location where the temple should have been and should be; nevertheless, that is not where the temples were. Therefore, the Prophets delve into this fact in detail. That aspect alone - the ample mentions of Zion by the prophets - should be a heads up to the student of scripture.

Furthermore, it is well to consider any possible significance there might be to the fact that in Hebrew the name Moriah actually means "bitterness of the Lord." This is not exactly the type of name one would choose for their grand estate is it?

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"For the Lord hath chosen Zion; He hath desired it for His habitation"

Scripture states many times that Zion is the correct temple location. The following passages make clear mention of this and there are many more verses apart from those cited here that can be examined independently that maintain the same point. The first passage cited is a Psalm of King David himself.

Psalm 132
A song of ascents.
Psalm 132:1 LORD, remember David and all his self-denial.
2 He swore an oath to the LORD, he made a vow to the Mighty One of Jacob: 3 "I will not enter my house or go to my bed, 4 I will allow no sleep to my eyes or slumber to my eyelids, 5 till I find a place for the LORD, a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob."
6 We heard it in Ephrathah, we came upon it in the fields of Jaar:[a] 7 "Let us go to his dwelling place, let us worship at his footstool, saying, 8 'Arise, LORD, and come to your resting place, you and the ark of your might. 9 May your priests be clothed with your righteousness; may your faithful people sing for joy.'"
10 For the sake of your servant David, do not reject your anointed one.
11 The LORD swore an oath to David, a sure oath he will not revoke: "One of your own descendants I will place on your throne. 12 If your sons keep my covenant and the statutes I teach them, then their sons will sit on your throne for ever and ever."
13 For the LORD has chosen Zion, he has desired it for his dwelling, saying, 14 "This is my resting place for ever and ever; here I will sit enthroned, for I have desired it.15 I will bless her with abundant provisions; her poor I will satisfy with food.16 I will clothe her priests with salvation, and her faithful people will ever sing for joy.
17 "Here I will make a horn grow for David and set up a lamp for my anointed one. 18 I will clothe his enemies with shame, but his head will be adorned with a radiant crown." (NIV) (Emphasis added)
Isaiah 24:23 Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed; for the Lord of hosts will reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before His elders shall be Glory. (JPS) (Emphasis added)
Psalm 48:2 Great is the Lord, and highly to be praised, in the city of our God, His holy mountain, 3 Fair in situation, the joy of the whole earth; even mount Zion, the uttermost parts of the north, the city of the great King. 4 God in her palaces hath made Himself known for a stronghold. (JPS) (Emphasis added)
Psalm 87:1 A Psalm of the sons of Korah; a Song. His foundation is in the holy mountains. 2 the Lord loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob. 3 Glorious things are spoken of Thee, O city of God. Selah (JPS) (Emphasis added)
Obadiah 1:17 But in mount Zion there shall be those that escape, and it shall be holy; and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions. (JPS) (Emphasis added)
Joel 3:5 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered; for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be those that escape, as the Lord hath said, and among the remnant those whom the Lord shall call. (JPS) (Emphasis added)
(Appears as Joel 2:32 in many translations)
Joel 4:16 And the Lord shall roar from Zion, and utter His voice from Jerusalem, and the heavens and the earth shall shake; but the Lord will be a refuge unto His people, and a stronghold to the children of Israel. 17 So shall ye know that I am the Lord your God, dwelling in Zion My holy mountain; then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more. 18 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the mountains shall drop down sweet wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, and all the brooks of Judah shall flow with waters; and a fountain shall come forth of the house of the Lord, and shall water the valley of Shittim. 19 Egypt shall be a desolation, and Edom shall be a desolate wilderness, for the violence against the children of Judah, because they have shed innocent blood in their land. 20 But Judah shall be inhabited for ever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation. 21 And I will hold as innocent their blood that I have not held as innocent; and the Lord dwelleth in Zion. (JPS) (Emphasis added)
Deuteronomy 12:1 These are the statutes and the ordinances, which ye shall observe to do in the land which the Lord, the God of thy fathers, hath given thee to possess it, all the days that ye live upon the earth. 2 Ye shall surely destroy all the places, wherein the nations that ye are to dispossess served their gods, upon the high mountains, and upon the hills, and under every leafy tree. 3 And ye shall break down their altars, and dash in pieces their pillars, and burn their Asherim with fire; and ye shall hew down the graven images of their gods; and ye shall destroy their name out of that place. 4 Ye shall not do so unto the Lord your God. 5 But unto the place which the Lord your God shall choose out of all your tribes to put His name there, even unto His habitation shall ye seek, and thither thou shalt come; 6 and thither ye shall bring your burnt-offerings, and your sacrifices, and your tithes, and the offering of your hand, and your vows, and your freewill-offerings, and the firstlings of your herd and of your flock; 7 and there ye shall eat before the Lord your God, and ye shall rejoice in all that ye put your hand unto, ye and your households, wherein the Lord thy God hath blessed thee. (JPS) (Emphasis added)

