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1st Chronicles Chapter 29

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29:1 Furthermore Davyid ha melekh said unto all the congregation, Sh'lomo (שׁלמה) beni, whom alone Elohim (אלהים) hath chosen, [is yet] young and tender, and the work [is] great: for the palace [is] not for man, but for YHWH (יהוה) Elohim (אלהים).

29:2 Now I have prepared with all my might for the Beit Elohai the zahav for [things to be made] of zahav , and the kesef for [things] of kesef, and the nechoshet (brass; bronze) for [things] of nechoshet (brass; bronze), the iron for [things] of iron, and wood for [things] of wood; onyx stones, and [stones] to be set, glistering stones, and of divers colours, and all manner of precious stones, and marble stones in abundance.

29:3 Moreover, because I have set my affection to the Beit Elohai, I have of mine own segullah (treasure) of zahav and kesef, [which] I have given to the Beit Elohai, over and above all that I have prepared for the Beit ha Kodesh,

29:4 [Even] three thousand talents of zahav , of the zahav of Ofir, and seven thousand talents of refined kesef, to overlay the walls of the houses [withal]:

29:5 The zahav for [things] of zahav , and the kesef for [things] of kesef, and for all manner of work [to be made] by the hands of artificers. And who [then] is willing to consecrate his avodah (service) this day unto YHWH (יהוה)?

29:6 Then the sarei ha'avot and sarei shivtei Yisrael, and the sarei of thousands and of hundreds, with the rulers of ha melekh's work, offered willingly,

29:7 And gave for the avodah (service) of the Beit Elohim (אלהים) of zahav five thousand talents and ten thousand darics, and of kesef ten thousand talents, and of nechoshet (brass; bronze) eighteen thousand talents, and one hundred thousand talents of iron.

29:8 And they with whom [precious] stones were found gave [them] to the treasure of the Beit YHWH (יהוה), by the hand of Yehiel the Gershonite.

29:9 Then the people rejoiced, for that they offered willingly, because with levav shalem they offered willingly to YHWH (יהוה): and Davyid ha melekh also rejoiced with great joy.

29:10 Wherefore Davyid blessed YHWH (יהוה) before all the congregation: and Davyid said:

"Baruch atah Adonay Elohei Yisrael Avinu meOlam v'ad olam."

Blessed [be] Thou, YHWH (יהוה) Elohei Yisrael our father, for ever and ever.

29:11 Thine, O YHWH (יהוה), [is] the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all [that is] in the heaven and in the earth [is Thine]; Thine [is] ha melekhdom, O YHWH (יהוה), and Thou art exalted as head above all.

29:12 Both riches and honour [come] of Thee, and Thou reignest over all; and in Thine hand [is] power and might; and in Thine hand [it is] to make great, and to give strength unto all.

29:13 Now therefore, Eloheinu, we thank Thee, and praise Thy glorious Name.

29:14 But who [am] I, and what [is] my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? for all things [come] of Thee, and of Thine own have we given Thee.

29:15 For we [are] strangers before Thee, and sojourners, as [were] all Avoteinu: our days on the earth [are] as a shadow, and [there is] none abiding.

29:16 O YHWH (יהוה) Eloheinu, all this store that we have prepared to build Thee a Beit for Thine set apart Name [cometh] of Thine hand, and [is] all Thine own.

29:17 I know also, Elohai, that Thou triest the heart, and hast pleasure in uprightness. As for me, in the uprightness of mine heart I have willingly offered all these things: and now have I seen with joy Thy people, which are present here, to offer willingly unto Thee.

29:18 O YHWH (יהוה) Elohim (אלהים) of Avraham, Yitzchak (יצחק), and of Yisrael, Avoteinu, be shomer over this l'olam in the yetzer (inclination) of the thoughts of the heart of Thy people, and prepare their heart unto Thee:

29:19 And give unto Sh'lomo (שׁלמה) beni a levav shalem, to keep Thy mitzvot, Thy edot (testimonies), and Thy chukkot (statutes), and to do all [these things], and to build the palace, [for] the which I have made provision.

