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1 Chronicles 22-29 New English Translation (NET Bible)

22 David then said, “This is the place where the temple of the Lord God will be, along with the altar for burnt sacrifices for Israel.”

David Orders a Temple to Be Built

David ordered the resident foreigners[a] in the land of Israel to be called together. He appointed some of them to be stonecutters to chisel stones for the building of God’s temple. David supplied a large amount of iron for the nails of the doors of the gates and for braces, more bronze than could be weighed, and more cedar logs than could be counted. (The Sidonians and Tyrians had brought a large amount of cedar logs to David.)

David said, “My son Solomon is just an inexperienced young man,[b] and the temple to be built for the Lord must be especially magnificent so it will become famous and be considered splendid by all the nations.[c] Therefore I will make preparations for its construction.” So David made extensive preparations before he died.

He summoned his son Solomon and charged him to build a temple for the Lord God of Israel. David said to Solomon: “My son, I really wanted[d] to build a temple to honor[e] the Lord my God. But this was the Lord’s message to me: ‘You have spilled a great deal of blood and fought many battles. You must not build a temple to honor me,[f] for you have spilled a great deal of blood on the ground before me. Look, you will have a son, who will be a peaceful man.[g] I will give him rest from all his enemies on every side.[h] Indeed, Solomon[i] will be his name; I will give Israel peace and quiet during his reign.[j] 10 He will build a temple to honor me;[k] he will become my son, and I will become his father. I will grant to his dynasty permanent rule over Israel.’[l]

11 “Now, my son, may the Lord be with you! May you succeed and build a temple for the Lord your God, just as he announced you would.[m] 12 Only may the Lord give you insight and understanding when he places you in charge of Israel, so you may obey[n] the law of the Lord your God. 13 Then you will succeed, if you carefully obey the rules and regulations which the Lord ordered Moses to give to Israel.[o] Be strong and brave! Don’t be afraid and don’t panic![p] 14 Now, look, I have made every effort to supply what is needed to build the Lord’s temple.[q] I have stored up 100,000 talents[r] of gold, 1,000,000 talents[s] of silver, and so much bronze and iron it cannot be weighed, as well as wood and stones. Feel free to add more! 15 You also have available many workers, including stonecutters, masons, carpenters,[t] and an innumerable array of workers who are skilled 16 in using gold, silver, bronze, and iron.[u] Get up and begin the work! May the Lord be with you!”

17 David ordered all the officials of Israel to support[v] his son Solomon. 18 He told them,[w] “The Lord your God is with you![x] He has made you secure on every side,[y] for he handed over to me the inhabitants of the region[z] and the region[aa] is subdued before the Lord and his people. 19 Now seek the Lord your God wholeheartedly and with your entire being![ab] Get up and build the sanctuary of the Lord God! Then you can bring[ac] the ark of the Lord’s covenant and the holy items dedicated to God’s service[ad] into the temple that is built to honor the Lord.”[ae]

David Organizes the Levites

23 When David was old and approaching the end of his life,[af] he made his son Solomon king over Israel.

David[ag] assembled all the leaders of Israel, along with the priests and the Levites. The Levites who were thirty years old and up were counted; there were 38,000 men.[ah] David said,[ai] “Of these, 24,000 are to direct the work of the Lord’s temple; 6,000 are to be officials and judges; 4,000 are to be gatekeepers; and 4,000 are to praise the Lord with the instruments I supplied for worship.”[aj] David divided them into groups corresponding to the sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.

The Gershonites included Ladan and Shimei.

The sons of Ladan: Jehiel the oldest, Zetham, and Joel—three in all.

The sons of Shimei: Shelomoth, Haziel, and Haran—three in all.

These were the leaders of the family of Ladan.

10 The sons of Shimei: Jahath, Zina,[ak] Jeush, and Beriah. These were Shimei’s sons—four in all.[al] 11 Jahath was the oldest and Zizah the second oldest. Jeush and Beriah did not have many sons, so they were considered one family with one responsibility.

12 The sons of Kohath: Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel—four in all.

13 The sons of Amram: Aaron and Moses.

Aaron and his descendants were chosen on a permanent basis to consecrate the most holy items, to offer sacrifices before the Lord, to serve him, and to praise his name.[am] 14 The descendants of Moses the man of God were considered Levites.[an]

15 The sons of Moses: Gershom and Eliezer.

16 The son[ao] of Gershom: Shebuel[ap] the oldest.

17 The son of Eliezer was[aq] Rehabiah, the oldest. Eliezer had no other sons, but Rehabiah had many descendants.

18 The son[ar] of Izhar: Shelomith the oldest.

19 The sons of Hebron: Jeriah the oldest, Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third, and Jekameam the fourth.

20 The sons of Uzziel: Micah the oldest, and Isshiah the second.

21 The sons of Merari: Mahli and Mushi.

The sons of Mahli: Eleazar and Kish.

22 Eleazar died without having sons; he had only daughters. The sons of Kish, their cousins, married them.[as]

23 The sons of Mushi: Mahli, Eder, and Jeremoth—three in all.

24 These were the descendants of Levi according to their families, that is, the leaders of families as counted and individually listed who carried out assigned tasks in the Lord’s temple and were twenty years old and up.[at] 25 For David said, “The Lord God of Israel has given his people rest and has permanently settled in Jerusalem. 26 So the Levites no longer need to carry the tabernacle or any of the items used in its service.” 27 According to David’s final instructions, the Levites twenty years old or older were counted.[au]

28 Their job was to help Aaron’s descendants in the service of the Lord’s temple. They were to take care of the courtyards, the rooms, ceremonial purification of all holy items, and other jobs related to the service of God’s temple.[av] 29 They also took care of[aw] the bread that is displayed, the flour for offerings, the unleavened wafers, the round cakes, the mixing, and all the measuring.[ax] 30 They also stood in a designated place[ay] every morning and offered thanks and praise to the Lord. They also did this in the evening 31 and whenever burnt sacrifices were offered to the Lord on the Sabbath and at new moon festivals and assemblies. A designated number were to serve before the Lord regularly in accordance with regulations.[az] 32 They were in charge of the meeting tent and the Holy Place, and helped their relatives, the descendants of Aaron, in the service of the Lord’s temple.[ba]

David Organizes the Priests

24 The divisions of Aaron’s descendants were as follows:

The sons of Aaron: Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.

Nadab and Abihu died before their father did; they had no sons. Eleazar and Ithamar served as priests.

