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1 Chronicles Chapter 29 | Parsha:

1King David said to the entire assemblage, “God has chosen my son Solomon alone, an untried lad, although the work to be done is vast—for the temple is not for a man but for the Lord God. 2I have spared no effort to lay up for the House of my God gold for golden objects, silver for silver, copper for copper, iron for iron, wood for wooden, onyx-stone and inlay-stone, stone of antimony and variegated colors—every kind of precious stone and much marble. 3Besides, out of my solicitude for the House of my God, I gave over my private hoard of gold and silver to the House of my God—in addition to all that I laid aside for the holy House: 43,000 gold talents of Ophir gold, and 7,000 talents of refined silver for covering the walls of the houses 5(gold for golden objects, silver for silver for all the work)—into the hands of craftsmen. Now who is going to make a freewill offering and devote himself today to the Lord?”

6The officers of the clans and the officers of the tribes of Israel and the captains of thousands and hundreds and the supervisors of the king’s work made freewill offerings, 7giving for the work of the House of God: 5,000 talents of gold, 10,000 darics, 10,000 talents of silver, 18,000 talents of copper, 100,000 talents of iron. 8Whoever had stones in his possession gave them to the treasury of the House of the Lord in the charge of Jehiel the Gershonite. 9The people rejoiced over the freewill offerings they made, for with a whole heart they made freewill offerings to the Lord; King David also rejoiced very much.

10David blessed the Lord in front of all the assemblage; David said, “Blessed are You, Lord, God of Israel our father, from eternity to eternity. 11Yours, Lord, are greatness, might, splendor, triumph, and majesty—yes, all that is in heaven and on earth; to You, Lord, belong kingship and preeminence above all. 12Riches and honor are Yours to dispense; You have dominion over all; with You are strength and might, and it is in Your power to make anyone great and strong. 13Now, God, we praise You and extol Your glorious name. 14Who am I and who are my people, that we should have the means to make such a freewill offering; but all is from You, and it is Your gift that we have given to You. 15For we are sojourners with You, mere transients like our fathers; our days on earth are like a shadow, with nothing in prospect. 16O Lord our God, all this great mass that we have laid aside to build You a House for Your holy name is from You, and it is all Yours. 17I know, God, that You search the heart and desire uprightness; I, with upright heart, freely offered all these things; now Your people, who are present here—I saw them joyously making freewill offerings. 18O Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, our fathers, remember this to the eternal credit of the thoughts of Your people’s hearts, and make their hearts constant toward You. 19As to my son Solomon, give him a whole heart to observe Your commandments, Your admonitions, and Your laws, and to fulfill them all, and to build this temple for which I have made provision.”

20David said to the whole assemblage, “Now bless the Lord your God.” All the assemblage blessed the Lord God of their fathers, and bowed their heads low to the Lord and the king. 21They offered sacrifices to the Lord and made burnt offerings to the Lord on the morrow of that day: 1,000 bulls, 1,000 rams, 1,000 lambs, with their libations; [they made] sacrifices in great number for all Israel, 22and they ate and drank in the presence of the Lord on that day with great joy. They again proclaimed Solomon son of David king, and they anointed him as ruler before the Lord, and Zadok as high priest. 23Solomon successfully took over the throne of the Lord as king instead of his father David, and all went well with him. All Israel accepted him; 24all the officials and the warriors, and the sons of King David as well, gave their hand in support of King Solomon. 25The Lord made Solomon exceedingly great in the eyes of all Israel, and endowed him with a regal majesty that no king of Israel before him ever had.

26Thus David son of Jesse reigned over all Israel; 27the length of his reign over Israel was forty years: he reigned seven years in Hebron and thirty-three years in Jerusalem. 28He died at a ripe old age, having enjoyed long life, riches and honor, and his son Solomon reigned in his stead. 29The acts of King David, early and late, are recorded in the history of Samuel the seer, the history of Nathan the prophet, and the history of Gad the seer, 30together with all the mighty deeds of his kingship and the events that befell him and Israel and all the kingdoms of the earth.

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