1 Chronicles 22

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1 Then David said, 1"Here shall be the house of the LORD God and here the altar of burnt offering for Israel."

David Prepares for Temple Building

2 David commanded to gather together the 2resident aliens who were in the land of Israel, and he 3set stonecutters to prepare dressed stones for building the house of God.
3 David also provided great quantities of iron for nails for the doors of the gates and for clamps, 4as well as bronze in quantities beyond weighing,
4 and cedar timbers without number, 5for the Sidonians and Tyrians brought great quantities of cedar to David.
5 For David said, 6"Solomon my son is young and inexperienced, and the house that is to be built for the LORD must be exceedingly magnificent, of fame and glory throughout all lands. I will therefore make preparation for it." So David provided materials in great quantity before his death.

Solomon Charged to Build the Temple

6 Then he called for Solomon his son and charged him to build a house for the LORD, the God of Israel.
7 David said to Solomon, "My son, 7I had it in my heart to build a house to the name of the LORD my God.
8 But the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 8'You have shed much blood and have waged great wars. You shall not build a house to my name, because you have shed so much blood before me on the earth.
9 Behold, a son shall be born to you who shall be a man of rest. 9I will give him rest from all his surrounding enemies. 10For his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quiet to Israel in his days.
10 11He shall build a house for my name. 12He shall be my son, and I will be his father, and I will establish his royal throne in Israel forever.'
11 "Now, my son, 13the LORD be with you, so that you may succeed in building the house of the LORD your God, as he has spoken concerning you.
12 14Only, may the LORD grant you discretion and understanding, that when he gives you charge over Israel you may keep the law of the LORD your God.
13 15Then you will prosper if you are careful to observe the statutes and the rules that the LORD commanded Moses for Israel. 16Be strong and courageous. Fear not; do not be dismayed.
14 With great pains I have provided for the house of the LORD 17 100,000 talents[a] of gold, a million talents of silver, and 18bronze and iron beyond weighing, for there is so much of it; timber and stone, too, I have provided. To these you must add.
15 You have an abundance of workmen: stonecutters, masons, carpenters, and all kinds of craftsmen without number, skilled in working
16 gold, silver, bronze, and iron. Arise and work! 19The LORD be with you!"
17 David also commanded 20all the leaders of Israel to help Solomon his son, saying,
18 "Is not the LORD your God with you? And 21has he not given you peace on every side? For he has delivered the inhabitants of the land into my hand, and the land is subdued before the LORD and his people.
19 Now 22set your mind and heart to seek the LORD your God. Arise and build the sanctuary of the LORD God, 23so that the ark of the covenant of the LORD and the holy vessels of God may be brought into a house built 24for 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 24

  • 1. 1 Chronicles 21:18, 19, 26, 28; 2 Chronicles 3:1; [Deuteronomy 12:5]
  • 2. [1 Kings 9:20, 21; 2 Chronicles 2:17]
  • 3. [1 Kings 5:17]
  • 4. ver. 14; 1 Kings 7:47
  • 5. [1 Kings 5:6]
  • 6. 1 Chronicles 29:1; [1 Kings 3:7; Proverbs 4:3]
  • 7. 1 Chronicles 17:1, 2; 1 Chronicles 28:2; 2 Samuel 7:2, 3; 1 Kings 8:17; See Psalms 132:1-5
  • 8. 1 Chronicles 28:3; [1 Kings 5:3]
  • 9. 1 Kings 5:4; [ver. 18; 1 Kings 4:25]
  • 10. 2 Samuel 12:24
  • 11. See 2 Samuel 7:13
  • 12. 1 Chronicles 28:6; 2 Samuel 7:14; Hebrews 1:5
  • 13. ver. 16; [1 Samuel 20:13]
  • 14. [1 Kings 3:9, 12; Psalms 72:1]
  • 15. 1 Chronicles 28:7
  • 16. 1 Chronicles 28:20; [Deuteronomy 31:6, 7; Josh. 1:6, 7, 9]
  • 17. [1 Chronicles 29:4]
  • 18. ver. 3
  • 19. ver. 11
  • 20. See 1 Chronicles 28:1-6
  • 21. 1 Chronicles 23:25; [Deuteronomy 12:10; Joshua 21:44; Joshua 23:1; 2 Samuel 7:1]; See ver. 9
  • 22. [2 Chronicles 20:3]
  • 23. 1 Kings 8:6, 21; 2 Chronicles 5:7; 2 Chronicles 6:11
  • 24. ver. 7; 1 Kings 5:3

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. A talent was about 75 pounds or 34 kilograms

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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