David, Zadok (a descendant of Eleazar), and Ahimelech (a descendant of Ithamar) divided them into groups to carry out their assigned responsibilities.[bb] The descendants of Eleazar had more leaders than the descendants of Ithamar, so they divided them up accordingly; the descendants of Eleazar had sixteen leaders, while the descendants of Ithamar had eight.[bc] They divided them by lots, for there were officials of the Holy Place and officials designated by God among the descendants of both Eleazar and Ithamar.[bd] The scribe Shemaiah son of Nethanel, a Levite, wrote down their names before the king, the officials, Zadok the priest, Ahimelech son of Abiathar, and the leaders of the priestly and Levite families. One family was drawn by lot from Eleazar, and then the next from Ithamar.[be]

The first lot went to Jehoiarib,

the second to Jedaiah,

the third to Harim,

the fourth to Seorim,

the fifth to Malkijah,

the sixth to Mijamin,

10 the seventh to Hakkoz,

the eighth to Abijah,

11 the ninth to Jeshua,

the tenth to Shecaniah,

12 the eleventh to Eliashib,

the twelfth to Jakim,

13 the thirteenth to Huppah,

the fourteenth to Jeshebeab,

14 the fifteenth to Bilgah,

the sixteenth to Immer,

15 the seventeenth to Hezir,

the eighteenth to Happizzez,

16 the nineteenth to Pethahiah,

the twentieth to Jehezkel,

17 the twenty-first to Jakin,

the twenty-second to Gamul,

18 the twenty-third to Delaiah,

the twenty-fourth to Maaziah.

19 This was the order in which they carried out their assigned responsibilities when they entered the Lord’s temple, according to the regulations given them by their ancestor[bf] Aaron, just as the Lord God of Israel had instructed him.[bg]

Remaining Levites

20 The rest of the Levites included:[bh]

Shubael[bi] from the sons of Amram,

Jehdeiah from the sons of Shubael,

21 the firstborn Isshiah from Rehabiah and the sons of Rehabiah,

22 Shelomoth from the Izharites,

Jahath from the sons of Shelomoth.

23 The sons of Hebron:[bj] Jeriah, Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third, and Jekameam the fourth.

24 The son[bk] of Uzziel: Micah;

Shamir from the sons of Micah.

25 The brother of Micah: Isshiah.

Zechariah from the sons of Isshiah.

26 The sons of Merari: Mahli and Mushi.

The son of Jaaziah: Beno.[bl]

27 The sons of Merari, from Jaaziah: Beno,[bm] Shoham, Zaccur, and Ibri.

28 From Mahli: Eleazar, who had no sons.

29 From Kish: Jerahmeel.[bn]

30 The sons of Mushi: Mahli, Eder, and Jerimoth.

These were the Levites, listed by their families.

31 Like their relatives, the descendants of Aaron, they also cast lots before King David, Zadok, Ahimelech, the leaders of families, the priests, and the Levites. The families of the oldest son cast lots along with those of the youngest.[bo]

David Organizes the Musicians

25 David and the army officers selected some of the sons of Asaph, Heman, and Jeduthun to prophesy as they played stringed instruments and cymbals.[bp] The following men were assigned this responsibility:[bq]

From the sons of Asaph: Zaccur, Joseph, Nethaniah, and Asarelah. The sons of Asaph were supervised by Asaph, who prophesied under the king’s supervision.[br]

From the sons of Jeduthun:[bs] Gedaliah, Zeri,[bt] Jeshaiah,[bu] Hashabiah, and Mattithiah—six in all,[bv] under supervision of their father Jeduthun, who prophesied as he played a harp, giving thanks and praise to the Lord.

From the sons of Heman:[bw] Bukkiah, Mattaniah, Uzziel, Shebuel, Jerimoth, Hananiah, Hanani, Eliathah, Giddalti, Romamti-Ezer, Joshbekashah, Mallothi, Hothir, and Mahazioth. All these were the sons of Heman, the king’s prophet. God had promised him these sons in order to make him prestigious.[bx] God gave Heman fourteen sons and three daughters.

All these were under the supervision of their fathers; they were musicians in the Lord’s temple, playing cymbals and stringed instruments as they served in God’s temple. Asaph, Jeduthun, and Heman were under the supervision of the king. They and their relatives, all of them skilled and trained to make music to the Lord, numbered 288.[by]

They cast lots to determine their responsibilities—oldest as well as youngest, teacher as well as student.[bz]

The first lot went to Asaph’s son Joseph and his relatives and sons—twelve in all,[ca]

the second to Gedaliah and his relatives and sons—twelve in all,

10 the third to Zaccur and his sons and relatives—twelve in all,

11 the fourth to Izri[cb] and his sons and relatives—twelve in all,

12 the fifth to Nethaniah and his sons and relatives—twelve in all,

13 the sixth to Bukkiah and his sons and relatives—twelve in all,

14 the seventh to Jesharelah[cc] and his sons and relatives—twelve in all,

15 the eighth to Jeshaiah and his sons and relatives—twelve in all,

16 the ninth to Mattaniah and his sons and relatives—twelve in all,

17 the tenth to Shimei and his sons and relatives—twelve in all,

18 the eleventh to Azarel[cd] and his sons and relatives—twelve in all,

19 the twelfth to Hashabiah and his sons and relatives—twelve in all,

20 the thirteenth to Shubael and his sons and relatives—twelve in all,

21 the fourteenth to Mattithiah and his sons and relatives—twelve in all,

22 the fifteenth to Jerimoth and his sons and relatives—twelve in all,

23 the sixteenth to Hananiah and his sons and relatives—twelve in all,

24 the seventeenth to Joshbekashah and his sons and relatives—twelve in all,

25 the eighteenth to Hanani and his sons and relatives—twelve in all,

26 the nineteenth to Mallothi and his sons and relatives—twelve in all,

27 the twentieth to Eliathah and his sons and relatives—twelve in all,

28 the twenty-first to Hothir and his sons and relatives—twelve in all,

29 the twenty-second to Giddalti and his sons and relatives—twelve in all,

30 the twenty-third to Mahazioth and his sons and relatives—twelve in all,

31 the twenty-fourth to Romamti-Ezer and his sons and relatives—twelve in all.

Divisions of Gatekeepers

26 The divisions of the gatekeepers:

From the Korahites: Meshelemiah, son of Kore, one of the sons of Asaph.

Meshelemiah’s sons:

The firstborn Zechariah, the second Jediael, the third Zebadiah, the fourth Jathniel, the fifth Elam, the sixth Jehohanan, and the seventh Elihoenai.

