Workers For Jesus Online Bible Study Table of Contents

About this Bible Study........The King James Version of the Bible is written in a beautiful form of the English language. It can be hard for modern English readers to understand.  In this study, you will find notes and summaries in brown just above the the verses from the Bible. We recommend that you read the notes and summaries first, and then read the verses in their KJV form. 

Timeline of the Bible

God creates the world. --- God destroys the world with the flood, but saves  Noah and his family.---
 God chooses Abraham and his descendants to His people. ---Abraham's grandson, Jacob, has 12 sons who lead the 12 tribes of Israel.--- The Israelites become slaves in Egypt.--- God helps the Israelites escape and leads them to Canaan. ---The Israelites fight in wars and take control of Canaan.---Judges lead the Israelites, but the Israelites want to have kings instead of judges. ----  David is Israel's greatest king. -- Israel divides into 2 parts: Israel and Judah.--- The people of Israel and Judah continue to sin and worship false gods.--- God allows the Assyrians and the Babylonians to take the Israelites out of Israel and Judah.---   The Israelites (Jews) live in Babylonia and then Persia. --- The books of I and II Chronicles start at the beginning of the world and ends at this time When Persia defeats the Babylonians, the Jews go back to Judah.--- The Jews build God's Temple in Jerusalem again.--- Greece defeats Persia, and the Greeks control Judah (also now called Israel).--- The Jews become independent for 100 years.-- The Romans take control of Israel.--- Jesus is born. At age 30, Jesus begins his ministry. ---Jesus is crucified and then is resurrected. --- A Roman named Saul is converted to Christianity and becomes Paul.--- Christianity spreads. --- Paul write letters to Christians in other places. In the year, 70 A.D., God's Temple in Jerusalem is destroyed again.


The Book of  1 Chronicles

There are two books of Chronicles: 1 Chronicles and 2 Chronicles. They contain records from the time of Adam to the time when the Jewish people returned from the Babylonian captivity.

The book of 1 Chronicles starts with Adam and tells the family history (genealogy) of Saul and David.  The second part of 1 Chronicles tells about the time when David was the king of Israel.

The book of 2 Chronicles tells about the time when David's son, Solomon, was the king of Israel.  The second part of 2 Chronicles tells about the other kings who ruled Israel until the Jews were taken away to Babylonia.  The book ends with the Jews returning to Israel.


1 Chronicles 26 - 29

The Levites who would be guards in God's Temple
David gives Solomon instructions for building the Temple.
Solomon becomes the new king of Israel.
King David dies.



1 Chronicle 26

Levites who would be guards in God's house, the Temple.

The guards were from the Levite families.

One group was the Korhites.  They were from Kore who was the son of Aspah.  One of the sons of Kore was Meshelemiah.   He had 7 sons:  Zechariah, Jediael, Zebadiah, Jathniel, Elam, Jehohanan, and Elioenai.

[1] Concerning the divisions of the porters: Of the Korhites was Meshelemiah the son of Kore, of the sons of Asaph.
[2] And the sons of Meshelemiah were, Zechariah the firstborn, Jediael the second, Zebadiah the third, Jathniel the fourth,
[3] Elam the fifth, Jehohanan the sixth, Elioenai the seventh.

God blessed Obed-edom with 8 sons:  Shemaiah, Jehozabad, Joah, Sacar, Nethaneel, Ammiel, Issachar, Peulthai. 

Shemaiah's sons were strong and brave.  They were leaders.  They were Othni,  Rephael, Obed,  Elzabad, Elihu, and Semaciah.

Obed-edom had 62 sons and male descendants. They were skilled and strong to serve at the Temple.

[4] Moreover the sons of Obed-edom were, Shemaiah the firstborn, Jehozabad the second, Joah the third, and Sacar the fourth, and Nethaneel the fifth,
[5] Ammiel the sixth, Issachar the seventh, Peulthai the eighth: for God blessed him.
[6] Also unto Shemaiah his son were sons born, that ruled throughout the house of their father: for they were mighty men of valour.
[7] The sons of Shemaiah; Othni, and Rephael, and Obed, Elzabad, whose brethren were strong men, Elihu, and Semachiah.
[8] All these of the sons of Obed-edom: they and their sons and their brethren, able men for strength for the service, were threescore and two of Obed-edom.

