THE FIRST BOOK OF THE
All Israel makes a liberal offering for the temple—David blesses and praises the Lord, and instructs the people—Death of David—Solomon reigns as king—Books of Nathan and Gad mentioned.
David the king said unto all the congregation, Solomon my son, whom alone God hath chosen, is yet ayoung
and tender, and the work is
great: for the palace is
not for man, but for the Lord
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,
three thousand atalents
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 ahouse
of the Lord
, by the hand of Jehiel the Gershonite.
Then the people rejoiced, for that they offered awillingly
, because with perfect heart they offered bwillingly
to the Lord
: and David the king also rejoiced with great joy.
¶ Wherefore David blessed the Lord
before all the congregation: and David said, Blessed be
God of Israel our afather
, for ever and ever.
Thine, O Lord
the greatness, and the power, and the aglory
, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is
in the heaven and in the earth is thine;
, O Lord
, and thou art exalted as head above all.
and honour bcome
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.
Now therefore, our God, we athank
thee, and praise thy glorious name.
But who am
I, and what is
my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? for all things acome
of thee, and of thine own have we given thee.
For we are astrangers
before thee, and sojourners, as were
all our fathers: our days on the earth are
as a bshadow
, and there is
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.
I know also, my God, that thou atriest
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.
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:
And give unto Solomon my son a perfect aheart
, 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.
¶ And David said to all the congregation, Now bless the Lord
your God. And all the acongregation
blessed the Lord
God of their fathers, and bowed down their heads, and worshipped the Lord
, and the king.
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:
And did eat and drink before the Lord
on that day with great gladness. And they made aSolomon
the son of David king the second time, and banointed him
unto the Lord to be
the chief governor, and Zadok to be cpriest
sat on the throne of the Lord
as king instead of David his father, and prospered; and all Israel obeyed him.
And all the princes, and the mighty men, and all the sons likewise of king David, submitted themselves unto Solomon the king.
And the Lord amagnified
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.
¶ Thus David the son of Jesse reigned over all Israel.
And the time that he areigned
over Israel was
forty years; seven years reigned he in Hebron, and thirty and three years
reigned he in Jerusalem.
And he died in a good old age, full of days, riches, and honour: and Solomon his son reigned in his stead.
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 aNathan
the prophet, and in the book of Gad the bseer
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.