Ancient Jerusalem Map

Map of Ancient Jerusalem

By this point, one should have realized that the temples were never on the correct hill. Carefully consider the following passages for exactly what they say.

1 Kings 8:1 Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel, and all the heads of the tribes, the princes of the fathers' houses of the children of Israel, unto king Solomon in Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the covenant of the Lord out of the city of David, which is Zion. (JPS) (Emphasis added)
2 Chronicles 5:2 Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel, and all the heads of the tribes, the princes of the fathers' houses of the children of Israel, unto Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the covenant of the Lord out of the city of David, which is Zion. (JPS) (Emphasis added)

Now, if they brought the Ark up out of the City of David, which is Zion, then they brought the Ark up out of Zion. But wait, the temple was supposed to be at Zion. Zion, the City of David was to be the Holy City. So what does this tell us? The temples were in the wrong place.

Jeremiah 50:4 In those days, and in that time, saith the Lord, the children of Israel shall come, they and the children of Judah together; they shall go on their way weeping, and shall seek the Lord their God. 5 They shall inquire concerning Zion with their faces hitherward: 'Come ye, and join yourselves to the Lord in an everlasting covenant that shall not be forgotten.' 6 My people hath been lost sheep; their shepherds have caused them to go astray, they have turned them away on the mountains; they have gone from mountain to hill, they have forgotten their resting-place. (JPS)
(Emphasis added)

One should take notice of the fact that Jeremiah mentions shepherds plural in verse 6. This constitutes 2 shepherds, David and Solomon.

Isaiah 65:11 But ye that forsake the Lord, that forget My holy mountain, that prepare a table for Fortune, and that offer mingled wine in full measure unto Destiny, 12 I will destine you to the sword, and ye shall all bow down to the slaughter; because when I called, ye did not answer, when I spoke, ye did not hear; but ye did that which was evil in Mine eyes, and chose that wherein I delighted not. (JPS) (Emphasis added)

The temple was supposed to be on Mount Zion. This was where the Jebusites had lived. Scripture indicates clearly, and without any doubt, exactly where Zion is.

2 Samuel 5:4 David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years. 5 In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months; and in Jerusalem he reigned thirty and three years over all Israel and Judah. 6 And the king and his men went to Jerusalem against the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land, who spoke unto David, saying: 'Except thou take away the blind and the lame, thou shalt not come in hither'; thinking: 'David cannot come in hither.' 7 Nevertheless David took the stronghold of Zion; the same is the city of David. 8 And David said on that day: 'Whosoever smiteth the Jebusites, and getteth up to the gutter, and taketh away the lame and the blind, that are hated of David's soul--.' Wherefore they say: 'There are the blind and the lame; he cannot come into the house.' 9 And David dwelt in the stronghold, and called it the city of David. And David built round about from Millo and inward. (JPS) (Emphasis added)
1 Chronicles 11:4 And David and all Israel went to Jerusalem--the same is Jebus--and the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land, were there. 5 And the inhabitants of Jebus said to David: 'Thou shalt not come in hither.' Nevertheless David took the stronghold of Zion; the same is the city of David. 6 And David said: 'Whosoever smiteth the Jebusites first shall be chief and captain.' And Joab the son of Zeruiah went up first, and was made chief. 7 And David dwelt in the stronghold; therefore they called it the city of David. 8 And he built the city round about, from Millo even round about; and Joab repaired the rest of the city. (JPS) (Emphasis added)
Isaiah 33:5 the Lord is exalted, for He dwelleth on high; He hath filled Zion with justice and righteousness. (JPS) (Emphasis added)
(Inclusion in the NJPS: [Of Old] He filled Zion)
Isaiah 33:20 Look upon Zion, the city of our solemn gatherings; thine eyes shall see Jerusalem a peaceful habitation, a tent that shall not be removed, the stakes whereof shall never be plucked up, neither shall any of the cords thereof be broken. (JPS) (Emphasis added)