Meshelemiah had 18 strong sons and grandsons.
[9] And Meshelemiah had sons and brethren, strong men, eighteen.

One of Merari's descendants was Hosah. Hosah had 13 sons and grandsons.  Simri was the leader even though he wasn't the oldest.  His father made him the leader.  Hilkiah was the second son, Tebaliah was the third, and Zechariah was the fourth.  
[10] Also Hosah, of the children of Merari, had sons; Simri the chief, (for though he was not the firstborn, yet his father made him the chief;)
[11] Hilkiah the second, Tebaliah the third, Zechariah the fourth: all the sons and brethren of Hosah were thirteen.

They cast lots to decide where the leaders and their groups would serve the Lord by guarding the Temple. They all cast lots -- the big groups and the small groups according to their family leaders.
[12] Among these were the divisions of the porters, even among the chief men, having wards one against another, to minister in the house of the LORD.
[13] And they cast lots, as well the small as the great, according to the house of their fathers, for every gate.

The east part would be guarded by Shelemiah. His son, Zechariah who was very wise, would guard the north part.  Obed-edom would guard the south part.  His sons guarded the Asuppim (the storehouses).  Shuppim and Hosah guarded the western part and the Shallecheth gate by the road that went up.
[14] And the lot eastward fell to Shelemiah. Then for Zechariah his son, a wise counseller, they cast lots; and his lot came out northward.
[15] To Obed-edom southward; and to his sons the house of Asuppim.
[16] To Shuppim and Hosah the lot came forth westward, with the gate Shallecheth, by the causeway of the going up, ward against ward.

Every day, there were 6 guards on duty on the east side of the Temple.  There were 4 guards on duty on the north side.  Four guards were on duty on the south side.  There were 2 sets of 2 guards watching the storehouses.  They were at the place called Parbar, on the west of Parbar, and at the road.
[17] Eastward were six Levites, northward four a day, southward four a day, and toward Asuppim two and two.
[18] At Parbar westward, four at the causeway, and two at Parbar.


These were the groups from Merari and Kore and their descendants.

A Levite, Ahijah, was in charge of the valuable treasures in the Temple, and the valuable treasures set aside for the Temple.
[19] These are the divisions of the porters among the sons of Kore, and among the sons of Merari.
[20] And of the Levites, Ahijah was over the treasures of the house of God, and over the treasures of the dedicated things.

These were the groups of the Gershonites led by Laadan.  One of his sons was named Jehieli.

Jehieli had 2 sons: Zetham and his brother, Joel.  They were in charge of the treasures of the Lord's house.

[21] As concerning the sons of Laadan; the sons of the Gershonite Laadan, chief fathers, even of Laadan the Gershonite, were Jehieli.
[22] The sons of Jehieli; Zetham, and Joel his brother, which were over the treasures of the house of the LORD.

These were the groups of the Amramites, Izharites, Hebronites, and Uzzielites.  Shebuel was the son of Gershom. Gershom was the son of Moses.

Eliezer's sons and descendants included his sons, Rehabiah. Jeshaiah, Joram, Zichri, and Shelomith.

[23] Of the Amramites, and the Izharites, the Hebronites, and the Uzzielites:
[24] And Shebuel the son of Gershom, the son of Moses, was ruler of the treasures.
[25] And his brethren by Eliezer; Rehabiah his son, and Jeshaiah his son, and Joram his son, and Zichri his son, and Shelomith his son.


Shelomith and his family were in charge of the valuable treasures that had been dedicated to the Temple. These were the things that King David, the leaders, and the military leaders had set aside for the Temple.  They were valuable things they had brought back from the wars and battles.  There were also valuable things that Samuel, Saul (the son of Kish), Abner (the son of Ner) and Joab (the son of Zeruiah) had dedicated. There were dedicated things from other people, too.  Shelomith and his family were in charge of it all.
[26] Which Shelomith and his brethren were over all the treasures of the dedicated things, which David the king, and the chief fathers, the captains over thousands and hundreds, and the captains of the host, had dedicated.
[27] Out of the spoils won in battles did they dedicate to maintain the house of the LORD.
[28] And all that Samuel the seer, and Saul the son of Kish, and Abner the son of Ner, and Joab the son of Zeruiah, had dedicated; and whosoever had dedicated any thing, it was under the hand of Shelomith, and of his brethren.