29:20 And Davyid said to all the congregation, Now bless YHWH (יהוה) Eloheichem. And all the congregation blessed YHWH (יהוה) Elohim (אלהים) of their avot, and bowed down their heads, and shachad (prostrate, שׁחה) YHWH (יהוה), and ha melekh.

29:21 And they sacrificed zevakhim (sacrifices) unto YHWH (יהוה), and offered olot unto YHWH (יהוה), on the morrow after that day, [even] a thousand parim (bullocks), a thousand eilim (rams), [and] a thousand kevasim (lambs), with their nesakim (drink offerings), and zevakhim (sacrifices) in abundance for all Yisrael:

29:22 And did eat and drink before YHWH (יהוה) on that day with great gladness. And they made Sh'lomo (שׁלמה) Ben Davyid king the second time, and anointed [him] unto YHWH (יהוה) [to be] the chief governor, and Tzadok [to be] Kohen.

29:23 Then Sh'lomo (שׁלמה) sat on the throne of YHWH (יהוה) as king instead of Davyid his father, and prospered; and all Yisrael obeyed him.

29:24 And all the princes, and the mighty men, and all Benai likewise of king Davyid, submitted themselves unto Sh'lomo (שׁלמה) ha melekh.

29:25 And YHWH (יהוה) magnified Sh'lomo (שׁלמה) exceedingly in the sight of all Yisrael, and bestowed upon him [such] royal majesty as had not been on any king before him in Yisrael.

29:26 Thus Davyid Ben Yishai reigned over all Yisrael.

29:27 And the time that he reigned over Yisrael [was] forty years; seven years reigned he in Chevron, and thirty and three [years] reigned he in Yerushalayim.

29:28 And he died in a good old age, full of days, riches, and honour: and Sh'lomo (שׁלמה) beno reigned in his stead.

29:29 Now the acts of Davyid ha melekh, first and last, behold, they [are] written in the Divrei Shemuel the seer, and in the Divrei Natan ha Navi, and in the Divrei Gad the seer,

29:30 With all his reign and his might, and the times that went over him, and over Yisrael, and over all the mamlechot ha arotzot (lands).


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The darics was a gold coin used within the Persian Empire. It weighs around eight grams and bears the image of the Persian king or a great warrior armed with a bow and arrow, but who is depicted is not known for sure. The coin was introduced by King Darius I of Persia some time between 522 BC and 486 BC and ended with Alexander the great's invasion in 330 BC. The coin is mentioned several times in the Old Testament, as the benai Israel came into contact with it when their Bavelian conquerors were conquered by Persia.

In 1 Chronicles 29, Davyid was asking an assembly of people to donate for the construction of the Temple. The people gave generously "toward the work on the temple of Elohim five thousand talents and ten thousand darics of gold, ten thousand talents of silver, eighteen thousand talents of bronze and a hundred thousand talents of iron." Since Davyid's reign is believed to be between c. 1011 and c. 971 BC according to Old Testament chronology, the use of the daric is regarded as a serious anachronism by some.

29:19 levav shalem - 誠實的心 peaceful heart. perfect heart, blamless heart, whole heart, complete heart, completely committed, loyal, truthful heart, devoted heart.

The Book of Gad the Seer is a lost text that was probably written by the scriptural Navi Gad. Gad was a seer or more commonly understood, a Navi in the scripture. He was one of the personal Neviim Melekh Davyid Yisrael and some of his writings are believed to be included in Shemuel Alef n Betamuel. He is first mentioned in Shemuel Bet 22:5 telling Davyid to return to the land of Judah. The best-known Biblical passage referencing Gad however is Shemuel Bet 24:11-13, where after Davyid confesses his sin of taking a census of the people of Yisrael and Yehudah, Hashem sends Gad to Davyid to offer him his choice of three forms of punishment."And Davyid rose up in the morning; and the Dvar YHWH came to Gad ha Navi, Davyid's seer, saying ..." (Shemuel Bet 24:11) Gad is mentioned a last time in Shemuel Bet coming to Davyid and telling him to build an altar to God after He stops the plague that Davyid chose.