The Porters and Overseers

261 For the courses of the gatekeepers: of the Korhites 'is' Meshelemiah son of Kore, of the sons of Asaph; 2 and to Meshelemiah 'are' sons, Zechariah the first-born, Jediael the second, Zebadiah the third, Jathniel the fourth, 3 Elam the fifth, Jehohanan the sixth, Elioenai the seventh. 4 And to Obed-Edom 'are' sons, Shemaiah the first-born, Jehozabad the second, Joah the third, and Sacar the fourth, and Nethaneel the fifth, 5 Ammiel the sixth, Issachar the seventh, Peullethai the eighth, for God hath blessed him. 6 And to Shemaiah his son have sons been born, who are ruling throughout the house of their father, for they 'are' mighty of valour. 7 Sons of Shemaiah 'are' Othni, and Rephael, and Obed, Elzabad; his brethren 'are' sons of valour, Elihu and Semachiah, 8 all these 'are' of the sons of Obed-Edom; they, and their sons, and their brethren, men of valour with might for service, 'are' sixty and two of Obed-Edom. 9 And to Meshelemiah 'are' sons and brethren, sons of valour, eighteen; 10 and to Hosah, of the sons of Merari, 'are' sons: Shimri the head (though he was not first-born, yet his father setteth him for head), 11 Hilkiah the second, Tebaliah the third, Zechariah the fourth; all the sons and brethren of Hosah 'are' thirteen. 12 According to these 'are' the courses of the gatekeepers; to the heads of the mighty ones 'are' charges over-against their brethren, to minister in the house of Jehovah, 13 and they cause to fall lots, as well the small as the great, according to the house of their fathers, for gate and gate. 14 And the lot falleth eastward to Shelemiah; and 'for' Zechariah his son—a counsellor with understanding—they cause to fall lots, and his lot goeth out northward: 15 to Obed-Edom southward, and to his sons, the house of the gatherings; 16 to Shuppim and to Hosah to the west, with the gate Shallecheth, in the highway, the ascent, charge over-against charge; 17 to the east the Levites 'are' six; to the north daily four, to the south daily four, and to the gatherings two by two, 18 at Parbar, to the west, 'are' four at the highway, two at Parbar. 19 These are the courses of the gatekeepers, of the sons of the Korhite, and of the sons of Merari.

20 And of the Levites, Ahijah 'is' over the treasures of the house of God, even for the treasures of the holy things. 21 Sons of Laadan: sons of the Gershonite, of Laadan, heads of the fathers of Laadan the Gershonite: Jehieli. 22 Sons of Jehieli: Zetham, and Joel his brother, over the treasures of the house of Jehovah, 23 for the Amramite, for the Izharite, for the Hebronite, for the Uzzielite. 24 And Shebuel son of Gershom, son of Moses, 'is' president over the treasures. 25 And his brethren, of Eliezer, 'are' Rehabiah his son, and Jeshaiah his son, and Joram his son, and Zichri his son, and Shelomith his son. 26 This Shelomith and his brethren 'are' over all the treasures of the holy things, that David the king, and heads of the fathers, even heads of thousands, and of hundreds, and heads of the host, sanctified; 27 from the battles, even from the spoil they sanctified to strengthen the house of Jehovah; 28 and all that Samuel the seer, and Saul son of Kish, and Abner son of Ner, and Joab son of Zeruiah sanctified, every one sanctifying 'any thing—it is' by the side of Shelomith and his brethren.

29 Of the Izharite, Chenaniah and his sons 'are' for the outward work over Israel, for officers and for judges. 30 Of the Hebronite, Hashabiah and his brethren, sons of valour, a thousand and seven hundred, 'are' over the inspection of Israel, beyond the Jordan westward, for all the work of Jehovah, and for the service of the king. 31 Of the Hebronite, Jerijah 'is' the head, of the Hebronite, according to his generations, for the fathers—in the fortieth year of the reign of David they have been sought out, and there are found among them mighty ones of valour, in Jazer of Gilead— 32 and his brethren, sons of valour, two thousand and seven hundred, 'are' heads of the fathers, and king David appointeth them over the Reubenite, and the Gadite, and the half of the tribe of Manasseh, for every matter of God and matter of the king.

