1 Chronicles 29)
1 Furthermore David the king said unto all the assembly, Solomon my son, the one whom alone God has chosen, (cp. 22:9. 2 Sam. 12:25) is yet young and tender, (cp. 22:6) and the work is great: for the palace is not for man, but for the Lord God. (Heb. birath. Used only here and v.19. Est. 1:2,5; 2:3,5, 15,; 8:14; 9:6,11,12. Neh. 1:1; 2:8; 7:2. Dan. 8:2. The name of a Persian royal palace, which shows the date of these books. [See note on "drams", v.7], and why it is found among the Kethubīm, or later books [and not with historical books]; and why Daniel is there too [and not among the prophets])
2 Now I have prepared with all my might for the house of my God the gold for things to be made of gold, and (to emphasize the 15 gifts of grace [3x5, 3 = Divine perfection, 5 = Divine grace) the silver for things of silver, and the brass for things of brass, the iron for things of iron, and wood for things of wood; onyx stones, (cp. Gen. 2:12. Ex. 25:7; 28:9) and stones to be set, glistering stones, and of divers colours, and all manner of precious stones, and marble stones in abundance.
3 Moreover, because I have set my affection to the house of my God, Seeing I have a treasure of my own, (See Ex. 19:5. Deut. 6:6; 14:2; 26:18. Here. Ps. 135:4. Ecc. 2:8. Mal. 3:17) of gold and silver, which I have given to the house of my God, over and above all that I have prepared for the holy house.
4 Even three thousand talents of gold, of the gold of Ophir, and seven thousand talents of refined silver, to overlay the walls of the houses withal: (See 28:11)
5 The gold for things of gold, and the silver for things of silver, and for all manner of work to be made by the hands of artificers. And who then is willing to consecrate his service this day to the Lord? (See Ex. 28:41. Lev. 9:17)
6 Then the prince of the fathers and princes of the tribes of Israel and the captains of thousands and of hundreds, with the rulers of the king's work, offered willingly,
7 And gave for the service of the house of God of gold five thousand talents and ten thousand drams, (Heb. 'adarkonīm, darica. Only here, and Ezra 27. A Persian gold coin. Probably so called from the appellative "Darius" = the kings coin [like English "sovereign"]. Indicates date of book. See v.1) and of silver ten thousand talents, and of brass eighteen thousand talents, and one hundred thousand talents of iron.
8 And they with whom precious stones were found gave them to the treasure of the house of the Lord, to the hand of Jehiel the Gershonite. (i.e. under the direction of it. Lit. "[laying them [upon the hand".)
9 Then the people rejoiced, for that they offered willingly, because with perfect heart they offered willingly to the Lord: and David the king also rejoiced exceedingly.
F L 10,11. Blessing. M N 12. Acknowledgment. O v 13. Praise. w 14,15. Personal. Self-abasement. M N 16. Acknowledgment. O w 17. Personal. Integrity. v 18,19. Prayer. L 20. Blessing.
10 Wherefore David blessed the Lord before all the congregation: and David said, (a wonderful ascription of praise follows, tracing all good to Yahaveh's sovereign grace)"Blessed be You, Lord God of Israel our father, for ever and ever.
11 Yours, O Lord is the greatness, (cp. Ps. 145:3) and (15 "ands" [including "Both" and "Now" vv. 11-13 = 3x5 = Divine perfection x Grace ) the power, (cp. Ps. 21:13) and the glory, (cp. Ps. 96:6 ["beauty"]) and the victory, (cp. 1 Sam. 15:29 ["Strength"]) and the majesty: (cp. Ps. 21:5 ["honor"]) for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is yours; Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and You are exalted as head above all.
12 Both riches and honor come from You, and You reign over all; and in Your hand is power and might; and in Your hand it is to make great, and to give strength to all.
13 Now therefore, our God, we thank You, and praise Your glorious name.
14 But who am I, (cp. see 2 Sam. 7:18) and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? for all things come of You, and of Your own have we given You.
15 For we are strangers before You, (cp. Ps. 39:12; 119:19) and sojourners, as were all our fathers: our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is no hope for continuance
16 O Lord our God, all this store that we have prepared to build You a house for Your holy name comes of Your hand, and is all your own.
17 I know also, my God, that You try the heart, (cp. 28:9. 1 Sam. 16:7) and hast pleasure in uprightness. As for me, in the uprightness of my heart I have willingly offered all these things: and now have I seen with joy Your people, which are found here, to offer willingly to You.
18 O Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, (see Ex. 32:13) our fathers, keep this for ever in the imagination of the thoughts of the heart of Your people, and prepare their heart to You:
19 And give to Solomon my son a perfect heart, to keep Your commandments, Your testimonies, and Your statutes, and to do all these things, and to build the palace, for the which I have made provision."
20 And David said to all the assembly, "Now bless the Lord your God." And all the congregation blessed the Lord God of their fathers, and bowed down their heads, and did homage to (see Gen. 18:2) the Lord, and the king.
21 And they sacrificed sacrifices to the Lord, and offered up burnt offerings to the Lord, on the next day after that day, even a thousand bullocks, a thousand rams, and a thousand lambs, with their drink offerings, and sacrifices in abundance for all Israel:
22 And they did eat and drink before the Lord on that day with great gladness.
V x -22. Solomon. Aggrandizement by man. y 23. Accession. y 24. Submission. x 25. Solomon. Aggrandizement by Yahaveh.
And they made Solomon the son of David king the second time, (the 1st is recorded in 23:1 and 1 Kings 1:39) and anointed him to the Lord to be the chief governor, and Zadok to be priest. (Solomon completed this act of David by removing Abiathar after David's death [1 Kings 2:27])
23 Then Solomon sat on the throne of the Lord as king instead of David his father, and prospered; and all Israel obeyed him.
24 And all the princes, and the mighty men, and all the sons likewise of king David, submitted themselves to Solomon the king. (Cp. 2 Chron. 30:8)
25 And the Lord magnified Solomon exceedingly in the sight of all Israel, and bestowed upon him such royal majesty as had not been on any king before him over Israel. (Cp. 1 Kings 3:13. 2 Chron. 1:12. Ecc. 2:9)
z 26,27. Reign over all Israel. Particulars. a 28-. David's death. a -28. David's successor. z 29,30. Reign over all Israe. Record.
26 Thus David the son of Jesse reigned over all Israel.
27 And the time that he reigned over Israel was forty years; (40 = probation) seven years (7 = spiritual perfection) reigned he in Hebron, and thirty and three years reigned he in Jerusalem. (33 = Promise)
28 And he died in a good old age, satisfied with days, riches, and honour:
and Solomon his son reigned in his stead.
29 Now the acts of David the king, first and last, behold, they are written in the book of Samuel the seer, (the seer of visions) and in the book of Nathan the prophet, (a spokesman, one who spoke for another. Cp. Ex. 7:1 with Ex. 4:16; and Deut. 33:1. 1st occ. Gen. 20:7) and in the book of Gad the seer,
30 With all his reign and his might, (or royal estate) and the times that went over him, and over Israel, and over all the kingdoms of the countries.