New Defender's Study Bible Notes
29:4 three thousand talents. I Chronicles 22:14 says that David gave a hundred thousand talents of gold and a thousand thousand talents of silver for the proposed temple. This could represent a copyist error, or more likely, two entirely separate gifts at two different times.
29:6 offered willingly. There had been no pressure by David on the people, but his own example of personal generosity, as well as the challenge of the great project itself, was sufficient to persuade them to generous giving. Six times the phrase “offered willingly,” or the equivalent, is used of their response (twice in I Chronicles 29:9, once each in I Chronicles 29:6 and 14, twice in I Chronicles 29:17).
29:7 drams. Originally, “handfuls.”
29:11 is thine. David’s concept of God was infinitely removed from that of the pagan world in which he lived. He recognized God as omnipotent Creator and Sovereign of all things. Compare this praise to the heavenly doxologies in the age yet to come (Revelation 4:11; 15:3; etc.)
29:15 sojourners. All of God’s true people, whether ancient Israelites, or latter-day Christians, need to recognize that they are “strangers and pilgrims on the earth” (Hebrews 11:13; I Peter 2:11), since our “conversation [or ‘citizenship’] is in heaven” (Philippians 3:20).
29:22 the second time. David had made Solomon co-regent of the nation two years earlier (I Chronicles 23:1; I Kings 1:39).
29:29 they are written. The author of I Chronicles (presumably Ezra), drew on earlier writings for his histories. This, however, while indicating historical authenticity, in no way minimizes the fact that what he finally wrote down had been “God-breathed” (II Timothy 3:16).
29:29 book of Samuel the seer. The “book of Samuel the seer” undoubtedly means I and II Samuel. However, the books of Nathan and Gad have been lost. Other ancient books mentioned in the Old Testament include the book of Jasher (Joshua 10:13; II Samuel 1:18); the book of the acts of Solomon (I Kings 11:41); the book of the Chronicles of the kings of Judah (I Kings 14:29); etc.); the prophecy of Ahijah the Shilonite and the visions of Iddo the Seer (II Chronicles 9:29); the book of Shemaiah the Prophet (II Chronicles 12:15); the story of the book of the kings (II Chronicles 24:27); the book of Jehu (II Chronicles 20:34); and the book of the wars of the Lord” (Numbers 21:14). Probably none of these were divinely inspired, as our present canonical books, but the portions incorporated by Ezra or others in their own inspired writings were so used by inspiration.