Obed-Edom’s sons:

The firstborn Shemaiah, the second Jehozabad, the third Joah, the fourth Sakar, the fifth Nethanel, the sixth Ammiel, the seventh Issachar, and the eighth Peullethai. (Indeed, God blessed Obed-Edom.[ce])

His son Shemaiah also had sons, who were leaders of their families, for they were highly respected. The sons of Shemaiah:

Othni, Rephael, Obed, and Elzabad. His relatives[cf] Elihu and Semakiah were also respected.

All these were the descendants of Obed-Edom. They and their sons and relatives were respected men, capable of doing their responsibilities. There were sixty-two of them related to Obed-Edom.

Meshelemiah had sons and relatives who were respected—eighteen in all.

10 Hosah, one of the descendants of Merari, had sons:

The firstborn Shimri (he was not actually the firstborn, but his father gave him that status), 11 the second Hilkiah, the third Tebaliah, and the fourth Zechariah. All Hosah’s sons and relatives numbered thirteen.

12 These divisions of the gatekeepers, corresponding to their leaders, had assigned responsibilities, like their relatives, as they served in the Lord’s temple.

13 They cast lots, both young and old, according to their families, to determine which gate they would be responsible for.[cg] 14 The lot for the east gate went to Shelemiah.[ch] They then cast lots for his son Zechariah, a wise adviser, and the lot for the north gate went to him. 15 Obed-Edom was assigned the south gate, and his sons were assigned the storehouses. 16 Shuppim and Hosah were assigned the west gate, along with the Shalleketh gate on the upper road. One guard was adjacent to another.[ci] 17 Each day there were six Levites posted on the east, four on the north, and four on the south. At the storehouses they were posted in pairs. 18 At the court on the west there were four posted on the road and two at the court. 19 These were the divisions of the gatekeepers who were descendants of Korah and Merari.

Supervisors of the Storehouses

20 Their fellow Levites were[cj] in charge of the storehouses[ck] in God’s temple and the storehouses containing consecrated items. 21 The descendants of Ladan,[cl] who were descended from Gershon through Ladan and were leaders of the families of Ladan the Gershonite, included Jehieli[cm] 22 and the sons of Jehieli, Zetham and his brother Joel. They were in charge of the storehouses in the Lord’s temple.

23 As for the Amramites, Izharites, Hebronites, and Uzzielites:

24 Shebuel[cn] son of Gershom, the son of Moses, was the supervisor of the storehouses. 25 His relatives through Eliezer included: Rehabiah his son, Jeshaiah his son, Joram his son, Zikri his son, and Shelomith[co] his son. 26 Shelomith[cp] and his relatives were in charge of all the storehouses containing the consecrated items dedicated by King David, the family leaders who led units of a thousand and a hundred, and the army officers. 27 They had dedicated some of the plunder taken in battles to be used for repairs on the Lord’s temple. 28 They were also in charge of everything dedicated by Samuel the prophet,[cq] Saul son of Kish, Abner son of Ner, and Joab son of Zeruiah; Shelomith and his relatives were in charge of everything that had been dedicated.

29 As for the Izharites: Kenaniah and his sons were given responsibilities outside the temple[cr] as officers and judges over Israel.

30 As for the Hebronites: Hashabiah and his relatives, 1,700 respected men, were assigned responsibilities in Israel west of the Jordan; they did the Lord’s work and the king’s service.

31 As for the Hebronites: Jeriah was the leader of the Hebronites according to the genealogical records. In the fortieth year of David’s reign, they examined the records and discovered[cs] there were highly respected men in Jazer in Gilead. 32 Jeriah had 2,700 relatives who were respected family leaders.[ct] King David placed them in charge of the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh; they took care of all matters pertaining to God and the king.[cu]

Leaders of the Army

27 What follows is a list of Israelite family leaders and commanders of units of a thousand and a hundred, as well as their officers who served the king in various matters. Each division was assigned to serve for one month during the year; each consisted of 24,000 troops.[cv]

Jashobeam son of Zabdiel was in charge of the first division, which was assigned the first month. His division consisted of 24,000 troops. He was a descendant of Perez; he was in charge of all the army officers for the first month.

Dodai the Ahohite was in charge of the division assigned the second month; Mikloth was the next in rank.[cw] His division consisted of 24,000 troops.

The third army commander, assigned the third month, was Benaiah son of Jehoiada the priest. He was the leader of his division, which consisted of 24,000 troops. Benaiah was the leader of the thirty warriors and his division; his son was Ammizabad.[cx]

The fourth, assigned the fourth month, was Asahel, brother of Joab; his son Zebadiah succeeded him.[cy] His division consisted of 24,000 troops.

The fifth, assigned the fifth month, was the commander Shamhuth the Izrahite. His division consisted of 24,000 troops.

The sixth, assigned the sixth month, was Ira son of Ikkesh the Tekoite. His division consisted of 24,000 troops.

10 The seventh, assigned the seventh month, was Helez the Pelonite, an Ephraimite. His division consisted of 24,000 troops.

11 The eighth, assigned the eighth month, was Sibbekai the Hushathite, a Zerahite. His division consisted of 24,000 troops.

12 The ninth, assigned the ninth month, was Abiezer the Anathothite, a Benjaminite. His division consisted of 24,000 troops.

13 The tenth, assigned the tenth month, was Maharai the Netophathite, a Zerahite. His division consisted of 24,000 troops.

14 The eleventh, assigned the eleventh month, was Benaiah the Pirathonite, an Ephraimite. His division consisted of 24,000 troops.

15 The twelfth, assigned the twelfth month, was Heldai the Netophathite, a descendant of Othniel. His division consisted of 24,000 troops.

16 The officers of the Israelite tribes:

Eliezer son of Zikri was the leader of the Reubenites,

Shephatiah son of Maacah led the Simeonites,

17 Hashabiah son of Kemuel led the Levites,

Zadok led the descendants of Aaron,

18 Elihu, a brother of David, led Judah,

Omri son of Michael led Issachar,

19 Ishmaiah son of Obadiah led Zebulun,

Jerimoth son of Azriel led Naphtali,

20 Hoshea son of Azaziah led the Ephraimites,

Joel son of Pedaiah led the half-tribe of Manasseh,

21 Iddo son of Zechariah led the half-tribe of Manasseh in Gilead,

Jaasiel son of Abner led Benjamin,

22 Azarel son of Jeroham led Dan.

These were the commanders of the Israelite tribes.

23 David did not count the males twenty years old and under, for the Lord had promised to make Israel as numerous as the stars in the sky. 24 Joab son of Zeruiah started to count the men but did not finish. God was angry with Israel[cz] because of this, so the number was not recorded in the scroll[da] called The Annals of King David.

