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20th July

Daily devotional by Larry Stockstill

At night, when our hearts are still, God speaks to us. To Solomon, God appeared with a fantastic question, one that we could only dream about someone asking us: "What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you!" (2 Chronicles 1:7).

Solomon's request should forever instruct us in what is truly important. Instead of asking for riches, long life, or the destruction of his enemies, his simple request was for more wisdom to care for the people of God. Anyone who puts the purposes of God and His people ahead of his own personal fortunes and fame will instantly win the favor of the Lord.

"And he will give you all you need from day to day if you live for him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern" (Matthew 6:33). Let us ask God for wisdom-not to make money or to control others, but to be able to administrate His kingdom with precision. When our hearts are separated from the world, God will give us the finances, physical health, and other things we need to help us accomplish our heart's desire for Him.

2 Chronicles 1:1-3:17

Solomon Asks for Wisdom1:2-13pp — 1Ki 3:4-151:14-17pp — 1Ki 10:26-29; 2Ch 9:25-28

Solomon son of David establishedS 1Ki 2:12, 26; S 2Ch 12:1 himself firmly over his kingdom, for the Lord his God was withS Ge 21:22; S 39:2; S Nu 14:43 him and made him exceedingly great.S 1Ch 29:25

Then Solomon spoke to all IsraelS 1Ch 9:1—to the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds, to the judges and to all the leaders in Israel, the heads of families—and Solomon and the whole assembly went to the high place at Gibeon,S Jos 9:3 for God’s tent of meetingS Lev 17:4 was there, which MosesEx 40:18 the Lord’s servant had made in the wilderness.Now David had brought up the arkS 1Ch 15:25 of God from Kiriath Jearim to the place he had prepared for it, because he had pitched a tent2Sa 6:17 for it in Jerusalem.But the bronze altarEx 38:2 that BezalelS Ex 31:2 son of Uri, the son of Hur, had made was in Gibeon in front of the tabernacle of the Lord; so Solomon and the assembly inquired1Ch 13:3 of him there.Solomon went up to the bronze altar before the Lord in the tent of meeting and offered a thousand burnt offerings on it.

That night God appeared2Ch 7:12 to Solomon and said to him, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.”

Solomon answered God, “You have shown great kindness to David my father and have made meS 1Ch 23:1 king in his place.Now, Lord God, let your promiseS 2Sa 7:25; S 1Ki 8:25 to my father David be confirmed, for you have made me king over a people who are as numerous as the dust of the earth.S Ge 12:210 Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may leadNu 27:17; 2Sa 5:2; Pr 8:15-16 this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?”

11 God said to Solomon, “Since this is your heart’s desire and you have not asked for wealth,S Dt 17:17 possessions or honor, nor for the death of your enemies, and since you have not asked for a long life but for wisdom and knowledge to govern my people over whom I have made you king,12 therefore wisdom and knowledge will be given you. And I will also give you wealth, possessions and honor,S 1Ch 29:12 such as no king who was before you ever had and none after you will have.S 1Ch 29:25; 2Ch 9:22; Ne 13:26

13 Then Solomon went to Jerusalem from the high place at Gibeon, from before the tent of meeting. And he reigned over Israel.

14 Solomon accumulated chariotsS 1Sa 8:11; S 1Ki 9:19 and horses; he had fourteen hundred chariots and twelve thousand horses,Or charioteers which he kept in the chariot cities and also with him in Jerusalem.15 The king made silver and goldS 1Ki 9:28; Isa 60:5 as common in Jerusalem as stones, and cedar as plentiful as sycamore-fig trees in the foothills.16 Solomon’s horses were imported from Egypt and from KueProbably Cilicia—the royal merchants purchased them from Kue at the current price.17 They imported a chariotSS 1:9 from Egypt for six hundred shekelsThat is, about 15 pounds or about 6.9 kilograms of silver, and a horse for a hundred and fifty.That is, about 3 3/4 pounds or about 1.7 kilograms They also exported them to all the kings of the Hittites and of the Arameans.

