for the gold work and the silver work, and for all the work to be done by the craftsmen. Now, who is willing to consecrate themselves to the Lord today?”

Then the leaders of families, the officers of the tribes of Israel, the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds, and the officials(A) in charge of the king’s work gave willingly.(B) They(C) gave toward the work on the temple of God five thousand talents[a] and ten thousand darics[b] of gold, ten thousand talents[c] of silver, eighteen thousand talents[d] of bronze and a hundred thousand talents[e] of iron. Anyone who had precious stones(D) gave them to the treasury of the temple of the Lord in the custody of Jehiel the Gershonite.(E) The people rejoiced at the willing response of their leaders, for they had given freely and wholeheartedly(F) to the Lord. David the king also rejoiced greatly.

David’s Prayer

10 David praised the Lord in the presence of the whole assembly, saying,

“Praise be to you, Lord,
    the God of our father Israel,
    from everlasting to everlasting.
11 Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power(G)
    and the glory and the majesty and the splendor,
    for everything in heaven and earth is yours.(H)
Yours, Lord, is the kingdom;
    you are exalted as head over all.(I)
12 Wealth and honor(J) come from you;
    you are the ruler(K) of all things.
In your hands are strength and power
    to exalt and give strength to all.
13 Now, our God, we give you thanks,
    and praise your glorious name.

14 “But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this?(L) Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.(M) 15 We are foreigners and strangers(N) in your sight, as were all our ancestors. Our days on earth are like a shadow,(O) without hope. 16 Lord our God, all this abundance that we have provided for building you a temple for your Holy Name comes from your hand, and all of it belongs to you. 17 I know, my God, that you test the heart(P) and are pleased with integrity. All these things I have given willingly and with honest intent. And now I have seen with joy how willingly your people who are here have given to you.(Q)

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Chronicles 29:7 That is, about 190 tons or about 170 metric tons
  2. 1 Chronicles 29:7 That is, about 185 pounds or about 84 kilograms
  3. 1 Chronicles 29:7 That is, about 380 tons or about 340 metric tons
  4. 1 Chronicles 29:7 That is, about 675 tons or about 610 metric tons
  5. 1 Chronicles 29:7 That is, about 3,800 tons or about 3,400 metric tons

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