Gifts for building the temple
1Then King David said to the whole assembly: ‘My son Solomon, the one whom God has chosen, is young and inexperienced. The task is great, because this palatial structure is not for man but for the Lord God. 2With all my resources I have provided for the temple of my God – gold for the gold work, silver for the silver, bronze for the bronze, iron for the iron and wood for the wood, as well as onyx for the settings, turquoise,#The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain. stones of various colours, and all kinds of fine stone and marble – all of these in large quantities. 3Besides, in my devotion to the temple of my God I now give my personal treasures of gold and silver for the temple of my God, over and above everything I have provided for this holy temple: 4three thousand talents#That is, about 100 metric tons of gold (gold of Ophir) and seven thousand talents#That is, about 235 metric tons of refined silver, for the overlaying of the walls of the buildings, 5for the gold work and the silver work, and for all the work to be done by the craftsmen. Now, who is willing to consecrate themselves to the Lord today?’
6Then the leaders of families, the officers of the tribes of Israel, the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds, and the officials in charge of the king’s work gave willingly. 7They gave towards the work on the temple of God five thousand talents#That is, about 170 metric tons and ten thousand darics#That is, about 84 kilograms of gold, ten thousand talents#That is, about 340 metric tons of silver, eighteen thousand talents#That is, about 610 metric tons of bronze and a hundred thousand talents#That is, about 3,400 metric tons of iron. 8Anyone who had precious stones gave them to the treasury of the temple of the Lord in the custody of Jehiel the Gershonite. 9The people rejoiced at the willing response of their leaders, for they had given freely and wholeheartedly to the Lord. David the king also rejoiced greatly.
David’s prayer
10David praised the Lord in the presence of the whole assembly, saying,
‘Praise be to you, Lord,
the God of our father Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting.
11Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power
and the glory and the majesty and the splendour,
for everything in heaven and earth is yours.
Yours, Lord, is the kingdom;
you are exalted as head over all.
12Wealth and honour come from you;
you are the ruler of all things.
In your hands are strength and power
to exalt and give strength to all.
13Now, our God, we give you thanks,
and praise your glorious name.
14‘But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand. 15We are foreigners and strangers in your sight, as were all our ancestors. Our days on earth are like a shadow, without hope. 16Lord our God, all this abundance that we have provided for building you a temple for your Holy Name comes from your hand, and all of it belongs to you. 17I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity. All these things I have given willingly and with honest intent. And now I have seen with joy how willingly your people who are here have given to you. 18Lord, the God of our fathers Abraham, Isaac and Israel, keep these desires and thoughts in the hearts of your people for ever, and keep their hearts loyal to you. 19And give my son Solomon the wholehearted devotion to keep your commands, statutes and decrees and to do everything to build the palatial structure for which I have provided.’
20Then David said to the whole assembly, ‘Praise the Lord your God.’ So they all praised the Lord, the God of their fathers; they bowed down, prostrating themselves before the Lord and the king.
Solomon acknowledged as king
21The next day they made sacrifices to the Lord and presented burnt offerings to him: a thousand bulls, a thousand rams and a thousand male lambs, together with their drink offerings, and other sacrifices in abundance for all Israel. 22They ate and drank with great joy in the presence of the Lord that day.
Then they acknowledged Solomon son of David as king a second time, anointing him before the Lord to be ruler and Zadok to be priest. 23So Solomon sat on the throne of the Lord as king in place of his father David. He prospered and all Israel obeyed him. 24All the officers and warriors, as well as all of King David’s sons, pledged their submission to King Solomon.
25The Lord highly exalted Solomon in the sight of all Israel and bestowed on him royal splendour such as no king over Israel ever had before.
The death of David
26David son of Jesse was king over all Israel. 27He ruled over Israel for forty years – seven in Hebron and thirty-three in Jerusalem. 28He died at a good old age, having enjoyed long life, wealth and honour. His son Solomon succeeded him as king.
29As for the events of King David’s reign, from beginning to end, they are written in the records of Samuel the seer, the records of Nathan the prophet and the records of Gad the seer, 30together with the details of his reign and power, and the circumstances that surrounded him and Israel and the kingdoms of all the other lands.