Preparations for Building the Temple2:1-18pp — 1Ki 5:1-16

In Hebrew texts 2:1 is numbered 1:18, and 2:2-18 is numbered 2:1-17.Solomon gave orders to build a templeS Dt 12:5 for the Name of the Lord and a royal palace for himself.Ecc 2:4He conscripted 70,000 men as carriers and 80,000 as stonecutters in the hills and 3,600 as foremen over them.2Ch 10:4

Solomon sent this message to HiramHebrew Huram, a variant of Hiram; also in verses 11 and 12S 2Sa 5:11 king of Tyre:

“Send me cedar logsS 1Ch 14:1 as you did for my father David when you sent him cedar to build a palace to live in.Now I am about to build a templeS Dt 12:5 for the Name of the Lord my God and to dedicate it to him for burning fragrant incenseS Ex 30:7 before him, for setting out the consecrated breadEx 25:30 regularly, and for making burnt offeringsEx 29:42; 2Ch 13:11; 29:28 every morning and evening and on the Sabbaths,S Lev 23:38 at the New MoonsS Nu 28:14 and at the appointed festivals of the Lord our God. This is a lasting ordinance for Israel.

“The temple I am going to build will be great,1Ch 22:5 because our God is greater than all other gods.S Ex 12:12; S 1Ch 16:25But who is able to build a temple for him, since the heavens, even the highest heavens, cannot contain him?S 1Ki 8:27; Jer 23:24 Who then am IS Ex 3:11 to build a temple for him, except as a place to burn sacrifices before him?

“Send me, therefore, a man skilled to work in gold and silver, bronze and iron, and in purple, crimson and blue yarn, and experienced in the art of engraving, to work in Judah and Jerusalem with my skilled workers,S Ex 35:31; 1Ch 22:16 whom my father David provided.

“Send me also cedar, juniper and algumProbably a variant of almug logs from Lebanon, for I know that your servants are skilled in cutting timber there. My servants will work with yoursto provide me with plenty of lumber, because the temple I build must be large and magnificent.10 I will give your servants, the woodsmen who cut the timber, twenty thousand corsThat is, probably about 3,600 tons or about 3,200 metric tons of wheat of ground wheat, twenty thousand corsThat is, probably about 3,000 tons or about 2,700 metric tons of barley of barley, twenty thousand bathsThat is, about 120,000 gallons or about 440,000 liters of wine and twenty thousand baths of olive oil.Ezr 3:7

11 Hiram king of Tyre replied by letter to Solomon:

“Because the Lord loves1Ki 10:9; 2Ch 9:8 his people, he has made you their king.”

12 And Hiram added:

“Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, who made heaven and earth!Ne 9:6; Ps 8:3; 33:6; 96:5; 102:25; 146:6 He has given King David a wise son, endowed with intelligence and discernment, who will build a temple for the Lord and a palace for himself.

13 “I am sending you Huram-Abi,S 1Ki 7:13 a man of great skill,14 whose mother was from DanS Ex 31:6 and whose father was from Tyre. He is trainedS Ex 35:31 to work in gold and silver, bronze and iron, stone and wood, and with purple and blueEx 35:35 and crimson yarn and fine linen. He is experienced in all kinds of engraving and can execute any design given to him. He will work with your skilled workers and with those of my lord, David your father.

15 “Now let my lord send his servants the wheat and barley and the olive oilEzr 3:7 and wine he promised,16 and we will cut all the logs from Lebanon that you need and will float them as rafts by sea down to Joppa.S Jos 19:46; Jnh 1:3 You can then take them up to Jerusalem.”

17 Solomon took a census of all the foreigners1Ch 22:2 residing in Israel, after the censusS 2Sa 24:2 his father David had taken; and they were found to be 153,600.18 He assigned1Ch 22:2; 2Ch 8:8 70,000 of them to be carriers and 80,000 to be stonecutters in the hills, with 3,600 foremen over them to keep the people working.

Solomon Builds the Temple3:1-14pp — 1Ki 6:1-29

Then Solomon began to buildAc 7:47 the temple of the LordS Ge 28:17 in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, where the Lord had appeared to his father David. It was on the threshing floor of AraunahHebrew Ornan, a variant of AraunahS 2Sa 24:18 the Jebusite, the place provided by David.He began building on the second day of the second month in the fourth year of his reign.Ezr 5:11

The foundation Solomon laid for building the temple of God was sixty cubits long and twenty cubits wideThat is, about 90 feet long and 30 feet wide or about 27 meters long and 9 meters wideEze 41:2 (using the cubit of the old standard).The portico at the front of the temple was twenty cubitsThat is, about 30 feet or about 9 meters; also in verses 8, 11 and 13 long across the width of the building and twentySome Septuagint and Syriac manuscripts; Hebrew and a hundred and twenty cubits high.

He overlaid the inside with pure gold.He paneled the main hall with juniper and covered it with fine gold and decorated it with palm treeEze 40:16 and chain designs.He adorned the temple with precious stones. And the gold he used was gold of Parvaim.He overlaid the ceiling beams, doorframes, walls and doors of the temple with gold, and he carved cherubimGe 3:24; Eze 41:18 on the walls.

