Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

Giving is based on motives, and in 1 Chronicles 29 David listed the right reasons for giving to God. First, he spoke about his own giving (vv. 2-3). Leaders have no business instructing others to give if they themselves have not given!

Second, David challenged the leaders under him to give, and they responded willingly. Joyfully they provided an abundance of gold, silver, bronze, iron, and precious stones for the construction of the temple (vv. 7-8). Because they had given freely and generously from their hearts, King David was filled with joy (v. 9).

Third, David motivated the congregation to give. David reminded them in his prayer before them that everything comes from God (v. 14) and that they were only giving back to Him what He had given them in the first place. He then recalled the fact that they were only aliens passing through this world, using their earthly resources for a limited time called life (v. 15).

Finally, David revealed that he had given with pure motives in the integrity of his heart, with no desire to impress or manipulate others (v. 17). That made his giving acceptable to God.

Why should we greedily grasp for the passing things of this life when they will only slip through our fingers on the day we enter eternity? If our giving follows the guidelines David laid out, the Kingdom of God will be financed properly, sacrificially, and abundantly!

1 Chronicles 28:1-29:30

David’s Plans for the Temple

28 David summoned1Ch 22:17 all the officials1Ch 27:1-31; 29:6 of Israel to assemble at Jerusalem: the officers over the tribes, the commanders of the divisions in the service of the king, the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds, and the officials in charge of all the property and livestock belonging to the king and his sons, together with the palace officials, the warriors and all the brave fighting men.

King David rose to his feet and said: “Listen to me, my fellow Israelites, my people. I had it in my heartS 1Sa 10:7; S 1Ch 17:2 to build a house as a place of rest2Ch 6:41 for the ark of the covenant of the Lord, for the footstoolPs 99:5; 132:7; Isa 60:13 of our God, and I made plans to build it.Ps 132:1-5But God said to me,S 2Sa 7:5 ‘You are not to build a house for my Name,1Ch 22:8 because you are a warrior and have shed blood.’S 1Ki 5:3; S 1Ch 17:4

“Yet the Lord, the God of Israel, chose me2Ch 6:6 from my whole family1Sa 16:1-13 to be king over Israel forever. He chose JudahS Ge 49:10; Nu 24:17-19 as leader, and from the tribe of Judah he chose my family, and from my father’s sons he was pleased to make me king over all Israel.1Ch 11:1Of all my sons—and the Lord has given me manyS 1Ch 3:1—he has chosen my son SolomonS 2Sa 12:24; S 1Ch 23:1 to sit on the throneS 1Ch 17:14 of the kingdom of the Lord over Israel.He said to me: ‘Solomon your son is the one who will build1Ki 8:20 my house and my courts, for I have chosen him to be my son,S 2Sa 7:13; S 1Ch 17:13 and I will be his father.I will establish his kingdom forever if he is unswerving in carrying out my commands and laws,1Ch 22:13 as is being done at this time.’

“So now I charge you in the sight of all IsraelS 1Ch 9:1 and of the assembly of the Lord, and in the hearing of our God: Be careful to follow all the commandsDt 6:1 of the Lord your God, that you may possess this good land and pass it on as an inheritance to your descendants forever.Dt 4:1; S 17:14-20

“And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotionS 1Ch 29:19 and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heartS 1Sa 2:3; 2Ch 6:30; Ps 7:9 and understands every desire and every thought. If you seek him,S 1Ch 16:11; S Ps 40:16 he will be found by you; but if you forsakeS Dt 4:31; S Jos 24:20; S 2Ch 7:19; 15:2 him, he will reject1Ki 9:7; Ps 44:23; 74:1; 77:7 you forever.10 Consider now, for the Lord has chosen you to build a house as the sanctuary. Be strong and do the work.”

