. The Last Directions of David concerning the building of the Temple and the Succession of Solomon, and his own Death: 1 Chronicles 28, 29
1. Directions to Solomon concerning the building of the Temple: 1 Chronicles 28
1Ch_28:1 And David assembled all the princes of Israel, the princes of the tribes, and the captains of the divisions, that served the king, and the captains of thousands, and captains of hundreds, and the stewards of all the property and cattle of the king and his sons, with the courtiers and the heroes, 2and all the valiant men in Jerusalem. And David the king stood up on his feet, and said, Hear me, my brethren and my people. I had it in my heart to build a house of rest for the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and for the footstool of our God; and I made ready for the building. 3But God said to me, Thou shalt not build a house for my name, because thou hast been a 4man of war, and hast shed blood. And the Lord God of Israel chose me out of all my father’s house to be king over Israel for ever: for He hath chosen Judah to be the ruler, and in the house of Judah the house of my father; and among the sons of my father He liked me, to make me king over all Israel. 5And of all my sons—for the Lord hath given me many sons—He hath chosen Solomon my son to sit upon the throne of the kingdom of the Lord over Israel. 6And He said unto me, Solomon thy son, he shall build my house and my courts; for I have chosen him to be my son; and I will be his father. 7And I will establish his kingdom for ever, if he be strong to do my 8commandments and my judgments as at this day. And now in the eyes of all Israel, the congregation of the Lord, and in the ears of our God, keep and seek all the commandments of the Lord your God, that ye may possess the good land, and bequeath it to your sons after you for ever. 9And thou, Solomon my son, know the God of thy father, and serve Him with a whole heart, and with a willing mind; for the Lord searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imagination of the thoughts: if thou seek Him, He will be found of thee; and if thou forsake Him, He will cast thee off for e1 Chronicles 1Ch_28:10 Take heed now; for the Lord hath chosen thee to build a house for the sanctuary: be strong, and do it.
11And David gave Solomon his son the pattern of the porch, and of its buildings and its treasuries, and its upper rooms, and its inner parlours, and the house of the mercy-seat. 12And the pattern of all that his spirit had in thought for the courts of the house of the Lord, and for all the chambers around for the treasures of the house of God, and for the treasures of the 13holy things. And for the courses of the priests and the Levites, and for all the work of the service of the house of the Lord, and for all the vessels of 14the service of the house of the Lord. For gold by weight, for gold for all instruments of every service; and for all instruments of silver by weight, for 15all instruments of every service. And the weight for the golden candlesticks, and their lamps of gold; by the weight of every candlestick and its lamps; and for the silver candlesticks, by weight for the candlestick and its lamps, 16according to the use of each candlestick. And the gold by weight for the 17tables of shew-bread for every table; and silver for the tables of silver. And the forks, and the sprinkling bowls, and the cans of pure gold; and for the golden tankards by weight for every tankard, and for the silver tankards by weight for every tankard. 18And for the altar of incense, refined gold by weight; and for the pattern of the chariot; the cherubim of gold that spread out (their wings) and cover the ark of the covenant of the Lord. 19“All this has He taught me in writing from the hand of the Lord upon me, even all the works of the pattern.”
20And David said to Solomon his son, Be strong and active, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed, for the Lord God, my God, is with thee, He will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, till all the work of the service of the house of the Lord is completed. 21And, behold, the courses of the priests and the Levites for all the service of the house of God; and with thee is in every work every willing man of wisdom for all service; and the princes and all the people for all thy matters.
2. Contributions of the assembled Princes for building the Temple:1Ch_29:1-9
1Ch_29:1 And David the king said unto all the congregation, Solomon my son, whom alone God hath chosen, is young and tender, and the work is great; 2for the palace is not for man, but for the Lord God. And with all my might I have prepared for the house of my God, gold for golden things, and silver for silver, and brass for brazen, and iron for iron, and wood for wooden; onyx-stones and set stones, rubies and mottled stones, and all kinds of precious stones, and marble stones in abundance. And, 3moreover, because I delight in the house of God, I have a treasure of gold and silver which I have given to the house of my God over and above all that I have prepared for 4the holy house. Three thousand talents of gold, of the gold of Ophir, and seven thousand talents of refined silver, to overlay the walls of the houses. 5The gold for golden, and the silver for silver, and for all work by the hand of artificers; and who is willing to fill his hand this day unto the Lord?
6And the princes of the houses, and the princes of the tribes of Israel, and the captains of thousands and of hundreds, with the rulers of the king’s work, 7showed themselves willing. And gave, for the service of the house of God, of gold, five thousand talents and ten thousand darics; and of silver, ten thousand talents; and of brass, eighteen thousand talents; and of iron, a hundred thousand talents. 8And they with whom stones were found gave them for the treasure of the house of the Lord, by the hand of Jehiel the 9Gershonite. And the people were glad, because they were willing, because with a perfect heart they offered willingly to the Lord; and David the king also was exceedingly glad.