He built the Most Holy Place,S Ex 26:33 its length corresponding to the width of the temple—twenty cubits long and twenty cubits wide. He overlaid the inside with six hundred talentsThat is, about 23 tons or about 21 metric tons of fine gold.The gold nailsEx 26:32 weighed fifty shekels.That is, about 1 1/4 pounds or about 575 grams He also overlaid the upper parts with gold.

10 For the Most Holy Place he made a pairEx 25:18 of sculptured cherubim and overlaid them with gold.11 The total wingspan of the cherubim was twenty cubits. One wing of the first cherub was five cubitsThat is, about 7 1/2 feet or about 2.3 meters; also in verse 15 long and touched the temple wall, while its other wing, also five cubits long, touched the wing of the other cherub.12 Similarly one wing of the second cherub was five cubits long and touched the other temple wall, and its other wing, also five cubits long, touched the wing of the first cherub.13 The wings of these cherubimS Ex 25:18 extended twenty cubits. They stood on their feet, facing the main hall.Or facing inward

14 He made the curtainS Ex 26:31, 33 of blue, purple and crimson yarn and fine linen, with cherubimGe 3:24 worked into it.

15 For the front of the temple he made two pillars,S 1Ki 7:15; Rev 3:12 which together were thirty-five cubitsThat is, about 53 feet or about 16 meters long, each with a capital1Ki 7:22 five cubits high.16 He made interwoven chainsOr possibly made chains in the inner sanctuary; the meaning of the Hebrew for this phrase is uncertain.1Ki 7:17 and put them on top of the pillars. He also made a hundred pomegranatesS 1Ki 7:20 and attached them to the chains.17 He erected the pillars in the front of the temple, one to the south and one to the north. The one to the south he named JakinJakin probably means he establishes. and the one to the north Boaz.Boaz probably means in him is strength.

Solomon Asks for Wisdom

Solomon son of David took firm control of his kingdom, for the Lord his God was with him and made him very powerful.

Solomon called together all the leaders of Israel—the generals and captains of the army,Hebrew the commanders of thousands and of hundreds. the judges, and all the political and clan leaders.Then he led the entire assembly to the place of worship in Gibeon, for God’s TabernacleHebrew Tent of Meeting; also in 1:6, 13. was located there. (This was the Tabernacle that Moses, the Lord’s servant, had made in the wilderness.)

David had already moved the Ark of God from Kiriath-jearim to the tent he had prepared for it in Jerusalem.But the bronze altar made by Bezalel son of Uri and grandson of Hur was thereAs in Greek version and Latin Vulgate, and some Hebrew manuscripts. Masoretic Text reads he placed. at Gibeon in front of the Tabernacle of the Lord. So Solomon and the people gathered in front of it to consult the Lord.Hebrew to consult him.There in front of the Tabernacle, Solomon went up to the bronze altar in the Lord’s presence and sacrificed 1,000 burnt offerings on it.

That night God appeared to Solomon and said, “What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you!”

Solomon replied to God, “You showed great and faithful love to David, my father, and now you have made me king in his place.O Lord God, please continue to keep your promise to David my father, for you have made me king over a people as numerous as the dust of the earth!10 Give me the wisdom and knowledge to lead them properly,Hebrew to go out and come in before this people. for who could possibly govern this great people of yours?”

11 God said to Solomon, “Because your greatest desire is to help your people, and you did not ask for wealth, riches, fame, or even the death of your enemies or a long life, but rather you asked for wisdom and knowledge to properly govern my people—12 I will certainly give you the wisdom and knowledge you requested. But I will also give you wealth, riches, and fame such as no other king has had before you or will ever have in the future!”

13 Then Solomon returned to Jerusalem from the Tabernacle at the place of worship in Gibeon, and he reigned over Israel.

14 Solomon built up a huge force of chariots and horses.Or charioteers; also in 1:14b. He had 1,400 chariots and 12,000 horses. He stationed some of them in the chariot cities and some near him in Jerusalem.15 The king made silver and gold as plentiful in Jerusalem as stone. And valuable cedar timber was as common as the sycamore-fig trees that grow in the foothills of Judah.Hebrew the Shephelah.16 Solomon’s horses were imported from EgyptPossibly Muzur, a district near Cilicia; also in 1:17. and from CiliciaHebrew Kue, probably another name for Cilicia.; the king’s traders acquired them from Cilicia at the standard price.17 At that time chariots from Egypt could be purchased for 600 pieces of silver,Hebrew 600 [shekels] of silver, about 15 pounds or 6.8 kilograms in weight. and horses for 150 pieces of silver.Hebrew 150 [shekels], about 3.8 pounds or 1.7 kilograms in weight. They were then exported to the kings of the Hittites and the kings of Aram.