The Izharites were in charge of the officers and judges for Israel.  They were Chenaniah and his sons.
[29] Of the Izharites, Chenaniah and his sons were for the outward business over Israel, for officers and judges.

The Hebronites were in charge of the king's and God's business on the west side of the Jordan River. They were Hashabiah and his family. They were very brave.  There were 1,700 of them.
[30] And of the Hebronites, Hashabiah and his brethren, men of valour, a thousand and seven hundred, were officers among them of Israel on this side Jordan westward in all the business of the LORD, and in the service of the king.

Jerijah was the leader of the Hebronites. When David was in his 40th year of being the king, he learned about the Hebronites. He knew they were strong and brave at the place named Jazer at Gilead.  There were 2,700 of them.  David made them leaders over the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh for religious and government issues.
[31] Among the Hebronites was Jerijah the chief, even among the Hebronites, according to the generations of his fathers. In the fortieth year of the reign of David they were sought for, and there were found among them mighty men of valour at Jazer of Gilead.
[32] And his brethren, men of valour, were two thousand and seven hundred chief fathers, whom king David made rulers over the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh, for every matter pertaining to God, and affairs of the king.

1 Chronicles 27

The leaders of the army.

Each month, 24,000 men served in the army.

[1] Now the children of Israel after their number, to wit, the chief fathers and captains of thousands and hundreds, and their officers that served the king in any matter of the courses, which came in and went out month by month throughout all the months of the year, of every course were twenty and four thousand.

The first month -- the leader was Jashobeam (his father was Zabdiel). He was a descendant of Perez.

[2] Over the first course for the first month was Jashobeam the son of Zabdiel: and in his course were twenty and four thousand.
[3] Of the children of Perez was the chief of all the captains of the host for the first month.

The second month -- the leaders was Dodai. He was an Ahohite.  Mikloth helped him.
[4] And over the course of the second month was Dodai an Ahohite, and of his course was Mikloth also the ruler: in his course likewise were twenty and four thousand.

The third month -- the leader was Benaiah. His father was Jehoiada, a chief priest.   This was the same Benaiah who was one of the special 30 warriors.  His assistant was his son, Ammizabad.
[5] The third captain of the host for the third month was Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, a chief priest: and in his course were twenty and four thousand.
[6] This is that Benaiah, who was mighty among the thirty, and above the thirty: and in his course was Ammizabad his son.

The fourth month - the leader was Asahel.  His brother was Joab.  His son, Zebadiah, was his assistant.
[7] The fourth captain for the fourth month was Asahel the brother of Joab, and Zebadiah his son after him: and in his course were twenty and four thousand.

The fifth month -- the leader was Shamhuth.  He was an Izrahite.
[8] The fifth captain for the fifth month was Shamhuth the Izrahite: and in his course were twenty and four thousand.

The sixth month -- the leader was Ira. His father was Ikkesh who was a Tekoite.
[9] The sixth captain for the sixth month was Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite: and in his course were twenty and four thousand.

The seventh month -- the leader was Helez.  He was a Pelonite from the descendants of Ephraim.
[10] The seventh captain for the seventh month was Helez the Pelonite, of the children of Ephraim: and in his course were twenty and four thousand.

The eighth month -- the leader was Sibbecai. He was a Hushathite from the descendants of the Zarhites.
[11] The eighth captain for the eighth month was Sibbecai the Hushathite, of the Zarhites: and in his course were twenty and four thousand.

The ninth month -  the leader was Abiezer.  He was an Anetothite from the descendants of Benjamin.
[12] The ninth captain for the ninth month was Abiezer the Anetothite, of the Benjamites: and in his course were twenty and four thousand.

The tenth month -- the leader was Maharai.  He was a Netophathite from the group of Zarhites.
[13] The tenth captain for the tenth month was Maharai the Netophathite, of the Zarhites: and in his course were twenty and four thousand.

The eleventh month -- the leader was Benaiah.  He was a Pirathonite from the descendants of Ephraim. 

[14] The eleventh captain for the eleventh month was Benaiah the Pirathonite, of the children of Ephraim: and in his course were twenty and four thousand.

The twelfth month - the leader was Heldai.  He was a Netopharthite from Othniel's group. 
[15] The twelfth captain for the twelfth month was Heldai the Netophathite, of Othniel: and in his course were twenty and four thousand.


The leaders of the tribes of Israel

These are the leaders of the tribes of Israel.

