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Contributions for Building the Temple

1David the king said to all the assembly, “Solomon my son, the one whom God has chosen, is young and tender, and the work is great, because the palace is not for a man, but for Yahweh God.
  2Now I have prepared with all my might for the house of my God the gold for the things made of gold, and the silver for the things made of silver, and the bronze for the things made of bronze, the iron for the things made of iron, and wood for the things made of wood; onyx stones and stones to be set, stones for inlaid work and of various colors, and all kinds of precious stones, and marble stones in abundance.
  3In addition, because I have set my affection on the house of my God, since I have a treasure of my own of gold and silver, I give it to the house of my God in addition to all that I have prepared for the holy house,
  43,000 talents of gold of the gold of Ophir, and 7,000 talents of refined silver with which to overlay the walls of the buildings;
  5of gold for the things of gold, and of silver for the things of silver, and for all kinds of work to be made by the hands of artisans. Who then is willing to give generously to Yahweh today?”

6Then the leaders of the fathers’ households, and the officials of the tribes of Israel, and the commanders of thousands and of hundreds, with the rulers over the king’s work, gave willingly;
  7and they gave for the service of God’s house of gold 5,000 talents and 10,000 darics, and of silver 10,000 talents, and of bronze 18,000 talents, and of iron 100,000 talents.
  8And whoever had precious stones gave them to the treasury of the house of Yahweh under the hand of Jehiel the Gershonite.
  9Then the people rejoiced because they offered willingly, because with a wholly devoted heart they offered willingly to Yahweh; and David the king also rejoiced with great joy.

David’s Prayer

10So David blessed Yahweh in the sight of the whole assembly, and David said, “You are blessed forever and ever, Yahweh, the God of Israel our father.
  11Yours, Yahweh, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty! For all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, Yahweh, and you are exalted as head above all.
  12Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all, and in your hand is power and might; and it is in your hand to make great and to give strength to all.
  13And now, our God, we thank you and praise your glorious name.

14“But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly as this? For all things come from you, and that which is from your hand we have given to you.
  15For we are sojourners and temporary residents before you, as all our fathers were. Our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is no security.
  16Yahweh our God, all this abundance that we have prepared to build you a house for your holy name comes from your hand and is all your own.
  17I know also, my God, that you test the heart and have pleasure in uprightness. As for me, in the uprightness of my heart I have willingly offered all these things. Now I have seen with joy your people that are present here offer willingly to you.
  18Yahweh, the God of Abraham, of Isaac and of Israel, our fathers, keep this motive in the heart of your people forever, and direct their heart toward you;
  19and give to Solomon my son an undivided heart to keep your commandments, your testimonies, and your statutes, and to do them all, and to build the palace for which I have made provision.”

20David said to all the assembly, “Now bless Yahweh your God!” All the assembly blessed Yahweh the God of their fathers and kneeled and worshiped Yahweh and the king.

21They sacrificed sacrifices to Yahweh and offered burnt offerings to Yahweh on the next day after that day: 1,000 bulls, 1,000 rams and 1,000 lambs, with their drink offerings and sacrifices in abundance for all Israel,
  22and they ate and drank before Yahweh on that day with great gladness.

The Enthronement of Solomon

They made Solomon the son of David king a second time and anointed him for Yahweh to be ruler and Zadok to be priest.
  23Then Solomon sat on the throne of Yahweh as king instead of David his father, and prospered; and all Israel obeyed him.
  24All the officials, the mighty men, and also all of the sons of King David lent support to Solomon the king.
  25Yahweh magnified Solomon exceedingly in the eyes of all Israel and gave him royal majesty such as had not been on any king before him in Israel.

A Summary of David’s Life

26Now David the son of Jesse had reigned over all Israel.
  27The time that he reigned over Israel was 40 years; he reigned seven years in Hebron, and he reigned 33 years in Jerusalem.
  28He died in a ripe old age, full of days, riches, and honor, and Solomon his son reigned in his place.
  29Now the history of David the king, the first and the last, behold, they are written in the history of Samuel the seer and in the history of Nathan the prophet and in the history of Gad the seer,
  30with all his reign and his might and the events that happened to him and to Israel and to all the kingdoms of the other lands.

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