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1 Chronicles 29:15 ASV
For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as all our fathers were: our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is no abiding.
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1 Chronicles 29:15 BBE
For we, as all our fathers were, are like men from a strange country before you, who have got a place for a time in the land; our days on the earth are like a shade, and there is no hope of going on.
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1 Chronicles 29:15 CEB
To be sure, we are like all our ancestors, immigrants without permanent homes. Our days are like a shadow on the ground, and there's no hope.
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1 Chronicles 29:15 CJB
For in your presence we are temporary residents, just passing through, as all our ancestors were - our days on earth are like a shadow, without hope.
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1 Chronicles 29:15 RHE
For we are sojourners before thee, and strangers, as were all our fathers. I Our days upon earth are as a shadow, and there is no stay.
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1 Chronicles 29:15 ESV
For we are strangers before you and sojourners, as all our fathers were. Our days on the earth are like a shadow, and there is no abiding.
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1 Chronicles 29:15 GW
To you we are all like our ancestors-- foreigners without permanent homes. Our days are as fleeting as shadows on the ground. There's no hope [for them].
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1 Chronicles 29:15 GNT
You know, O Lord, that we pass through life like exiles and strangers, as our ancestors did. Our days are like a passing shadow, and we cannot escape death.
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1 Chronicles 29:15 HNV
For we are strangers before you, and sojourners, as all our fathers were: our days on the eretz are as a shadow, and there is no abiding.
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1 Chronicles 29:15 CSB
For we are foreigners and sojourners in Your presence as were all our ancestors. Our days on earth are like a shadow, without hope.
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1 Chronicles 29:15 KJV
For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers: our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding.
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1 Chronicles 29:15 LEB
For we [are] strangers before you and sojourners like all our ancestors. Our days [are] like the shadow upon earth, and there is no hope [of abiding].
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1 Chronicles 29:15 NAS
"For we are sojourners before You, and tenants, as all our fathers were; our days on the earth are like a shadow, and there is no hope.
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1 Chronicles 29:15 NCV
We are like foreigners and strangers, as our ancestors were. Our time on earth is like a shadow. There is no hope.
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1 Chronicles 29:15 NIRV
We are outsiders and strangers in your sight. So were all of our people who lived long ago. Our days on this earth are like a shadow. We don't have any hope.
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1 Chronicles 29:15 NIV
We are aliens and strangers in your sight, as were all our forefathers. Our days on earth are like a shadow, without hope.
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1 Chronicles 29:15 NKJV
For we are aliens and pilgrims before You, As were all our fathers; Our days on earth are as a shadow, And without hope.
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1 Chronicles 29:15 NLT
We are here for only a moment, visitors and strangers in the land as our ancestors were before us. Our days on earth are like a shadow, gone so soon without a trace.
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1 Chronicles 29:15 NRS
For we are aliens and transients before you, as were all our ancestors; our days on the earth are like a shadow, and there is no hope.
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1 Chronicles 29:15 RSV
For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as all our fathers were; our days on the earth are like a shadow, and there is no abiding.
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1 Chronicles 29:15 DBY
For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as all our fathers: our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is no hope [of life].
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1 Chronicles 29:15 MSG
As far as you're concerned, we're homeless, shiftless wanderers like our ancestors, our lives mere shadows, hardly anything to us.
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1 Chronicles 29:15 WBT
For we [are] strangers before thee, and sojourners, as [were] all our fathers: our days on the earth [are] as a shadow, and [there is] no abiding.
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1 Chronicles 29:15 TMB
For we are strangers before Thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers; our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding.
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1 Chronicles 29:15 TNIV
We are foreigners and strangers in your sight, as were all our ancestors. Our days on earth are like a shadow, without hope.
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For we are strangers before you, and sojourners, as all our fathers were: our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is no abiding.
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1 Chronicles 29:15 WYC
For we be pilgrims and comelings before thee, as all our fathers were (For we be foreigners and newcomers before thee, as all our forefathers were); our days be as (a) shadow on the earth, and there is no tarrying.
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1 Chronicles 29:15 YLT
for sojourners we [are] before Thee, and settlers, like all our fathers; as a shadow [are] our days on the land, and there is none abiding.
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1 Chronicles 29 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 29

David induces the princes and people to offer willingly. (1-9) His thanksgiving and prayer. (10-19) Solomon enthroned. (20-25) David's reign and death. (26-30)

Verses 1-9 What is done in works of piety and charity, should be done willingly, not by constraint; for God loves a cheerful giver. David set a good example. This David offered, not from constraint, or for show; but because he had set his affection to the house of God, and thought he could never do enough towards promoting that good work. Those who would draw others to good, must lead the way themselves.