The Officers of the Kingdom

271 And the sons of Israel, after their number, heads of the fathers, and princes of the thousands and of the hundreds, and their officers, those serving the king in any matter of the courses, that are coming in and going out month by month, throughout all months of the year—'are' in each course twenty and four thousand. 2 Over the first course, for the first month, 'is' Jashobeam son of Zabdiel, and on his course 'are' twenty and four thousand; 3 of the sons of Perez 'is' the head of all princes of the hosts for the first month. 4 And over the course of the second month 'is' Dodai the Ahohite, and his course, and Mikloth 'is' the president, and on his course 'are' twenty and four thousand. 5 Head of the third host, for the third month, 'is' Benaiah son of Jehoiada, the head priest, and on his course 'are' twenty and four thousand. 6 This Benaiah 'is' a mighty one of the thirty, and over the thirty, and 'in' his course 'is' Ammizabad his son. 7 The fourth, for the fourth month, 'is' Asahel brother of Joab, and Zebadiah his son after him, and on his course 'are' twenty and four thousand. 8 The fifth, for the fifth month, 'is' the prince Shamhuth the Izrahite, and on his course 'are' twenty and four thousand. 9 The sixth, for the sixth month, 'is' Ira son of Ikkesh the Tekoite, and on his course 'are' twenty and four thousand. 10 The seventh, for the seventh month, 'is' Helez the Pelonite, of the sons of Ephraim, and on his course 'are' twenty and four thousand. 11 The eighth, for the eighth month, 'is' Sibbecai the Hushathite, of the Zarhite, and on his course 'are' twenty and four thousand. 12 The ninth, for the ninth month, 'is' Abiezer the Antothite, of the Benjamite, and on his course 'are' twenty and four thousand. 13 The tenth, for the tenth month, 'is' Maharai the Netophathite, of the Zarhite, and on his course 'are' twenty and four thousand. 14 Eleventh, for the eleventh month, 'is' Benaiah the Pirathonite, of the sons of Ephraim, and on his course 'are' twenty and four thousand. 15 The twelfth, for the twelfth month, 'is' Heldai the Netophathite, of Othniel, and on his course 'are' twenty and four thousand.

16 And over the tribes of Israel: Of the Reubenite, a leader 'is' Eliezer son of Zichri; of the Simeonite, Shephatiah son of Maachah; 17 of the Levite, Hashabiah son of Kemuel; of the Aaronite, Zadok; 18 of Judah, Elihu, of the brethren of David; of Issachar, Omri son of Michael; 19 of Zebulun, Ishmaiah son of Obadiah; of Naphtali, Jerimoth son of Azriel; 20 of the sons of Ephraim, Hoshea son of Azaziah; of the half of the tribe of Manasseh, Joel son of Pedaiah; 21 of the half of Manasseh in Gilead, Iddo son of Zechariah; of Benjamin, Jaasiel son of Abner; of Dan, Azareel son of Jeroham: 22 these 'are' heads of the tribes of Israel. 23 And David hath not taken up their number from a son of twenty years and under, for Jehovah said to multiply Israel as the stars of the heavens. 24 Joab son of Zeruiah hath begun to number—and hath not finished—and there is for this wrath against Israel, and the number hath not gone up in the account of the Chronicles of king David. 25 And over the treasures of the king 'is' Azmaveth son of Adiel; and over the treasures in the field, in the cities, and in the villages, and in the towers, 'is' Jehonathan son of Uzziah; 26 and over workmen of the field for the service of the ground 'is' Ezri son of Chelub; 27 and over the vineyards 'is' Shimei the Ramathite; and over what 'is' in the vineyards for the treasures of wine 'is' Zabdi the Shiphmite; 28 and over the olives, and the sycamores, that 'are' in the low country, 'is' Baal-Hanan the Gederite; and over the treasures of oil 'is' Joash; 29 and over the herds that are feeding in Sharon 'is' Shitrai the Sharonite; and over the herds in the valleys 'is' Shaphat son of Adlai; 30 and over the camels 'is' Obil the Ishmeelite; and over the asses 'is' Jehdeiah the Meronothite; 31 and over the flock 'is' Jaziz the Hagerite; all these 'are' heads of the substance that king David hath. 32 And Jonathan, uncle of David, 'is' counsellor, a man of understanding, he is also a scribe; and Jehiel son of Hachmoni 'is' with the sons of the king; 33 and Ahithophel 'is' counsellor to the king; and Hushai the Archite 'is' the friend of the king; 34 and after Ahithophel 'is' Jehoiada son of Benaiah, and Abiathar; and the head of the host of the king 'is' Joab.

