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1 Chronicles 22

David’s preparations for the temple. (1-5) David’s instructions to Solomon. (6-16) The prices commanded to assist. (17-19)

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David’s preparations for the temple

1 Then David said, This is the house of the LORD God, and this is the altar of the burnt offering for Israel.

2 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 God.

3 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;

4 Also cedar trees in abundance: for the Zidonians and they of Tyre brought much cedar wood to David.

5 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.

David’s instructions to Solomon

6 Then he called for Solomon his son, and charged him to build an house for the LORD God of Israel.

7 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:

8 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.

9 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.

10 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 ever.

11 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.

12 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.

13 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.

14 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.

15 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.

16 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.

The prices commanded to assist

17 David also commanded all the princes of Israel to help Solomon his son, saying,

18 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.

19 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.

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G Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Ver. 1. The house. Or the place where the temple shall be built. M. — The miraculous fire convinced David that God had made choice of this spot.

Ver. 2. Proselytes. This is the first time that the word occurs in the Vulg. See Ex. xii. 45. It means “strangers,” (C.) who were not allowed to live in the country, unless they would observe the natural law, and renounce idolatry. Rabbins. — These had embraced the Jewish religion. M. — They were the remnants of the people of Chanaan, (3 K. ix. 20,) and were treated as public slaves, which could not have been done, with justice or policy, with regard to those who might barely wish to reside in the country. These strangers prefigured the Gentiles, chosen to build the Christian Church.

Ver. 3. Prepared. Syr. and Arab. “appointed blacksmiths from among the proselytes, to forge tools for cutting and dressing stone, &c.” But most follow the Vulg. C. — Closures is explained by the following word, which alone occurs in Heb. &c. — Immense. Heb. and Sept. “abundance, it was not weighed.” H.

Ver. 4. Number. Still we find that Solomon ordered more, as the structure was more magnificent than even David had imagined.

Ver. 6. Tender, (delicatus) weak and unexperienced. C. — Yet he might be 21 when he was crowned. T. — David began his preparations long before. — Lord. Heb. “must be (H.) for grandeur, excellence, fame, and beauty, through all countries” a sort of prodigy. — All. Heb. “abundantly.”

Ver. 8. Blood, of Urias, (S. Jer. and the Rab.) or rather, as David had already entertained the desire of building a temple before that event, (E.) the blood which David had shed in just wars, must be understood; as even that causes a person to be regarded as unclean. The soldiers were obliged to be purified before they could enter the camp. Num. xxxi. 19. In the Christian Church, those are deemed irregular who have contributed to the death of the guilty, even as judges or witnesses. The Pagans entertained the like sentiments. C. Æneas dares not touch the sacred vessels and household gods, when he was stained with blood, shed in his country’s defence.

Tu, genitor, cape sacra manu, patriosque penates

Me bello è tanto digressum et cæde recenti

Attrectare nefas. Æneid ii.

So. Heb. “much blood in my sight.” H. — This expression enhances (D.) the greatness of the bloodshed; as when a person is said to be wicked, &c. before the Lord, it means in an extraordinary degree. The wars of David are frequently assigned as the impediment to David’s building the temple, C. xvii. 4. and xxviii. 3. Joseph. &c. C. — They would not suffer him to have sufficient leisure, v. 18. (H.) 3 K. v. 3. Salien. M.

Ver. 9. Peaceable. Heb. “Solomon,” which has this meaning. C. — Herein Solomon was a figure of Christ, who is styled the Prince of peace. Isai. ix. W.

Ver. 10. Name. See 2 K. vii. 13. M. — A son. The crimes into which Solomon fell, hinder us from explaining this literally of him. S. Paul refers the expression to Jesus Christ. Heb. i. 5. C. — S. Aug. (de C. xvii. 8 and 9.) observes that the promises were not perfectly fulfilled in Solomon.

Ver. 12. Understanding, (sensum.) Skill to resolve difficult questions. M. — That. Heb. “and appoint thee to rule.” H.

Ver. 14. Poverty. Prot. “trouble.” H. — David confesses that the immense sums which he had collected, were nothing in comparison with the greatness of God. He left more than was sufficient for Solomon to perfect the work, with still greater magnificence than he had planned out, v. 5. C. xxviii. 2. and xxix. 2. &c. C. — Million. Josephus (vii. 14.) reduces these sums to one tenth part, “of gold 10,000 talents, of silver 100,000;” so that it is “extremely probable that a cipher” was added to these numbers, in some very ancient Heb. copy. Brerewood computes that the sum mentioned here and C. xxix. 4, would amount to 841,125,000l. and maintains that the whole temple pavement, and all the vessels, might have been made of solid gold, without consuming it all. De pond, in Walton’s Polyglot. — “If we take the preceding talents according to bishop Cumberland’s computation, the sum total will be somewhat less: but, were we to reduce it to less than one-half, would not the sum of four hundred millions of money be immense and incredible?” Kennicott. — A learned Jew has written this marginal note in his Bible, 1661: “It is supposed, these talents are not to be reckoned like the Mosaic, for they would amount to 720 millions. But as the Scripture makes no difference, we have no other computation to go by.” See Ken. diss. ii. If they were the same, the sum would exceed belief. Some have thought that they were only half. Mariana supposes the talents were only the weight of sicles, or four drachms; so that David left one million for the fabric. D. — But the relation given by historians of the riches of Sardanapalus, Cyrus, Alexander, Atabalipa, and some kings, who were not more likely to amass such treasures than David, make the account less improbable. Josephus (vii. 12.) asserts, that “no prince ever left so great riches.” He had extended his dominions on all sides, and imposed tribute on the conquered. He was very frugal, and had possession of the mines of Phunon, (Num. xxi. 10. and xxxiii. 43.) and of Phœnicia. Deut. xxxiii. 25. Though the talent seems to have varied in other nations, it always consisted of 3000 sicles among the Hebrews, at least till the captivity. Ex. xxxviii. 25. 26. We find from 2 Par. xxv. 6. 4 K. xv. 19. &c. that it formed a very considerable sum. Yet Villalpand calculates that all the gold and silver left by David, would be requisite for the ornaments and vessels of the temple. If, however, we grant that it would have sufficed to build a massive temple of gold, how much must be deducted to pay the workmen? &c. C. Diss. on the riches left by David, t. ii. — For all. Heb. Chal. Sept. “And to these add.” T. — He encouraged the princes to contribute; (C. xxxix.) and here he exhorts his son to shew his liberality, if any thing should be found deficient. H.

Ver. 18. Saying is not expressed in Heb. “Is not the Lord,” &c. — And hath. Heb. “for he hath given the inhabitants of the land into my hand,” or power. H. — Almost all the neighbouring nations were subjected to David. C.— The Lord, who assisted his people, and filled the enemy with terror. M.

Ver. 19. Is on the point of being built. David was convinced that the work would not be much longer retarded, so that he speaks of it as present. H.