11 Then David gave his son Solomon the plansS Ex 25:9; Ac 7:44; Heb 8:5 for the portico of the temple, its buildings, its storerooms, its upper parts, its inner rooms and the place of atonement.12 He gave him the plans of all that the SpiritS 1Ch 12:18 had put in his mind for the courts of the temple of the Lord and all the surrounding rooms, for the treasuries of the temple of God and for the treasuries for the dedicated things.1Ch 26:2013 He gave him instructions for the divisionsS 1Ch 24:1 of the priests and Levites, and for all the work of serving in the temple of the Lord, as well as for all the articles to be used in its service.14 He designated the weight of gold for all the gold articles to be used in various kinds of service, and the weight of silver for all the silver articles to be used in various kinds of service:15 the weight of gold for the gold lampstandsEx 25:31 and their lamps, with the weight for each lampstand and its lamps; and the weight of silver for each silver lampstand and its lamps, according to the use of each lampstand;16 the weight of gold for each tableS Ex 25:23 for consecrated bread; the weight of silver for the silver tables;17 the weight of pure gold for the forks, sprinkling bowlsS Ex 27:3 and pitchers; the weight of gold for each gold dish; the weight of silver for each silver dish;18 and the weight of the refined gold for the altar of incense.Ex 30:1-10 He also gave him the plan for the chariot,S Ex 25:22 that is, the cherubim of gold that spread their wings and overshadowS Ex 25:20 the ark of the covenant of the Lord.

19 “All this,” David said, “I have in writing as a result of the Lord’s hand on me, and he enabled me to understand all the details1Ki 6:38 of the plan.S Ex 25:9

20 David also said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous,S Dt 31:6; 1Ch 22:13; 2Ch 19:11; Hag 2:4 and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsakeS Dt 4:31; S Jos 24:20 you until all the work for the service of the temple of the Lord is finished.S 1Ki 6:14; 2Ch 7:1121 The divisions of the priests and Levites are ready for all the work on the temple of God, and every willing person skilledEx 35:25-36:5 in any craft will help you in all the work. The officials and all the people will obey your every command.”

Gifts for Building the Temple

29 Then King David said to the whole assembly: “My son Solomon, the one whom God has chosen, is young and inexperienced.1Ki 3:7; 1Ch 22:5; 2Ch 13:7 The task is great, because this palatial structure is not for man but for the Lord God.With all my resources I have provided for the temple of my God—goldver 7, 14, 16; Ezr 1:4; 6:5; Hag 2:8 for the gold work, silver for the silver, bronze for the bronze, iron for the iron and wood for the wood, as well as onyx for the settings, turquoise,The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.Isa 54:11 stones of various colors, and all kinds of fine stone and marble—all of these in large quantities.1Ch 22:2-5Besides, in my devotion to the temple of my God I now give my personal treasures of gold and silver for the temple of my God, over and above everything I have provided2Ch 24:10; 31:3; 35:8 for this holy temple:three thousand talentsThat is, about 110 tons or about 100 metric tons of gold (gold of Ophir)S Ge 10:29 and seven thousand talentsThat is, about 260 tons or about 235 metric tons of refined silver,1Ch 22:14 for the overlaying of the walls of the buildings,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 officials1Ch 27:1; S 28:1 in charge of the king’s work gave willingly.ver 9; Ex 25:1-8; 35:20-29; 36:2; 2Ch 24:10; Ezr 7:15TheyS Ex 25:2; Ne 7:70-71 gave toward the work on the temple of God five thousand talentsThat is, about 190 tons or about 170 metric tons and ten thousand daricsThat is, about 185 pounds or about 84 kilograms of gold, ten thousand talentsThat is, about 380 tons or about 340 metric tons of silver, eighteen thousand talentsThat is, about 675 tons or about 610 metric tons of bronze and a hundred thousand talentsThat is, about 3,800 tons or about 3,400 metric tons of iron.Anyone who had precious stonesEx 35:27 gave them to the treasury of the temple of the Lord in the custody of Jehiel the Gershonite.S 1Ch 26:21The people rejoiced at the willing response of their leaders, for they had given freely and wholeheartedly1Ki 8:61 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 powerPs 24:8; 59:17; 62:11

and the glory and the majesty and the splendor,

for everything in heaven and earth is yours.Ps 89:11

Yours, Lord, is the kingdom;

you are exalted as head over all.Rev 5:12-13

12 Wealth and honor2Ch 1:12; 32:27; Ezr 7:27; Ecc 5:19 come from you;

you are the ruler2Ch 20:6 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?Ps 8:4; 144:3 Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.S ver 215 We are foreigners and strangersS Ge 17:8; S 23:4; Ps 39:12; S Heb 11:13 in your sight, as were all our ancestors. Our days on earth are like a shadow,Job 7:6; 8:9; 14:2; 32:7; Ps 102:11; 144:4; Ecc 6:12 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 heartPs 139:23; Pr 15:11; 17:3; Jer 11:20; 17:10 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.1Ch 28:9; Ps 15:1-5; Pr 11:2018 Lord, the God of our fathers Abraham, Isaac and Israel, keep these desires and thoughts in the hearts of your people forever, and keep their hearts loyal to you.19 And give my son Solomon the wholehearted devotionS 1Ki 8:61; 11:4; 1Ch 28:9; Isa 38:3 to keep your commands, statutes and decreesPs 72:1 and to do everything to build the palatial structure for which I have provided.”S 1Ch 22:14

20 Then David said to the whole assembly, “Praise the Lord your God.” So they all praised the Lord, the God of their fathers; they bowed down, prostrating themselves before the Lord and the king.

