And David the king saith to all the assembly, 'Solomon my
son -- the one on whom God hath fixed -- is young and tender, and the
work is great, for not for man is the palace, but for Jehovah God;
and with all my power I have prepared for the house of my
God, the gold for things of gold, and the silver for those of
silver, and the brass for those of brass, the iron for those of iron,
and the wood for those of wood, shoham stones, and settings, and stones
of painting and of diverse colours, and all kinds of precious stone, and
stones of white marble, in abundance.
'And again, because of my delighting in the house of my God,
the substance I have -- a peculiar treasure of gold and silver -- I have given
for the house of my God, even over and above all I have prepared for the house
of the sanctuary:
three thousand talents of gold, of the gold of Ophir, and
seven thousand talents of refined silver, to overlay the walls of the houses,
even gold for things of gold, and silver for those
of silver, and for all the work by the hand of artificers; and who is
he that is offering willingly to consecrate his hand to-day to Jehovah?'
And the heads of the fathers, and the heads of the tribes of
Israel, and the heads of the thousands, and of the hundreds, even to the heads
of the work of the king, offer willingly.
And they give for the service of the house of God, of gold
-- talents five thousand, and drams a myriad; and of silver -- talents ten
thousand, and of brass -- a myriad and eight thousand talents; and of iron -- a
hundred thousand talents;
and he with whom stones are found hath given to the treasury
of the house of Jehovah, by the hand of Jehiel the Gershonite.
And the people rejoice because of their offering willingly,
for with a perfect heart they have offered willingly to Jehovah; and also David
the king hath rejoiced -- great joy.
And David blesseth Jehovah before the eyes of all the
assembly, and David saith, 'Blessed art Thou, Jehovah, God of Israel our
father, from age even unto age.
To Thee, O Jehovah, is the greatness, and the might,
and the beauty, and the victory, and the honour, because of all in the heavens
and in the earth; to Thee, O Jehovah, is the kingdom, and he who is
lifting up himself over all for head;
and the riches, and the honour are from before Thee,
and Thou art ruling over all, and in Thy hand is power and might, and in
Thy hand, to make great, and to give strength to all.
'And now, our God, we are giving thanks to Thee, and giving
praise to Thy beauteous name;
yea, because, who am I, and who are my people,
that we retain power to offer thus willingly? but of Thee is the whole,
and out of Thy hand we have given to Thee;
for sojourners we are before Thee, and settlers, like
all our fathers; as a shadow are our days on the land, and there is none
'O Jehovah our God, all this store that we have prepared to
build to Thee a house, for Thy holy name, is out of Thy hand, and of
Thee is the whole.
'And I have known, my God, that Thou art trying the heart,
and uprightness dost desire; I, in the uprightness of my heart, have willingly
offered all these: and now, Thy people who are found here I have seen with joy
to offer willingly to Thee.
'O Jehovah, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, our fathers,
keep this to the age for the imagination of the thoughts of the heart of Thy
people, and prepare their heart unto Thee;
and to Solomon my son give a perfect heart, to keep Thy
commands, Thy testimonies, and Thy statutes, and to do the whole, even to build
the palace for which I have prepared.'
And David saith to all the assembly, 'Bless, I pray you,
Jehovah your God;' and all the assembly bless Jehovah, God of their fathers,
and bow and do obeisance to Jehovah, and to the king.
And they sacrifice to Jehovah sacrifices, and cause to
ascend burnt-offerings to Jehovah on the morrow of that day, bullocks a
thousand, rams a thousand, lambs a thousand, and their oblations, even
sacrifices in abundance, for all Israel.
And they eat and drink before Jehovah on that day with great
joy, and cause Solomon son of David to reign a second time, and anoint him
before Jehovah for leader, and Zadok for priest.
And Solomon sitteth on the throne of Jehovah for king
instead of David his father, and prospereth, and all Israel hearken unto him,
and all the heads, and the mighty men, and also all the sons
of king David have given a hand under Solomon the king;
and Jehovah maketh Solomon exceedingly great before the eyes
of all Israel, and putteth upon him the honour of the kingdom that hath not
been on any king over Israel before him.
And David son of Jesse hath reigned over all Israel,
and the days that he hath reigned over Israel are
forty years; in Hebron he reigned seven years, and in Jerusalem he reigned
thirty and three;
and he dieth in a good old age, satisfied with days, riches,
and honour, and reign doth Solomon his son in his stead.
And the matters of David the king, the first and the last,
lo, they are written beside the matters of Samuel the seer, and beside the
matters of Nathan the prophet, and beside the matters of Gad the seer,
with all his reign, and his might, and the times that went
over him, and over Israel, and over all kingdoms of the lands.