Verses 10-19 We cannot form a right idea of the magnificence of the temple, and the buildings around it, about which such quantities of gold and silver were employed. But the unsearchable riches of Christ exceed the splendour of the temple, infinitely more than that surpassed the meanest cottage on earth. Instead of boasting of these large oblations, David gave solemn thanks to the Lord. All they gave for the Lord's temple was his own; if they attempted to keep it, death would soon have removed them from it. They only use they could make of it to their real advantage, was, to consecrate it to the service of Him who gave it.

Verses 20-25 This great assembly joined with David in adoring God. Whoever is the mouth of the congregation, those only have the benefit who join him, not by bowing down the head, so much as by lifting up the soul. Solomon sat on the throne of the Lord. Solomon's kingdom typified the kingdom of the Messiah, whose throne is the throne of the Lord.

Verses 26-30 When we read the second book of Samuel, we could scarcely have expected to behold David appear so illustrious in his closing scene. But his repentance had been as remarkable as his sin; and his conduct during his afflictions, and towards the end of his life, appears to have had a good effect on his subjects. Blessed be God, even the chief of sinners may hope for a glorious departure, when brought to repent and flee for refuge to the Saviour's atoning blood. Let us mark the difference between the spirit and character of the man after God's own heart, living and dying, and those of worthless professors, who resemble him in nothing but their sins, and who wickedly try to excuse their crimes by his sins. Let us watch and pray, lest we be overcome by temptation, and overtaken by sin, to the dishonour of God, and the wounding of our own consciences. When we feel that we have offended, let us follow David's example of repentance and patience, looking for a glorious resurrection, through our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Chronicles 29 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

CHAPTER 29

1 Chronicles 29:1-9 . DAVID CAUSES THE PRINCES AND PEOPLE TO OFFER FOR THE HOUSE OF GOD.

1, 2. Solomon . . . is yet young and tender--Though Solomon was very young when he was raised to the sovereign power, his kingdom escaped the woe pronounced ( Ecclesiastes 10:16 ). Mere childhood in a prince is not always a misfortune to a nation, as there are instances of the government being wisely administered during a minority. Solomon himself is a most illustrious proof that a young prince may prove a great blessing; for when he was but a mere child, with respect to his age, no nation was happier. His father, however, made this address before Solomon was endowed with the divine gift of wisdom, and David's reference to his son's extreme youth, in connection with the great national undertaking he had been divinely appointed to execute, was to apologize to this assembly of the estates--or, rather, to assign the reason of his elaborate preparations for the work.

3, 4. Moreover . . . I have of mine own proper good, &c.--In addition to the immense amount of gold and silver treasure which David had already bequeathed for various uses in the service of the temple, he now made an additional contribution destined to a specific purpose--that of overlaying the walls of the house. This voluntary gift was from the private fortune of the royal donor, and had been selected with the greatest care. The gold was "the gold of Ophir," then esteemed the purest and finest in the world ( Job 22:24 , 28:16 , Isaiah 13:12 ). The amount was three thousand talents of gold and seven thousand talents of refined silver.

5. who then is willing to consecrate his service--Hebrew, "fill his hand"; that is, make an offering ( Exodus 32:29 , Leviticus 8:33 , 1 Kings 13:33 ). The meaning is, that whoever would contribute voluntarily, as he had done, would be offering a freewill offering to the Lord. It was a sacrifice which every one of them could make, and in presenting which the offerer himself would be the priest. David, in asking freewill offerings for the temple, imitated the conduct of Moses in reference to the tabernacle ( Exodus 25:1-8 ).

6-8. Then the chief of the fathers--or heads of the fathers ( 1 Chronicles 24:31 , 27:1 ).
princes of the tribes--( 1 Chronicles 27:16-22 ).
rulers of the king's work--those who had charge of the royal demesnes and other possessions ( 1 Chronicles 27:25-31 ).
offered willingly--Influenced by the persuasive address and example of the king, they acted according to their several abilities, and their united contributions amounted to the gross sum--of gold worth about $125,000,000; and of silver, about $17,000,000, besides brass and iron.