Solomon Succeeds David as King

281 And David assembleth all the heads of Israel, heads of the tribes, and heads of the courses who are serving the king, and heads of the thousands, and heads of the hundreds, and heads of all the substance and possessions of the king, and of his sons, with the officers and the mighty ones, even to every mighty one of valour—unto Jerusalem. 2 And David the king riseth on his feet, and saith, 'Hear me, my brethren and my people, I—with my heart—to build a house of rest for the ark of the covenant of Jehovah, and for the footstool of our God, and I prepared to build, 3 and God hath said to me, Thou dost not build a house to My name, for a man of wars thou 'art', and blood thou hast shed. 4 'And Jehovah, God of Israel, doth fix on me out of all the house of my father to be for king over Israel to the age, for on Judah He hath fixed for a leader, and in the house of Judah, the house of my father, and among the sons of my father, on me, 'me' He hath been pleased to make king over all Israel; 5 and out of all my sons—for many sons hath Jehovah given to me—He also fixeth on Solomon my son, to sit on the throne of the kingdom of Jehovah over Israel, 6 and saith to me, Solomon thy son, he doth build My house, and My courts, for I have fixed on him to Me for a son, and I—I am to him for a father, 7 and I have established his kingdom to the age, if he is strong to do My commands, and My judgments, as at this day. 8 'And now, before the eyes of all Israel, the assembly of Jehovah, and in the ears of our God, keep and seek all the commands of Jehovah your God, so that ye possess this good land, and have caused your sons to inherit after you unto the age. 9 'And thou, Solomon, my son, know the God of thy father, and serve Him with a perfect heart, and with a willing mind, for all hearts is Jehovah seeking, and every imagination of the thoughts He is understanding; if thou dost seek Him, He is found of thee, and if thou dost forsake Him, He casteth thee off for ever. 10 See, now, for Jehovah hath fixed on thee to build a house for a sanctuary; be strong, and do.'

11 And David giveth to Solomon his son the pattern of the porch, and of its houses, and of its treasures, and of its upper chambers, and of its innermost chambers, and of the house of the atonement; 12 and the pattern of all that hath been by the Spirit with him, for the courts of the house of Jehovah, and for all the chambers round about, for the treasures of the house of God, and for the treasures of the things sacrificed; 13 and for the courses of the priests and of the Levites, and for all the work of the service of the house of Jehovah, and for all vessels of service of the house of Jehovah, 14 even gold by weight, for 'things of' gold, for all instruments of service and service; for all instruments of silver by weight, for all instruments of service and service; 15 and 'by' weight for the candlesticks of gold, and their lamps of gold, by weight 'for' candlestick and candlestick, and its lamps; and for the candlesticks of silver, by weight for a candlestick and its lamps, according to the service of candlestick and candlestick; 16 and the gold 'by' weight for tables of the arrangement, for table and table, and silver for the tables of silver; 17 and the forks, and the bowls, and the cups of pure gold, and for the basins of gold, by weight for basin and basin, and for the basins of silver, by weight for basin and basin, 18 and for the altar of perfume refined gold by weight, and for the pattern of the chariot of the cherubs of gold—spreading and covering over the ark of the covenant of Jehovah. 19 The whole 'is' in writing from the hand of Jehovah, 'He caused me to understand all the work of the pattern,' 'said David.' 20 And David saith to Solomon his son, 'Be strong, and courageous, and do; do not fear nor be affrighted, for Jehovah God, my God, 'is' with thee; He doth not fail thee, nor forsake thee, unto the completion of all the work of the service of the house of Jehovah. 21 'And lo, courses of the priests and of the Levites 'are' for all the service of the house of God; and with thee in all work 'is' every willing one with wisdom, for every service; and the heads and all the people 'are' according to all thy words.'

291 And David the king saith to all the assembly, 'Solomon my son—the one on whom God hath fixed—'is' young and tender, and the work 'is' great, for not for man is the palace, but for Jehovah God; 2 and with all my power I have prepared for the house of my God, the gold for 'things of' gold, and the silver for 'those of' silver, and the brass for 'those of' brass, the iron for 'those of' iron, and the wood for 'those of' wood, shoham stones, and settings, and stones of painting and of diverse colours, and all 'kinds of' precious stone, and stones of white marble, in abundance. 3 'And again, because of my delighting in the house of my God, the substance I have—a peculiar treasure of gold and silver—I have given for the house of my God, even over and above all I have prepared for the house of the sanctuary: 4 three thousand talents of gold, of the gold of Ophir, and seven thousand talents of refined silver, to overlay the walls of the houses, 5 even gold for 'things of' gold, and silver for 'those of' silver, and for all the work by the hand of artificers; and who 'is' he that is offering willingly to consecrate his hand to-day to Jehovah?' 6 And the heads of the fathers, and the heads of the tribes of Israel, and the heads of the thousands, and of the hundreds, even to the heads of the work of the king, offer willingly. 7 And they give for the service of the house of God, of gold—talents five thousand, and drams a myriad; and of silver—talents ten thousand, and of brass—a myriad and eight thousand talents; and of iron—a hundred thousand talents; 8 and he with whom stones are found hath given to the treasury of the house of Jehovah, by the hand of Jehiel the Gershonite. 9 And the people rejoice because of their offering willingly, for with a perfect heart they have offered willingly to Jehovah; and also David the king hath rejoiced—great joy.