Preparations for Building the Temple

Verse 2:1 is numbered 1:18 in Hebrew text.Solomon decided to build a Temple to honor the name of the Lord, and also a royal palace for himself.Verses 2:2-18 are numbered 2:1-17 in Hebrew text.He enlisted a force of 70,000 laborers, 80,000 men to quarry stone in the hill country, and 3,600 foremen.

Solomon also sent this message to King HiramHebrew Huram, a variant spelling of Hiram; also in 2:11. at Tyre:

“Send me cedar logs as you did for my father, David, when he was building his palace.I am about to build a Temple to honor the name of the Lord my God. It will be a place set apart to burn fragrant incense before him, to display the special sacrificial bread, and to sacrifice burnt offerings each morning and evening, on the Sabbaths, at new moon celebrations, and at the other appointed festivals of the Lord our God. He has commanded Israel to do these things forever.

“This must be a magnificent Temple because our God is greater than all other gods.But who can really build him a worthy home? Not even the highest heavens can contain him! So who am I to consider building a Temple for him, except as a place to burn sacrifices to him?

“So send me a master craftsman who can work with gold, silver, bronze, and iron, as well as with purple, scarlet, and blue cloth. He must be a skilled engraver who can work with the craftsmen of Judah and Jerusalem who were selected by my father, David.

“Also send me cedar, cypress, and red sandalwoodOr juniper; Hebrew reads algum, perhaps a variant spelling of almug; compare 9:10-11 and parallel text at 1 Kgs 10:11-12. logs from Lebanon, for I know that your men are without equal at cutting timber in Lebanon. I will send my men to help them.An immense amount of timber will be needed, for the Temple I am going to build will be very large and magnificent.10 In payment for your woodcutters, I will send 100,000 bushels of crushed wheat, 100,000 bushels of barley,Hebrew 20,000 cors [4,400 kiloliters] of crushed wheat, 20,000 cors of barley. 110,000 gallons of wine, and 110,000 gallons of olive oil.Hebrew 20,000 baths [420 kiloliters] of wine, and 20,000 baths of olive oil.

11 King Hiram sent this letter of reply to Solomon:

“It is because the Lord loves his people that he has made you their king!12 Praise the Lord, the God of Israel, who made the heavens and the earth! He has given King David a wise son, gifted with skill and understanding, who will build a Temple for the Lord and a royal palace for himself.

13 “I am sending you a master craftsman named Huram-abi, who is extremely talented.14 His mother is from the tribe of Dan in Israel, and his father is from Tyre. He is skillful at making things from gold, silver, bronze, and iron, and he also works with stone and wood. He can work with purple, blue, and scarlet cloth and fine linen. He is also an engraver and can follow any design given to him. He will work with your craftsmen and those appointed by my lord David, your father.

15 “Send along the wheat, barley, olive oil, and wine that my lord has mentioned.16 We will cut whatever timber you need from the Lebanon mountains and will float the logs in rafts down the coast of the Mediterranean SeaHebrew the sea. to Joppa. From there you can transport the logs up to Jerusalem.”

17 Solomon took a census of all foreigners in the land of Israel, like the census his father had taken, and he counted 153,600.18 He assigned 70,000 of them as common laborers, 80,000 as quarry workers in the hill country, and 3,600 as foremen.

Solomon Builds the Temple

So Solomon began to build the Temple of the Lord in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, where the Lord had appeared to David, his father. The Temple was built on the threshing floor of AraunahHebrew reads Ornan, a variant spelling of Araunah; compare 2 Sam 24:16. the Jebusite, the site that David had selected.The construction began in midspring,Hebrew on the second [day] of the second month. This day of the ancient Hebrew lunar calendar occurred in April or May. during the fourth year of Solomon’s reign.

These are the dimensions Solomon used for the foundation of the Temple of God (using the old standard of measurement).The “old standard of measurement” was a cubit equal to 18 inches [46 centimeters]. The new standard was a cubit of approximately 21 inches [53 centimeters]. It was 90 feet long and 30 feet wide.Hebrew 60 cubits [27.6 meters] long and 20 cubits [9.2 meters] wide.The entry room at the front of the Temple was 30 feetHebrew 20 cubits [9.2 meters]; also in 3:8, 11, 13. wide, running across the entire width of the Temple, and 30 feetAs in some Greek and Syriac manuscripts, which read 20 cubits [9.2 meters]; Hebrew reads 120 [cubits], which is 180 feet or 55 meters. high. He overlaid the inside with pure gold.

