1 Chronicles 28

David makes it quite clear that Yahweh has chosen Solomon to succeed him on the throne (v 4-8). This is interesting because it doesn’t exactly jive with the story in 1 Kings 1, where Bathsheba conspired with the prophet Nathan to persuade David to name Solomon as his heir instead of his older son Adonijah.

Here in the Chronicles version, David not only blesses Solomon as his heir, but also micromanages the building of the temple by giving Solomon detailed instructions for it, right down to the amount of gold needed to guild the cutlery!

And here’s a bit of trivia – the SAB claims that verse 8 “Be careful to obey all the commands of the Lord your God, so that you may continue to possess this good land and leave it to your children as a permanent inheritance.” (NLT) is used by Republicans to justify protecting the rich from taxation.


1 Chronicles ends on a high note, with David contributing extravagantly exaggerated quantities of precious metals for the temple-building, singing another syrupy paean to Yahweh, and anointing Solomon as his successor before he dies.

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