1 Chronicles 29:14

14 But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able[a] to offer so willingly after this sort? for all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee.

1 Chronicles 29:14 Meaning and Commentary

1 Chronicles 29:14

But who am I
Originally dust and ashes, a sinful creature, unworthy to receive anything from God, and of having the honour of doing anything for him:

and what is my people:
subject to him, the least of all people, separated from the nations round about them, and despised by them:

that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort?
that they, who were a poor people, some years ago brought out of Egyptian bondage, should now be possessed of such an affluence, and have such a generous heart and liberal spirit given them, as to contribute in so large and liberal a manner as they had done; all was owing to the goodness of God to them, and the efficacy of his grace upon them:

for all things come of thee;
all good things, temporal and spiritual; the Lord is the fountain of goodness, and Father of mercies:

and of thine own have we given thee;
for there is nothing a man has but he has received from the Lord, and therefore can give nothing to him but his own, see ( Romans 11:35 Romans 11:36 ) .

1 Chronicles 29:14 In-Context

12 Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.
13 Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name.
14 But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? for all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee.
15 For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers: our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding.
16 O LORD our God, all this store that we have prepared to build thee an house for thine holy name cometh of thine hand, and is all thine own.

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. be able: Heb. retain, or, obtain strength
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