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22:1 Then David said, This is the house of the LORD God, and this is the altar of the burnt offering for Israel.
22:2 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.
22:3 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; 22:4 Also cedar trees in abundance: for the Zidonians and they of Tyre brought much cedar wood to David.
22:5 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.
22:6 Then he called for Solomon his son, and charged him to build an house for the LORD God of Israel.
22:7 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: 22:8 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.
22:9 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.
22:10 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.
22:11 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.
22:12 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.
22:13 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.
22:14 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.
22:15 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.
22:16 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.
22:17 David also commanded all the princes of Israel to help Solomon his son, saying, 22:18 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.
22:19 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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Everything King James Bible:1 Chronicles
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
back to: 1 Chronicles
Book: 1 Chronicles
Chapter: 22

David's preparations for the Temple. (1-5) David's
instructions to Solomon. (6-16) The prices commanded to assist.

1-5 On occasion of the terrible Judgment inflicted On Israel
for the Sin of David, God pointed out the place where he would
have the Temple built; upon which, David was excited to make
preparations for the great work. David must not build, but he
would do all he could; he prepared abundantly before his Death.
What our hands find to do for God, and our souls, and those
round us, let us do it with all our might, before our Death; for
after Death there is No device nor working. And when the Lord
refuses to employ us in those services which we desired, we must
not be discouraged or idle, but do what we can, though in a
humbler sphere.

6-16 David gives Solomon the reason why he should build the
Temple. Because God named him. Nothing is more powerful to
engage us in any service for God, than to know that we are
appointed thereto. Because he would have leisure and opportunity
to do it. He should have peace and quietness. Where God gives
Rest, he expects work. Because God had promised to establish his
kingdom. God's gracious promises should quicken and strengthen
our religious service. David delivered to Solomon an account of
the vast preparations he had made for this Building; not from
pride and vain-Glory, but to encourage Solomon to engage
cheerfully in the great work. He must not think, By Building the
Temple, to purchase a Dispensation to Sin; On the contrary, his
doing that would not be accepted, if he did not take heed to
fulfil the statutes of the Lord. In our spiritual work, as Well
as in our spiritual warfare, we have need of courage and

17-19 Whatever is done towards rendering the Word of God
generally known and attended to, is like bringing a Stone, or an
ingot of Gold, towards erecting the Temple. This should
encourage us when we grieve that we do not see more Fruit of our
labours; much good may appear after our Death, which we never
thought of. Let us not then be weary of Well doing. The work is
in the hands of the Prince of peace. As he, the Author and
Finisher of the work, is pleased to employ us as his
instruments, let us arise and be doing, encouraging and helping
one another; working By his rule, after his Example, in
dependence On his Grace, assured that he will be with us, and
that our labour shall not be in vain in the Lord.

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