3. David’s Thanksgiving:1Ch_29:10-19
10And David blessed the Lord in the eyes of all the congregation; and David said, Blessed be Thou, Lord God of Israel our father, for ever and 11ever. Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the beauty, and the lustre, and the majesty; for all in the heaven and in the earth is Thine: 12Thine, O Lord, is the kingdom, and Thou art exalted as head over all. And the riches and the glory come of Thee, and Thou rulest over all; and in Thy hand is might and power; and in Thy hand it is to make all great and strong. 13, 14And now, our God, we thank Thee, and praise Thy glorious name. For who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly in this way? for all comes of Thee, and of Thy hand have we given Thee. 15For we are strangers before Thee, and sojourners, as all our fathers: our days on 16the earth are as a shadow‚ and there is no hope. O Lord our God, all this store that we have prepared to build Thee a house for Thy holy name, it17cometh of Thy hand, and is all Thine own. And I know‚ O my God, that Thou triest the heart, and hast pleasure in uprightness: I, in the integrity of my heart, have willingly offered all these things: and now Thy people who 18are present I have seen with gladness to offer willingly unto Thee. O Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, our fathers, keep this for ever in the imagination of the thoughts of the heart of Thy people, and stablish their 19heart unto Thee. And give to Solomon my son a perfect heart, to keep Thy commandments, Thy testimonies, and Thy statutes, and to do all, and to build the palace which I have prepared.
4. Close of the Public Assembly; Solomon’s Elevation to the Throne:1Ch_29:20-25
20And David said to all the congregation, Bless now the Lord your God: and all the congregation blessed the Lord God of their fathers; and they 21bent and bowed down to the Lord, and to the king. And they killed sacrifices unto the Lord, and offered burnt-offerings unto the Lord, on the morrow of that day, a thousand bullocks, a thousand rams, a thousand lambs, with 22their drink-offerings, and sacrifices in abundance for all Israel. And they ate and drank before the Lord on that day with great gladness, and the second time made Solomon the son of David king, and anointed him unto 23the Lord to be ruler, and Zadok to be priest. And Solomon sat on the throne of the Lord as king, instead of David his father; and he prospered, and all Israel obeyed him. 24And all the princes, and the heroes, and also all 25the sons of King David, submitted to Solomon the king. And the Lord magnified Solomon exceedingly in the eyes of all Israel, and bestowed on him the majesty of the kingdom, which had not been on any king over Israel before him.
5. Close of the History of David:1Ch_29:26-30
26And David the son of Jesse reigned over all Israel. 27And the time that he reigned over all Israel was forty years; in Hebron he reigned seven years, and in Jerusalem he reigned thirty and three. 28And he died in a good old age, full of days, riches, and glory; and Solomon his son reigned in his stead. 29“And the acts of David the king, first and last, behold, they are written in the words of Samuel the seer, and in the words of Nathan the prophet, and in the words of Gad the seer. 30With all his reign and his might, and the times that went over him, and over Israel, and over all the kingdoms of the countries.
1. Directions to Solomon concerning the building of the Temple: 1Ch_28:1-21.—These directions for building the temple David announces in a solemn assembly of the states or representatives of the people, or as they are designated in general: “all the princes of Israel” (
) The several classes of these representatives of the kingdom are there specified:—1. “the princes of the tribes” (see their enumeration in 1Ch_27:16-22); 2. “the captains of the divisions that served the king;” see 1Ch_27:1-15; 1 Chronicles 3. “the captains of thousands and captains of hundreds,” the officers of the army, and those captains of divisions, the commanders and chiefs of the twelve corps of the army (1Ch_27:1); 4. “the stewards of all the property and cattle of the king and his sons,” the officers of the royal domains (1Ch_27:25-31), who are here extended by the addition (misunderstood by the Vulg.)
to the royal princes and their possessions; 5. “the courtiers,”
, properly, eunuchs (so the Sept. and Vulg. in our passage), but here obviously in a wider sense, of officers of the royal court, or chamberlains in general; comp. 1Sa_8:15; 1Ki_22:19; 1 Kings 6. the “heroes,” that is, the distinguished champions enumerated in 1Ch_11:10 ff., so far as they not merely (as captains of the divisions or over the thousands, etc.) belonged to the active service, but perhaps as occasional counsellors of the king, or otherwise influential persons, were entitled to a prominent position in the kingdom (hence the Sept. not unsuitably:
); 7. all “the valiant men” (
as nota acc), every other person of note or importance,—a wide phrase reverting to the general notion of the “princes of Israel.”
1Ch_28:2. And David the king stood up on his feet, in order to speak; for before he was sitting from the weakness of age (not reclining, as the Rabbinical expositors would infer from 1 Kings 1). For the kindly humble address, “my brethren,” in the king’s mouth, comp. 1Sa_30:23; 2Sa_19:13.—I had it in my heart to build, literally, “I, in my heart it was to build;” comp. 1Ch_22:7.—A house of rest, a house where the ark might abide at rest. Along with the ark, on account of its special holiness, is mentioned the mercy-seat (1Ch_28:11), and, indeed, described in a figurative way as “the footstool of our God,” as Jehovah is regarded as sitting on the cherubim of the capporeth.—And I made ready for the building, I prepared workmen and materials for it; comp. 22:2 ff., 14 ff.; as for the following verse 1Ch_22:8, and for 1Ch_28:4, 1Ch_11:2; 1Ch_5:2.