Solomon Acknowledged as King29:21-25pp — 1Ki 1:28-53

21 The next day they made sacrifices to the Lord and presented burnt offerings to him:S 1Ki 8:62 a thousand bulls, a thousand rams and a thousand male lambs, together with their drink offerings, and other sacrifices in abundance for all Israel.1Ch 11:122 They ate and drank with great joy1Ch 12:40 in the presence of the Lord that day.

Then they acknowledged Solomon son of David as king a second time, anointing him before the Lord to be ruler and ZadokS 1Sa 2:35 to be priest.23 So Solomon satS Dt 17:18 on the throneS 1Ki 2:12; S 1Ch 17:14 of the Lord as king in place of his father David. He prospered and all Israel obeyed him.24 All the officers and warriors, as well as all of King David’s sons,1Ki 1:9 pledged their submission to King Solomon.

25 The Lord highly exaltedS Jos 3:7 Solomon in the sight of all Israel and bestowed on him royal splendor1Ki 10:7; 2Ch 1:1, 12 such as no king over Israel ever had before.Ecc 2:9

The Death of David29:26-28pp — 1Ki 2:10-12

26 David son of Jesse was king1Ch 18:14 over all Israel.1Ch 11:127 He ruled over Israel forty years—seven in HebronS Ge 23:19 and thirty-three in Jerusalem.2Sa 5:4-5; S 1Ch 3:428 He diedS Ge 15:15; Ac 13:36 at a good old age, having enjoyed long life, wealth and honor. His son Solomon succeeded him as king.S 1Ch 23:1

29 As for the events of King David’s reign, from beginning to end, they are written in the records of Samuel the seer,S 1Sa 9:9 the records of NathanS 2Sa 7:2 the prophet and the records of GadS 1Sa 22:5 the seer,30 together with the details of his reign and power, and the circumstances that surrounded him and Israel and the kingdoms of all the other lands.

David’s Instructions to Solomon

28 David summoned all the officials of Israel to Jerusalem—the leaders of the tribes, the commanders of the army divisions, the other generals and captains,Hebrew the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds. the overseers of the royal property and livestock, the palace officials, the mighty men, and all the other brave warriors in the kingdom.David rose to his feet and said: “My brothers and my people! It was my desire to build a Temple where the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant, God’s footstool, could rest permanently. I made the necessary preparations for building it,but God said to me, ‘You must not build a Temple to honor my name, for you are a warrior and have shed much blood.’

“Yet the Lord, the God of Israel, has chosen me from among all my father’s family to be king over Israel forever. For he has chosen the tribe of Judah to rule, and from among the families of Judah he chose my father’s family. And from among my father’s sons the Lord was pleased to make me king over all Israel.And from among my sons—for the Lord has given me many—he chose Solomon to succeed me on the throne of Israel and to rule over the Lord’s kingdom.He said to me, ‘Your son Solomon will build my Temple and its courtyards, for I have chosen him as my son, and I will be his father.And if he continues to obey my commands and regulations as he does now, I will make his kingdom last forever.’

“So now, with God as our witness, and in the sight of all Israel—the Lord’s assembly—I give you this charge. Be careful to obey all the commands of the Lord your God, so that you may continue to possess this good land and leave it to your children as a permanent inheritance.

“And Solomon, my son, learn to know the God of your ancestors intimately. Worship and serve him with your whole heart and a willing mind. For the Lord sees every heart and knows every plan and thought. If you seek him, you will find him. But if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.10 So take this seriously. The Lord has chosen you to build a Temple as his sanctuary. Be strong, and do the work.”

