2 Chronicles begins with the famous account of Solomon asking God for wisdom so that he could lead this people he had been given. God grants him his desire and promises that he will also receive: “wealth, possessions and honour, such as no king who was before you ever had and none after you will have” (v12b). No mention is made here of the story of the two mothers who each lay claim to the one remaining child (1 Ki 3:16ff).
In chapter two Solomon begins the building of the temple which David long prepared for. He makes some critical theological points in his letter to the King of Tyre: “The temple I am going to build will be great, because our God is greater than all other gods. But who is able to build a temple for him, since the heavens, even the highest heavens, cannot contain him? Who then am Io to build a temple for him, except as a place to burn sacrifices before him?” (2:5f). While perhaps acknowledging the existence of other “gods” Solomon makes it clear that his God is so high above them that not even all of creation is big enough to act as his temple.
In chapter three the temple construction begins and the cherubim, curtain and pillars are described. Everything about the temple is meant to be the greatest ever designed and built.