Royal Officials

25 Azmaveth son of Adiel was in charge of the king’s storehouses;

Jonathan son of Uzziah was in charge of the storehouses in the field, in the cities, in the towns, and in the towers.

26 Ezri son of Kelub was in charge of the field workers who farmed the land.[db]

27 Shimei the Ramathite was in charge of the vineyards;

Zabdi the Shiphmite was in charge of the wine stored in the vineyards.[dc]

28 Baal Hanan the Gederite was in charge of the olive and sycamore trees in the foothills;[dd]

Joash was in charge of the storehouses of olive oil.

29 Shitrai the Sharonite was in charge of the cattle grazing in Sharon;

Shaphat son of Adlai was in charge of the cattle in the valleys.

30 Obil the Ishmaelite was in charge of the camels;

Jehdeiah the Meronothite was in charge of the donkeys.

31 Jaziz the Hagrite was in charge of the sheep.

All these were the officials in charge of King David’s property.

32 Jonathan, David’s uncle, was a wise adviser and scribe;[de]

Jehiel son of Hacmoni cared for[df] the king’s sons.

33 Ahithophel was the king’s adviser;

Hushai the Arkite was the king’s confidant.[dg]

34 Ahithophel was succeeded by Jehoiada son of Benaiah and by Abiathar.

Joab was the commanding general of the king’s army.

David Commissions Solomon to Build the Temple

28 David assembled in Jerusalem all the officials of Israel, including the commanders of the tribes, the commanders of the army divisions that served the king, the commanders of units of a thousand and a hundred, the officials who were in charge of all the property and livestock of the king and his sons, the eunuchs, and the warriors, including the most skilled of them.

King David rose to his feet and said: “Listen to me, my brothers and my people. I wanted to build a temple where the ark of the Lord’s covenant could be placed as a footstool for our God.[dh] I have made the preparations for building it. But God said to me, ‘You must not build a temple to honor me,[di] for you are a warrior and have spilled blood.’ The Lord God of Israel chose me out of my father’s entire family to become king over Israel and have a permanent dynasty.[dj] Indeed,[dk] he chose Judah as leader, and my father’s family within Judah, and then he picked me out from among my father’s sons and made me king over all Israel.[dl] From all the many sons the Lord has given me, he chose Solomon my son to rule on his behalf over Israel.[dm] He said to me, ‘Solomon your son is the one who will build my temple and my courts, for I have chosen him to become my son and I will become his father. I will establish his kingdom permanently, if he remains committed to obeying my commands and regulations, as you are doing this day.’[dn] So now, in the sight of all Israel, the Lord’s assembly, and in the hearing of our God, I say this:[do] Carefully observe[dp] all the commands of the Lord your God, so that you may possess this good land and may leave it as a permanent inheritance for your children after you.

“And you, Solomon my son, obey[dq] the God of your father and serve him with a submissive attitude and a willing spirit,[dr] for the Lord examines all minds and understands every motive of one’s thoughts. If you seek him, he will let you find him,[ds] but if you abandon him, he will reject you permanently. 10 Realize[dt] now that the Lord has chosen you to build a temple as his sanctuary. Be strong and do it!”

11 David gave to his son Solomon the blueprints for the temple porch,[du] its buildings, its treasuries,[dv] its upper areas, its inner rooms, and the room[dw] for atonement. 12 He gave him[dx] the blueprints of all he envisioned[dy] for the courts of the Lord’s temple, all the surrounding rooms, the storehouses of God’s temple, and the storehouses for the holy items.

13 He gave him the regulations[dz] for the divisions of priests and Levites, for all the assigned responsibilities within the Lord’s temple, and for all the items used in the service of the Lord’s temple.

14 He gave him[ea] the prescribed weight for all the gold items to be used in various types of service in the Lord’s temple, for all the silver items to be used in various types of service,[eb] 15 for the gold lampstands and their gold lamps, including the weight of each lampstand and its lamps, for the silver lampstands, including the weight of each lampstand and its lamps, according to the prescribed use of each lampstand, 16 for the gold used in the display tables, including the amount to be used in each table, for the silver to be used in the silver tables, 17 for the pure gold used for the meat forks, bowls, and jars, for the small gold bowls, including the weight for each bowl, for the small silver bowls, including the weight for each bowl, 18 and for the refined gold of the incense altar.

He gave him[ec] the blueprint for the seat[ed] of the gold cherubim that spread their wings[ee] and provide shelter for the ark of the Lord’s covenant.

19 David said,[ef] “All this I put in writing as the Lord directed me and gave me insight regarding the details of the blueprints.”[eg]

20 David said to his son Solomon: “Be strong and brave! Do it! Don’t be afraid and don’t panic![eh] For the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not leave you or abandon you before all the work for the service of the Lord’s temple is finished. 21 Here are the divisions of the priests and Levites who will perform all the service of God’s temple. All the willing and skilled men are ready to assist you in all the work and perform their service.[ei] The officials and all the people are ready to follow your instructions.”[ej]

The People Contribute to the Project

29 King David said to the entire assembly: “My son Solomon, the one whom God has chosen, is just an inexperienced young man,[ek] and the task is great, for this palace is not for man, but for the Lord God. So I have made every effort[el] to provide what is needed for the temple of my God, including the gold, silver, bronze, iron, wood,[em] as well as a large amount of onyx, settings of antimony and other stones, all kinds of precious stones, and alabaster. Now, to show my commitment to the temple of my God, I donate my personal treasure of gold and silver to the temple of my God, in addition to all that I have already supplied for this holy temple. This includes 3,000 talents[en] of gold from Ophir and 7,000 talents of refined silver for overlaying the walls of the buildings, for gold and silver items, and for all the work of the craftsmen. Who else wants to contribute to the Lord today?”

The leaders of the families, the leaders of the Israelite tribes, the commanders of units of a thousand and a hundred, and the supervisors of the king’s work contributed willingly. They donated for the service of God’s temple 5,000 talents[eo] and 10,000 darics[ep] of gold, 10,000 talents of silver, 18,000 talents of bronze, and 100,000 talents of iron. All who possessed precious[eq] stones donated them to the treasury of the Lord’s temple, which was under the supervision of Jehiel the Gershonite. The people were delighted with their donations, for they contributed to the Lord with a willing attitude;[er] King David was also very happy.[es]

David Praises the Lord

10 David praised the Lord before the entire assembly:[et]

“O Lord God of our father Israel, you deserve praise forevermore! 11 O Lord, you are great, mighty, majestic, magnificent, glorious, and sovereign[eu] over all the sky and earth! You, Lord, have dominion and exalt yourself as the ruler[ev] of all. 12 You are the source of wealth and honor;[ew] you rule over all. You possess strength and might to magnify and give strength to all.[ex] 13 Now, our God, we give thanks to you and praise your majestic name!

