Then King David said to the whole assembly: "My son Solomon, the one whom God has chosen, is young and inexperienced.1 The task is great, because this palatial structure is not for man but for the LORD God.
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With all my resources I have provided for the temple of my God--gold2 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,3 stones of various colors, and all kinds of fine stone and marble--all of these in large quantities.4
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Besides, 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 provided5 for this holy temple:
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three thousand talents of gold (gold of Ophir)6 and seven thousand talents of refined silver,7 for the overlaying of the walls of the buildings,
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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 officials8 in charge of the king's work gave willingly.9
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They10 gave toward 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 of iron.
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Any who had precious stones11 gave them to the treasury of the temple of the LORD in the custody of Jehiel the Gershonite.12
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The people rejoiced at the willing response of their leaders, for they had given freely and wholeheartedly13 to the LORD. David the king also rejoiced greatly.
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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.
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Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power14 and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours.15 Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all.16
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Wealth and honor17 come from you; you are the ruler18 of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all.
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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?19 Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.20
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We are aliens and strangers21 in your sight, as were all our forefathers. Our days on earth are like a shadow,22 without hope.
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O LORD our God, as for all this abundance that we have provided for building you a temple for your Holy Name, it comes from your hand, and all of it belongs to you.
I know, my God, that you test the heart23 and are pleased with integrity. All these things have I given willingly and with honest intent. And now I have seen with joy how willingly your people who are here have given to you.24
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O LORD, God of our fathers Abraham, Isaac and Israel, keep this desire in the hearts of your people forever, and keep their hearts loyal to you.
And give my son Solomon the wholehearted devotion25 to keep your commands, requirements and decrees26 and to do everything to build the palatial structure for which I have provided."27
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Then David said to the whole assembly, "Praise the LORD your God." So they all praised the LORD, the God of their fathers; they bowed low and fell prostrate before the LORD and the king.
The next day they made sacrifices to the LORD and presented burnt offerings to him:28 a thousand bulls, a thousand rams and a thousand male lambs, together with their drink offerings, and other sacrifices in abundance for all Israel.29
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