He paneled the main room of the Temple with cypress wood, overlaid it with fine gold, and decorated it with carvings of palm trees and chains.He decorated the walls of the Temple with beautiful jewels and with gold from the land of Parvaim.He overlaid the beams, thresholds, walls, and doors throughout the Temple with gold, and he carved figures of cherubim on the walls.

He made the Most Holy Place 30 feet wide, corresponding to the width of the Temple, and 30 feet deep. He overlaid its interior with 23 tonsHebrew 600 talents [20.4 metric tons]. of fine gold.The gold nails that were used weighed 20 ouncesHebrew 50 shekels [570 grams]. each. He also overlaid the walls of the upper rooms with gold.

10 He made two figures shaped like cherubim, overlaid them with gold, and placed them in the Most Holy Place.11 The total wingspan of the two cherubim standing side by side was 30 feet. One wing of the first figure was 7 1⁄2 feetHebrew 5 cubits [2.3 meters]; also in 3:11b, 12, 15. long, and it touched the Temple wall. The other wing, also 7 1⁄2 feet long, touched one of the wings of the second figure.12 In the same way, the second figure had one wing 7 1⁄2 feet long that touched the opposite wall. The other wing, also 7 1⁄2 feet long, touched the wing of the first figure.13 So the wingspan of the two cherubim side by side was 30 feet. They stood on their feet and faced out toward the main room of the Temple.

14 Across the entrance of the Most Holy Place he hung a curtain made of fine linen, decorated with blue, purple, and scarlet thread and embroidered with figures of cherubim.

15 For the front of the Temple, he made two pillars that were 27 feetAs in Syriac version (see also 1 Kgs 7:15; 2 Kgs 25:17; Jer 52:21), which reads 18 cubits [8.3 meters]; Hebrew reads 35 cubits, which is 52.5 feet or 16.5 meters. tall, each topped by a capital extending upward another 7 1⁄2 feet.16 He made a network of interwoven chainsHebrew He made chains in the inner sanctuary. The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain. and used them to decorate the tops of the pillars. He also made 100 decorative pomegranates and attached them to the chains.17 Then he set up the two pillars at the entrance of the Temple, one to the south of the entrance and the other to the north. He named the one on the south Jakin, and the one on the north Boaz.Jakin probably means “he establishes”; Boaz probably means “in him is strength.”

And Solomon the son of David was strengthened in his kingdom, and the Lord his God was with him, and magnified him exceedingly.

Then Solomon spake unto all Israel, to the captains of thousands and of hundreds, and to the judges, and to every governor in all Israel, the chief of the fathers.

So Solomon, and all the congregation with him, went to the high place that was at Gibeon; for there was the tabernacle of the congregation of God, which Moses the servant of the Lord had made in the wilderness.

But the ark of God had David brought up from Kirjathjearim to the place which David had prepared for it: for he had pitched a tent for it at Jerusalem.

Moreover the brasen altar, that Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, had made, he put before the tabernacle of the Lord: and Solomon and the congregation sought unto it.

And Solomon went up thither to the brasen altar before the Lord, which was at the tabernacle of the congregation, and offered a thousand burnt offerings upon it.

In that night did God appear unto Solomon, and said unto him, Ask what I shall give thee.

And Solomon said unto God, Thou hast shewed great mercy unto David my father, and hast made me to reign in his stead.

Now, O Lord God, let thy promise unto David my father be established: for thou hast made me king over a people like the dust of the earth in multitude.

10 Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people: for who can judge this thy people, that is so great?

11 And God said to Solomon, Because this was in thine heart, and thou hast not asked riches, wealth, or honour, nor the life of thine enemies, neither yet hast asked long life; but hast asked wisdom and knowledge for thyself, that thou mayest judge my people, over whom I have made thee king:

12 Wisdom and knowledge is granted unto thee; and I will give thee riches, and wealth, and honour, such as none of the kings have had that have been before thee, neither shall there any after thee have the like.

13 Then Solomon came from his journey to the high place that was at Gibeon to Jerusalem, from before the tabernacle of the congregation, and reigned over Israel.

14 And Solomon gathered chariots and horsemen: and he had a thousand and four hundred chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen, which he placed in the chariot cities, and with the king at Jerusalem.

15 And the king made silver and gold at Jerusalem as plenteous as stones, and cedar trees made he as the sycomore trees that are in the vale for abundance.

