1 Chronicles 22

1 Then David said, “The house of the LORD God is to be here, and also the altar of burnt offering for Israel.”

Preparations for the Temple

2 So David gave orders to assemble the foreigners residing in Israel, and from among them he appointed stonecutters to prepare dressed stone for building the house of God.
3 He provided a large amount of iron to make nails for the doors of the gateways and for the fittings, and more bronze than could be weighed.
4 He also provided more cedar logs than could be counted, for the Sidonians and Tyrians had brought large numbers of them to David.
5 David said, “My son Solomon is young and inexperienced, and the house to be built for the LORD should be of great magnificence and fame and splendor in the sight of all the nations. Therefore I will make preparations for it.” So David made extensive preparations before his death.
6 Then he called for his son Solomon and charged him to build a house for the LORD, the God of Israel.
7 David said to Solomon: “My son, I had it in my heart to build a house for the Name of the LORD my God.
8 But this word of the LORD came to me: ‘You have shed much blood and have fought many wars. You are not to build a house for my Name, because you have shed much blood on the earth in my sight.
9 But you will have a son who will be a man of peace and rest, and I will give him rest from all his enemies on every side. His name will be Solomon,[a] and I will grant Israel peace and quiet during his reign.
10 He is the one who will build a house for my Name. He will be my son, and I will be his father. And I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel forever.’
11 “Now, my son, the LORD be with you, and may you have success and build the house of the LORD your God, as he said you would.
12 May the LORD give you discretion and understanding when he puts you in command over Israel, so that you may keep the law of the LORD your God.
13 Then you will have success if you are careful to observe the decrees and laws that the LORD gave Moses for Israel. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged.
14 “I have taken great pains to provide for the temple of the LORD a hundred thousand talents[b] of gold, a million talents[c] of silver, quantities of bronze and iron too great to be weighed, and wood and stone. And you may add to them.
15 You have many workers: stonecutters, masons and carpenters, as well as those skilled in every kind of work
16 in gold and silver, bronze and iron—craftsmen beyond number. Now begin the work, and the LORD be with you.”
17 Then David ordered all the leaders of Israel to help his son Solomon.
18 He said to them, “Is not the LORD your God with you? And has he not granted you rest on every side? For he has given the inhabitants of the land into my hands, and the land is subject to the LORD and to his people.
19 Now devote your heart and soul to seeking the LORD your God. Begin to build the sanctuary of the LORD God, so that you may bring the ark of the covenant of the LORD and the sacred articles belonging to God into the temple that will be built for the Name of the LORD.”

1 Chronicles 22 Commentary

Chapter 22

David's preparations for the temple. (1-5) David's instructions to Solomon. (6-16) The prices commanded to assist. (17-19)

Verses 1-5 On occasion of the terrible judgment inflicted on Israel for the sin of David, God pointed out the place where he would have the temple built; upon which, David was excited to make preparations for the great work. David must not build, but he would do all he could; he prepared abundantly before his death. What our hands find to do for God, and our souls, and those round us, let us do it with all our might, before our death; for after death there is no device nor working. And when the Lord refuses to employ us in those services which we desired, we must not be discouraged or idle, but do what we can, though in a humbler sphere.

Verses 6-16 David gives Solomon the reason why he should build the temple. Because God named him. Nothing is more powerful to engage us in any service for God, than to know that we are appointed thereto. Because he would have leisure and opportunity to do it. He should have peace and quietness. Where God gives rest, he expects work. Because God had promised to establish his kingdom. God's gracious promises should quicken and strengthen our religious service. David delivered to Solomon an account of the vast preparations he had made for this building; not from pride and vain-glory, but to encourage Solomon to engage cheerfully in the great work. He must not think, by building the temple, to purchase a dispensation to sin; on the contrary, his doing that would not be accepted, if he did not take heed to fulfil the statutes of the Lord. In our spiritual work, as well as in our spiritual warfare, we have need of courage and resolution.

Verses 17-19 Whatever is done towards rendering the word of God generally known and attended to, is like bringing a stone, or an ingot of gold, towards erecting the temple. This should encourage us when we grieve that we do not see more fruit of our labours; much good may appear after our death, which we never thought of. Let us not then be weary of well doing. The work is in the hands of the Prince of peace. As he, the Author and Finisher of the work, is pleased to employ us as his instruments, let us arise and be doing, encouraging and helping one another; working by his rule, after his example, in dependence on his grace, assured that he will be with us, and that our labour shall not be in vain in the Lord.

Cross References 33

  • 1. S Genesis 28:17; 1 Chronicles 21:18-29; 2 Chronicles 3:1
  • 2. S Exodus 1:11; S Deuteronomy 20:11; 2 Chronicles 8:10; 1 Kings 9:21; S Isaiah 56:6
  • 3. 1 Kings 5:17-18; Ezra 3:7
  • 4. ver 14; S 1 Kings 7:47; 1 Chronicles 29:2-5
  • 5. S 1 Kings 5:6
  • 6. S 1 Kings 3:7; 1 Chronicles 29:1
  • 7. 2 Chronicles 2:5
  • 8. Acts 7:47
  • 9. S 1 Chronicles 17:2
  • 10. 2 Samuel 7:2; S 1 Kings 8:17
  • 11. Deuteronomy 12:5,11
  • 12. S 1 Kings 5:3
  • 13. 1 Chronicles 28:3
  • 14. S Joshua 14:15; S 1 Kings 5:4
  • 15. ver 18; 1 Chronicles 23:25; 2 Chronicles 14:6,7; 2 Chronicles 15:15; 2 Chronicles 20:30; 2 Chronicles 36:21
  • 16. S 2 Samuel 12:24; S 1 Chronicles 23:1
  • 17. 1 Kings 4:20
  • 18. S 1 Chronicles 17:12
  • 19. S 2 Samuel 7:13
  • 20. 1 Kings 9:5
  • 21. S 2 Samuel 7:14; S 1 Chronicles 17:4; 2 Chronicles 6:15
  • 22. ver 16; S 1 Samuel 16:18; S 1 Samuel 18:12
  • 23. 1 Kings 3:9-12; 2 Chronicles 1:10
  • 24. 1 Kings 2:3
  • 25. 1 Chronicles 28:7
  • 26. S Deuteronomy 31:6; Joshua 1:6-9; 1 Chronicles 28:20
  • 27. ver 3; 1Ch 29:2-5,19
  • 28. Ezra 3:7
  • 29. ver 11; 2 Chronicles 2:7
  • 30. 1 Chronicles 28:1-6
  • 31. S ver 9; 1 Chronicles 23:25
  • 32. 2 Samuel 7:1
  • 33. ver 7; 1 Kings 8:6; 1 Chronicles 28:9; 2 Chronicles 5:7; 2 Chronicles 7:14

Footnotes 3

  • [a]. "Solomon" sounds like and may be derived from the Hebrew for "peace."
  • [b]. That is, about 3,750 tons or about 3,400 metric tons
  • [c]. That is, about 37,500 tons or about 34,000 metric tons

Chapter Summary


In this chapter we read of the place David pitched upon by divine direction for building the temple on, 1Ch 22:1, the preparation he made of artificers to build it, and of matter to build it of, as iron, brass, and wood, 1Ch 22:2-5, the charge and instructions he gave to Solomon to set about it, 1Ch 22:6-16 and to the princes of Israel to assist him in it, 1Ch 22:7-19.

1 Chronicles 22 Commentaries

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