14 “But who am I and who are my people, that we should be in a position to contribute this much?[ey] Indeed, everything comes from you, and we have simply given back to you what is yours.[ez] 15 For we are resident foreigners and temporary settlers[fa] in your presence, as all our ancestors were;[fb] our days are like a shadow on the earth, without security.[fc] 16 O Lord our God, all this wealth, which we have collected to build a temple for you to honor your holy name, comes from you; it all belongs to you. 17 I know, my God, that you examine thoughts[fd] and are pleased with integrity. With pure motives[fe] I contribute all this; and now I look with joy as your people who have gathered here contribute to you. 18 O Lord God of our ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, always maintain these motives of your people and keep them devoted to you.[ff] 19 Make my son Solomon willing to obey your commands, rules, and regulations, and to complete building the palace for which I have made preparations.”[fg]

20 David told the entire assembly: “Praise the Lord your God!” So the entire assembly praised the Lord God of their ancestors; they bowed down and stretched out flat on the ground before the Lord and the king.

David Designates Solomon King

21 The next day they made sacrifices and offered burnt sacrifices to the Lord (1,000 bulls, 1,000 rams, 1,000 lambs), along with their accompanying drink offerings and many other sacrifices for all Israel. 22 They held a feast[fh] before the Lord that day and celebrated.[fi]

Then they designated Solomon, David’s son, as king a second time;[fj] before the Lord they anointed him as ruler and Zadok as priest. 23 Solomon sat on the Lord’s throne as king in place of his father David; he was successful and all Israel was loyal to him.[fk] 24 All the officers and warriors, as well as all of King David’s sons, pledged their allegiance to King Solomon.[fl] 25 The Lord greatly magnified Solomon before all Israel and bestowed on him greater majesty than any king of Israel before him.[fm]

David’s Reign Comes to an End

26 David son of Jesse reigned over all Israel. 27 He reigned over Israel forty years; he reigned in Hebron seven years and in Jerusalem thirty-three years. 28 He died at a good old age, having enjoyed long life, wealth, and honor.[fn] His son Solomon succeeded him. 29 King David’s accomplishments, from start to finish, are recorded in the Annals of Samuel the prophet, the Annals of Nathan the prophet, and the Annals of Gad the prophet.[fo] 30 Recorded there are all the facts about his reign and accomplishments, and an account of the events that involved him, Israel, and all the neighboring kingdoms.[fp]

