Q&A: Did David give 100,000 talents or 3000 talents - 1 Chronicles 22:14 and 1 Chronicles 29:4

Did David give 100,000 talents or 3000 talents - 1 Chronicles 22:14 and 1 Chronicles 29:4

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Did David give 100,000 talents or 3000 talents - 1 Chronicles 22:14 and 1 Chronicles 29:4

Answer

1 Chronicles 22:14 I have taken great pains to provide for the temple of the LORD a hundred thousand talents of gold, a million talents of silver, quantities of bronze and iron too great to be weighed, and wood and stone. And you may add to them.

1 Chronicles 29:4 Three thousand talents of gold (gold of Ophir) and seven thousand talents of refined silver, for the overlaying of the walls of the buildings,

As a man after God's own heart (1 Sam. 13:14), David enjoyed giving (1 Chron. 18:8, 11; 22:5; 27:1-34). He served as an example for his people (1 Chron. 29:18). He gave both amounts. David distinguishes the gifts in 1 Chronicles 29:3 saying, "Besides, in my devotion to the temple of my God I now give my personal treasures of gold and silver for the temple of my God, over and above everything I have provided for this holy temple." So, 1 Chronicles 22:14 reports the amount given for the preparation of the building and 1 Chronicles 29:4 the amount given out of David's own personal treasures, over and above what was raised by David for the preparation of the temple.

Answer by Dr. Joseph R. Nally, Jr.

Dr. Joseph R. Nally, Jr., D.D., M.Div. is the Theological Editor at Third Millennium Ministries (Thirdmill).