7. drams--rather, "darics," a Persian coin, with which the Jews from the time of the captivity became familiar, and which was afterwards extensively circulated in the countries of Western Asia. It is estimated as equal in value to about $5 in American currency.
of brass eighteen thousand talents, and one hundred thousand talents of iron--In Scripture, iron is always referred to as an article of comparatively low value, and of greater abundance and cheaper than bronze [NAPIER].

8. and they with whom precious stones were found--rather, "whatever was found along with it of precious stones they gave" [BERTHEAU]. These gifts were deposited in the hands of Jehiel, whose family was charged with the treasures of the house of the Lord ( 1 Chronicles 26:21 ).

1 Chronicles 29:10-25 . HIS THANKSGIVING.

10-19. Wherefore David blessed the Lord--This beautiful thanksgiving prayer was the effusion overflowing with gratitude and delight at seeing the warm and widespread interest that was now taken in forwarding the favorite project of his life. Its piety is displayed in the fervor of devotional feeling--in the ascription of all worldly wealth and greatness to God as the giver, in tracing the general readiness in contributing to the influence of His grace, in praying for the continuance of this happy disposition among the people, and in solemnly and earnestly commending the young king and his kingdom to the care and blessing of God.

16. all this store that we have prepared--It may be useful to exhibit a tabular view of the treasure laid up and contributions stated by the historian as already made towards the erection of the proposed temple. Omitting the brass and iron, and precious stones, which, though specified partly ( 1 Chronicles 29:7 ), are represented in other portions as "without weight" ( 1 Chronicles 22:3 1 Chronicles 22:14 ), we shall give in this table only the amount of gold and silver. Taking the talent of gold as worth approximately $25,000 and the talent of silver as $1,700, we arrive at the following amounts of contributions:

Sum accumulated and in public treasury ( 1 Chronicles 22:14 ):
      Gold $2,500,000,000
      Silver 1,700,000,000
Contributed by David personally ( 1 Chronicles 29:4 ):
      Gold 82,000,000
      Silver 12,000,000
Contributed by assembled rulers ( 1 Chronicles 29:7 ):
      Gold 125,000,000
      Silver 17,000,000
A grand total of approximately $4,436,000,000.

Though it has been the common practice of Eastern monarchs to hoard vast sums for the accomplishment of any contemplated project, this amount so far exceeds not only every Oriental collection on record, but even the bounds of probability, that it is very generally allowed that either there is a corruption of the text in 1 Chronicles 22:14 , or that the reckoning of the historian was by the Babylonian, which was only a half, or the Syrian, which was only a fifth part, of the Hebrew talent. This would bring the Scripture account more into accordance with the statements of JOSEPHUS, as well as within the range of credibility.

20. all the congregation . . . worshipped the Lord, and the king--Though the external attitude might be the same, the sentiments of which it was expressive were very different in the two cases--of divine worship in the one, of civil homage in the other.

21, 22. they sacrificed . . . And did eat and drink--After the business of the assembly was over, the people, under the exciting influence of the occasion, still remained, and next day engaged in the performance of solemn rites, and afterwards feasted on the remainder of the sacrifices.

22. before the Lord--either in the immediate vicinity of the ark, or, perhaps, rather in a religious and devout spirit, as partaking of a sacrificial meal.
made Solomon . . . king the second time--in reference to the first time, which was done precipitately on Adonijah's conspiracy ( 1 Kings 1:35 ).
they . . . anointed . . . Zadok--The statement implies that his appointment met the popular approval. His elevation as sole high priest was on the disgrace of Abiathar, one of Adonijah's accomplices.

23. Solomon sat on the throne of the Lord--As king of Israel, he was the Lord's vicegerent.

24. submitted themselves--Hebrew, "put their hands under Solomon," according to the custom still practised in the East of putting a hand under the king's extended hand and kissing the back of it ( 2 Kings 10:15 ).

1 Chronicles 29:26-30 . HIS REIGN AND DEATH.

26. Thus David . . . reigned--(See 1 Kings 2:11 ).