GOD'S WORD® Translation
1Then King David said to the whole assembly, "My son Solomon, the one whom God has chosen, is young and inexperienced. Yet, the work is important because this palace is not for a person but for the LORD God. 2With all my might I gathered [the materials] for the temple of my God: gold for gold objects, silver for silver objects, bronze for bronze objects, iron for iron objects, wood for wooden objects, onyx stones and settings, black stones, stones of different colors, gems, and marble. 3Moreover, I delight in the temple of my God. I have a personal treasury of gold and silver that I'm giving to my God's temple in addition to everything else I gathered for the holy temple. 4There are 225,000 pounds of gold from Ophir and 525,000 pounds of refined silver. They are to be used to cover the walls of the buildings, 5to make gold objects, silver objects, and everything else the craftsmen will make. Who else is willing to make an offering and dedicate himself to the LORD today?"
6Then the leaders of the families, the leaders of the tribes of Israel, the commanders of regiments and battalions, and the officials in charge of the king's work gave generously. 7They gave 375,186 pounds of gold, 750,000 pounds of silver, 135,000 pounds of bronze, and 7,500,000 pounds of iron for the work on God's temple. 8Whoever happened to have precious stones gave them to Jehiel, Gershon's descendant, for the treasury of the LORD's temple. 9The people were overjoyed that the leaders gave so generously and wholeheartedly to the LORD. King David was also overjoyed, and
10he praised the LORD while the whole assembly watched. David said, "May you be praised, LORD God of Israel, our father forever and ever. 11Greatness, power, splendor, glory, and majesty are yours, LORD, because everything in heaven and on earth is yours. The kingdom is yours, LORD, and you are honored as head of all things. 12Riches and honor are in front of you. You rule everything. You hold power and strength in your hands, and you can make anyone great and strong. 13"Our God, we thank you and praise your wonderful name.
14But who am I and who are my people that you enable us to give so generously? Everything comes from you. We give you only what has come from your hands. 15To you we are all like our ancestors- foreigners without permanent homes. Our days are as fleeting as shadows on the ground. There's no hope [for them]. 16"LORD, our God, all this wealth that we gathered to build a temple for your holy name is from you. All of it is yours. 17I know, my God, that you examine hearts and delight in honesty. With an honest heart I have willingly offered all these things. I've been overjoyed to see your people here offering so willingly to you. 18LORD God of our ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, always watch over your people's deepest thoughts. Keep their hearts directed toward you. 19Make my son Solomon completely committed [to you] so that he will obey your commands, requests, and laws and do everything to build the palace I have planned."
20Then David said to the whole assembly, "Praise the LORD your God!" So the whole assembly praised the LORD God of their ancestors and knelt in front of the LORD and the king.
21The next day they sacrificed to the LORD. They sacrificed burnt offerings to the LORD: 1,000 bulls, 1,000 rams, 1,000 lambs, wine offerings, and many sacrifices for all Israel. 22That day they ate and drank as they joyfully celebrated in front of the LORD. For the second time they made David's son Solomon king. On the LORD's behalf they anointed Solomon to be leader and Zadok to be the priest. 23Then Solomon sat on the LORD's throne as king in place of his father David. Solomon was successful and all Israel obeyed him. 24All the leaders and soldiers and all of King David's sons pledged their loyalty to King Solomon. 25The LORD made Solomon extremely powerful, as all Israel could see. The people of Israel gave him royal honor like no king of Israel before him ever had.
28He died at a very old age. His long life was full of wealth and honor. Then his son Solomon succeeded him as king. 29Everything about King David from first to last is written in the records of the seer Samuel, the prophet Nathan, and the seer Gad. 30It includes everything about his reign, his power, and the things that happened to him, Israel, and all the other kingdoms.