This is all of the information that one needs to locate Zion. It is all of the information needed to conclude that the previous temples were not located at Zion. It is notable that 2 Samuel 5:8 refers to a landmark that is known today, the water shaft. "Water shaft" is rendered "gutter" in the 1917 Jewish Publication Society Tanakh quoted here.

Other scripture notes another landmark that can be located with certainty today that establishes the western boundary of the City of David in ancient times. This is the water channel built by King Hezekiah.

2 Chronicles 32:30 This same Hezekiah also stopped the upper spring of the waters of Gihon, and brought them straight down on the west side of the city of David. And Hezekiah prospered in all his works. (JPS)

Isaiah decries that at the end of days - that is to say soon - the temple is to be built on mount Zion, not Moriah where the previous temples were. It is probable that the Lord will construct this temple Himself. Jewish lore maintains that the Messiah will build the temple. On that note, it is highly probable that the Antichrist will construct the next temple on the Temple Mount and that Yeshua will subsequently build one correctly on Mount Zion. From scant information, it seems that it might be exactly like the tabernacle constructed by Moses, Bezalel and Oholiab in the wilderness (Isaiah 33:20).

Isaiah 33:20 Look upon Zion, the city of our solemn gatherings; thine eyes shall see Jerusalem a peaceful habitation, a tent that shall not be removed, the stakes whereof shall never be plucked up, neither shall any of the cords thereof be broken. (JPS) (Emphasis added)
Isaiah 2:2 And it shall come to pass in the end of days, that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established as the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. 3 And many peoples shall go and say: 'Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths.' For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. (JPS) (Emphasis added)
Jeremiah 50:4 In those days, and in that time, saith the Lord, the children of Israel shall come, they and the children of Judah together; they shall go on their way weeping, and shall seek the Lord their God. 5 They shall inquire concerning Zion with their faces hitherward: 'Come ye, and join yourselves to the Lord in an everlasting covenant that shall not be forgotten.' 6 My people hath been lost sheep; their shepherds have caused them to go astray, they have turned them away on the mountains; they have gone from mountain to hill, they have forgotten their resting-place. (JPS)
(Emphasis added)
Psalm 74:1 Maschil of Asaph. Why, O God, hast Thou cast us off for ever? Why doth Thine anger smoke against the flock of Thy pasture? 2 Remember Thy congregation, which Thou hast gotten of old, which Thou hast redeemed to be the tribe of Thine inheritance; and mount Zion, wherein Thou hast dwelt. 3 Lift up Thy steps because of the perpetual ruins, even all the evil that the enemy hath done in the sanctuary. 4 Thine adversaries have roared in the midst of Thy meeting-place; they have set up their own signs for signs. (JPS) (Emphasis added)
Acts 15:16 After these things I will return, and will rebuild the tabernacle of David which is fallen, and will rebuild its ruins, and will set it up, 17 so that the residue of men may seek out the Lord, and all the nations on whom my name is invoked, saith [the] Lord, who does these things 18 known from eternity. (Darby) (Emphasis added)

The real Chabod known also as the glory of the Lord will reappear on mount Zion, not Moriah:

Isaiah 4:5 And the Lord will create over the whole habitation of mount Zion, and over her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night; for over all the glory shall be a canopy. 6 And there shall be a pavilion for a shadow in the day-time from the heat, and for a refuge and for a covert from storm and from rain. (JPS) (Emphasis added)

In Isaiah 4:5, we clearly see the delineation between the Chabod, or glory of the Lord, and the clouds or pillars of smoke and fire just as it was in the wilderness when the children of Israel came up out of Egypt. Subsequently, observe that this issue of location is a major issue.

