THE FIRST BOOK OF THE
1 Chronicles 29 ©
David relates before the entire congregation the great provision of all kinds of materials that he had prepared and laid up for the building of the temple, v. 1, etc. And he exhorts them, both princes and people to contribute willingly thereto, 5. They contribute liberally, 6. For which David thanks God, 10. And he prays unto the Lord for all the people, 18. And for the king, 19. The thanksgiving and offering of the people, 20. Solomon is anointed king, and Zadok unto high priest, 22. The Lord makes Solomon exceeding glorious and great, 25. How long David has reigned, 26, 27. He dies, 28.
FURTHERMORE David the king said 1unto all the congregation, Solomon my son, whom 2alone God hath chosen, is yet 3young and tender, 4and the work is great: for the palace is not for man, but for the LORD God.
Now I have prepared with all my might for the house of my God the gold for things to be made of gold, and the silver for things of silver, and the brass for things of brass, the iron for things of iron, and wood for things of wood; onyx stones, and stones to be set, 5glisteringa stones, and of divers colours, and all manner of precious stones, and marble stones in abundance.
Moreover, because I have set 6my affection to the house of my God, I have of mine own properb good,c7of gold and silver, which I have given to the house of my God, over and above all that I have prepared for the holy house,
Even three 8thousand talents of gold, of the gold of Ophir, and seven thousand talents of refined silver, 9to overlay the walls of the houses withal:
The gold for things of gold, and the silver for things of silver, and for all manner of work to be made by the hands of artificers. And 10who then is willing to consecrate 11his service this day unto the LORD?
¶Then the chief of the fathers and princes of the tribes of Israel, and the captains of thousands and of hundreds, with the rulers of the king's work, offered willingly,
And gave 12for the service of the house of God of gold five thousand talents and ten thousand 13drams,d and of silver ten thousand talents, and of brass 14eighteen thousand talents, and one hundred thousand talents of iron.
And they with whom precious 15stones were found gave them to the treasure of the house of the LORD, by the hand of 16Jehiel the Gershonite.
Then the people rejoiced, for that they offered willingly, because with perfect heart they offered willingly to the LORD: and David the king also rejoiced with great joy.
¶Wherefore David blessed the LORD before all the congregation: and David said, Blessed be thou, LORD God of Israel our father, for ever and ever.
Thine,e O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all.
Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest 17over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.
Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise 18thy glorious name.
But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly 19after this sort? for all things come of thee, and of thine own 20have we given thee.
21For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers: our days on the earth are asf a shadow, and there is 22none abiding.
O LORD our God, all this store that we have prepared to build thee an house for thine holy name cometh of thine hand, and is all thine own.
I know also, my God, that thou triest theg heart, and hast pleasure in uprightness. As for me, in the uprightness of mine heart I have willingly offered all these things: and now have I seen with joy thy people, which are present here, to offer willingly unto thee.
O LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, our fathers, keep this for ever in 23the imagination of the thoughts of the heart of thy people, and prepare their heart unto thee:
And give unto Solomon my son a perfect heart, to keep thy commandments, thy testimonies, and thy statutes, and to do all these things, and to build the palace, for 24the which I have made provision.
¶And David said to all the congregation, Now bless the LORD your God. And all the congregation blessed the LORD God of their fathers, and bowed down their heads, and worshipped 25the LORD, and the king.
And they sacrificed sacrifices unto the LORD, and offered burnt offerings unto the LORD, on the morrow after that day, even a thousand bullocks, a thousand rams, and a thousand lambs, with their drink offerings, and sacrifices in abundance for all Israel:
And did eat and drink before the LORD on that day with great gladness. And they made Solomon the son of David king 26the second time, and anointed him unto the 27LORD to be the chief governor, and Zadok to be 28priest.
Then Solomon sat 29on the throne of the LORD as king instead of David his father, and prospered; and all Israel obeyed him.
And all the princes, and the mighty men, and all the sons likewise of king David, 30submitted themselves unto Solomon the king.
And the LORD magnified Solomon exceedingly in the sight of all Israel, and bestowed upon him such 31royal majesty as had not been on any 32king before him in Israel.
¶Thus David the son of Jesse reigned over all Israel.
And the time that he reigned over Israel was fortyh years; seven years reigned he in Hebron,i and thirty and three years reigned he in Jerusalem.
And he died in a good 33old age, full of days, riches, and honour: and Solomon his son reigned in his stead.
Now the acts of David the king, first and last, behold, they are written 34in the 35book of Samuel the seer, and in the 36book of Nathan the prophet, and in the 37book of Gad the seer,
38With all his reign and his might, and 39the times that went over him, and over Israel, and over all the kingdoms of the countries.