1Ch_28:5.To sit upon the throne of the kingdom of the Lord over Israel, the theocratic kingdom; comp. the equivalent briefer phrase: “to sit on Jehovah’s throne,” 1Ch_29:23 and Psa_45:7, where the correctly interpreted
“thy God’s throne,” yields practically the same notion (see Moll, Der Psalter, p. 237). God is the proper king of Israel; but David, Solomon, etc., are only the earthly representatives of His royalty.
1Ch_28:7. And I will establish His kingdom. Comp. in general 1Ch_22:10 and 1Ch_17:11 f., and for the condition: “if he be strong,” etc., the quite similar conditions which God, 1Ki_3:14; 1Ki_9:4, imposes on Solomon; also 1Ki_8:61 (where also the
1Ch_28:8. Keep and seek all the commandments, keep them earnestly, seek to keep them with zeal.—That ye may possess the good land. Comp. Deu_4:21; Lev_25:46; Jer_3:18.
1Ch_28:9. And thou, Solomon my son, know the God of thy father, the God who so truly helped me, thy father, in all troubles; comp. the emphatic “my God,” 1Ch_28:20 and Psa_18:3, and similar passages.—And serve Him with a whole heart, with an undivided mind, without
; comp. 1Ch_29:9; also 1Ch_29:19 and 1Ki_8:61.—Understandeth all the imagination of the thoughts. The phrase: “imagination of the thoughts,” as in Gen_6:5; the reference to the omniscience of God, as in 1 Samuel 16, 7; Psa_7:10; Psa_139:1 ff.—If thou seek Him, He will be found of thee; comp. Deu_4:29; Isa_4:6; Jer_29:13 f. On the following strong expression: “He will cast thee off” (
), comp. 2Ch_6:14; 2Ch_29:19, and Lam_3:17.
1Ch_28:10. Be strong, and do it. In essentially the same words, 1Ch_28:20, David again addresses Solomon, after the interruption, 1Ch_28:11-19, occasioned by delivering the draft and plan of the holy buildings.
1Ch_28:11-19. The Details of the Outline and Plan for the Temple, as David laid it before his Son in the public Assembly. We may imagine the architects and other craftsmen, by whose help he had this outline and plan drawn out, present in the assembly, and explaining it at the king’s order.—And David gave . . . the pattern of the court.
, pattern, model, as Exo_25:40;
, the porch before the sanctuary, 2Ch_3:4; 1Ki_6:3.—And of its buildings, those of the temple. The suffix must refer, not to the
, but only to
, “the temple, the house,” to be supplied from the context. The buildings of the house are the holy place and the most holy.—And its treasuries (
, cognate with
, Ezr_7:20, Est_3:9; Est_4:7, occurs only here), and its upper rooms (above the most holy place, 2Ch_3:9), and its inner parlours, namely, the porch and the holy place; for only to these can the phrase refer, as immediately after follows the special mention of the most holy place, designated as the “house of the mercy-seat” or “abode of the capporeth.”
1Ch_28:12. And the pattern of all that his spirit had in thought (or what was before his mind) for the courts . . . and all the chambers around, the cells or rooms on the four sides of the court, that served to keep “the treasures of the house of God,” that is, the treasure of the temple and the “treasures of holy things,” the stores of dedicated things collected from the spoils of war (the same distinction as in 1Ch_26:20).
1Ch_28:13 continues the statement of that for which the chambers or cells of the court were designed.—And for the courses of the priests and the Levites, for their sojourn during their service, likewise for the works belonging to this service (cooking of flesh, preparing of shew-bread, etc.), and for the keeping of the requisite utensils, which last are enumerated in detail from 1Ch_28:14 on.
1Ch_28:14. For gold. The
corresponds to that in
, 1Ch_28:12; the sentence begun in 1Ch_28:11 thus extends to the close of this verse. A new construction begins first in 1Ch_28:15, which may be regarded as a continuation of that begun in 1Ch_28:11. As to the object
must be supplied from 1Ch_28:11, but not certainly in the same sense of giving, but in that of stating or defining. Thus: “And (he stated) the weight for the golden candlesticks and their lamps of gold;”
is freely subordinated to
(comp. 2Ch_4:15). For the golden candlesticks of the sanctuary, comp. Exo_25:31 f.; 2Ch_4:7.—According to the use of each candlestick, according to its set service, its import for the holy service. for the var.: “for the service of every one” (
) see Crit. Note.
1Ch_28:16. And the gold by weight;
, accus. of free subordination.—For the tables of shew-bread for every table; and silver for the tables of silver. Whereas elsewhere (Exo_25:23 ff.; 1Ki_7:48; and 2Ch_29:18) only one table of shew-bread is spoken of, here several tables of this kind are mentioned. As also, 2Ch_4:8, a greater number of golden tables, namely, ten, destined as it appears for the ten golden candlesticks, is spoken of, so in our passage (as in 2Ch_4:19) a synecdoche appears to be used, and the one golden table of shew-bread to be included with the tables for the golden candlesticks. Silver tables (as silver candlesticks, 1Ch_28:15) are only here expressly mentioned: such may be understood as included among the silver articles mentioned on the occasion of the repair of the temple by Joash (2Ch_24:14; comp. also 2Ki_25:15). The statements of the Rabbis, that the silver tables stood in the court, and the silver candlesticks in the chambers of the priests, may rest on an old tradition.
