He even killed an Egyptian who was seven and a half feet 1 tall. The Egyptian had a spear as big as the crossbeam of a weaver’s loom; Benaiah attacked 2 him with a club. He grabbed the spear out of the Egyptian’s hand and killed him with his own spear.
In the spring, at the time when kings normally conduct wars, 1 Joab led the army into battle and devastated the land of the Ammonites. He went and besieged Rabbah, while David stayed in Jerusalem. Joab defeated Rabbah and tore it down.
David said, “My son Solomon is just an inexperienced young man, 1 and the temple to be built for the Lord must be especially magnificent so it will become famous and be considered splendid by all the nations. 2 Therefore I will make preparations for its construction.” So David made extensive preparations before he died.
Now, look, I have made every effort to supply what is needed to build the Lord’s temple. 1 I have stored up 100,000 talents 2 of gold, 1,000,000 3 talents of silver, and so much bronze and iron it cannot be weighed, as well as wood and stones. Feel free to add more!
Now seek the Lord your God wholeheartedly and with your entire being! 1 Get up and build the sanctuary of the Lord God! Then you can bring 2 the ark of the Lord’s covenant and the holy items dedicated to God’s service 3 into the temple that is built to honor the Lord.” 4
The scribe Shemaiah son of Nethanel, a Levite, wrote down their names before the king, the officials, Zadok the priest, Ahimelech son of Abiathar, and the leaders of the priestly and Levite families. One family was drawn by lot from Eleazar, and then the next from Ithamar. 1
King David rose to his feet and said: “Listen to me, my brothers and my people. I wanted to build a temple where the ark of the Lord’s covenant could be placed as a footstool for our God. 1 I have made the preparations for building it.
Solomon had made a bronze platform and had placed it in the middle of the enclosure. It was seven and one-half feet 1 long, seven and one-half feet 2 wide, and four and one-half feet 3 high. He stood on it and then got down on his knees in front of the entire assembly of Israel. He spread out his hands toward the sky,
May the Lord your God be praised because he favored 1 you by placing you on his throne as the one ruling on his behalf! 2 Because of your God’s love for Israel and his lasting commitment to them, 3 he made you king over them so you could make just and right decisions.” 4
They offer burnt sacrifices to the Lord every morning and every evening, along with fragrant incense. They arrange the Bread of the Presence on a ritually clean table and light the lamps on the gold lampstand every evening. Certainly 1 we are observing the Lord our God’s regulations, but you have rejected him.
You will not fight in this battle. Take your positions, stand, and watch the Lord deliver you, 1 O Judah and Jerusalem. Don’t be afraid and don’t panic! 2 Tomorrow march out toward them; the Lord is with you!’”
but have instead followed in the footsteps of the kings of Israel. You encouraged the people of Judah and the residents of Jerusalem to be unfaithful to the Lord, just as the family of Ahab does in Israel. 1 You also killed your brothers, members of your father’s family, 2 who were better than you.
He built towers in the desert and dug many cisterns, for he owned many herds in the lowlands 1 and on the plain. He had workers in the fields and vineyards in the hills and in Carmel, 2 for he loved agriculture. 3
King Uzziah suffered from a skin disease until the day he died. He lived in separate quarters, 1 afflicted by a skin disease and banned from the Lord’s temple. His son Jotham was in charge of the palace and ruled over the people of the land.
Now don’t let Hezekiah deceive you or mislead you like this. Don’t believe him, for no god of any nation or kingdom has been able to rescue his people from my power or the power of my predecessors. So how 1 can your gods rescue 2 you from my power?’”
He wrote letters mocking the Lord God of Israel and insulting him with these words: 1 “The gods of the surrounding nations could not rescue their people from my power. Neither can Hezekiah’s god rescue his people from my power.” 2
He brought against them the king of the Babylonians, who slaughtered 1 their young men in their temple. 2 He did not spare 3 young men or women, or even the old and aging. God 4 handed everyone over to him.
With antiphonal response they sang, 1 praising and glorifying the Lord: “For he is good; his loyal love toward Israel is forever.” All the people gave a loud 2 shout as they praised the Lord when the temple of the Lord was established.
they came to Zerubbabel and the leaders 1 and said to them, “Let us help you build, 2 for like you we seek your God and we have been sacrificing to him 3 from the time 4 of King Esarhaddon 5 of Assyria, who brought us here.” 6