16 And Solomon had horses brought out of Egypt, and linen yarn: the king's merchants received the linen yarn at a price.

17 And they fetched up, and brought forth out of Egypt a chariot for six hundred shekels of silver, and an horse for an hundred and fifty: and so brought they out horses for all the kings of the Hittites, and for the kings of Syria, by their means.

And Solomon determined to build an house for the name of the Lord, and an house for his kingdom.

And Solomon told out threescore and ten thousand men to bear burdens, and fourscore thousand to hew in the mountain, and three thousand and six hundred to oversee them.

And Solomon sent to Huram the king of Tyre, saying, As thou didst deal with David my father, and didst send him cedars to build him an house to dwell therein, even so deal with me.

Behold, I build an house to the name of the Lord my God, to dedicate it to him, and to burn before him sweet incense, and for the continual shewbread, and for the burnt offerings morning and evening, on the sabbaths, and on the new moons, and on the solemn feasts of the Lord our God. This is an ordinance for ever to Israel.

And the house which I build is great: for great is our God above all gods.

But who is able to build him an house, seeing the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain him? who am I then, that I should build him an house, save only to burn sacrifice before him?

Send me now therefore a man cunning to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass, and in iron, and in purple, and crimson, and blue, and that can skill to grave with the cunning men that are with me in Judah and in Jerusalem, whom David my father did provide.

Send me also cedar trees, fir trees, and algum trees, out of Lebanon: for I know that thy servants can skill to cut timber in Lebanon; and, behold, my servants shall be with thy servants,

Even to prepare me timber in abundance: for the house which I am about to build shall be wonderful great.

10 And, behold, I will give to thy servants, the hewers that cut timber, twenty thousand measures of beaten wheat, and twenty thousand measures of barley, and twenty thousand baths of wine, and twenty thousand baths of oil.

11 Then Huram the king of Tyre answered in writing, which he sent to Solomon, Because the Lord hath loved his people, he hath made thee king over them.

12 Huram said moreover, Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, that made heaven and earth, who hath given to David the king a wise son, endued with prudence and understanding, that might build an house for the Lord, and an house for his kingdom.

13 And now I have sent a cunning man, endued with understanding, of Huram my father's,

14 The son of a woman of the daughters of Dan, and his father was a man of Tyre, skilful to work in gold, and in silver, in brass, in iron, in stone, and in timber, in purple, in blue, and in fine linen, and in crimson; also to grave any manner of graving, and to find out every device which shall be put to him, with thy cunning men, and with the cunning men of my lord David thy father.

15 Now therefore the wheat, and the barley, the oil, and the wine, which my lord hath spoken of, let him send unto his servants:

16 And we will cut wood out of Lebanon, as much as thou shalt need: and we will bring it to thee in floats by sea to Joppa; and thou shalt carry it up to Jerusalem.

17 And Solomon numbered all the strangers that were in the land of Israel, after the numbering wherewith David his father had numbered them; and they were found an hundred and fifty thousand and three thousand and six hundred.

18 And he set threescore and ten thousand of them to be bearers of burdens, and fourscore thousand to be hewers in the mountain, and three thousand and six hundred overseers to set the people a work.

Then Solomon began to build the house of the Lord at Jerusalem in mount Moriah, where the Lord appeared unto David his father, in the place that David had prepared in the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite.

And he began to build in the second day of the second month, in the fourth year of his reign.

Now these are the things wherein Solomon was instructed for the building of the house of God. The length by cubits after the first measure was threescore cubits, and the breadth twenty cubits.

And the porch that was in the front of the house, the length of it was according to the breadth of the house, twenty cubits, and the height was an hundred and twenty: and he overlaid it within with pure gold.

And the greater house he cieled with fir tree, which he overlaid with fine gold, and set thereon palm trees and chains.

And he garnished the house with precious stones for beauty: and the gold was gold of Parvaim.

He overlaid also the house, the beams, the posts, and the walls thereof, and the doors thereof, with gold; and graved cherubims on the walls.

And he made the most holy house, the length whereof was according to the breadth of the house, twenty cubits, and the breadth thereof twenty cubits: and he overlaid it with fine gold, amounting to six hundred talents.

And the weight of the nails was fifty shekels of gold. And he overlaid the upper chambers with gold.

10 And in the most holy house he made two cherubims of image work, and overlaid them with gold.

11 And the wings of the cherubims were twenty cubits long: one wing of the one cherub was five cubits, reaching to the wall of the house: and the other wing was likewise five cubits, reaching to the wing of the other cherub.

12 And one wing of the other cherub was five cubits, reaching to the wall of the house: and the other wing was five cubits also, joining to the wing of the other cherub.