1Ch_28:17. And (gave him in pattern: the same supplement as in 1Ch_28:15) the forks, namely, the flesh-forks used in cooking the pieces of the sacrifices; comp. Exo_27:3; 1Ki_7:50. for the sprinkling-bowls (
) comp. also 2Ch_4:11; 2Ch_4:22; for the “cans” or “cups” (
) that were used in libations, Exo_25:29; Exo_37:16; Num_4:7—Of pure gold; accus. of free subordination, as in 1Ch_28:15-16.—And for the golden tankards.
cover, are covered vessels, and so tankards (not cups); comp. Ezr_1:10; Ezr_8:27, the only other passages in which it occurs.
1Ch_28:18. The pattern of the chariot, the cherubim of gold, The term pattern,
, recurs here, near the close of the whole enumeration, from 1Ch_28:11-12, but with
as nota accusat. The mercy-seat with its cherubim appears here symbolized as the chariot on which Jehovah sits or moves (comp. Exo_25:22; Psa_18:11; Psa_99:1),—a very important passage for the, right understanding of Eze_1:15 ff. The cherubim themselves, though only two in number, according to the present description, which represents the older and simpler, idea, exhibit as it were a chariot (observe that
is not subordinate to
as a genitive, but co-ordinate with it, as in apposition); of a wheel-work connected with it, an external exhibition of the chariot idea, as Ezekiel depicts it, nothing is indicated in the passage; the Sept. and Vulg. only, by taking
as a genitive (
ἅñìá ôῶí ×åñïõâßì
: quadriga cherubim), have introduced this foreign element.—That spread out (their wings) and cover the ark of the covenant of the Lord, literally, “for spreading and covering,” that is, they are represented spreading and covering with their wings. Comp. for this use of
in the sense of becoming something, or appearing as somewhat, 22:33
, “as king”), also Gen_9:5, Job_39:16, and other passages, in Ew. § 217, d (p. 553). The change of
(Sept., Vulg., and recent expositors, as Berth., Kamph., etc.) is therefore unnecessary. J. H. Mich, correctly: ut essent expandentes, etc To
it is easy to supply
, “the wings,” as object; comp. Exo_25:20, and 1Ki_8:7; 2Ch_5:8.
1Ch_28:19 contains again words of David, as the
“upon me,” and the whole sense and contents teach.—All this has He taught me in writing from the hand of the Lord upon me. So it seems the difficult and perhaps corrupt words
äַëֹּì áִּëְúָá îִéַּã éְäåָֹä òָìַé äִùְׂëִּéì
must be taken. To
we are to understand
as subject, and “me”(or perhaps “us”) as object. Possibly also
might be connected with
(comp. Pro_22:11); but it is easier, on account of the collocation, to connect it either with
. Now, as the grammatically (Psa_40:8 :
) admissible connection of the words
into one notion, “by a writing from the hand of Jehovah given me as a rule” (Berth.), yields a very harsh and obscure sense, and as, moreover, the position of
renders this connection extremely difficult, nothing remains but the connection of
îִéַּã éְäåָֹä òָìַé
“a writing from the hand of Jehovah being or coming upon me,” by which is designated a writing springing from divine revelation, an immediate effect of divine inspiration (comp. the known phrase: “the hand of Jehovah came upon me,” 2Ki_3:15; Eze_1:3; Eze_3:14, etc.). This naturally refers, not to the law of Moses, as the Rabbinical expositors think, but to the proposed building plan, draft, etc., which David refers to divine teaching, in so far as he did not conceive it arbitrarily, but designed it under the influence of the Divine Spirit (which, however, must have been effected in this case not directly by vision, as with Moses on Sinai). Comp. moreover, on the transition into the address without an introductory formula, 1Ch_22:18 f., 1Ch_23:4 f.
1Ch_28:20-21. Closing Admonition and Promise to Solomon.—Be strong and active; comp. 1Ch_28:10 and 1Ch_22:13.—For the Lord God, my God, is with thee; comp. on 1Ch_28:9. For the following promise: “He will not fail thee (properly, ’ withdraw from thee,’ namely, His hand) nor forsake thee,” comp. Deu_31:6; Deu_31:8; Psa_138:8; Jos_1:5; Heb_13:5.—And behold the courses of the priests. Personal attendance of the priests and Levites, or only of a majority of representatives of their order in the public assembly, can scarcely be inferred from this
, just as the
“and with thee,” does not necessitate the assumption that the willing craftsmen stood by Solomon, or were assembled around him.—Every willing man of wisdom for all service, properly, “with regard to every willing man.” The
here is not nota accus. (as 1Ch_28:1; 1Ch_26:26; 1Ch_24:6), but yet serves to give emphasis to
(Ew. § 310, a), which, though it cannot be translated, is yet not to be erased (against Berth.). For the notion of free-will (
ðְãִéá ìֵá = ðָãִéá
, 2Ch_29:31), to designate the higher wisdom and skill of a craftsman, comp. Exo_35:5; Exo_35:22, and Latin phrases, as artes ingenuœ, liberates. “We are to think, moreover, of the same craftsmen as those named, 1Ch_22:15; 2Ch_2:6.—For all thy matters:
to be explained according to 1Ch_26:32 (concerns, matters), scarcely: “for all thy words or commands” (as J. H. Mich., Starke, Keil, etc., think).
