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Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all. Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all. 

At the outset of this chapter, David pledges his personal wealth and resources for Solomon’s building of the Temple—a task he has long desired to undertake himself—and asks the congregation to contribute as well, which they do enthusiastically (see vv. 2–9). The Chronicler’s doxology, a Bible authority suggests, “expresses an uncompromising monotheism in which all things come from an omnipotent God.”

Resources quoted in this issue

RR: Alter, Robert. The Hebrew Bible, Vol. 3, The Writings: A Translation with Commentary. New York and London. W.W. Norton & Company, 2019.

Cit. 1: Ellicott, Charles John, ed. A Bible Commentary for English Readers by Various Writers. London: Cassell, 1897–1905. Also available at

Cit. 2: Green, Joel B., et al., eds. The CEB Study Bible. Nashville; Barker, Kenneth L., John H. Stek, Walter W. Wessel, and Ronald F. Youngblood. NIV Study Bible. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Pub. House, 2002.

Cit. 11: Anderson, Bernhard W. Out of the Depths: The Psalms Speak for Us Today. Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1983.

Cit. 17: Harrelson, Walter J., ed. The New Interpreter’s Study Bible. Nashville: Abingdon, 2003.

Cit. 19: Buttrick, George Arthur, et al., eds. The Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible: An Illustrated Encyclopedia. Vol. 2. Nashville: Abingdon, 1962.

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