The Reubenites -- Eliezer (his father was Zichri)
The Simeonites -- Shephatiah (his father ws Maachah)
The Levites -- Hashabiah (his son was Kemuel)
The Aaronites -- Zadok
The tribe of Judah -- Elihu (David's brother)
The tribe of Issachar -- Omri (his father was Michael)
The tribe of Zebulun -- Ishmaiah (his father was Obadiah)
The tribe of Naphtali  -- Jerimoth (his father was Azriel)
Ephraim -- Hoshea (his father was Azaziah)
The half tribe of Manasseh -- Joel (his father was Pedaiah)
The half-tribe of Manasseh that was in Gilead -- Iddo (his father was Zechariah)
The tribe of Benjamin -- Jaasiel (his father was Abner)
The tribe of Dan -- Azareel (his father was Jeroham)

[16] Furthermore over the tribes of Israel: the ruler of the Reubenites was Eliezer the son of Zichri: of the Simeonites, Shephatiah the son of Maachah:
[17] Of the Levites, Hashabiah the son of Kemuel: of the Aaronites, Zadok:
[18] Of Judah, Elihu, one of the brethren of David: of Issachar, Omri the son of Michael:
[19] Of Zebulun, Ishmaiah the son of Obadiah: of Naphtali, Jerimoth the son of Azriel:
[20] Of the children of Ephraim, Hoshea the son of Azaziah: of the half tribe of Manasseh, Joel the son of Pedaiah:
[21] Of the half tribe of Manasseh in Gilead, Iddo the son of Zechariah: of Benjamin, Jaasiel the son of Abner:
[22] Of Dan, Azareel the son of Jeroham. These were the princes of the tribes of Israel.

But David did not count the men who were 20 years old and younger. That is because God said He would increase the people in Israel so there were as many as there are stars in the sky.
[23] But David took not the number of them from twenty years old and under: because the LORD had said he would increase Israel like to the stars of the heavens.

Joab (his father's name was Zeruiah) started to count the people. But he didn't finish because God punished Israel for this.  The number of people was not recorded in the history of King David.
[24] Joab the son of Zeruiah began to number, but he finished not, because there fell wrath for it against Israel; neither was the number put in the account of the chronicles of king David.

Azmaveth (his son was Adiel) was in charge of the king's treasures. Jehonathan (his father was Uzziah) was in charge of the storehouses in the fields, cities, villages, and castles.
[25] And over the king's treasures was Azmaveth the son of Adiel: and over the storehouses in the fields, in the cities, and in the villages, and in the castles, was Jehonathan the son of Uzziah:

Ezri (his father was Chelub) was in charge of the men who worked in the field plowing the ground.
[26] And over them that did the work of the field for tillage of the ground was Ezri the son of Chelub:

Shimei, the Ramathite, was in charge of the vineyards (place for growing grapes).  Zabdi, the Shiphmite, was in charge of the wine that was in storage.
[27] And over the vineyards was Shimei the Ramathite: over the increase of the vineyards for the wine cellars was Zabdi the Shiphmite:

Baal-hanan, the Gederite, was in charge of the olive and sycamore trees in the low fields.  Joash was in charge of the cellars of oil.
[28] And over the olive trees and the sycomore trees that were in the low plains was Baal-hanan the Gederite: and over the cellars of oil was Joash:

Shitrai, the Sharonite, was in charge of the herds of cattle that were in the area of Sharon.  Shaphat (his father was Adlai) was in charge of the cattle in the valleys.
[29] And over the herds that fed in Sharon was Shitrai the Sharonite: and over the herds that were in the valleys was Shaphat the son of Adlai:

Obil, the Ishmaelite, was in charge of the camels.  Jehdeiah, the Meronothite, was in charge of the donkeys.
[30] Over the camels also was Obil the Ishmaelite: and over the asses was Jehdeiah the Meronothite:

Jaziz, the Hagerite, was in charge of the flocks of sheep and goats. 

These were the men who were in charge of the things that King David owned.
[31] And over the flocks was Jaziz the Hagerite. All these were the rulers of the substance which was king David's.