2. Contributions of the assembled Princes for building the Temple: 1Ch_29:1-9.—Unto all the congregation, which consisted, 1Ch_28:1, merely of the “princes” or more eminent representatives (notables) of the people.—Solomon, my son, whom alone God hath chosen, properly a parenthesis: “as the one (
) hath God chosen him.” For “young and tender,” comp. 1Ch_22:5.—For the palace is not for man. Only here and 1Ch_29:19 stands the later word
, to denote the temple (with regard to its fort-like size and strength); elsewhere either of the Persian royal castle (Est_1:2; Est_1:5; Est_2:3; Neh_1:1) or of the castle in the temple at Jerusalem.
1Ch_29:2. On a, comp. 1Ch_23:15.—Onyx-stones and set stones. For
onyx (sardonyx, etc.), or perhaps beryl, comp. Gen_2:12; Exo_28:9; Exo_28:20; Job_28:16; on
, “stones of settings,” Exo_25:7; Exo_35:9, where also onyx-stones, designed for the high priest’s ephod and hoshen, are mentioned.—Rubies and mottled stones, and all kinds of precious stones, and marble stones in abundance.
, properly stones of paint or lead-glance (comp. 2Ki_9:35; Isa_54:11), perhaps precious stones of very dark glancing colour, of dark purple, as carbuncle or ruby (
, perhaps radically connected with
, stones of various colours, striped with veins (agate?), as
“precious costly stones,” in general,
, white marble (the Sept. and Vulg. explain it by an anachronism of Parian marble); comp. the contracted form
, Son_5:15; Est_1:6.
1Ch_29:3. Over and above all that I have prepared for the holy house, literally, “upwards of all, out above all.” On
, without a relative particle connecting it with the foregoing
, comp. 1Ch_15:12.
1Ch_29:4. Three thousand talents of gold of the gold of Ophir, of the finest and. best gold; comp. the excursus after 2 Chronicles 9. Three thousand talents of gold, reckoned after the holy or Mosaic shekel, would amount to ninety million thalers (about £13,500,000), reckoned after the royal shekel to half as much; and the 7000 talents of silver would amount in the first case to fifteen million thalers (about £2,250,000), in the second case to half that sum. The greatness of this sum shows, at all events, that this includes the whole of David’s private property; comp. on 1Ch_22:14 f.—To overlay the walls of the houses, the proper temple buildings (
as in 1Ch_28:11), the holy place and the most holy, with the court and the upper chambers, the inner walls of which, 2Ch_3:4-9, were all hung with gold.
1Ch_29:5. The gold for golden, or literally, “for the gold, for the gold,” etc.; comp. 1Ch_29:2.—And for all work by the hand of artificers, for all works to be made by the hand of craftsmen.—And who is willing (
show oneself willing, as 1Ch_29:6; Ezr_2:68) to fill his hand this day unto the Lord, to provide himself with free-will offerings for Him ; comp. Exo_28:41; Exo_32:29, and 2Ch_13:9.The infinitive
, 2Ch_13:9), also Dan_9:2; Exo_31:5.
1Ch_29:6. The princes of the houses, properly, “of the fathers;”
; comp. 1Ch_24:31, 1Ch_27:1, etc.—With the rulers of the king’s work, literally, “and with regard to the rulers;” before
ùָׂøֵé îְìֶàëֶú äî×
the same superfluous untranslatable
as in 1Ch_28:21. These are “the stewards of all the property and cattle of the king,” 1Ch_28:1, the officers of the royal domains.
1Ch_29:7. And gave, for the service of the house of God, of gold five thousand talents. We must suppose a partial “signing” or guaranteeing of the sums named, not an immediate bare paying down, especially as the bulky contributions in the baser metals, the 18,000 talents of brass and the 100,000 talents of iron, could not possibly be present in natura. Even David’s gifts of 3000 talents of gold of Ophir and 7000 talents of silver may be regarded as not a proper direct delivery of these large quantities of metals. Moreover, what the princes, according to our passage, contributed was about a half more than that given by David from his private means, namely—1.5000 talents of gold = 150 million thalers (about £22,500,000), or by the other mode of reckoning, half that sum; 2.10,000 darics=75,000 thalers (about £11,250); 3.10,000 talents of silver = twenty -four million thalers (about £3,600,000); 4:18,000 talents of brass (copper), and 100,000 talents of iron; 5. Precious stones amounting to an indefinite sum.
prosthetic here and Ezr_8:27, along with
Ezr_2:69, Neh_7:70 ff., is not a Hebrew designation of the drachma (as Ew. Gesch. i. 254 still thinks), but of the daric, a Persian coin, containing 1½ ducats, or 7½ thalers (about 22s. 6d.); comp. Eckhell, Doctr. numm. i. Vol. 3. p. 551; J. Brandis, Das Münz-, Maass-, and Gewichtssystem in Vorderasien (1866), p. 244; see also Introd. § 3, a. In darics, the gold coin most current in his time (it is not meant by our author that it existed in David’s time), the Chronist states a smaller part of the sum contributed by the princes, and indeed that part which they gave in coined pieces, while he expresses the amount of uncoined gold that was offered in talents.
1Ch_29:8. With whom stones were found, the present possessors of precious stones. Against Bertheau’s rendering: “and what was found therewith in precious stones,” is the fact that the sing.
