Why Did David Have Two Different Amounts for the Temple?

Supposed contradiction and verses:

David tells two different amounts for what he said he had set aside for the temple.

1st Chronicles 22:14-16

14 Now, behold, in my trouble I have prepared for the house of the LORD an hundred thousand talents of gold, and a thousand thousand talents of silver; and of brass and iron without weight; for it is in abundance: timber also and stone have I prepared; and thou mayest add thereto.

15 Moreover there are workmen with thee in abundance, hewers and workers of stone and timber, and all manner of cunning men for every manner of work.

16 Of the gold, the silver, and the brass, and the iron, there is no number. Arise therefore, and be doing, and the LORD be with thee.

1st Chronicles 29:3-5

3 Moreover, because I have set my affection to the house of my God, I have of mine own proper good, of gold and silver, which I have given to the house of my God, over and above all that I have prepared for the holy house.

4 Even three thousand talents of gold, of the gold of Ophir, and seven thousand talents of refined silver, to overlay the walls of the houses withal:

5 The gold for things of gold, and the silver for things of silver, and for all manner of work to be made by the hands of artificers. And who then is willing to consecrate his service this day unto the LORD?

Answer:

   The skeptic/atheist has posed a seemingly obvious difference, yet as we have seen in the other articles, it is simply from not reading to understand. Earlier in Chronicles we read how David has a heart to prepare a place for the LORD. Not that God can be contained in it, but rather, for the Ark of the Covenant to rest in, sacrifices to be made, praise and worship, etc. He prepared for a long time, yet God told him that he would not get to build it. David was a man of war, and the Lord told him that as such, he did not need to build it, but did say that his son Solomon (whose name means peace or peaceful) would.

   In the first passage, David is talking to his son Solomon to tell him about all the preparation he had made for this. He relates to him the storehouses of gold, silver, stone, timber, workers, etc. Afterward, two more times this is addressed. First with the elders of Israel (which the skeptic left out), and then in chapter 29 with the entire nation. He tells his plan, and relates that it will be Solomon who does it. So why the difference in numbers? Because David is relating two different things.

   With Solomon, he tells of the mass amount of materials and workers for the entire house of God, but the Holy place, and the Holy of Holies requires something better than just everyday gold and silver. Thatís this was related in the previous chapter:

1st Chronicles 28:16-18

16 And by weight he gave gold for the tables of shewbread, for every table; and likewise silver for the tables of silver:

17 Also pure gold for the fleshhooks, and the bowls, and the cups: and for the golden basons he gave gold by weight for every bason; and likewise silver by weight for every bason of silver:

18 And for the altar of incense refined gold by weight; and gold for the pattern of the chariot of the cherubims, that spread out their wings, and covered the ark of the covenant of the LORD.

   In our second passage, David is telling the nation of Israel what he set aside solely for these holy places. Thatís why in 1st Chronicles 29:4, it is referred to as the gold of Ophir. Ophir is mentioned a good number of times in the Old Testament and the gold from there was top-notch pure gold, viewed as the best in the world. That is why there is a difference, is that this was strictly for the holiest places in the temple.

There is no contradiction!

In His Grace,

            Mike Harris



 

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