11 Then David gave Solomon the plans for the Temple and its surroundings, including the entry room, the storerooms, the upstairs rooms, the inner rooms, and the inner sanctuary—which was the place of atonement.12 David also gave Solomon all the plans he had in mindOr the plans of the spirit that was with him. for the courtyards of the Lord’s Temple, the outside rooms, the treasuries, and the rooms for the gifts dedicated to the Lord.13 The king also gave Solomon the instructions concerning the work of the various divisions of priests and Levites in the Temple of the Lord. And he gave specifications for the items in the Temple that were to be used for worship.

14 David gave instructions regarding how much gold and silver should be used to make the items needed for service.15 He told Solomon the amount of gold needed for the gold lampstands and lamps, and the amount of silver for the silver lampstands and lamps, depending on how each would be used.16 He designated the amount of gold for the table on which the Bread of the Presence would be placed and the amount of silver for other tables.

17 David also designated the amount of gold for the solid gold meat hooks used to handle the sacrificial meat and for the basins, pitchers, and dishes, as well as the amount of silver for every dish.18 He designated the amount of refined gold for the altar of incense. Finally, he gave him a plan for the Lord’s “chariot”—the gold cherubimHebrew for the gold cherub chariot. whose wings were stretched out over the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant.19 “Every part of this plan,” David told Solomon, “was given to me in writing from the hand of the Lord.Or was written under the direction of the Lord.

20 Then David continued, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don’t be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. He will see to it that all the work related to the Temple of the Lord is finished correctly.21 The various divisions of priests and Levites will serve in the Temple of God. Others with skills of every kind will volunteer, and the officials and the entire nation are at your command.”

Gifts for Building the Temple

29 Then King David turned to the entire assembly and said, “My son Solomon, whom God has clearly chosen as the next king of Israel, is still young and inexperienced. The work ahead of him is enormous, for the Temple he will build is not for mere mortals—it is for the Lord God himself!Using every resource at my command, I have gathered as much as I could for building the Temple of my God. Now there is enough gold, silver, bronze, iron, and wood, as well as great quantities of onyx, other precious stones, costly jewels, and all kinds of fine stone and marble.

“And now, because of my devotion to the Temple of my God, I am giving all of my own private treasures of gold and silver to help in the construction. This is in addition to the building materials I have already collected for his holy Temple.I am donating more than 112 tons of goldHebrew 3,000 talents [102 metric tons] of gold. from Ophir and 262 tons of refined silverHebrew 7,000 talents [238 metric tons] of silver. to be used for overlaying the walls of the buildingsand for the other gold and silver work to be done by the craftsmen. Now then, who will follow my example and give offerings to the Lord today?”

Then the family leaders, the leaders of the tribes of Israel, the generals and captains of the army,Hebrew the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds. and the king’s administrative officers all gave willingly.For the construction of the Temple of God, they gave about 188 tons of gold,Hebrew 5,000 talents [170 metric tons] of gold. 10,000 gold coins,Hebrew 10,000 darics [a Persian coin] of gold, about 185 pounds or 84 kilograms in weight. 375 tons of silver,Hebrew 10,000 talents [340 metric tons] of silver. 675 tons of bronze,Hebrew 18,000 talents [612 metric tons] of bronze. and 3,750 tons of iron.Hebrew 100,000 talents [3,400 metric tons] of iron.They also contributed numerous precious stones, which were deposited in the treasury of the house of the Lord under the care of Jehiel, a descendant of Gershon.The people rejoiced over the offerings, for they had given freely and wholeheartedly to the Lord, and King David was filled with joy.

David’s Prayer of Praise

10 Then David praised the Lord in the presence of the whole assembly:

“O Lord, the God of our ancestor Israel,Israel is the name that God gave to Jacob. may you be praised forever and ever!11 Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as the one who is over all things.12 Wealth and honor come from you alone, for you rule over everything. Power and might are in your hand, and at your discretion people are made great and given strength.

13 “O our God, we thank you and praise your glorious name!14 But who am I, and who are my people, that we could give anything to you? Everything we have has come from you, and we give you only what you first gave us!15 We are here for only a moment, visitors and strangers in the land as our ancestors were before us. Our days on earth are like a passing shadow, gone so soon without a trace.

16 “O Lord our God, even this material we have gathered to build a Temple to honor your holy name comes from you! It all belongs to you!17 I know, my God, that you examine our hearts and rejoice when you find integrity there. You know I have done all this with good motives, and I have watched your people offer their gifts willingly and joyously.