Isaiah 34:8 For the Lord hath a day of vengeance, a year of recompense for the controversy of Zion. (JPS) (Emphasis added)
Isaiah 66:1 Thus saith the Lord: the heaven is My throne, and the earth is My footstool; where is the house that ye may build unto Me? And where is the place that may be My resting-place? (JPS) (Emphasis added)
Zechariah 8:2 'Thus saith the Lord of hosts: I am jealous for Zion with great jealousy, and I am jealous for her with great fury. 3 Thus saith the Lord: I return unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem; and Jerusalem shall be called The city of truth; and the mountain of the Lord of hosts The holy mountain. (JPS) (Emphasis added)
Isaiah 28:11 For with stammering lips and with a strange tongue shall it be spoken to this people; 12 To whom it was said: 'This is the rest, give ye rest to the weary; and this is the refreshing'; yet they would not hear. (JPS) (Emphasis added)
Jeremiah 6:16 Thus saith the Lord: Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the ancient paths, which is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk [therein]. (Darby)
Isaiah 27:12 In that day the LORD will thresh from the flowing Euphrates to the Wadi of Egypt, and you, O Israelites, will be gathered up one by one. 13 And in that day a great trumpet will sound. Those who were perishing in Assyria and those who were exiled in Egypt will come and worship the LORD on the holy mountain in Jerusalem. (NIV) (Emphasis added)
Isaiah 34:8 For the Lord hath a day of vengeance, a year of recompense for the controversy of Zion. (JPS) (Emphasis added)

'Except thou take away the blind and the lame,
thou shalt not come in hither'

Wherefore they say:
'There are the blind and the lame; he cannot come into the house.'

Isaiah 52:7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger of good tidings, that announceth peace, the harbinger of good tidings, that announceth salvation; that saith unto Zion: 'Thy God reigneth!' 8 Hark, thy watchmen! they lift up the voice, together do they sing; for they shall see, eye to eye, the Lord returning to Zion. 9 Break forth into joy, sing together, ye waste places of Jerusalem; for the Lord hath comforted His people, He hath redeemed Jerusalem. 10 the Lord hath made bare His holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God. (JPS) (Emphasis added)
Isaiah 46:13 I bring near My righteousness, it shall not be far off, and My salvation shall not tarry; and I will place salvation in Zion for Israel My glory. (JPS) (Emphasis added)
Amos 9:11 In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof, and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old; 12 That they may possess the remnant of Edom, and all the nations, upon whom My name is called, saith the Lord that doeth this. (JPS) (Emphasis added)
2 Chronicles 5:2 Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel, and all the heads of the tribes, the princes of the fathers' houses of the children of Israel, unto Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the covenant of the Lord out of the city of David, which is Zion. (JPS) (Emphasis added)
2 Samuel 6:16 And it was so, as the ark of the Lord came into the city of David, that Michal the daughter of Saul looked out at the window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart. 17 And they brought in the ark of the Lord, and set it in its place, in the midst of the tent that David had pitched for it; and David offered burnt-offerings and peace-offerings before the Lord. (JPS) (Emphasis added)
Acts 15:16 After these things I will return, and will rebuild the tabernacle of David which is fallen, and will rebuild its ruins, and will set it up, 17 so that the residue of men may seek out the Lord, and all the nations on whom my name is invoked, saith [the] Lord, who does these things 18 known from eternity. (Darby) (Emphasis added)
It's cohesive!
The reader's appropriate response to this material:
Acts 17:11 And these were more noble than those in Thessalonica, receiving the word with all readiness of mind, daily searching the scriptures if these things were so. (Darby) (Emphasis added)