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The Oxford Study Bible Study Bible supplemented with commentary from scholars of various religions.

Chapter 28

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1 DAVID assembled at Jerusalem all the officers of Israel, the officers over the tribes, over the divisions engaged in the king's service, over the units of a thousand and a hundred, and officials in charge of all the property and the cattle of the king and of his sons, as well as the eunuchs, the heroes, and all the men of ability.

2King David stood up and addressed them: ‘Hear me, my kinsmen and my people. I had it in mind to build a house as a resting-place for the Ark of the Covenant of the LORD which might serve as a footstool for our God, and I made preparations to build it. 3But God said to me, “You are not to build a house for my name, because you have been a fighting man and you have shed blood.” 4Nevertheless, the LORD the God of Israel chose me out of all my father's family to be king over Israel for ever. For it was Judah that he chose as ruling tribe, and, out of the house of Judah, my father's family; and among my father's sons it was I whom he was pleased to make king over all Israel. 5And out of all my sons—for the LORD gave me many sons—he has chosen Solomon to sit on the throne of the LORD's sovereignty over Israel; 6he said to me, “It is Solomon your son who is to build my house and my courts, for I have chosen him to be a son to me and I shall be a father to him. 7I shall establish his sovereignty for ever, if he steadfastly obeys my commandments and my laws as he now does.”

8‘Now therefore, in the sight of all Israel, the assembly of the LORD, and in the hearing of our God, I say to you: Study carefully all the commandments of the LORD your God, in order that you may possess this good land and hand it down as an inheritance for all time to your children after you.

9‘And you, Solomon my son, acknowledge your father's God and serve him with whole heart and willing mind, for the LORD searches all hearts and discerns whatever plan may be devised. If you search for him, he will let you find him, but if you forsake him, he will cast you off for ever. 10Remember, then, that the LORD has chosen you to build a house as a sanctuary: be steadfast and do it.’

11David gave Solomon his son the plan of the porch of the temple a 28:11 of the temple: prob. rdg; Heb. omits. and its buildings, strong-rooms, roof-chambers and inner courts, and the shrine of expiation b the shrine of expiation: or the place for the Ark with its cover. ; 12also the plans of all he had in mind for the courts of the house of the LORD and for all the rooms around it, for the stores of God's house, and for the stores of the sacred gifts. 13He gave directions for the divisions of the priests and Levites, for all the work connected with the service of the house of the LORD, and for all the vessels used in its service. 14He prescribed the weight of gold for all the gold vessels c 28:14 for … gold vessels: prob. rdg; Heb. for gold. used in the various services, and the weight of silver d of silver: prob. rdg; Heb. omits. for all the silver vessels used in the various services; 15and the weight of gold for the gold lampstands and their lamps; and the weight of silver for the silver lampstands, the weight required for each lampstand and its lamps according to the use of each; 16and the weight of gold for each of the tables for the rows of the Bread of the Presence, and of silver for the silver tables. 17He prescribed also the weight of pure gold for the forks, tossing-bowls, and cups, the weight of gold for each of the golden dishes, and of silver e 28:17 of silver: prob. rdg; Heb. omits. for each of the silver dishes; 18the weight also of refined gold for the altar of incense, and of gold for the model of the chariot, that is the cherubim with their wings spread to screen the Ark of the Covenant of the LORD. 19‘All this was drafted by the LORD's own hand,’ said David; ‘my part was to consider the detailed working out of the plan.’

20Then David said to Solomon his son, ‘Be steadfast and resolute and carry it out; be neither faint-hearted nor dismayed, for the LORD God, my God, will be with you; he will neither fail you nor forsake you, until you have finished all the work needed for the service of the house of the LORD. 21Here are the divisions of the priests and the Levites, ready for all the service of the house of God. In all the work you will have the help of every willing craftsman for any task; and the officers and all the people are entirely at your command.’

Notes:

a 28:11 of the temple: prob. rdg; Heb. omits.

b the shrine of expiation: or the place for the Ark with its cover.

c 28:14 for … gold vessels: prob. rdg; Heb. for gold.

d of silver: prob. rdg; Heb. omits.

e 28:17 of silver: prob. rdg; Heb. omits.

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