1 Chronicles 29:1-9

Offerings for the Temple

1 And David the king said to all the assembly, "Solomon my son, whom alone God has chosen, is 1young and inexperienced, and the work is great, for 2the palace will not be for man but for the LORD God.
2 So I have provided for the house of my God, so far as I was able, the gold for the things of gold, the silver for the things of silver, and the bronze for the things of bronze, the iron for the things of iron, and wood for the things of wood, besides great quantities of 3onyx and stones for setting, antimony, colored stones, all sorts of precious stones and marble.
3 Moreover, in addition to all that I have provided for the holy house, I have a treasure of my own of gold and silver, and because of my devotion to the house of my God I give it to the house of my God:
4 4 3,000 talents[a] of gold, of the gold of 5Ophir, and 7,000 talents of refined silver, for overlaying the walls of the house,[b]
5 and for all the work to be done by craftsmen, gold for the things of gold and silver for the things of silver. Who then will offer willingly, consecrating himself[c] today to the LORD?"
6 Then 6the leaders of fathers' houses made their freewill offerings, as did also the leaders of the tribes, the commanders of thousands and of hundreds, and 7the officers over the king's work.
7 They gave for the service of the house of God 5,000 talents and 10,000 8darics[d] of gold, 10,000 talents of silver, 18,000 talents of bronze and 100,000 talents of iron.
8 And whoever had precious stones gave them to the treasury of the house of the LORD, in the care of 9Jehiel the Gershonite.
9 Then the people rejoiced because they had given willingly, for with a 10whole heart they had offered freely to the LORD. David the king also rejoiced greatly.

1 Chronicles 29:1-9 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO 1 CHRONICLES 29

This chapter relates how largely and liberally David, besides what he had before done, and his princes, offered towards defraying the expenses of building the temple, 1Ch 29:1-8 and the joy and thankfulness that he and his people expressed on that account, attended with prayers for Solomon, and offering sacrifices unto the Lord, 1Ch 29:9-21 and the chapter is closed, and so the book, with an account of the second unction of Solomon, the placing him on the throne, and the submission of all ranks of men unto him, and of the death of David, 1Ch 29:22-30.

1 Chronicles 29:1-9 In-Context

1 And David the king said to all the assembly, "Solomon my son, whom alone God has chosen, is young and inexperienced, and the work is great, for the palace will not be for man but for the LORD God.
2 So I have provided for the house of my God, so far as I was able, the gold for the things of gold, the silver for the things of silver, and the bronze for the things of bronze, the iron for the things of iron, and wood for the things of wood, besides great quantities of onyx and stones for setting, antimony, colored stones, all sorts of precious stones and marble.
3 Moreover, in addition to all that I have provided for the holy house, I have a treasure of my own of gold and silver, and because of my devotion to the house of my God I give it to the house of my God:
4 3,000 talents of gold, of the gold of Ophir, and 7,000 talents of refined silver, for overlaying the walls of the house,
5 and for all the work to be done by craftsmen, gold for the things of gold and silver for the things of silver. Who then will offer willingly, consecrating himself today to the LORD?"
6 Then the leaders of fathers' houses made their freewill offerings, as did also the leaders of the tribes, the commanders of thousands and of hundreds, and the officers over the king's work.
7 They gave for the service of the house of God 5,000 talents and 10,000 darics of gold, 10,000 talents of silver, 18,000 talents of bronze and 100,000 talents of iron.
8 And whoever had precious stones gave them to the treasury of the house of the LORD, in the care of Jehiel the Gershonite.
9 Then the people rejoiced because they had given willingly, for with a whole heart they had offered freely to the LORD. David the king also rejoiced greatly.
10 Therefore David blessed the LORD in the presence of all the assembly. And David said: "Blessed are you, O LORD, the God of Israel our father, forever and ever.
11 Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O LORD, and you are exalted as head above all.
12 Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all.
13 And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name.

Cross References 10

  • 1. 1 Chronicles 22:5; [1 Kings 3:7]
  • 2. ver. 19
  • 3. [Isaiah 54:11, 12; Revelation 21:19-21]
  • 4. [1 Chronicles 22:14]
  • 5. See 1 Kings 9:28
  • 6. 1 Chronicles 27:1; 1 Chronicles 28:1
  • 7. See 1 Chronicles 27:25-31
  • 8. Ezra 2:69; Ezra 8:27; Nehemiah 7:70-72
  • 9. 1 Chronicles 23:8; [1 Chronicles 26:21]
  • 10. [2 Kings 12:4; 2 Corinthians 9:7]

Footnotes 4

  • [a]. A talent was about 75 pounds or 34 kilograms
  • [b]. Septuagint; Hebrew houses
  • [c]. Or ordaining himself; Hebrew filling his hand
  • [d]. A daric was a coin weighing about 1/4 ounce or 8.5 grams
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