10 And David blesseth Jehovah before the eyes of all the assembly, and David saith, 'Blessed 'art' Thou, Jehovah, God of Israel our father, from age even unto age. 11 To Thee, O Jehovah, 'is' the greatness, and the might, and the beauty, and the victory, and the honour, because of all in the heavens and in the earth; to Thee, O Jehovah, 'is' the kingdom, and he who is lifting up himself over all for head; 12 and the riches, and the honour 'are' from before Thee, and Thou art ruling over all, and in Thy hand 'is' power and might, and in Thy hand, to make great, and to give strength to all. 13 'And now, our God, we are giving thanks to Thee, and giving praise to Thy beauteous name; 14 yea, because, who 'am' I, and who 'are' my people, that we retain power to offer thus willingly? but of Thee 'is' the whole, and out of Thy hand we have given to Thee; 15 for sojourners we 'are' before Thee, and settlers, like all our fathers; as a shadow 'are' our days on the land, and there is none abiding. 16 'O Jehovah our God, all this store that we have prepared to build to Thee a house, for Thy holy name, 'is' out of Thy hand, and of Thee 'is' the whole. 17 'And I have known, my God, that Thou art trying the heart, and uprightness dost desire; I, in the uprightness of my heart, have willingly offered all these: and now, Thy people who are found here I have seen with joy to offer willingly to Thee. 18 'O Jehovah, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, our fathers, keep this to the age for the imagination of the thoughts of the heart of Thy people, and prepare their heart unto Thee; 19 and to Solomon my son give a perfect heart, to keep Thy commands, Thy testimonies, and Thy statutes, and to do the whole, even to build the palace 'for' which I have prepared.' 20 And David saith to all the assembly, 'Bless, I pray you, Jehovah your God;' and all the assembly bless Jehovah, God of their fathers, and bow and do obeisance to Jehovah, and to the king. 21 And they sacrifice to Jehovah sacrifices, and cause to ascend burnt-offerings to Jehovah on the morrow of that day, bullocks a thousand, rams a thousand, lambs a thousand, and their oblations, even sacrifices in abundance, for all Israel. 22 And they eat and drink before Jehovah on that day with great joy, and cause Solomon son of David to reign a second time, and anoint 'him' before Jehovah for leader, and Zadok for priest.

23 And Solomon sitteth on the throne of Jehovah for king instead of David his father, and prospereth, and all Israel hearken unto him, 24 and all the heads, and the mighty men, and also all the sons of king David have given a hand under Solomon the king; 25 and Jehovah maketh Solomon exceedingly great before the eyes of all Israel, and putteth upon him the honour of the kingdom that hath not been on any king over Israel before him.

The Death of David

26 And David son of Jesse hath reigned over all Israel, 27 and the days that he hath reigned over Israel 'are' forty years; in Hebron he reigned seven years, and in Jerusalem he reigned thirty and three; 28 and he dieth in a good old age, satisfied with days, riches, and honour, and reign doth Solomon his son in his stead. 29 And the matters of David the king, the first and the last, lo, they are written beside the matters of Samuel the seer, and beside the matters of Nathan the prophet, and beside the matters of Gad the seer, 30 with all his reign, and his might, and the times that went over him, and over Israel, and over all kingdoms of the lands.

Prosperity Comes from the LORD

1271 A Song of the Ascents, by Solomon. If Jehovah doth not build the house, In vain have its builders laboured at it, If Jehovah doth not watch a city, In vain hath a watchman waked. 2 Vain for you who are rising early, Who delay sitting, eating the bread of griefs, So He giveth to His beloved one sleep. 3 Lo, an inheritance of Jehovah 'are' sons, A reward 'is' the fruit of the womb. 4 As arrows in the hand of a mighty one, So 'are' the sons of the young men. 5 O the happiness of the man Who hath filled his quiver with them, They are not ashamed, For they speak with enemies in the gate!