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29 Then King David said to the whole assembly, “My son Solomon, the one whom Elohim has chosen, is young and inexperienced. Yet, the work is important because this palace is not for a person but for Yahweh Elohim. With all my might I gathered the materials for the temple of my Elohim: gold for gold objects, silver for silver objects, bronze for bronze objects, iron for iron objects, wood for wooden objects, onyx stones and settings, black stones, stones of different colors, gems, and marble. Moreover, I delight in the temple of my Elohim. I have a personal treasury of gold and silver that I’m giving to my Elohim’s temple in addition to everything else I gathered for the holy temple. There are 225,000 pounds of gold from Ophir and 525,000 pounds of refined silver. They are to be used to cover the walls of the buildings, to make gold objects, silver objects, and everything else the craftsmen will make. Who else is willing to make an offering and dedicate himself to Yahweh today?”

Then the leaders of the families, the leaders of the tribes of Israel, the commanders of regiments and battalions, and the officials in charge of the king’s work gave generously. They gave 375,186 pounds of gold, 750,000 pounds of silver, 135,000 pounds of bronze, and 7,500,000 pounds of iron for the work on Elohim’s temple. Whoever happened to have precious stones gave them to Jehiel, Gershon’s descendant, for the treasury of Yahweh’s temple. The people were overjoyed that the leaders gave so generously and wholeheartedly to Yahweh.

King David was also overjoyed, and 10 he praised Yahweh while the whole assembly watched. David said,

“May you be praised, Yahweh Elohim of Israel,
    our father forever and ever.[a]
11 Greatness, power, splendor, glory, and majesty are yours, Yahweh,
    because everything in heaven and on earth is yours.
        The kingdom is yours, Yahweh,
            and you are honored as head of all things.
12 Riches and honor are in front of you.
    You rule everything.
        You hold power and strength in your hands,
            and you can make anyone great and strong.

13 “Our Elohim, we thank you
    and praise your wonderful name.
14 But who am I and who are my people
    that you enable us to give so generously?
        Everything comes from you.
            We give you only what has come from your hands.
15 To you we are all like our ancestors—
    foreigners without permanent homes.
        Our days are as fleeting as shadows on the ground.
            There’s no hope for them.

16 Yahweh, our Elohim, all this wealth that we gathered to build a temple for your holy name is from you. All of it is yours. 17 I know, my Elohim, that you examine hearts and delight in honesty. With an honest heart I have willingly offered all these things. I’ve been overjoyed to see your people here offering so willingly to you. 18 Yahweh Elohim of our ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, always watch over your people’s deepest thoughts. Keep their hearts directed toward you. 19 Make my son Solomon completely committed to you so that he will obey your commands, requests, and laws and do everything to build the palace I have planned.”

Solomon Is Made King

20 Then David said to the whole assembly, “Praise Yahweh your Elohim!” So the whole assembly praised Yahweh Elohim of their ancestors and knelt in front of Yahweh and the king.

21 The next day they sacrificed to Yahweh. They sacrificed burnt offerings to Yahweh: 1,000 bulls, 1,000 rams, 1,000 lambs, wine offerings, and many sacrifices for all Israel. 22 That day they ate and drank as they joyfully celebrated in front of Yahweh. For the second time they made David’s son Solomon king. On Yahweh’s behalf they anointed Solomon to be leader and Zadok to be the priest.

23 Then Solomon sat on Yahweh’s throne as king in place of his father David. Solomon was successful and all Israel obeyed him. 24 All the leaders and soldiers and all of King David’s sons pledged their loyalty to King Solomon. 25 Yahweh made Solomon extremely powerful, as all Israel could see. The people of Israel gave him royal honor like no king of Israel before him ever had.

David’s Reign(A)

26 David, son of Jesse, had ruled all Israel. 27 He ruled as king of Israel for 40 years. He ruled for 7 years in Hebron and for 33 in Jerusalem. 28 He died at a very old age. His long life was full of wealth and honor. Then his son Solomon succeeded him as king.

29 Everything about King David from first to last is written in the records of the seer[b] Samuel, the prophet Nathan, and the seer Gad. 30 It includes everything about his reign, his power, and the things that happened to him, Israel, and all the other kingdoms.


  1. 1 Chronicles 29:10 Or “May you be praised forever and ever, Yahweh Elohim of our ancestor Israel.”
  2. 1 Chronicles 29:29 A seer is a prophet.