FIRST CHRONICLES CHAPTER TWENTY-NINE

FIRST CHRONICLES CHAPTER TWENTY-NINE

1 David informed the crowd: God chose my son

Solomon to construct the temple, but

Young Solomon has no experience.

This is not any building—no, this is

The temple for the Lord God! 2 That is why

I have done my best to get everything

That Solomon will need to build it—gold,

Silver, bronze, iron, onyx, colored gems,

Wood turquoise, different kinds of precious stones,

And marble; 3 in addition, I have promised

To give a part of my own gold and silver

To demonstrate how much I love God’s temple.

4-5 To decorate its walls and make the gold

And silver objects, we’ll use almost one

Hundred and twenty tons of my best gold

And of my silver we will use more than

               Two hundred fifty tons. Now, who else will

               Show how they’re dedicated to the Lord

By giving gifts to build his temple? 6 After

David had spoken, family leaders and

The tribal leaders, army commanders, and

The government officials gave their gifts

Voluntarily  7 for the temple, and

These gifts comprised about two hundred tons

Of gold, three hundred eighty tons of silver,

And almost seven hundred tons of bronze,

And with three thousand seven hundred fifty

Tons of their iron. 8 Everyone who owned               

Some precious stones donated them, too, to

The temple treasury, where Jehiel

Out of the Levite clan of Gershon guarded

Them. 9 David and the people, overjoyed

That so much had been given to the Lord,

All celebrated, 10 then, before them all,

David sang praises to the Lord: I praise

You, Lord, forevermore! You are the God

Our father Jacob worshiped. 11 You have great

Might, and we see your glory everywhere

In heaven and on earth, and you are king

Of the whole world; 12 you rule with strength and power,

               And you make people rich and powerful

And famous. 13 We thank you, our God, and praise

You, 14 but why should we be so happy that

We’ve given you these gifts? See, they belong

To you, and we have only given back

What is already yours. 15 We’re only some

Foreigners living here on earth a while,

Just as our ancestors were, and we’ll soon

Be gone, a shadow that abruptly goes.

16 Our Lord God, we have brought all these things for

Building a temple to provide you honor.

These things belong to you, and you gave them

To us, 17 but we are glad, for everyone

Has voluntarily provided you

These things. You know what’s in each person’s heart;

               You’re pleased when men are honest. 18 Always  make

Us keen to give; help us be faithful to

You, as our fathers Abraham and Isaac

And Jacob worshiped you in faith, 19 and give

Solomon the desire to wholeheartedly

Obey your laws and teachings, and give to

Him the desire to build the temple for

Which I have furnished all these gifts, 20 then David

Said to the people, “Now it is your turn

To praise the Lord, the God your ancestors

Worshiped!” So everybody praised the Lord,

And they bowed down to honor him and David

Their king. 21 The day that followed, Israelites

Slaughtered a thousand bulls, a thousand rams,

A thousand lambs, which they all offered as

Sacrifices to please the Lord, along

With offerings of wine. 22 The people were

Quite happy, and they ate and drank there at

God’s altar, and that same day, Solomon

Was crowned the king. The people celebrated

And poured some olive oil upon his head

To show that he would be their next king. They

also poured oil on Zadok’s head to show

He was their priest. 23 So Solomon became

King after David his own father, and

Solomon was successful, and all people

In Israel obeyed him. 24 Each official

And every soldier, and all other sons

Of David, were devoted to him. 25 God

Made Solomon a mighty king, and all

The nation was amazed how famous he

Became; no other king of Israel

Was great as Solomon. 26 Now David son

Of Jesse was the king of Israel

27 For forty years. For seven years he ruled

From Hebron and for thirty-three years from

               Jerusalem. 28 King David, rich, respected,

Lived to be an old man, then died, and his

Son Solomon became the king. 29 All that

David did while he was king is told

Within the history written by the prophets

Samuel, Nathan, and Gad, 30 who wrote about

His rule and what occurred with fighting bands

With him and Israel and other lands.