Footnotes for the Book of 1 Chronicles
a 6 Many Hebrew manuscripts, some Septuagint manuscripts and Syriac (see also 1 Kings 4:31); most Hebrew manuscripts Dara
b 7 Achar means trouble; Achar is called Achan in Joshua.
c 7 The Hebrew term refers to the irrevocable giving over of things or persons to the Lord, often by totally destroying them.
d 9 Hebrew Kelubai, a variant of Caleb
e 11 Septuagint (see also Ruth 4:21); Hebrew Salma
f 23 Or captured the settlements of Jair
g 24 Father may mean civic leader or military leader; also in verses 42, 45, 49-52 and possibly elsewhere.
h 25 Or Oren and Ozem, by
i 42 The meaning of the Hebrew for this phrase is uncertain.
j 55 Or of the Sopherites
k 55 Or father of Beth Rekab
a 3 Some Septuagint manuscripts (see also Vulgate); Hebrew father
b 4 Father may mean civic leader or military leader; also in verses 12, 14, 17, 18 and possibly elsewhere.
c 9 Jabez sounds like the Hebrew for pain.
d 12 Or of the city of Nahash
e 13 Some Septuagint manuscripts and Vulgate; Hebrew does not have and Meonothai.
f 14 Ge Harashim means valley of skilled workers.
g 33 Some Septuagint manuscripts (see also Joshua 19:8); Hebrew Baal
h 41 The Hebrew term refers to the irrevocable giving over of things or persons to the Lord, often by totally destroying them.
a In Hebrew texts 6:1-15 is numbered 5:27-41, and 6:16-81 is numbered 6:1-66.
b 14 Hebrew Jehozadak, a variant of Jozadak; also in verse 15
c 16 Hebrew Gershom, a variant of Gershon; also in verses 17, 20, 43, 62 and 71
d 26 Some Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint and Syriac; most Hebrew manuscripts Ahimoth 26and Elkanah. The sons of Elkanah:
e 27 Some Septuagint manuscripts (see also 1 Samuel 1:19,20 and 1 Chron. 6:33,34); Hebrew does not have and Samuel his son.
f 28 Some Septuagint manuscripts and Syriac (see also 1 Samuel 8:2 and 1 Chron. 6:33); Hebrew does not have Joel.
g 40 Most Hebrew manuscripts; some Hebrew manuscripts, one Septuagint manuscript and Syriac Maaseiah
h 57 See Joshua 21:13; Hebrew given the cities of refuge: Hebron, Libnah.
i 59 Syriac (see also Septuagint and Joshua 21:16); Hebrew does not have Juttah.
j 60 See Joshua 21:17; Hebrew does not have Gibeon.
k 67 See Joshua 21:21; Hebrew given the cities of refuge: Shechem, Gezer.
l 77 See Septuagint and Joshua 21:34; Hebrew does not have Jokneam, Kartah.
a 3 Or Gera the father of Ehud
b 29 Some Septuagint manuscripts (see also 9:35); Hebrew does not have Jeiel.
c 29 Father may mean civic leader or military leader.
d 30 Some Septuagint manuscripts (see also 9:36); Hebrew does not have Ner.
e 33 Also known as Ish-Bosheth
f 34 Also known as Mephibosheth
a 8 Or the Millo
b 11 Possibly a variant of Jashob-Baal
c 11 Or Thirty; some Septuagint manuscripts Three (see also 2 Samuel 23:8)
d 23 That is, about 2.3 metres
a 3 Or we neglected
b 3 Or him
c 11 Perez Uzzah means outbreak against Uzzah.
a 7 Hebrew Gershom, a variant of Gershon
b 18 Three Hebrew manuscripts and most Septuagint manuscripts (see also verse 20 and 16:5); most Hebrew manuscripts Zechariah son and or Zechariah, Ben and
c 18 Hebrew; Septuagint (see also verse 21) Jeiel and Azaziah
d 20 See verse 18; Hebrew Aziel, a variant of Jaaziel.
e 20 Probably a musical term
f 21 Probably a musical term
a 6 Traditionally judges; also in verse 10
a 6 That is, about 34 metric tons
b 6 That is, North-west Mesopotamia
a 12 Hebrew; Septuagint and Vulgate (see also 2 Samuel 24:13) of fleeing
b 15 Hebrew Ornan, a variant of Araunah; also in verses 18-28
c 17 Probable reading of the original Hebrew text (see 2 Samuel 24:17 and note); Masoretic Text does not have the shepherd.
d 25 That is, about 6.9 kilograms
a 10 One Hebrew manuscript, Septuagint and Vulgate (see also verse 11); most Hebrew manuscripts Zina
a 3 One Hebrew manuscript and some Septuagint manuscripts (see also verse 17); most Hebrew manuscripts do not have Shimei.
b 9 See Septuagint; Hebrew does not have his sons and relatives.
c 9 See the total in verse 7; Hebrew does not have twelve.
d 11 A variant of Zeri
e 14 A variant of Asarelah
f 18 A variant of Uzziel
a 24 Septuagint; Hebrew number
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