for the gold work and the silver work, and for all the work to be done by the craftsmen. Now, who is willing to consecrate himself today to the LORD?"
Then the leaders of families, the officers of the tribes of Israel, the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds, and the officials1 in charge of the king's work gave willingly.27
They3 gave toward the work on the temple of God five thousand talentsa and ten thousand daricsb of gold, ten thousand talentsc of silver, eighteen thousand talentsd of bronze and a hundred thousand talentse of iron.
Any who had precious stones4 gave them to the treasury of the temple of the LORD in the custody of Jehiel the Gershonite.59
The people rejoiced at the willing response of their leaders, for they had given freely and wholeheartedly6 to the LORD. David the king also rejoiced greatly.
David praised the LORD in the presence of the whole assembly, saying, "Praise be to you, O LORD, God of our father Israel, from everlasting to everlasting.
Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power7 and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours.8 Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all.912
Wealth and honor10 come from you; you are the ruler11 of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all.
Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.
"But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this?12 Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.1315
We are aliens and strangers14 in your sight, as were all our forefathers. Our days on earth are like a shadow,15 without hope.