David's uncle, Jonathan, was a counselor, a wise man, and a scribe (secretary).  Jehiel (his father was Hachmoni) helped the king's sons.
[32] Also Jonathan David's uncle was a counseller, a wise man, and a scribe: and Jehiel the son of Hachmoni was with the king's sons:

Ahithophel was the king's counselor. Other counselors were Jehoida (his father was Benaiah) and Abiathar.  Husahai, the Archite, was the king's friend and helper. The leader of David's army was Joab. 
[33] And Ahithophel was the king's counseller: and Hushai the Archite was the king's companion:
[34] And after Ahithophel was Jehoiada the son of Benaiah, and Abiathar: and the general of the king's army was Joab.

1 Chronicles 28

David tells the leaders of Israel that Solomon will be the next king.

David brought together the leaders of Israel, the leaders of the tribes, the leaders of the king's staff, the leaders of the army, the soldiers, and the people in charge of his possessions.
[1] And David assembled all the princes of Israel, the princes of the tribes, and the captains of the companies that ministered to the king by course, and the captains over the thousands, and captains over the hundreds, and the stewards over all the substance and possession of the king, and of his sons, with the officers, and with the mighty men, and with all the valiant men, unto Jerusalem.

David stood up and talked.  He told everyone to listen to him.  He said that he wanted to build a house to put the Ark of God in.  He had gotten ready to build it, but then God told him no.  God told him he couldn't build the Temple because he had killed men in wars.
[2] Then David the king stood up upon his feet, and said, Hear me, my brethren, and my people: As for me, I had in mine heart to build an house of rest for the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and for the footstool of our God, and had made ready for the building:
[3] But God said unto me, Thou shalt not build an house for my name, because thou hast been a man of war, and hast shed blood.

David said that God had chosen him to be the king.  He chose him over the others in his family.  He chose the tribe of Judah to pick a king from. He chose David's father's family to pick a king from.
[4] Howbeit the LORD God of Israel chose me before all the house of my father to be king over Israel for ever: for he hath chosen Judah to be the ruler; and of 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:

David said that God had given him many sons. God picked his son, Solomon, to be the next king of Israel. God told him that Solomon will build the Temple. God has chosen Solomon to be His son, and He will be Solomon's father.
[5] And 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.
[6] And 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.

God said that He will establish Solomon's kingdom forever if he obeys God everyday.
[7] Moreover I will establish his kingdom for ever, if he be constant to do my commandments and my judgments, as at this day.

David said that here in the sight of God and all Israel,  they should always obey God and follow his commandments. Then, they will always possess the good land of Israel. It will be their children's inheritance forever.
[8] Now therefore in the sight of all Israel the congregation of the LORD, and in the audience of our God, keep and seek for all the commandments of the LORD your God: that ye may possess this good land, and leave it for an inheritance for your children after you for ever.


David gives Solomon instructions to obey God and to build the temple.

David said this to Solomon. He told Solomon to know God the same as he had known him. He should always serve him with a perfect heart and be willing to do what God asks him to do. God knows what is in everyone's hearts and minds.  If Solomon will look for God and obey Him, God will help him. But if he does not love God and obey Him, God will reject Solomon forever.

[9] And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.

He told Solomon to pay attention. God has chosen him to build the Temple. Solomon should be strong and build it.
[10] Take heed now; for the LORD hath chosen thee to build an house for the sanctuary: be strong, and do it.

The mercy seat was on the top of the Ark where the tablets of the Ten Commandments were kept.

David gave Solomon the plans for the porches, the buildings, the storehouses, the upstairs rooms, the inside rooms, and the place for the mercy seat. He also gave him plans for the outside yard around the Temple, the outer rooms, the storehouses of the Temple, and the storehouses for the valuable things that people dedicated to the Temple.
[11] Then David gave to Solomon his son the pattern of the porch, and of the houses thereof, and of the treasuries thereof, and of the upper chambers thereof, and of the inner parlours thereof, and of the place of the mercy seat,
[12] And the pattern of all that he had by the spirit, of the courts of the house of the LORD, and of all the chambers round about, of the treasuries of the house of God, and of the treasuries of the dedicated things:

He also gave instructions for the priests, Levites, and others who would work at the Temple.  He gave instructions for the items to be used in the Temple.

[13] Also 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 service in the house of the LORD.

He gave the gold and silver for items to be used in the Temple.
[14] He gave of gold by weight for things of gold, for all instruments of all manner of service; silver also for all instruments of silver by weight, for all instruments of every kind of service:

He gave gold and silver for candlesticks and lamps.

