King David gives instructions to Solomon (1 Chr 22:11-22:16)

“Now, my son,

Yahweh be with you!

Thus you may succeed in building the house of Yahweh your God,

As he has spoken concerning you.

Only, may Yahweh grant you discretion and understanding,

So that when he gives you charge over Israel

You may keep the law of Yahweh your God.

Then you will prosper if you are careful

To observe the statutes and the ordinances

That Yahweh commanded Moses for Israel.

Be strong!

Have good courage!

Fear not!

Do not be dismayed!

With great pains I have provided for the house of Yahweh

One hundred thousand talents of gold

And one million talents of silver.

I have provided bronze and iron beyond weighing,

For there is so much of it.

Timber and stone too I have provided.

To these you must add more.

You have an abundance of workers,

Stonecutters, masons, carpenters,

And all kinds of artisans without number,

Skilled in working gold, silver, bronze, and iron.

Now begin the work.

Yahweh be with you!’”

King David was going to provide everything for him to build this house. He left him gold, silver, bronze, and iron. Yahweh was to be with Solomon. To give you some sense of how much 100,000 talents of gold would be worth, think of about $300 trillion USA dollars, $300,000,000,000,000.00. The silver would only be worth about $40 billion USA dollars, $40,000,000,000.00. This was quite a lot of money in any time frame so that these numbers seem a bit high. It is not clear where David got all his money. 1 Kings explained how Solomon got all his gold and silver. He said that there were plenty of workers. He also provided bronze, timber, and stone. He simply needed to have courage and the ability to follow the commandments of Moses. However, he should not fear because Yahweh would be with him. Just being the work.

 

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