18 “O Lord, the God of our ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, make your people always want to obey you. See to it that their love for you never changes.19 Give my son Solomon the wholehearted desire to obey all your commands, laws, and decrees, and to do everything necessary to build this Temple, for which I have made these preparations.”

20 Then David said to the whole assembly, “Give praise to the Lord your God!” And the entire assembly praised the Lord, the God of their ancestors, and they bowed low and knelt before the Lord and the king.

Solomon Named as King

21 The next day they brought 1,000 bulls, 1,000 rams, and 1,000 male lambs as burnt offerings to the Lord. They also brought liquid offerings and many other sacrifices on behalf of all Israel.22 They feasted and drank in the Lord’s presence with great joy that day.

And again they crowned David’s son Solomon as their new king. They anointed him before the Lord as their leader, and they anointed Zadok as priest.23 So Solomon took the throne of the Lord in place of his father, David, and he succeeded in everything, and all Israel obeyed him.24 All the officials, the warriors, and the sons of King David pledged their loyalty to King Solomon.25 And the Lord exalted Solomon in the sight of all Israel, and he gave Solomon greater royal splendor than any king in Israel before him.

Summary of David’s Reign

26 So David son of Jesse reigned over all Israel.27 He reigned over Israel for forty years, seven of them in Hebron and thirty-three in Jerusalem.28 He died at a ripe old age, having enjoyed long life, wealth, and honor. Then his son Solomon ruled in his place.

29 All the events of King David’s reign, from beginning to end, are written in The Record of Samuel the Seer, The Record of Nathan the Prophet, and The Record of Gad the Seer.30 These accounts include the mighty deeds of his reign and everything that happened to him and to Israel and to all the surrounding kingdoms.

28 And David assembled all the princes of Israel, the princes of the tribes, and the captains of the companies that ministered to the king by course, and the captains over the thousands, and captains over the hundreds, and the stewards over all the substance and possession of the king, and of his sons, with the officers, and with the mighty men, and with all the valiant men, unto Jerusalem.

Then David the king stood up upon his feet, and said, Hear me, my brethren, and my people: As for me, I had in mine heart to build an house of rest for the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and for the footstool of our God, and had made ready for the building:

But God said unto me, Thou shalt not build an house for my name, because thou hast been a man of war, and hast shed blood.

Howbeit the Lord God of Israel chose me before all the house of my father to be king over Israel for ever: for he hath chosen Judah to be the ruler; and of the house of Judah, the house of my father; and among the sons of my father he liked me to make me king over all Israel:

And of all my sons, (for the Lord hath given me many sons,) he hath chosen Solomon my son to sit upon the throne of the kingdom of the Lord over Israel.

And he said unto me, Solomon thy son, he shall build my house and my courts: for I have chosen him to be my son, and I will be his father.

Moreover I will establish his kingdom for ever, if he be constant to do my commandments and my judgments, as at this day.

Now therefore in the sight of all Israel the congregation of the Lord, and in the audience of our God, keep and seek for all the commandments of the Lord your God: that ye may possess this good land, and leave it for an inheritance for your children after you for ever.

And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the Lord searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.

10 Take heed now; for the Lord hath chosen thee to build an house for the sanctuary: be strong, and do it.

11 Then David gave to Solomon his son the pattern of the porch, and of the houses thereof, and of the treasuries thereof, and of the upper chambers thereof, and of the inner parlours thereof, and of the place of the mercy seat,

12 And the pattern of all that he had by the spirit, of the courts of the house of the Lord, and of all the chambers round about, of the treasuries of the house of God, and of the treasuries of the dedicated things:

13 Also for the courses of the priests and the Levites, and for all the work of the service of the house of the Lord, and for all the vessels of service in the house of the Lord.

14 He gave of gold by weight for things of gold, for all instruments of all manner of service; silver also for all instruments of silver by weight, for all instruments of every kind of service:

15 Even the weight for the candlesticks of gold, and for their lamps of gold, by weight for every candlestick, and for the lamps thereof: and for the candlesticks of silver by weight, both for the candlestick, and also for the lamps thereof, according to the use of every candlestick.

16 And by weight he gave gold for the tables of shewbread, for every table; and likewise silver for the tables of silver:

17 Also pure gold for the fleshhooks, and the bowls, and the cups: and for the golden basons he gave gold by weight for every bason; and likewise silver by weight for every bason of silver:

18 And for the altar of incense refined gold by weight; and gold for the pattern of the chariot of the cherubims, that spread out their wings, and covered the ark of the covenant of the Lord.

