Chapter 29: Ysrayl Willingly Gives Beautiful Gifts for Building Yah’s Temple: The Gold of Ophir is Among the Treasury
1 Furthermore King David said to all the assembly, “My son Solomon, whom alone Yah has chosen, is young and inexperienced and the work is great, because the temple (literally palace) is not for man but for Yah Almighty.
*This is the third time we read that Solomon is very young when he became king. Read 1 Kings 3:7, 1 Chronicles 22:5.
2 Now for the house of my Father, I have prepared with all my might: gold for things to be made of gold, silver for things of silver, bronze for things of bronze, iron for things of iron, wood for things of wood, onyx stones, stones to be set, glistening stones of various colors, all kinds of precious stones and marble slabs in abundance. 3 Moreover, because I have set my affection on the house of my Father, I have given to the house of my Father, over and above all that I have prepared for the qodesh house, my own special treasure of gold and silver–4 Three thousand talents of gold, of the gold of Ophir and seven thousand talents of refined silver, to overlay the walls of the houses–5 The gold for things of gold and silver for things of silver and for all kinds of work to be done by the hands of craftsmen. Who then is willing to consecrate himself this day to Yah? 6 Then the leaders of the father’s houses, leaders of the tribes of Ysrayl, the captains of thousands and of hundreds, with the officers over the king’s work, offered willingly. 7 They gave for the work of the house of Yah five thousand talents and ten thousand darics of gold, ten thousand talents of silver, eighteen thousand talents of bronze and one hundred thousand talents of iron. 8 And whoever had precious stones gave them to the treasury of the house of Yah, into the hand of Yahiyah the Gershonite (possibly the same as Yahiyli, compare to 26:21,22). 9 Then the people rejoiced, for they had offered willingly, because with a loyal heart they had offered willingly to Yah and King David also rejoiced greatly.
David Thanks and Praises Yah Before the Assembly
10 Therefore, David blessed Yah before all the assembly and David said: “Blessed are You, Almighty Yah of Ysrayl, our Abba, forever and ever. 11 Yours, O Yah is the greatness, the power and esteem, the triumph and the majesty. For all that is in heaven and earth is Yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Yah and You are exalted as head over all. 12 Both riches and honor come from You and You reign over all. In Your hand is power and might. In Your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all. 13 Now therefore, our Almighty, we thank You and praise Your great 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 of Your own we have given You”.
*David knows that all the things that they gave Yah, all those things came from Yah in the first place.
David Asks Yah to Fix Our Hearts
15 “For we are guests and pilgrims before You, as were all our fathers. Our days on earth are as a shadow and without hope. 16 O Yah our Father, all this abundance that we have prepared to build You a house for Your qodesh name is from Your hand and is all Your own. 17 I know also, my Yah, 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 and now with joy I have seen Your people who are present here to offer willingly to You. 18 O Yah Almighty of Abraham, Yitzshaq and Ysrayl, our fathers, keep this forever in the intent of the thoughts of the heart of Your people and fix their heart toward You. 19 And give my son Solomon a loyal heart to keep Your commandments and Your testimonies and Your statutes, to do all these things and to build the temple for which I have made provision”. 20 Then David said to all the assembly, “Now bless the Almighty your Power”. So all the assembly bless the Father Yah of their fathers and bowed their heads and prostrated themselves before Yah and the king.
Solomon Anointed and Crowned King of Ysrayl
21 And they made sacrifices to Yah and offered burnt offerings to Yah on the next day: A thousand bulls, a thousand rams, a thousand lambs, with their drink offerings and sacrifices in abundance for all Ysrayl. 22 So they ate and drank before Yah with great gladness on that day. And they made Solomon the son of David king the second time and anointed him before Yah to be the leader and Zadok to be priest.
*Here it says “second time” because the first time is when Solomon rides David’s donkey into the city via the Gihon Springs and Adoniyah and his friends are afraid. Read 1 Malakim 1:33-40.
23 Then Solomon sat on the throne of Yah as king instead of David his father and prospered and all Ysrayl obeyed him. 24 All the leaders and the mighty men and also all the sons of King David, submitted themselves to King Solomon. 25 So Yah exalted Solomon exceedingly in the sight of all Ysrayl and bestowed on him such royal majesty as had not been on any king before him in Ysrayl.
The Close of David’s Reign: David Ruled Forty Years
26 Thus David the son of Yesse reigned over all Ysrayl. 27 And the period that he reigned over Ysrayl was forty years: Seven years he reigned in Hebron and thirty-three years he reigned in Yahrushalom. 28 So he died in a good old age, full of days and riches and honor and Solomon his son reigned in his place. 29 Now the acts of King David, first and last, indeed they are written in the book of Shemuyah the seer, in the book of Nathan the prophet and in the book of Gad the seer–30 With all his reigned and his might and the events that happened to him, to Ysrayl and to all the kingdom of the lands.
*Its thought that Shemuyah,Nathan and Gad wrote what is now called first and second Shemuyah (one scroll). But there maybe books of Nathan and Gad hidden away.