, that is certainly to be taken distributively (comp. Ew. § 319, a), cannot possibly refer to the sums or quantities in 1Ch_29:6-7. For the Gershonite Jehiel, comp. 1Ch_26:21 f., where the name is Jehieli.
1Ch_29:9. Was exceedingly glad, literally, “was glad with a great gladness;” comp. Zec_1:14.
3. David’s Thanksgiving; 1Ch_29:10-19.—Blessed be Thou, Lord God of Israel our father. Among the partriarchs, as whose well-tried tutelary God and heavenly fountain of blessing Jehovah had now again proved Himself to David (by the operation of so highly joyful an act of faith as the free-will offering of the princes of the people), Israel is here specially set forth, because his life most resembled that of David, especially in this, that the cry, “Lord, I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies,” etc. (Gen_32:10), might and must for him also (see 1Ch_29:14) be the fundamental note of his prayer at the close of his fight of faith. At the end of his confession, where the expression is still more solemn, the address is more full: “Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, our fathers.”—For ever and ever; comp. Psa_103:17.
1Ch_29:11. Thine, O Lord, is the greatness; comp. Psa_144:8; and on “power” (here and 1Ch_29:12), Ps. 21:14; on “beauty” (here and 1Ch_29:13), Psa_94:6; on “lustre” (
, less suitably rendered “victory” by Luther), 1Sa_15:29; on “majesty” (
by Luther, against the text: “thanks”), 1sa 16:27, Psa_21:6. The whole doxology belongs to the apocalyptic in its main figures, as Rev_4:11; Rev_5:12; Rev_7:12, etc.—Thine, O Lord, is the kingdom, and Thou art exalted as head over all.
, “kingdom, sovereignty,” as Psa_47:8 f.; comp. Mat_6:13.
is not the participle, before which
, “Thou art,” should be supplied (Berth.), but an infinitive noun, “the being exalted;” comp. 2Ki_2:21; Ew. § 160, e. On “head over all,” comp.
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1Ch_29:12. And the riches and the glory; the same connection, Pro_3:16; comp. also 1Ch_29:28; 2Ch_17:5; 1Ki_3:13.
1Ch_29:13. And now, our God, we thank Thee, properly, “now are we thanking and praising Thy name:” the participles express the constancy of the work; comp. 1Ch_23:5.—Thy glorious name, literally, “the name of Thy glory,” as Luther here renders, while he has, 1Ch_29:3, put “holy house” for “house of holiness.”
1Ch_29:14. For (literally, “and for;”
, as Jdg_10:10) who am, I, and what is my people, that we should be able?
, properly, “to hold or retain strength,” then valere, be able; comp, 2Ch_13:20; Dan_10:8; Dan_10:16; Dan_11:6.—In this way, as our just completed collection of free will offerings for the temple (1Ch_29:3-8) has proved. On
, comp. 2Ch_32:15.
1Ch_29:15. For we are strangers before Thee, and sojourners; comp. Psa_39:13; Heb_11:13; Heb_13:14. Even in this strong assertion of the vanity and uncertainty of earthly life (on b, comp. Job_8:9; Psa_90:9 f., Psa_102:12; and Jer_14:8) appears, as in the foregoing verse, which recalls Gen_32:10, an allusion to that which Jacob confessed at the end of his earthly career; comp. Gen_47:9.
1Ch_29:16. All this store,
heap of money, wealth, as Ecc_5:9. For the var. “it” (referring to “the heap”) for “her,” see Crit. Note.
1Ch_29:17. In the integrity of my heart.
as Deu_9:5; comp. the foregoing
, “uprightness,” Psa_17:2.—Thy people who are present, “have found themselves here.” On
, comp. 1Ch_26:28 and 1Ch_29:8; on finding oneself=being present, comp. 1Ch_28:1; 2Ch_5:11.
1Ch_29:18. Keep this, the spirit of willingness, which expresses itself in these gifts.—Imagination of the thoughts, as 1Ch_28:9.—Stablish their heart (or “prepare”), as 1Sa_7:3.
1Ch_29:19. On a, comp. 1Ch_29:9; on b (
4. Close of the public Assembly. Solomon’s Elevation to the Throne: 1Ch_29:20-25.—And all the congregation blessed;
, as 1Ch_29:13 :
. And they …bowed down to the Lord, they did obeisance before God and the king as His earthly type and representative. For the combination of
, denoting now divine, now human, respect, comp. Gen_24:26, Exo_12:27; Exo_34:8; 1Ki_1:16; 1Ki_1:31; and Psa_95:6, etc.
1Ch_29:21. And they killed sacrifices unto the Lord, and offered burnt-offerings. The same phrases are united, only in inverse order, 1Sa_6:15.
denotes here animal sacrifices in general, but in b it signifies, in contrast with the before-mentioned burnt-offerings, peace-offerings (
, Exo_25:5) in connection with the proper joyful feasts.—On the morrow of that day; comp. Lev_23:11; Jon_4:7.
1Ch_29:22. And they ate and drank. This describes the joyful feast, as 1Ch_12:39; 1Ki_4:20; Deu_12:7; Deu_26:10.—And the second time made . . . king.