19 All this, said David, the Lord made me understand in writing by his hand upon me, even all the works of this pattern.

20 And David said to Solomon his son, Be strong and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the Lord God, even my God, will be with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the Lord.

21 And, behold, the courses of the priests and the Levites, even they shall be with thee for all the service of the house of God: and there shall be with thee for all manner of workmanship every willing skilful man, for any manner of service: also the princes and all the people will be wholly at thy commandment.

29 Furthermore David the king said unto all the congregation, Solomon my son, whom alone God hath chosen, is yet young and tender, and the work is great: for the palace is not for man, but for the Lord God.

Now I have prepared with all my might for the house of my God the gold for things to be made of gold, and 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, and stones to be set, glistering stones, and of divers colours, and all manner of precious stones, and marble stones in abundance.

Moreover, because I have set my affection to the house of my God, I have of mine own proper good, 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.

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:

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 unto the Lord?

Then the chief 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,

And gave for the service of the house of God of gold five thousand talents and ten thousand drams, and of silver ten thousand talents, and of brass eighteen thousand talents, and one hundred thousand talents of iron.

And they with whom precious stones were found gave them to the treasure of the house of the Lord, by the hand of Jehiel the Gershonite.

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 with great joy.

10 Wherefore David blessed the Lord before all the congregation: and David said, Blessed be thou, Lord God of Israel our father, for ever and ever.

11 Thine, O Lord is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all.

12 Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.

13 Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name.

14 But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? for all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee.

15 For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers: our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding.

16 O Lord our God, all this store that we have prepared to build thee an house for thine holy name cometh of thine hand, and is all thine own.

17 I know also, my God, that thou triest the heart, and hast pleasure in uprightness. As for me, in the uprightness of mine heart I have willingly offered all these things: and now have I seen with joy thy people, which are present here, to offer willingly unto thee.

18 O Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, our fathers, keep this for ever in the imagination of the thoughts of the heart of thy people, and prepare their heart unto thee:

19 And give unto Solomon my son a perfect heart, to keep thy commandments, thy testimonies, and thy 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 congregation, Now bless the Lord your God. And all the congregation blessed the Lord God of their fathers, and bowed down their heads, and worshipped the Lord, and the king.

21 And they sacrificed sacrifices unto the Lord, and offered burnt offerings unto the Lord, on the morrow 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 did eat and drink before the Lord on that day with great gladness. And they made Solomon the son of David king the second time, and anointed him unto the Lord to be the chief governor, and Zadok to be priest.

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 unto Solomon the king.

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 in Israel.

26 Thus David the son of Jesse reigned over all Israel.

27 And the time that he reigned over Israel was forty years; seven years reigned he in Hebron, and thirty and three years reigned he in Jerusalem.

28 And he died in a good old age, full of 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, and in the book of Nathan the prophet, and in the book of Gad the seer,

30 With all his reign and his might, and the times that went over him, and over Israel, and over all the kingdoms of the countries.

Romans 5:6-21

You see, at just the right time,Mk 1:15; Gal 4:4; Eph 1:10 when we were still powerless,ver 8, 10 Christ died for the ungodly.Ro 4:25Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die.But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.Jn 3:16; 15:13; 1Pe 3:18; 1Jn 3:16; 4:10

Since we have now been justifiedS Ro 4:25 by his blood,S Ro 3:25 how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrathS Ro 1:18 through him!10 For if, while we were God’s enemies,Ro 11:28; Col 1:21 we were reconciledver 11; Ro 11:15; 2Co 5:18, 19; Col 1:20, 22 to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!Ro 8:34; Heb 7:2511 Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.S ver 10

Death Through Adam, Life Through Christ

12 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man,ver 15, 16, 17; Ge 3:1-7; 1Co 15:21, 22 and death through sin,ver 14, 18; Ge 2:17; 3:19; S Ro 6:23 and in this way death came to all people, because all sinnedS Ro 3:9

13 To be sure, sin was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not charged against anyone’s account where there is no law.S Ro 4:1514 Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam,Ge 3:11, 12 who is a pattern of the one to come.1Co 15:22, 45

15 But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man,ver 12, 18, 19 how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ,Ac 15:11 overflow to the many!16 Nor can the gift of God be compared with the result of one man’s sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification.17 For if, by the trespass of the one man, deathS ver 12 reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in lifeJn 10:10 through the one man, Jesus Christ!

