David prepares to build a house for God
Then David said, This is the house of the LORD God, and this is the altar
of the burnt offering for Israel.
And David commanded to gather together the strangers that were in the land
of Israel; and he set masons to hew wrought stones to build the house of
And David prepared iron in abundance for the nails for the doors of the
gates, and for the joinings; and brass in abundance without weight;
Also cedar trees in abundance: for the Zidonians and they of Tyre brought
much cedar wood to David.
This is God's house.
A place for Israel to make burnt offerings.
He forced foreigners to cut the stones.
And David said, Solomon my son is young and tender, and the house that is
to be builded for the LORD must be exceeding magnifical, of fame and of
glory throughout all countries: I will therefore now make preparation for
it. So David prepared abundantly before his death.
My son Solomon is still young and tender.
But he'll make God's house after I die.
David tells Solomon to build God's house
Then he called for Solomon his son, and charged him to build an house for
the LORD God of Israel.
David called Solomon and told him to build a house for God.
And David said to Solomon, My son, as for me, it was in my mind to build
an house unto the name of the LORD my God:
He said to Solomon,
I wanted to build a house for God.
But the word of the LORD came to me, saying, Thou hast shed blood
abundantly, and hast made great wars: thou shalt not build an house unto my
name, because thou hast shed much blood upon the earth in my sight.
But the word of God came to me, saying,
You've shed lots of blood.
Too much blood to build my house.
Behold, a son shall be born to thee, who shall be a man of rest; and I
will give him rest from all his enemies round about: for his name shall be
Solomon, and I will give peace and quietness unto Israel in his days.
Someday you'll have a son named Solomon.
There will be peace in Israel while he's alive.
He shall build an house for my name; and he shall be my son, and I will be
his father; and I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel for
Now, my son, the LORD be with thee; and prosper thou, and build the house
of the LORD thy God, as he hath said of thee.
Only the LORD give thee wisdom and understanding, and give thee charge
concerning Israel, that thou mayest keep the law of the LORD thy God.
Then shalt thou prosper, if thou takest heed to fulfil the statutes and
judgments which the LORD charged Moses with concerning Israel: be strong,
and of good courage; dread not, nor be dismayed.
He'll build me a house.
And I'll establish his kingdom forever.
Now, behold, in my trouble I have prepared for the house of the LORD
an hundred thousand talents of gold, and a thousand thousand talents of silver;
and of brass and iron without weight; for it is in abundance: timber also
and stone have I prepared; and thou mayest add thereto.
So here you go, Solomon.
Here's a million talents of silver and 100,000 talents of gold to get you started. 
Moreover there are workmen with thee in abundance, hewers and workers of
stone and timber, and all manner of cunning men for every manner of work.
Of the gold, the silver, and the brass, and the iron, there is no number.
Arise therefore, and be doing, and the LORD be with thee.
David also commanded all the princes of Israel to help Solomon his son,
Is not the LORD your God with you? and hath he not given you rest on every
side? for he hath given the inhabitants of the land into mine hand; and the
land is subdued before the LORD, and before his people.
Now set your heart and your soul to seek the LORD your God; arise
therefore, and build ye the sanctuary of the LORD God, to bring the ark of
the covenant of the LORD, and the holy vessels of God, into the house that
is to be built to the name of the LORD.
- An hundred thousand talents of gold (v.14)
David provides Solomon with a fantastically large amount of gold and
silver with which to build the temple: 100,000 talents of gold and 1,000,000 talents of silver. Since a
talent was about 34 kilograms, this would be 3.4 million kg of gold -- or about 120 million ounces,
which nearly as much as is currently in
the United States
depository in Fort Knox. Not bad for a small tribe in 1000 BCE.
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