Gifts for Building the Temple
- 1 David told the crowd:
- God chose my son Solomon to build
the temple, but Solomon is young and has no experience. This
is not just any buildingthis is the temple for the Lord
God! 2 Thats why I have done my best to get everything
Solomon will need to build itgold, silver, bronze, iron,
wood, onyx, turquoise, colored gems, all kinds of precious stones,
3 Besides doing all that, I have promised
to give part of my own gold and silver as a way of showing my
love for Gods temple. 4 Almost one hundred twenty tons
of my finest gold and over two hundred fifty tons of my silver
will be used to decorate its walls 5 and to make the gold and
silver objects. Now, who else will show their dedication to the
Lord by giving gifts for building his temple?
- 6 After David finished speaking,
the family leaders, the tribal leaders, the army commanders,
and the government officials voluntarily gave gifts 7 for the
temple. These gifts included almost two hundred tons of gold,
three hundred eighty tons of silver, almost seven hundred tons
of bronze, and three thousand seven hundred fifty tons of iron.
8 Everyone who owned precious stones also donated them to the
temple treasury, where Jehiel from the Levite clan of Gershon
9 David and the people were very happy
that so much had been given to the Lord, and they all celebrated.
David Praises the Lord
Solomon Is Crowned King
- 10 Then, in front of everyone, David sang praises
to the Lord:
- I praise you forever, Lord! You are the God our
ancestor Jacob worshiped. 11 Your power is great, and your glory is seen everywhere
in heaven and on earth. You are king of the entire world, 12 and you rule
with strength and power. You make people rich and powerful and famous. 13
We thank you, our God, and praise you.
14 But why should we be happy that we have given you
these gifts? They belong to you, and we have only given back what is already
yours. 15 We are only foreigners living here on earth for a while, just as
our ancestors were. And we will soon be gone, like a shadow that suddenly
16 Our Lord God, we have brought all these things
for building a temple to honor you. They belong to you, and you gave them
to us. 17 But we are happy, because everyone has voluntarily given you these
things. You know what is in everyones heart, and you are pleased when
people are honest. 18 Always make us eager to give, and help us be faithful
to you, just as our ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob faithfully worshiped
you. 19 And give Solomon the desire to completely obey your laws and teachings,
and the desire to build the temple for which I have provided these gifts.
- 20 David then said to the people, Now its
your turn to praise the Lord, the God your ancestors worshiped! So everyone
praised the Lord, and they bowed down to honor him and David their king.
- 21 The next day, the Israelites slaughtered
a thousand bulls, a thousand rams, and a thousand lambs, and
they offered them as sacrifices to please the Lord, along with
offerings of wine. 22 The people were very happy, and they ate
and drank there at the Lords altar.
That same day, Solomon was crowned king.
The people celebrated and poured olive oil on Solomons
head to show that he would be their next king. They also poured
oil on Zadoks head to show that he was their priest.
23 So Solomon became king after David
his father. Solomon was successful, and everyone in Israel obeyed
him. 24 Every official and every soldier, as well as all of Davids
other sons, were loyal to him. 25 The Lord made Solomon a great
king, and the whole nation was amazed at how famous he was. In
fact, no other king of Israel was as great as Solomon.
- 26 David the son of Jesse was king
of Israel 27 for forty years. He ruled from Hebron for seven
years and from Jerusalem for thirty-three years. 28 David was
rich and respected and lived to be an old man. Then he died,
and his son Solomon became king.
29 Everything David
did while he was king is included in the history written by the
prophets Samuel, Nathan, and Gad. 30 They wrote about his powerful
rule and about the things that happened not only to him, but
also to Israel and the other nations.
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