How much did King David give to the building of God’s temple?

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The Bible records

“Now for the house of my God I have prepared with all my might: gold … silver … bronze … iron … wood … onyx stones … glistening stones of various colors, all kinds of precious stones, and marble slabs in abundance. Moreover, because I have set my affection on the house of my God, I have given to the house of my God, over and above all that I have prepared for the holy house, my own special treasure of gold and silver: three thousand talents of gold, of the gold of Ophir, and seven thousand talents of refined silver, to overlay the walls of the houses; the gold for things of gold and the silver for things of silver, and for all kinds of work to be done by the hands of craftsmen” (1 Chronicles 29:2-5).

Putting all of his soul into this effort, David collected huge quantities of material (1 Chronicles. 22:14). And because of David’s love and devotion to God, he was willing to give liberally of his own resources as well to building of the temple. His wholehearted love produced wholehearted service. And David gave the following:

David gave liberal amounts of material

1-Three thousand talents. If this was a regular talent, measured at 75.39 lb. the amount of gold gathered by David would thus be about 113 tons (102 metric tons). However, we cannot be certain of the precise value of ancient standards of weight.

2-Seven thousand talents. On the basis of a talent weighing 75.39 lb., the amount of silver given would be about 263 tons, or 239 metric tons.

3- 7. Iron. On the basis of a talent weighing 75.39 lb. the amount of iron contributed would total about 3,770 tons, or 3,420 metric tons. It should be noted that Iron was of much greater value in those days than it is today.

David set an example of generosity

By his giving, David set an example of generosity before his nation. After that, he called for liberality of his people. And he appealed to the men of wealth and position in Israel for offerings (vs. 1–9). This was similar to what Moses did, who, made an appeal to the people for offerings that the sanctuary might be built (Ex. 25:1–8; 35:4–9), and received a liberal response (Ex. 35:20–29).

God loves a cheerful giver

David found joy in giving, and he rejoiced in the joy that came to his people from giving. His generosity is a model for the believers today. For “whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:6-7).

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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