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Chronicles 22:2 sn The term גֵּר (ger) refers to a foreign resident, but with different social implications in different settings. In Mosaic Law the resident foreigner was essentially a naturalized citizen and convert to worshiping the God of Israel (see Exod 12:19, 48; Deut 29:10-13).
  2. 1 Chronicles 22:5 tn Heb “a young man and tender.”
  3. 1 Chronicles 22:5 tn Heb “and the house to build to make exceedingly great for a name and for splendor for all the lands.”
  4. 1 Chronicles 22:7 tn Heb “I was with my heart.”
  5. 1 Chronicles 22:7 tn Heb “for the name of.”
  6. 1 Chronicles 22:8 tn Heb “for my name.”
  7. 1 Chronicles 22:9 tn Heb “man of rest.”
  8. 1 Chronicles 22:9 tn Heb “his enemies all around.”
  9. 1 Chronicles 22:9 sn The name Solomon (שְׁלֹמֹה, shelomoh) sounds like (and may be derived from) the Hebrew word for “peace” (שָׁלוֹם, shalom).
  10. 1 Chronicles 22:9 tn Heb “in his days.”
  11. 1 Chronicles 22:10 tn Heb “for my name.”
  12. 1 Chronicles 22:10 tn Heb “and I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel permanently.”
  13. 1 Chronicles 22:11 tn Heb “as he spoke concerning you.”
  14. 1 Chronicles 22:12 tn Or “keep.”
  15. 1 Chronicles 22:13 tn Heb “which the Lord commanded Moses concerning Israel.”
  16. 1 Chronicles 22:13 tn Or perhaps, “and don’t get discouraged.”
  17. 1 Chronicles 22:14 tn Heb “and look, in my affliction [or perhaps, “poverty”] I have supplied for the house of the Lord.”
  18. 1 Chronicles 22:14 tn See the note on the word “talents” in 19:6.
  19. 1 Chronicles 22:14 tn Heb “a thousand thousands.”
  20. 1 Chronicles 22:15 tn Heb “craftsmen of stone and wood.”
  21. 1 Chronicles 22:16 tn Heb “and every kind of skilled one in all work, concerning gold, concerning silver, and concerning bronze, and concerning iron, there is no numbering.”
  22. 1 Chronicles 22:17 tn Or “help.”
  23. 1 Chronicles 22:18 tn The words “he told them” are added in the translation for clarity and for stylistic reasons.
  24. 1 Chronicles 22:18 tn In the Hebrew text the statement is phrased as a rhetorical question, “Is not the Lord your God with you?” The question anticipates the response, “Of course he is!” Thus in the translation the positive statement “The Lord your God is with you!” has been used.
  25. 1 Chronicles 22:18 tn Heb “and he gives rest to you all around.”
  26. 1 Chronicles 22:18 tn Or “earth.”
  27. 1 Chronicles 22:18 tn Or “earth.”
  28. 1 Chronicles 22:19 tn Heb “now give your heart and your being to seek the Lord your God.”
  29. 1 Chronicles 22:19 tn Heb “to bring.”
  30. 1 Chronicles 22:19 tn Heb “items of holiness of God.”
  31. 1 Chronicles 22:19 tn Heb “for the name of the Lord.”
  32. 1 Chronicles 23:1 tn Heb “and full of years.”
  33. 1 Chronicles 23:2 tn Heb “he”; the referent (David) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
  34. 1 Chronicles 23:3 tn Heb “and their number by their heads, by men, was 38,000.”
  35. 1 Chronicles 23:4 tn The words “David said” are supplied here in the translation for clarification. The appearance of the first person verb “I supplied” in v. 5 indicates that David is speaking here.
  36. 1 Chronicles 23:5 tn Heb “made to [or “for”] praise.”
  37. 1 Chronicles 23:10 tc The MT reads “Zina” here and “Zizah” in v. 11. One Hebrew ms, the LXX, and the Vulgate, harmonizing the form of the name to that found in v. 11, read “Zizah” here.
  38. 1 Chronicles 23:10 sn Verses 8-10 are confusing. Two different lists of Shimei’s sons appear. In between these lists is the statement “these were the leaders of the family of Ladan,” suggesting that the list just before this includes the sons of Ladan, not Shimei. But verse 8 already lists Ladan’s sons. Apparently the text as it stands is a conflation of differing traditions.
  39. 1 Chronicles 23:13 tn Heb “and Aaron was set apart to consecrate it, the most holy things, he and his sons, permanently, to sacrifice before the Lord, to serve him, and to bless his name permanently.”
  40. 1 Chronicles 23:14 tn Heb “and Moses the man of God, his sons were called to the tribe of Levi.”
  41. 1 Chronicles 23:16 tn The Hebrew text has the plural “sons,” but only one name appears after this. The attached phrase “the oldest” might indicate that Shebuel was not Gershom’s only son, but note v. 17.
  42. 1 Chronicles 23:16 tc The LXX reads Σουβαηλ (Soubaēl) here, a reading followed by NAB, NIV, NCV, CEV (“Shubael”); cf. 24:20.
  43. 1 Chronicles 23:17 tn The Hebrew text has “the sons of Eliezer were,” but only one name appears after this in the verse, and we are specifically told that Eliezer had no other sons.
  44. 1 Chronicles 23:18 tn The Hebrew text has the plural “sons,” but only one name appears after this. The attached phrase “the oldest” might indicate that Shelomith was not Izhar’s only son, but note v. 17.
  45. 1 Chronicles 23:22 tn Heb “the sons of Kish, their brothers [i.e., relatives/cousins] lifted them up.” For other uses of נָאָשׂ (naʾas, “lift up”) in the sense of “marry,” see BDB 671 s.v. Qal.3.d.
  46. 1 Chronicles 23:24 tn Heb “these were the sons of Levi according to the house of their fathers, heads of the fathers, according to their numberings, by number of names, according to their heads, doer[s] of the work for the service of the house of the Lord, from a son of twenty years and upwards.”
  47. 1 Chronicles 23:27 tn Heb “for by the final words of David, they were the number of the sons of Levi, from a son of twenty years and upward.”
  48. 1 Chronicles 23:28 tn Heb “For their assignment was at the hand of the sons of Aaron for the work of the house of the Lord concerning the courtyards and concerning the rooms and concerning the purification of all holiness and the work of the service of the house of God.”
  49. 1 Chronicles 23:29 tn Heb “with respect to.”
  50. 1 Chronicles 23:29 tn The Hebrew terms מְשׂוּרָה (mesurah) and מִדָּה (middah) refer to different types of measurements.
  51. 1 Chronicles 23:30 tn Heb “and to stand.”
  52. 1 Chronicles 23:31 tn Heb “by number according to the manner upon them, regularly before the Lord.”
  53. 1 Chronicles 23:32 tn Heb “and they kept the charge of the tent of meeting and the charge of the holy place and the charge of the sons of Aaron, their brothers, for the service of the house of the Lord.”
  54. 1 Chronicles 24:3 tn Heb “for their assignment in their service.”
  55. 1 Chronicles 24:4 tn Heb “And the sons of Eleazar were found to be more, with respect to the heads of men, than the sons of Ithamar, and they divided them. To the sons of Eleazar there were sixteen heads, according to the house of the fathers; and to the sons of Ithamar there were eight, according to the house of their fathers.”
  56. 1 Chronicles 24:5 tn Heb “and they divided them by lots, these with these, for the officials of the holy place and the officials of God were from the sons of Eleazar and among the sons of Ithamar.”