[15] Even the weight for the candlesticks of gold, and for their lamps of gold, by weight for every candlestick, and for the lamps thereof: and for the candlesticks of silver by weight, both for the candlestick, and also for the lamps thereof, according to the use of every candlestick.

He gave gold and silver for the shewbread table and the other tables.

[16] And by weight he gave gold for the tables of shewbread, for every table; and likewise silver for the tables of silver:

He gave gold for meat hooks, bowls, cups, and basins. He also gave silver for basins.
[17] Also pure gold for the fleshhooks, and the bowls, and the cups: and for the golden basons he gave gold by weight for every bason; and likewise silver by weight for every bason of silver:

He gave gold for the altar of incense and the chariot for the cherubims. The cherubims had spread wings and were on the ark of the covenant of the Lord.
[18] And for the altar of incense refined gold by weight; and gold for the pattern of the chariot of the cherubims, that spread out their wings, and covered the ark of the covenant of the LORD.

David said that God had given him the instructions.
[19] All this, said David, the LORD made me understand in writing by his hand upon me, even all the works of this pattern.

David told Solomon to be strong and brave.  He should not be afraid or discouraged because God will be with him. God will not fail him or leave him. He will help him finish all the work on the Temple of God.
[20] And David said to Solomon his son, Be strong and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the LORD God, even my God, will be with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD.

The priests and Levites will help Solomon, too.  They will all help him with the service of God's house, the Temple.  Solomon will have help from all kinds of workmen and skilled men.  The leaders and all of the people will be there to help him and do whatever he tells them to do.
[21] And, behold, the courses of the priests and the Levites, even they shall be with thee for all the service of the house of God: and there shall be with thee for all manner of workmanship every willing skilful man, for any manner of service: also the princes and all the people will be wholly at thy commandment.

1 Chronicles 29

David and the other Israelites contribute to help build the Temple.

David talked to the people in the crowd. He told them that God chose Solomon to be the next king. But Solomon is young and needs to learn more.  Building the Temple is a big job. It is special because it is not a place for men.  It is a place for the Lord God.
[1] Furthermore David the king said unto all the congregation, Solomon my son, whom alone God hath chosen, is yet young and tender, and the work is great: for the palace is not for man, but for the LORD God.

David said that he did everything he could to get ready to build the Temple.   He gathered the gold, silver, brass, iron, wood, onyx, stones, shiny stones, stones of different colors, precious stones, and marble stones.
[2] Now I have prepared with all my might for the house of my God the gold for things to be made of gold, and the silver for things of silver, and the brass for things of brass, 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.

David said that he loves God's house, so he will give some of his own gold and silver. He will give 3,000 talents of gold from Ophir. He will also give 7,000 talents of silver to cover the inside walls with. They will use his gold and silver to make items for the Temple.  He asked who in the crowd would also give to help with the Temple?
[3] Moreover, because I have set my affection to the house of my God, I have of mine own proper good, of gold and silver, which I have given to the house of my God, over and above all that I have prepared for the holy house,
[4] Even three thousand talents of gold, of the gold of Ophir, and seven thousand talents of refined silver, to overlay the walls of the houses withal:
[5] The gold for things of gold, and the silver for things of silver, and for all manner of work to be made by the hands of artificers. And who then is willing to consecrate his service this day unto the LORD?

The leaders of the tribes and the leaders of the army offered.  They gave to the Temple's service 5,000 talents and 10,000 drams of gold. They gave 10,000 talents of silver. They gave 18,000 talents of brass. They also gave 100,000 talents of iron.
[6] Then the chief of the fathers and princes of the tribes of Israel, and the captains of thousands and of hundreds, with the rulers of the king's work, offered willingly,
[7] And gave for the service of the house of God of gold five thousand talents and ten thousand drams, and of silver ten thousand talents, and of brass eighteen thousand talents, and one hundred thousand talents of iron.

People who had precious stones gave them to the service of God's Temple. Jehiel who was a Gershonite was in charge of them.
[8] And they with whom precious stones were found gave them to the treasure of the house of the LORD, by the hand of Jehiel the Gershonite.

The people were happy. They were happy to give to God. David was also very happy.
[9] Then the people rejoiced, for that they offered willingly, because with perfect heart they offered willingly to the LORD: and David the king also rejoiced with great joy.

