1 Chronicles 29: Giving
& Prayers for the temple and David' death
Notes: In this concluding chapter of 1 Chronicles the
returns to David speaking to the people of his intentions in respect
of the temple and the provisions he has made of it,
the other leaders also giving to the building project,
David's final prayers,
Solomon having a second acknowledgement of his kingship,
and then finally the record of David dying.]
David gives for the building of the temple
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
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, stones of various
colours, and all kinds of fine stone and marble – all of
these in large quantities.
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:
thousand talents of gold (gold of Ophir) and seven thousand talents
of refined silver, for the overlaying of the walls of the buildings,
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
The Leaders give
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
gave towards the work on the temple of God five thousand talents
and ten thousand darics of gold, ten thousand talents of silver,
eighteen thousand talents of bronze and a hundred thousand talents
who had precious stones gave them to the treasury of the temple
of the Lord
in the custody
of Jehiel the Gershonite.
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: Part 1 – Praise & Honour to God
praised the Lord
in the presence
of the whole assembly, saying,
be to you, Lord
the God of our father Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting.
is the greatness and the power
and the glory and the majesty and the
for everything in heaven and earth is
Yours, Lord , is the kingdom;
you are exalted as head over all.
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.
our God, we give you thanks,
and praise your glorious name.
David's prayer: Part 2 – Acknowledgment of God's Provision
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.
are foreigners and strangers in your sight, as were all our ancestors.
Our days on earth are like a shadow, without hope.
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.
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.
David's prayer: Part 3 – Petitions & call to praise God
the God of our fathers Abraham, Isaac and Israel, [i]
keep these desires and thoughts in
the hearts of your people for ever, and [ii] keep
their hearts loyal to you.
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.'
David said to the whole assembly, ‘Praise the Lord
So they all praised the Lord
, the God of
their fathers; they bowed down, prostrating themselves before
and the king.
Solomon acknowledged as king
next day they made sacrifices to the Lord
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.
ate and drank with great joy in the presence of the Lord
they acknowledged Solomon son of David as king a second time,
anointing him before the Lord
to be ruler
and Zadok to be priest.
Solomon sat on the throne of the Lord
as king in
place of his father David. He prospered and all Israel obeyed
All the officers
and warriors, as well as all of King David's sons, pledged their
submission to King Solomon.
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
son of Jesse was king over all Israel.
ruled over Israel for forty years – seven in Hebron and thirty-three
died at a good old age, having enjoyed long life, wealth and honour.
His son Solomon succeeded him as king.
with the details of his reign and power, and the circumstances
that surrounded him and Israel and the kingdoms of all the other