  57. 1 Chronicles 24:6 tn Heb “one house of a father was drawn by lot for Eleazar, and one [this assumes an emendation of אָחֻז (ʾakhuz) to אֶחָד (ʾekhad, “one”)] was drawn by lot for Ithamar.”
  58. 1 Chronicles 24:19 tn Heb “father.”
  59. 1 Chronicles 24:19 tn Heb “these were their responsibilities for their service to enter the house of the Lord according to their manner [given] by the hand of Aaron their father, as the Lord God of Israel commanded him.”
  60. 1 Chronicles 24:20 tn Heb “Belonging to the rest of the sons of Levi.”
  61. 1 Chronicles 24:20 tn This appears to be a variant of the name Shebuel (cf. 1 Chr 23:16 and 26:24).
  62. 1 Chronicles 24:23 tc Most Hebrew mss omit “Hebron” here, but see 1 Chr 23:19. The name is included in two Hebrew mss and some LXX mss.
  63. 1 Chronicles 24:24 tn The Hebrew text has the plural “sons,” but only one name appears after this.
  64. 1 Chronicles 24:26 tn Heb “the sons of Jaaziah, Beno.” Apparently בְנוֹ (veno), which could be translated “his son,” is a proper name here. The text, however, may be defective at this point; a list of Jaaziah’s sons may have been accidentally omitted. See v. 27.
  65. 1 Chronicles 24:27 tn Or “from Jaaziah his son.” See the note on “Beno” in v. 26.
  66. 1 Chronicles 24:29 tc The Hebrew text has, “Belonging to [i.e., from] Kish, the sons of Kish, Jerahmeel.” There appears to be a conflation of headings.
  67. 1 Chronicles 24:31 tn Heb “the fathers [i.e., families] of the head [i.e., oldest] just like his youngest brother.”
  68. 1 Chronicles 25:1 tn Heb “David and the officers of the army set apart for service the sons of Asaph and Heman and Jeduthun, the ones prophesying by harps, by lyres, and by cymbals.”
  69. 1 Chronicles 25:1 tn Heb “and their number was, the men of work for their service.”
  70. 1 Chronicles 25:2 tn Heb “the sons of Asaph [were] upon the hand of Asaph, the one prophesying upon the hands of the king.”
  71. 1 Chronicles 25:3 tn Heb “belonging to Jeduthun, the sons of Jeduthun.”
  72. 1 Chronicles 25:3 tn This name appears as “Izri” in v. 11.
  73. 1 Chronicles 25:3 tc One Hebrew ms and some LXX mss supply the name “Shimei” after “Jeshaiah.” Most Hebrew mss omit the name here (but cf. v. 17).
  74. 1 Chronicles 25:3 tc The list includes only five names. Apparently the name “Shimei” (see v. 17), which appears in one medieval Hebrew ms and in the LXX, has been accidentally omitted from the Hebrew text.
  75. 1 Chronicles 25:4 tn Heb “belonging to Heman, the sons of Heman.”
  76. 1 Chronicles 25:5 tn Heb “by the words of God to exalt a horn.” An animal’s horn is sometimes used metaphorically as a symbol of strength and honor. See BDB 901-2 s.v. קֶרֶן.
  77. 1 Chronicles 25:7 tn Heb “and their number with their brothers, trained in music to the Lord, all skilled, was 288.”
  78. 1 Chronicles 25:8 tn Heb “and they cast lots [for] service, just as like small, like great, teacher with student.”
  79. 1 Chronicles 25:9 tc Heb “The first lot went to Asaph, to Joseph.” Apparently the recurring formula, “and his sons and his relatives, twelve” has been accidentally omitted from the Hebrew text at this point (see vv. 10-31; the formula is slightly different in v. 9b). If the number “twelve” is not supplied here, the total comes to only 276, not the 288 required by v. 7.
  80. 1 Chronicles 25:11 tn “Izri” is a variant of the name “Zeri” (cf. 25:3).
  81. 1 Chronicles 25:14 tn “Jesharelah” is a variant of the name “Asarelah” (cf. 25:2).
  82. 1 Chronicles 25:18 tn “Azarel” is a variant of the name “Uzziel” (cf. 25:4).
  83. 1 Chronicles 26:5 tn Heb “blessed him.”
  84. 1 Chronicles 26:7 tn Or “brothers.”
  85. 1 Chronicles 26:13 tn Heb “for a gate and a gate,” i.e., for each gate.
  86. 1 Chronicles 26:14 tn “Shelemiah” is a variant of the name “Meshelemiah” (cf. 26:2).
  87. 1 Chronicles 26:16 tn Heb “a guard alongside a guard.”
  88. 1 Chronicles 26:20 tc Following the LXX; the Hebrew reads, "And the Levites: Ahijah was"
  89. 1 Chronicles 26:20 tn Or “treasuries.”
  90. 1 Chronicles 26:21 tn “Ladan” is a variant of the name “Libni” (cf. 6:17).
  91. 1 Chronicles 26:21 tn “Jehieli” is a variant of the name “Jehiel” (cf. 23:8).
  92. 1 Chronicles 26:24 tn A number of English versions follow the LXX and Vulgate and read “Shubael” here (e.g., NAB, NIV, NCV, CEV).
  93. 1 Chronicles 26:25 tc The marginal reading (Qere) is “Shelomith,” while the consonantal text (Kethib) has “Shelomoth.”
  94. 1 Chronicles 26:26 tc The MT reads “Shelomoth”; the name is spelled “Shelomith” in the marginal reading (Qere) of v. 25.
  95. 1 Chronicles 26:28 tn Or “seer.”
  96. 1 Chronicles 26:29 tn The words “the temple” are supplied in the translation for clarification.
  97. 1 Chronicles 26:31 tn Heb “and they were searched and there were found in them.”
  98. 1 Chronicles 26:32 tn Heb “and his brothers, sons of respect, [were] 2,700, heads of fathers.”
  99. 1 Chronicles 26:32 tn Heb “with respect to every matter of God and matter of the king.”
  100. 1 Chronicles 27:1 tn Heb “and the sons of Israel according to their number, heads of the fathers and the commanders of the thousands and the hundreds and their officers who served the king with respect to every matter of the divisions, [that which] comes and goes out month by month according to all the months of the year, one division [was] twenty-four thousand.”
  101. 1 Chronicles 27:4 tn Heb “and his division and Mikloth, the leader.”
  102. 1 Chronicles 27:6 tn Heb “That [was the] Benaiah [who was] a warrior of the thirty and over the thirty, and his division, Ammizabad his son.”
  103. 1 Chronicles 27:7 tn Heb “[was] after him.”
  104. 1 Chronicles 27:24 tn Heb “anger was on Israel.”
  105. 1 Chronicles 27:24 tc The Hebrew text has “in the number,” but מִסְפַּר (mispar) is probably dittographic—note that the same word appears immediately before this. The form should be emended to בְּסֵפֶר (besefer, “in the scroll”).
  106. 1 Chronicles 27:26 tn Heb “with respect to the work of the land.” The phrase refers to agricultural labor; see HALOT 776-77 s.v. עֲבֹדָה.
  107. 1 Chronicles 27:27 tn Heb “and over [that] which is in the vineyards, with respect to the storehouses of the wine, [was] Zabdi the Shiphmite.”
  108. 1 Chronicles 27:28 sn The foothills (שְׁפֵלָה, shephelah) are the region between the Judean hill country and the Mediterranean coastal plain.
  109. 1 Chronicles 27:32 tn Heb “was an adviser, a man of insight, and he was a scribe.”
  110. 1 Chronicles 27:32 tn Heb “[was] with” (so KJV, ASV); NASB “tutored”; NRSV “attended”; NLT “was responsible to teach.’
  111. 1 Chronicles 27:33 tn Heb “friend.”
  112. 1 Chronicles 28:2 tn Heb “I, [it was] with my heart to build a house of rest for the ark of the covenant of the Lord and for a stool of the feet of our God.”
  113. 1 Chronicles 28:3 tn Heb “for my name.”
  114. 1 Chronicles 28:4 tn Heb “out of all the house of my father to become king over all Israel permanently.”
  115. 1 Chronicles 28:4 tn Or “for.”
  116. 1 Chronicles 28:4 tn Heb “and among the sons of my father he desired to make me king over all Israel.”