David worshiped God in front of all the people. This is what he prayed:

God our father, you are blessed forever and ever.
You, O Lord, have greatness, power, glory, victory, and majesty.
Everything in heaven and on earth is yours. 
The kingdom is yours, O Lord.  You rule over everything.
[10] Wherefore David blessed the LORD before all the congregation: and David said, Blessed be thou, LORD God of Israel our father, for ever and ever.
[11] Thine, O LORD, 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 the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all.

Riches and honor come from You. You rule over everyone. You are powerful and strong.  You give strength to all.  We thank You, our God.  We thank you and praise your name.
We are humble to give you these gifts. Everything comes from you, and we are giving it  back to you. We are strangers and travelers like our fathers were.  Our lives are like shadows. Then, there will be none of us left.
[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.
[13] Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name.
[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.
[15] For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers: our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding.

O Lord our God, everything we have given for your house was yours first.

[16] O LORD our God, all this store that we have prepared to build thee an house for thine holy name cometh of thine hand, and is all thine own.

I know, O God, that you know what is in everyone's heart.  You are happy when people are good. As for me, I have given these things willingly. I have been happy to see my people also give willingly.
[17] I know also, my God, 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.

O Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel help us to always remember this and have our hearts to you. 
[18] O LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, our fathers, keep this for ever in the imagination of the thoughts of the heart of thy people, and prepare their heart unto thee:

Please give my son, Solomon, a perfect heart so that he obeys your laws. Please help him to build the Temple that I have made plans for.
[19] And give unto Solomon my son a perfect heart, to keep thy commandments, thy testimonies, and thy statutes, and to do all these things, and to build the palace, for the which I have made provision.

David spoke to the Israelites.  Now, you should bless the Lord your God. So, they bowed their heads and blessed God and worshipped him.
[20] And David said to all the congregation, Now bless the LORD your God. And all the congregation blessed the LORD God of their fathers, and bowed down their heads, and worshipped the LORD, and the king.

The next day, they made sacrifices to God and offered burnt offerings to Him. They sacrificed 1,000 bulls, 1,000 rams, 1,000 lambs, and drink offerings.
[21] And they sacrificed sacrifices unto the LORD, and offered burnt offerings unto the LORD, on the morrow after that day, even a thousand bullocks, a thousand rams, and a thousand lambs, with their drink offerings, and sacrifices in abundance for all Israel:

They ate and drank and celebrated in front of the Lord's altar.   They made Solomon the king a second time. They anointed him to be king, and they anointed Zadok to be the priest.
[22] And did eat and drink before the LORD on that day with great gladness. And they made Solomon the son of David king the second time, and anointed him unto the LORD to be the chief governor, and Zadok to be priest.


Solomon was the king and sat on the throne of the Lord. He was king instead of his father, David.  He did well, and all of Israel obeyed him.
[23] Then Solomon sat on the throne of the LORD as king instead of David his father, and prospered; and all Israel obeyed him.

All of the leaders and soldiers of King David also worked for King Solomon.
[24] And all the princes, and the mighty men, and all the sons likewise of king David, submitted themselves unto Solomon the king.

God made Solomon great in the eyes of all Israel. God gave him more royal majesty than any other king in Israel.
[25] And the LORD magnified Solomon exceedingly in the sight of all Israel, and bestowed upon him such royal majesty as had not been on any king before him in Israel.

David dies.

David (his father was Jesse) was king over all Israel.

[26] Thus David the son of Jesse reigned over all Israel.

He was king for 40 years. For 7 years, he led from Hebron.  For 33 years, he led from Jerusalem.
[27] And the time that he reigned over Israel was forty years; seven years reigned he in Hebron, and thirty and three years reigned he in Jerusalem.

David died when he was old. He had many riches and honor in his lifetime. His son, Solomon, became king in his place.
[28] And he died in a good old age, full of days, riches, and honour: and Solomon his son reigned in his stead.

The things that David did are written in these books: the book of Samuel the prophet, the book of Nathan the prophet, and the book of Gad the prophet.
[29] Now the acts of David the king, first and last, behold, they are written in the book of Samuel the seer, and in the book of Nathan the prophet, and in the book of Gad the seer,

They wrote about his strength and the things that happened when he was king over Israel and over other countries.
[30] With all his reign and his might, and the times that went over him, and over Israel, and over all the kingdoms of the countries.