18 Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people,S ver 12 so also one righteous act resulted in justificationS Ro 4:25 and lifeIsa 53:11 for all people.19 For just as through the disobedience of the one manver 12 the many were made sinners,S Ro 3:9 so also through the obedienceS Php 2:8 of the one man the many will be made righteous.

20 The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase.Ro 3:20; 7:7, 8; Gal 3:19 But where sin increased, grace increased all the more,Ro 6:1; 1Ti 1:13, 1421 so that, just as sin reigned in death,ver 12, 14; S Ro 6:16 so also graceS Ro 3:24 might reign through righteousness to bring eternal lifeS Mt 25:46 through Jesus Christ our Lord.

When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners.Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good.But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation.10 For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son.11 So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.

Adam and Christ Contrasted

12 When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned.13 Yes, people sinned even before the law was given. But it was not counted as sin because there was not yet any law to break.14 Still, everyone died—from the time of Adam to the time of Moses—even those who did not disobey an explicit commandment of God, as Adam did. Now Adam is a symbol, a representation of Christ, who was yet to come.15 But there is a great difference between Adam’s sin and God’s gracious gift. For the sin of this one man, Adam, brought death to many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of forgiveness to many through this other man, Jesus Christ.16 And the result of God’s gracious gift is very different from the result of that one man’s sin. For Adam’s sin led to condemnation, but God’s free gift leads to our being made right with God, even though we are guilty of many sins.17 For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ.

18 Yes, Adam’s one sin brings condemnation for everyone, but Christ’s one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new life for everyone.19 Because one person disobeyed God, many became sinners. But because one other person obeyed God, many will be made righteous.

20 God’s law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were. But as people sinned more and more, God’s wonderful grace became more abundant.21 So just as sin ruled over all people and brought them to death, now God’s wonderful grace rules instead, giving us right standing with God and resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.

For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.

10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.

12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

13 (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.

14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.

15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.

16 And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.

17 For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)

18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.

19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.

20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:

21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

Psalm 15:1-5

Psalm 15

A psalm of David.

Lord, who may dwellEx 29:46; Ps 23:6; 27:4; 61:4 in your sacred tent?Ex 25:8; 1Ch 22:19; Ps 20:2; 78:69; 150:1

Who may live on your holy mountain?S Ex 15:17

The one whose walk is blameless,S Ge 6:9; S Ps 18:32; Eph 1:4; S 1Th 3:13; Tit 1:6

who does what is righteous,

who speaks the truthPr 16:13; Isa 45:19; Jer 7:28; 9:5; Zec 8:3, 16; Ro 9:1; S Eph 4:25 from their heart;

whose tongue utters no slander,S Lev 19:16

who does no wrong to a neighbor,

and casts no slur on others;

who despises a vile person

but honorsS Job 19:9; Ac 28:10 those who fear the Lord;

who keeps an oathS Dt 23:21; S Jos 9:18; Mt 5:33 even when it hurts,

and does not change their mind;

who lends money to the poor without interest;S Ex 22:25

who does not accept a bribeS Ex 18:21; S 1Sa 8:3; Ac 24:26 against the innocent.

Whoever does these things

will never be shaken.S Job 29:18; Ps 21:7; 112:6; Ac 2:25; Heb 12:28; 2Pe 1:10

Psalm 15

A psalm of David.

Who may worship in your sanctuary, Lord?

Who may enter your presence on your holy hill?

Those who lead blameless lives and do what is right,

speaking the truth from sincere hearts.

Those who refuse to gossip

or harm their neighbors

or speak evil of their friends.

Those who despise flagrant sinners,

and honor the faithful followers of the Lord,

and keep their promises even when it hurts.

Those who lend money without charging interest,

and who cannot be bribed to lie about the innocent.

Such people will stand firm forever.

15 Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?

He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.

He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour.

In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the Lord. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not.

He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved.

Proverbs 19:18-19

18 Discipline your children, for in that there is hope;

do not be a willing party to their death.S Pr 13:24; 23:13-14

19 A hot-tempered person must pay the penalty;

rescue them, and you will have to do it again.

18 Discipline your children while there is hope.

Otherwise you will ruin their lives.

19 Hot-tempered people must pay the penalty.

If you rescue them once, you will have to do it again.

18 Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.

19 A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment: for if thou deliver him, yet thou must do it again.

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