13 The wings of these cherubims spread themselves forth twenty cubits: and they stood on their feet, and their faces were inward.

14 And he made the vail of blue, and purple, and crimson, and fine linen, and wrought cherubims thereon.

15 Also he made before the house two pillars of thirty and five cubits high, and the chapiter that was on the top of each of them was five cubits.

16 And he made chains, as in the oracle, and put them on the heads of the pillars; and made an hundred pomegranates, and put them on the chains.

17 And he reared up the pillars before the temple, one on the right hand, and the other on the left; and called the name of that on the right hand Jachin, and the name of that on the left Boaz.

Romans 6:1-23

Dead to Sin, Alive in Christ

What shall we say, then?S Ro 8:31 Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?ver 15; Ro 3:5, 8By no means! We are those who have died to sin;S ver 6; ver 10, 11; S ver 18; Ro 8:13; Col 3:3, 5; 1Pe 2:24 how can we live in it any longer?Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptizedS Mt 28:19 into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?We were therefore buried with him through baptism into deathS ver 6 in order that, just as Christ was raised from the deadS Ac 2:24 through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.Ro 7:6; S 2Co 5:17; Eph 4:22-24; Col 3:10

For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his.ver 4, 8; Ro 8:11; 2Co 4:10; Eph 2:6; Php 3:10, 11; Col 2:12; 3:1; 2Ti 2:11For we know that our old selfS Gal 5:24; Eph 4:22; Col 3:9 was crucified with himS ver 2; ver 3-8; 2Co 4:10; Gal 2:20; 5:24; 6:14; Php 3:10; Col 2:12, 20; 3:3 so that the body ruled by sinRo 7:24 might be done away with,Or be rendered powerless that we should no longer be slaves to sinS ver 16because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.S ver 18

Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.S ver 5For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead,ver 4; S Ac 2:24 he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him.Rev 1:1810 The death he died, he died to sinS ver 2 once for all;S Heb 7:27 but the life he lives, he lives to God.

11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sinS ver 2 but alive to God in Christ Jesus.12 Therefore do not let sin reignver 16 in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires.13 Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness,ver 16, 19; Ro 7:5 but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness.Ro 12:1; 2Co 5:14, 15; 1Pe 2:2414 For sin shall no longer be your master,S ver 16 because you are not under the law,S Ro 2:12 but under grace.S Ro 3:24

Slaves to Righteousness

15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace?ver 1, 14 By no means!16 Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey2Pe 2:19—whether you are slaves to sin,ver 6, 12, 14, 17, 20; Ge 4:7; Ps 51:5; 119:133; Jn 8:34; Ro 5:21; 7:14, 23, 25; 8:2; 2Pe 2:19 which leads to death,S ver 23 or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?17 But thanks be to GodRo 1:8; S 2Co 2:14 that, though you used to be slaves to sin,S ver 16 you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching2Ti 1:13 that has now claimed your allegiance.18 You have been set free from sinS ver 2; ver 7, 22; Ro 8:2; 1Pe 4:1; S ver 16 and have become slaves to righteousness.S ver 22

19 I am using an example from everyday lifeRo 3:5; Gal 3:15 because of your human limitations. Just as you used to offer yourselves as slaves to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousnessS ver 13; S ver 22 leading to holiness.20 When you were slaves to sin,S ver 16 you were free from the control of righteousness.ver 1621 What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death!S ver 2322 But now that you have been set free from sinS ver 18 and have become slaves of God,ver 18, 19; Ro 7:25; 1Co 7:22; Eph 6:6; 1Pe 2:16 the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.S Mt 25:4623 For the wages of sin is death,ver 16, 21; Ge 2:17; Pr 10:16; Eze 18:4; Ro 1:32; S 5:12; 7:5, 13; 8:6, 13; Gal 6:7, 8; Jas 1:15 but the gift of God is eternal lifeS Mt 25:46 inOr through Christ Jesus our Lord.

Sin’s Power Is Broken

Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace?Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it?Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death?For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.

Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was.We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin.For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin.And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with him.We are sure of this because Christ was raised from the dead, and he will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him.10 When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God.11 So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus.

12 Do not let sin control the way you live;Or Do not let sin reign in your body, which is subject to death. do not give in to sinful desires.13 Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God.14 Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.

15 Well then, since God’s grace has set us free from the law, does that mean we can go on sinning? Of course not!16 Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living.17 Thank God! Once you were slaves of sin, but now you wholeheartedly obey this teaching we have given you.18 Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living.

19 Because of the weakness of your human nature, I am using the illustration of slavery to help you understand all this. Previously, you let yourselves be slaves to impurity and lawlessness, which led ever deeper into sin. Now you must give yourselves to be slaves to righteous living so that you will become holy.