, distinct from 1Ch_23:1, where a first solemn elevation (proclamation) of Solomon to be the successor of his father was reported, with which, however, the ceremony of anointing was not connected. To the present second elevation corresponds that reported 1Ki_1:32 ff., as the mention there of Zadok as taking part in this solemn act of anointing shows.—Anointed him unto the Lord (according to the will of the Lord) to be ruler,
; this is here for the sharper contrast with the following
; comp. moreover, 1Ch_28:4; 1Ki_1:35.—And Zadok to be priest. “With this notice, peculiar to the Chronist, began the degradation of the other high priest, Abiathar, of the line of Ithamar, as Solomon formally completed it after his father’s death (1Ki_2:26 ff.), already in the lifetime of David: it was prepared by Zadok alone being anointed in the presence of the states along with the young king.
1Ch_29:23. And Solomon sat on the throne of the Lord as king. For the anticipatory nature of this notice, comp. on 1Ch_23:1; for “the throne of the Lord,” on 1Ch_28:5.—And he prospered; and all Israel obeyed him, according to the hope of David expressed before, 1Ch_22:13, regarding him. For
= obeyed, comp. Deu_34:9.
1Ch_29:24. Also all the sons of King David submitted to Solomon the king, literally, “gave hand under” (comp. 2Ch_30:8; Lam_5:6). We may observe the slight allusion to the soon suppressed attempt of Adonijah (1Ki_1:5 ff.) which is contained in this statement, quite after the manner of the Chronist (see Principles of History and Ethics, No. 1).
1Ch_29:25. Magnified . . . exceedingly; comp. 1Ch_22:5.—And bestowed upon him the majesty of the kingdom.
, as Psa_8:2;
, as 1Ch_29:11.—Which had not been on any king over Israel before him. The construction is as partly in Ecc_1:16, partly in 1Ki_3:12. The phrase is somewhat hyperbolical, as there were only two kings of Israel before him (Ishbosheth our author is wont to ignore, as 1Ch_29:27 shows).
5. Close of the History of David: 1Ch_29:26-30.—And the time that he reigned over all Israel, inclusive of the seven years of his residence in Hebron (which is more exactly fixed, 2Sa_5:5, at seven and a half years).
1Ch_29:28. In a good old age; comp. Gen_15:15; Gen_25:8.—Full (“satisfied”; comp. Job_42:17) of days, riches, and glory. For the combination
, see on 1Ch_29:12.
1Ch_29:29. And the acts . . . first and last. The author here indicates the simple order which he laid down for his now finished representation of the life of David; see Evangelical and Ethical Reflections, No. 2.—Behold, they are written in, properly “on”; comp. 1Ch_9:1. For the sources now named, see Introd. § 5, II.
1Ch_29:30. With all his reign and his might;
, here his “display of might,” the power shown by him, his brave deeds; comp. 1Ki_16:5.—And the times that went over him, the events that befell him.
, as Job_24:1; Psa_31:16.—And over all the kingdoms of the countries, with which David came into friendly or hostile contact, as Phœnicia, Philistia, Edom, Moab, etc. For the phrase, comp. 2Ch_12:8; 2Ch_17:10; 2Ch_20:29.
evangelical and ethical reflections, apologetic and homiletic notes on. 1 Chronicles 10-29
1. On the historical and practical point of view under which the Chronist regards the brief account of the downfall of Saul and his house, with which he opens his full description of the history of David, he explains himself very clearly in the two closing verses of 1 Chronicles 10 : Saul’s kingdom must, after a brief existence, make way for that of David, on the simple ground that it was not erected on the foundation of right faith in Jehovah the God of the covenant, and willing submission to Him; that its possessor had not once only, but constantly, cast to the winds that earnest warning voice of the prophet, “Obedience is better than sacrifice,” 1Sa_25:22, and neglected even in the last hour to return to such a course, which was alone pleasing to God. Comp. Bengel’s appropriate note on those two verses (p. 16 of the “Beiträge zu J. A. Bengel’s Schrifterklärung, aus handschriftl. Aufzeichnun gen mitgetheilt von Dr. Osk. Wächter,” Leipz. 1865): “It is worthy of remark that Saul is not expressly charged, when he died in his sin, with his long hate of David, but rather with the unbelief in which he kept not the word of God, and sought counsel at Endor. David indeed is out of the country a considerable time before Saul’s death.… Even at the last Saul might have obtained pardon, if he had earnestly returned to God, and entreated Him. But he lost all.”—Comp. also Schlier, “König Saul” (Bibelstunden, Nördlingen 1867), towards the end, and the homiletic notes of Erdmann on 1 Samuel 31 (Bibelwerk, vi. 337).
