1 Chronicles 29:1

1 Furthermore David the king said unto all the congregation, Solomon my son, whom alone God hath chosen, is yet young and tender, and the work is great: for the palace is not for man, but for the LORD God.

1 Chronicles 29:1 Meaning and Commentary

1 Chronicles 29:1

Furthermore, David the king said unto all the congregation,
&c.] Having finished what he had to say to Solomon, he addressed the congregation again:

Solomon my son, whom alone God hath chosen;
both to be king, and to build the temple

is yet young and tender;
see ( 1 Chronicles 22:5 )

and the work is great;
both of governing so great a people, and of building so magnificent a temple, especially the latter is meant:

for the palace is not for man;
for any mortal king, though ever so great:

but for the Lord God;
the Targum is,

``but for the Word of the Lord God,''

who is the King of kings, and Lord of lords; and therefore is to be built as with the greatest exactness, according to the pattern he himself has given, so with the greatest splendour and magnificence.

1 Chronicles 29:1 In-Context

1 Furthermore David the king said unto all the congregation, Solomon my son, whom alone God hath chosen, is yet young and tender, and the work is great: for the palace is not for man, but for the LORD God.
2 Now I have prepared with all my might for the house of my God the gold for things to be made of gold, and the silver for things of silver, and the brass for things of brass, the iron for things of iron, and wood for things of wood; onyx stones, and stones to be set, glistering stones, and of divers colours, and all manner of precious stones, and marble stones in abundance.
3 Moreover, because I have set my affection to the house of my God, I have of mine own proper good, of gold and silver, which I have given to the house of my God, over and above all that I have prepared for the holy house,
4 Even three thousand talents of gold, of the gold of Ophir, and seven thousand talents of refined silver, to overlay the walls of the houses withal:
5 The gold for things of gold, and the silver for things of silver, and for all manner of work to be made by the hands of artificers. And who then is willing to consecrate his service this day unto the LORD?