20 When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the obligation to do right.21 And what was the result? You are now ashamed of the things you used to do, things that end in eternal doom.22 But now you are free from the power of sin and have become slaves of God. Now you do those things that lead to holiness and result in eternal life.23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.

What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?

God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?

Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?

Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:

Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

For he that is dead is freed from sin.

Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:

Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.

10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.

11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.

13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.

14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.

16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.

18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.

19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.

20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.

21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.

22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Psalm 16:1-11

Psalm 16

A miktamTitle: Probably a literary or musical term of David.

Keep me safe,S Ps 12:7 my God,

for in you I take refuge.Ps 2:12

I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;Ps 31:14; 118:28; 140:6

apart from you I have no good thing.”Ps 73:25

I say of the holy peopleDt 33:3; Ps 30:4; 85:8; Da 7:18; Ac 9:13; Ro 1:7 who are in the land,Ps 101:6

“They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight.”

Those who run after other godsEx 18:11; 20:3; S Dt 8:19; S 31:20 will sufferPs 32:10; Pr 23:29 more and more.

I will not pour out libations of blood to such gods

or take up their namesS Ex 23:13 on my lips.

Lord, you alone are my portionS Lev 2:2 and my cup;Ps 23:5; 75:8; 116:13; Isa 51:17; La 4:21; Eze 23:32-34; Hab 2:16

you make my lotS Job 31:2 secure.

The boundary linesS Dt 19:14; Ps 104:9; Pr 8:29; Jer 5:22 have fallen for me in pleasant places;

surely I have a delightful inheritance.S Job 22:26

I will praise the Lord, who counsels me;Ps 73:24; Pr 15:22; Isa 11:2

even at nightJob 35:10; Ps 42:8; 77:6 my heart instructs me.

I keep my eyes always on the Lord.

With him at my right hand,1Ki 2:19; 1Ch 6:39; Ps 73:23 I will not be shaken.Ps 15:5

Therefore my heart is gladPs 4:7; 13:5; 28:7; 30:11 and my tongue rejoices;

my body also will rest secure,S Dt 33:28

10 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,S Nu 16:30; Ps 30:3; 31:17; 86:13; Hos 13:14

nor will you let your faithfulOr holy oneS 2Ki 19:22 see decay.S Job 17:14; Ac 2:31; 13:35*

11 You make known to me the path of life;Ps 139:24; Mt 7:14

you will fill me with joy in your presence,Ac 2:25-28*

with eternal pleasuresPs 21:6 at your right hand.Ps 80:17

Psalm 16

A psalmHebrew miktam. This may be a literary or musical term. of David.

Keep me safe, O God,

for I have come to you for refuge.

I said to the Lord, “You are my Master!

Every good thing I have comes from you.”

The godly people in the land

are my true heroes!

I take pleasure in them!

Troubles multiply for those who chase after other gods.

I will not take part in their sacrifices of blood

or even speak the names of their gods.

Lord, you alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing.

You guard all that is mine.

The land you have given me is a pleasant land.

What a wonderful inheritance!

I will bless the Lord who guides me;

even at night my heart instructs me.

I know the Lord is always with me.

I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.

No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice.Greek version reads and my tongue shouts his praises. Compare Acts 2:26.

My body rests in safety.

10 For you will not leave my soul among the deadHebrew in Sheol.

or allow your holy oneOr your Holy One. to rot in the grave.

11 You will show me the way of life,

granting me the joy of your presence

and the pleasures of living with you forever.Greek version reads You have shown me the way of life, / and you will fill me with the joy of your presence. Compare Acts 2:28.

16 Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust.

O my soul, thou hast said unto the Lord, Thou art my Lord: my goodness extendeth not to thee;

But to the saints that are in the earth, and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight.

Their sorrows shall be multiplied that hasten after another god: their drink offerings of blood will I not offer, nor take up their names into my lips.

The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot.

The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.

I will bless the Lord, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.

I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.

10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

Proverbs 19:20-21

20 Listen to advice and accept discipline,Pr 4:1

and at the end you will be counted among the wise.S Pr 12:15

21 Many are the plans in a person’s heart,

but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.Ps 33:11; Pr 16:9; 20:24; Isa 8:10; 14:24, 27; 31:2; 40:8; 46:10; 48:14; 55:11; Jer 44:29; La 3:37

20 Get all the advice and instruction you can,

so you will be wise the rest of your life.

21 You can make many plans,

but the Lord’s purpose will prevail.

20 Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.

21 There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand.

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