1King David said to all the people of Israel that were gathered together, “God chose my son Solomon. Solomon is young and does not know all that he needs to do this work. But the work is very important. This house isn’t for people, this house is for the Lord God. 2I have done my best to make plans to build my God’s temple. I have given gold for the things made of gold. I have given silver for the things made of silver. I have given bronze for the things made of bronze. I have given iron for the things made of iron. I have given wood for the things made of wood. I have also given onyx stones for the settings, mosaic tiles, all kinds of valuable stones in many different colors, and white marble stones. I have given many, many of these things for the building of the Lord’s temple. 3I am making a special gift of gold and silver things for my God’s temple. I am doing this because I really want the temple of my God to be built. I am giving all these things to build this holy temple. 4I have given 110 tons of pure gold from Ophir. I have given 260 tons of pure silver. The silver is for covering the walls of the buildings in the temple. 5I have given gold and silver for all the things made of gold and silver. I have given gold and silver so skilled men can make all different kinds of things for the temple. Now, how many of you people of Israel are ready to give yourselves to the Lord today?” 6The family leaders, the leaders of the family groups of Israel, the generals, the captains, and the officials responsible for the king’s work, were all ready and gave their valuable things. 7These are the things they gave for God’s house: 190 tons of gold; 375 tons of silver; 675 tons of bronze; and 3,750 tons of iron. 8People that had valuable stones gave them to the Lord’s temple. Jehiel took care of the valuable stones. Jehiel was from the Gershon family. 9The people were very happy because their leaders were happy to give so much. The leaders were happy to give freely from good hearts. King David was also very happy. 10Then David praised the Lord in front of all of the people who were gathered together. David said: “Lord God of Israel, our Father, may you be praised forever and ever! 11Greatness, power, glory, victory, and honor belong to you! Why? Because everything in heaven and on earth belong to you; The kingdom belongs to you, Lord! You are the Head, the Ruler over everything. 12Riches and honor come from you. You rule everything. You have the power and strength in your hand! And in your hand is the power to make anyone great and powerful! 13Now, our God, we thank you, And we praise your glorious name! 14All these things didn’t come from me and my people! All these things come from you. We are only giving back to you things that came from you. 15We are only strangers traveling through this world like our ancestors. Our time on earth is like a passing shadow. And we can’t stop it. 16Lord our God, we gathered all these things to build your temple. We build this temple to honor your name. But all these things have come from you. Everything belongs to you. 17My God, I know that you test people, and that you are happy when people do good. I gladly give you all these things with a pure, honest heart. I see your people gathered here. And I see that they are happy about giving these things to you. 18Lord, you are the God of our ancestors, Abraham, Isaac, and Israel. Please help your people plan the right things. Help them be loyal and true to you! 19And help my son Solomon be true to you. Help him always obey your commands, laws, and rules. Help Solomon to do these things. and help him build this capital city that I have planned.” 20Then David said to all the group of people gathered together, “Now give praise to the Lord your God.” So all the people gave praise to the Lord God, the God their ancestors worshiped. They bowed to the ground to give honor to the Lord and to the king. 21The next day the people made sacrifices to the Lord. They offered burnt offerings to the Lord. They offered 1,000 bulls, 1,000 rams, 1,000 lambs, and the drink offerings that go with them. They offered many, many sacrifices for all the people of Israel. 22That day the people were very happy as they ate and drank there together with the Lord. And they made David’s son Solomon king the second time. They anointed Solomon to be king, and they anointed Zadok to be priest. They did this in the place where the Lord was. 23Then Solomon sat on the Lord’s throne as king. Solomon took his father’s place. Solomon was very successful. All the people of Israel obeyed Solomon. 24All the leaders, soldiers, and all of King David’s sons accepted Solomon as king and obeyed him. 25The Lord made Solomon very great. All the people of Israel knew that the Lord was making Solomon great. The Lord gave Solomon the honor that a king should have. No king in Israel before Solomon had such honor. 26- 27David son of Jesse was king over all Israel for 40 years. David was king in the city of Hebron for seven years. Then David was king in the city of Jerusalem for 33 years. 28David died when he was old. David had lived a good, long life. David had many riches and honors. And David’s son Solomon became the new king after him. 29The things that King David did, from beginning to end, are in the books written by Samuel the seer, Nathan the prophet, and Gad the seer. 30Those writings tell all about the things that David did as king of Israel. They tell about David’s power and all that happened to him. And they tell about what happened to Israel and to all the kingdoms around them.
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