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20 Then Da
vid continued, “Be strong and
courageous, and do the work. Don’t be afraid
or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is
with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.
He will see to it that all the work related to the
Temple of the Lord is finished correctly. 21 The
various divisions of priests and Levites will
serve in the Temple of God. Others with skills
of every kind will volunteer, and the officials
and the entire nation are at your command.”
29:1 Then King David turned to the entire as
sembly and said, “My son Solomon, whom God
has clearly chosen as the next king of Israel,
is still young and inexperienced. The work
ahead of him is enormous, for the Temple he
will build is not for mere m
ortals—it is for
the Lord God himself! 2 Using every resource
at my command, I have gathered as much as
I could for building the Temple of my God.
Now there is enough gold, silver, bronze, iron,
and wood, as well as great quantities of onyx,
other precious stones, costly jewels, and all
kinds of fine stone and marble.
3 “And now, because of my devotion to the
Temple of my God, I am giving all of my own
private treasures of gold and silver to help
in the construction. This is in addition to the
building materials I have already collected
for his holy Temple. 4 I am donating more than
112 tons of gold* from Ophir and 262 tons of
refined silver* to be used for overlaying the
walls of the buildings 5 and for the other gold
and silver work to be done by the craftsmen.
Now then, who will follow my example and
give offerings to the Lord today?”
6 Then the family leaders, the leaders of the
tribes of Israel, the generals and captains of
the army,* and the king’s administrative offi
cers all gave willingly. 7 For the construction of
the Temple of God, they gave about 188 tons of
gold,* 10,000 gold coins,* 375 tons of silver,*
675 tons of bronze,* and 3,750 tons of iron.*
8 They also contributed numerous precious
stones, which were deposited in the treasury
of the house of the Lord under the care of Je
hiel, a descendant of Gershon. 9 The people
rejoiced over the offerings, for they had given
freely and wholeheartedly to the Lord, and
King David was filled with joy.
10 Then David praised the Lord in the pres
ence of the whole assembly:
“O Lord, the God of our ancestor Israel,*
may you be praised forever and ever!
11 Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power,
the glory, the victory, and the majesty.
Everything in the heavens and on earth is
yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom.
We adore you as the one who is over all
things. 12 Wealth and honor come from
you alone, for you rule over everything.
Power and might are in your hand, and at
your discretion people are made great and
13 “O our God, we thank you and praise
your glorious name! 14 But who am I, and
who are my people, that we could give
anything to you? Everything we have has
come from you, and we give you only what
you first gave us! 15 We are here for only a
moment, visitors and strangers in the land
as our ancestors were before us. Our days
on earth are like a passing shadow, gone so
soon without a trace.
16 “O Lord our God, even this material
we have gathered to build a Temple to
honor your holy name comes from you!
It all belongs to you! 17 I know, my God,
that you examine our hearts and rejoice
when you find integrity there. You know I
have done all this with good motives, and I
have watched your people offer their gifts
willingly and joyously.
18 “O Lord, the God of our ancestors
Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, make your
people always want to obey you. See to
it that their love for you never changes.
19 Give my son Solomon the wholehearted
desire to obey all your commands,
laws, and decrees, and to do everything
necessary to build this Temple, for which I
have made these preparations.”
20 Then David said to the whole assembly,
“Give praise to the Lord your God!” And the
entire assembly praised the Lord, the God of
their ancestors, and they bowed low and knelt
before the Lord and the king.
21 The next day they brought 1,000 bulls,
1,000 rams, and 1,000 male lambs as burnt of
ferings to the Lord. They also brought liquid
offerings and many other sacrifices on behalf
of all Israel. 22 They feasted and drank in the
Lord’s presence with great joy that day.
And again they crowned David’s son Sol
omon as their new king. They anointed him
before the Lord as their leader, and they
anointed Zadok as priest. 23 So Solomon took
the throne of the Lord in place of his father,
David, and he succeeded in everything, and
all Israel obeyed him. 24 All the officials, the
warriors, and the sons of King David pledged
their loyalty to King Solomon. 25 And the Lord
exalted Solomon in the sight of all Israel, and
he gave Solomon greater royal splendor than
any king in Israel before him.
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