2. That our author aimed at no exhaustive treatment of the history of David in its external and internal course—that he rather laboured as partly an excerptor, partly a supplementer, of earlier writers, and so wished to furnish something regarding the history of David contained in the present books of Samuel and Kings, similar in many respects to that which John the Evangelist did for the evangelical history presented by the synoptics,—this he himself indicates in the closing words just considered, when, 1Ch_29:29-30, he points for that which he may have omitted to the historical works of the prophets Samuel, Nathan, and Gad as his chief sources. But even before he repeatedly indicates his acquaintance with essential elements of the history of David, which, according to his plan, he does not report. Thus, in the notice prefixed as preface or introduction, concerning the downfall of Saul and his house, where he certainly alludes to the incident of the necromancer of Endor, but does not report it (1Ch_10:13 f.), and 1Ch_20:5, where he names Goliath, but presumes the history of the slaughter by the youthful shepherd David as known; likewise 1Ch_12:1, where he mentions the times of the exile and proscription of David under Saul, without entering into the particulars at least of its well-known catastrophes and vicissitudes; 1Ch_11:1 and 1Ch_12:23, where he likewise points to the rival kingdom of Saul and Abner during the residence of David at Hebron; 1Ch_20:1, where the proceedings at Jerusalem during the siege of Rabbath Ammon by Joab are slightly indicated; 1Ch_27:23-24, where, by the mention of Ahithophel and Hushai, a similar reference is made to the rebellion of Absalom; and 1Ch_29:24, where the attempt of Adonijah is in like manner touched upon. The omitted parts are, as must have been often manifest, almost always of such a nature as would have served, if brought into the field, to disturb and in some points obscure the lustre of the picture, and throw many a shadow on the otherwise almost uniform light. It is the first growing and youthful but arduously soaring aloft, further, the suffering and persecuted David, not less the despised and derided by all bystanders far and near (but comp. 1Ch_15:29); lastly, the deeply guilty and penitent one, whose picture the Chronist avoids to draw, while all the more earnestly he collects all that appears fitted to represent the hero king in his greatness, and the activity of his reign as an uninterrupted chain of splendid theocratic events. To finish a picture that presents David in the meridian height of his glory and mighty achievements is the obvious aim of all that our author adds in the way of supplement on the ground of his sources to the life-picture of the great king as given in the books of Samuel. Such are the whole contents of 1 Chronicles 17 : (the brave men who stood by David even during the reign of Saul, and the number of the warriors out of all the tribes who made him king in Hebron); those of 1 Chronicles 15, 16 (the full delineation of the preparatory, accompanying, and concluding solemnities in the introduction of the ark into its new abode on Zion); finally, those of the closing 1 Chronicles 22-29, on the internal history of the kingdom and the preparations for the building of the temple, which coincide only in subordinate points with the much more summary parallel sections of Samuel and 1 Kings, but on the whole exhibit the peculiarity and special tendency of our author in full force, and in so far, notwithstanding their dry statistical character and tedious lists of names and numbers, are of special interest (comp. No. 2). The preference of our author for the exhibition of all the brilliant traits of the history of David, or, if you will, his panegyristic idealizing tendency and method, is shown also in the short remarks of a reflective kind at the close of the several sections, which almost always issue in the exhibition of some brilliant aspect of the reign of David, or of the state of the people and the theocracy under him; for example, passages such as these: “And David became greater and greater, and Jehovah Zebaoth was with him,” 1Ch_9:9; “Day by day they came to David to help him, until the camp was great, like a camp of God,” 1Ch_12:22; “His kingdom was lift up on high, because of His people Israel,” 1Ch_14:2; “And David’s fame went out into all lands; and the Lord brought his fear upon all nations,” 1Ch_14:17; “And David reigned over all Israel,: and executed judgment and justice for all his people,” 1Ch_18:14; “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 my hand, and the land is subdued before the Lord and His people,” 1Ch_22:18; But David took not . . . because the Lord had promised to increase as the stars of heaven,” 1Ch_27:23; “And he died in a good old age,; full of days, riches, and glory,” 1Ch_29:28; And the Lord magnified Solomon exceedingly in the eyes of all Israel, and bestowed on him the majesty of the kingdom, which had not been on any king over Israel before him,” 1Ch_29:25. And the enumerations and arrangements of the names of David’s heroes, servants, spiritual and temporal officers (princes), counsellors, etc., subserve the same optimistic and idealizing tendency as presented by the author; and the ever-recurring preference in these enumerations for symbolic numbers, especially for three and thirty (see 1 Chronicles 12 :), seven (the supreme officers of the kingdom and the crown, 1Ch_19:14 ff., and the counsellors of the king, 1Ch_27:32 ff.), and twelve or twenty-four, which latter numbers appear as the principle regulating the whole spiritual (Levitical-priestly) and temporal hierarchy of officers in the kingdom of David (see especially 1 Chronicles 23-27).
3. Next to the selection of material, the arrangement of it, the order followed in the history of David, is characteristic for the author’s conception of this brilliant period of the history of salvation before the exile. This order, however, is, as the same closing remark, 1Ch_29:29, to which we owe the above explanation of the choice of material by the author indicates, an extremely simple and elementary one. The author distinguishes “the first and last acts of David;” he divides his material between the two great heads of the earlier and later events of the reign of David (or of the entrance and exit of David). But among the first acts he does not understand David’s youth, with his persecutions by Saul, etc. (so that the last acts would embrace the period of his reign, as in the present division of the books of Samuel, the second of which treats of his reign), but the course of events till shortly before the end of his life, that is, until he took measures for the building of the temple, and the regular transference of the kingdom to his successor, which latter the author regards as the last acts. The point of division separating the last acts from the first is to be sought neither in 1Ch_10:13 f., for the narrative of the downfall of Saul closing with these verses is merely the preface or introduction to the acts of David; nor in 1Ch_12:40 or 1Ch_13:1, for here, where the accounts of the elevation of David to the throne of all Israel, and the close of the seven years’ reign at Hebron, come to an