Then King David said to all the assembly, "My son Solomon-God has chosen him alone-is young and inexperienced. The task is great, for the temple will not be for man, but for the Lord God.
So to the best of my ability I've made provision for the house of my God: gold for the gold [articles], silver for the silver, bronze for the bronze, iron for the iron, and wood for the wood, as well as onyx, [stones for] mounting,a antimony,b stones of various colors, all kinds of precious stones, and a great quantity of marble.
Moreover, because of my delight in the house of my God, I now give my personal treasures of gold and silver for the house of my God over and above all that I've provided for the holy house:
100 tonsc of gold (gold of Ophir) and 250 tonsd of refined silver for overlaying the walls of the buildings,
the gold for the gold [work] and the silver for the silver, for all the work to be done by the craftsmen. Now, who will volunteer to consecrate himself to the Lord today?"
Then the leaders of the households, the leaders of the tribes of Israel, the commanders of thousands and of hundreds, and the officials in charge of the king's work gave willingly.
For the service of God's house they gave 185 tonse of gold and 10,000 gold drachmas,f; 10,000 darics weighed about 185 pounds. 375 tonsg of silver, 675 tonsh of bronze, and 4,000 tonsi of iron.
Whoever had [precious] stones gave them to the treasury of the Lord's house under the care of Jehiel the Gershonite.
Then the people rejoiced because of their leaders'j willingness to give, for they had given to the Lord with a whole heart.k King David also rejoiced greatly.
Then David praised the Lord in the sight of all the assembly. David said, "May You be praised, Lord God of our father Israel, from eternity to eternity.
Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the splendor and the majesty, for everything in the heavens and on earth belongs to You. Yours, Lord, is the kingdom, and You are exalted as head over all.
Riches and honor come from You, and You are the ruler of everything. In Your hand are power and might, and it is in Your hand to make great and to give strength to all.
Now therefore, 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? For everything comes from You, and we have given You only what comes from Your own hand.l15
For we are foreigners and sojourners in Your presence as were all our ancestors. Our days on earth are like a shadow, without hope.
Lord our God, all this wealth that we've provided for building You a house for Your holy name comes from Your hand; everything belongs to You.
I know, my God, that You test the heart and that You are pleased with uprightness. I have willingly given all these things with an upright heart, and now I have seen Your people who are presentm here giving joyfully andn willingly to You.
Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, our ancestors, keep this desire forever in the thoughts of the hearts of Your people, and confirm their hearts toward You.
Give my son Solomon a whole heart to keep and to carry out all Your commandments, Your decrees, and Your statutes, and to build the temple for which I have made provision."
Then David said to the whole assembly, "Praise the Lord your God." So the whole assembly praised the Lord God of their ancestors. They bowed down and paid homage to the Lord and the king.
The following day they offered sacrifices to the Lord and burnt offerings to the Lord: 1,000 bulls, 1,000 rams, and 1,000 lambs, along with their drink offerings, and sacrifices in abundance for all Israel.
They ate and drank with great joy in the Lord's presence that day. Then, for a second time, they made David's son Solomon king; they anointed himo as the Lord's ruler, and Zadok as the priest.
Solomon sat on the Lord's throne as king in place of his father David. He prospered, and all Israel obeyed him.p24
All the leaders and the mighty men, and all of King David's sons as well, pledged their allegiance to King Solomon.
The Lord highly exalted Solomon in the sight of all Israel and bestowed on him such royal majesty as had not been [bestowed] on any king over Israel before him.
David son of Jesse was king over all Israel.
The length of his reign over Israel was 40 years; he reigned in Hebron for seven years and in Jerusalem for 33.q28
He died at a good old age, full of days, riches, and honor, and his son Solomon became king in his place.
As for the events of King David's [reign], from beginning to end, note that they are written about in the Events of Samuel the Seer, the Events of Nathan the Prophet, and the Events of Gad the Seer,
along with all his reign, his might, and the incidents that affected him and Israel and all the kingdoms of the [surrounding] lands.