  117. 1 Chronicles 28:5 tn Heb “from all my sons, for many sons the Lord has given to me, he chose Solomon my son to sit on the throne of the kingdom of the Lord over Israel.”
  118. 1 Chronicles 28:7 tn Heb “if he is strong to do my commands and my regulations like this day.”
  119. 1 Chronicles 28:8 tn The words “I say this” are not in the Hebrew text, but are supplied in the translation for clarity and for stylistic reasons.
  120. 1 Chronicles 28:8 tn Heb “Keep and seek”
  121. 1 Chronicles 28:9 tn Heb “know.”
  122. 1 Chronicles 28:9 tn Heb “with a complete heart and a willing being.”
  123. 1 Chronicles 28:9 tn Heb “he will allow himself to be found by you.”
  124. 1 Chronicles 28:10 tn Heb “see.”
  125. 1 Chronicles 28:11 tn Heb “for the porch.” The word “temple” was supplied in the translation for clarity.
  126. 1 Chronicles 28:11 tn Or “storerooms.”
  127. 1 Chronicles 28:11 tn Heb “house.”
  128. 1 Chronicles 28:12 tn The words “he gave him” are supplied in the translation for clarity and for stylistic reasons.
  129. 1 Chronicles 28:12 tn Heb “the pattern of all which was in the spirit with him.”
  130. 1 Chronicles 28:13 tn The words “he gave him the regulations” are supplied in the translation for clarity and for stylistic reasons.
  131. 1 Chronicles 28:14 tn The words “he gave him” are supplied in the translation for clarity and for stylistic reasons.
  132. 1 Chronicles 28:14 tn Heb “for the gold, by the weight, for the gold, for all the items of service and service, for all the items of silver by weight for all the items of service and service.”
  133. 1 Chronicles 28:18 tn The words “he gave him” are supplied in the translation for clarity and for stylistic reasons.
  134. 1 Chronicles 28:18 tc The Hebrew text reads מֶרְכָּבָה (merkavah, “chariot”), but the final he (ה) is probably dittographic—note the prefixed he (ה) on the immediately following word. It is preferable to read מֶרְכָּב (merkav, “seat”).
  135. 1 Chronicles 28:18 tc The Hebrew text does not have “their wings,” but the word כְּנָפַיִם (kenafayim, “wings”) has probably been accidentally omitted by homoioteleuton. Note that the immediately preceding לְפֹרְשִׂים (leforsim) also ends in mem (ם).
  136. 1 Chronicles 28:19 tn The words “David said” are supplied in the translation for clarification and for stylistic reasons.
  137. 1 Chronicles 28:19 tn Heb “the whole in writing from the hand of the Lord upon me, he gave insight [for] all the workings of the plan.”
  138. 1 Chronicles 28:20 tn Or perhaps, “don’t be discouraged.”
  139. 1 Chronicles 28:21 tn Heb “and with you in all work, for every willing [one] in skill for all service.”
  140. 1 Chronicles 28:21 tn Heb “and the officials and all the people to all your words.”
  141. 1 Chronicles 29:1 tn Heb “a young man and tender.”
  142. 1 Chronicles 29:2 tn Heb “and according to all my strength.”
  143. 1 Chronicles 29:2 tn Heb “the gold for the gold, and the silver for the silver, and the bronze for the bronze, the iron for the iron, and the wood for the wood.”
  144. 1 Chronicles 29:4 tn See the note on the word “talents” in 19:6. Using the “light” standard talent of 67.3 lbs. (30.6 kg) as the standard for calculation, David had supplied 101 tons (91,800 kg) of gold and 235.5 tons (214,200 kg) of silver.
  145. 1 Chronicles 29:7 tn See the note on the word “talents” in 19:6. Using the “light” standard talent of 67.3 lbs. (30.6 kg) as the standard for calculation, the people donated 168.3 tons (153,000 kg) of gold, 336.5 tons (306,000 kg) of silver, 605.7 tons (550,800 kg) of bronze, and 3,365 tons (3,060,000 kg) of iron.
  146. 1 Chronicles 29:7 tn On the “daric” as a unit of measure, see BDB 204 s.v. דַּרְכְּמוֹן. Some have regarded the daric as a minted coin, perhaps even referring to the Greek drachma, but this is less likely.sn The daric was a unit of weight perhaps equal to between 8 and 9 grams (just under one-third of an ounce), so 10,000 darics of gold would weigh between 80 and 90 kilograms (between 176 and 198 pounds).
  147. 1 Chronicles 29:8 tn The word “precious” is supplied in the translation for clarification.
  148. 1 Chronicles 29:9 tn Heb “with a complete heart.”
  149. 1 Chronicles 29:9 tn Heb “And also David the king rejoiced with great joy.”
  150. 1 Chronicles 29:10 tn Heb “assembly, and David said.” The words “and David said” are redundant according to contemporary English style and have not been included in the translation.
  151. 1 Chronicles 29:11 tn The words “and sovereign” are added in the translation for clarification and for stylistic reasons.
  152. 1 Chronicles 29:11 tn Heb “head.”
  153. 1 Chronicles 29:12 tn Heb “wealth and honor [are] from before you.”
  154. 1 Chronicles 29:12 tn Heb “and in your hand [is] strength and might, and [it is] in your hand to magnify and to give strength to all.”
  155. 1 Chronicles 29:14 tn Heb “that we should retain strength to contribute like this.”
  156. 1 Chronicles 29:14 tn Heb “and from you we have given to you.”
  157. 1 Chronicles 29:15 tn The Hebrew terms ger (גֵּר; “resident foreigner”) and toshav (תּוֹשָׁב; “resident/dweller”) have similar meanings. They are not used here with the technical distinctions of most references in Mosaic Law. 1 Chron 29:15 takes up this language from Lev 25:23 where the terms emphasize that Israel would be a guest on God’s land. This is a privileged but dependent position; they did not own the land. Cf. also Ps 39:12 and Gen 23:4.
  158. 1 Chronicles 29:15 tn Heb “fathers” (also in vv. 18, 20).
  159. 1 Chronicles 29:15 tn Or perhaps “hope.”
  160. 1 Chronicles 29:17 tn Heb “a heart.”
  161. 1 Chronicles 29:17 tn Heb “with integrity of heart.”
  162. 1 Chronicles 29:18 tn Heb “keep this permanently with respect to the motive of the thoughts of the heart of your people, and make firm their heart to you.”
  163. 1 Chronicles 29:19 tn Heb “and to Solomon my son give a complete heart to keep your commands, your rules and your regulations, and to do everything, and to build the palace [for] which I have prepared.”
  164. 1 Chronicles 29:22 tn Heb “they ate and drank.”
  165. 1 Chronicles 29:22 tn Heb “with great joy.”
  166. 1 Chronicles 29:22 sn See 1 Chr 23:1, where David had previously designated Solomon as king over Israel.
  167. 1 Chronicles 29:23 tn Heb “listened to him.”
  168. 1 Chronicles 29:24 tn Heb “placed a hand under Solomon the king.”
  169. 1 Chronicles 29:25 tn Heb “and gave to him glory of kingship which there was not concerning every king before him over Israel.”
  170. 1 Chronicles 29:28 tn Heb “satisfied with days, wealth, and honor.”
  171. 1 Chronicles 29:29 tn Heb “and the events of David the king, the former and the latter, look they are written in the annals of Samuel the seer, and in the annals of Nathan the prophet, and in the annals of Gad the seer.”
  172. 1 Chronicles 29:30 tn Heb “with all his reign and his might, and the times which passed over him and over Israel and over all the kingdoms of the lands.”
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