1 Chronicles 22:2
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New International Version
So David gave orders to assemble the foreigners residing in Israel, and from among them he appointed stonecutters to prepare dressed stone for building the house of God.

New Living Translation
So David gave orders to call together the foreigners living in Israel, and he assigned them the task of preparing finished stone for building the Temple of God.

English Standard Version
David commanded to gather together the resident aliens who were in the land of Israel, and he set stonecutters to prepare dressed stones for building the house of God.

New American Standard Bible
So David gave orders to gather the foreigners who were in the land of Israel, and he set stonecutters to hew out stones to build the house of God.

King James Bible
And David commanded to gather together the strangers that were in the land of Israel; and he set masons to hew wrought stones to build the house of God.

Christian Standard Bible
So David gave orders to gather the resident aliens that were in the land of Israel, and he appointed stonecutters to cut finished stones for building God's house.

Contemporary English Version
David ordered the foreigners living in Israel to come to Jerusalem. Then he assigned some to cut blocks of stone for building the temple.

Good News Translation
King David gave orders for all the foreigners living in the land of Israel to assemble, and he put them to work. Some of them prepared stone blocks for building the Temple.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So David gave orders to gather the foreigners that were in the land of Israel, and he appointed stonecutters to cut finished stones for building God's house.

International Standard Version
David subsequently issued orders to conscript the resident aliens who lived in the land of Israel and appointed stonecutters to prepare stones for building a temple for God.

NET Bible
David ordered the resident foreigners in the land of Israel to be called together. He appointed some of them to be stonecutters to chisel stones for the building of God's temple.

New Heart English Bible
David gave orders to gather together the foreigners who were in the land of Israel; and he set masons to cut worked stones to build God's house.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
David ordered the foreigners living in Israel to gather. He appointed some of them to cut stones to build God's temple.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And David commanded to gather together the strangers that were in the land of Israel; and he set masons to hew wrought stones to build the house of God.

New American Standard 1977
So David gave orders to gather the foreigners who were in the land of Israel, and he set stonecutters to hew out stones to build the house of God.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And David commanded to gather together the strangers that were in the land of Israel, and he made them masons to hew wrought stones to build the house of God.

King James 2000 Bible
And David commanded to gather together the sojourners that were in the land of Israel; and he set masons to cut hewn stones to build the house of God.

American King James Version
And David commanded to gather together the strangers that were in the land of Israel; and he set masons to hew worked stones to build the house of God.

American Standard Version
And David commanded to gather together the sojourners that were in the land of Israel; and he set masons to hew wrought stones to build the house of God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he commanded to gather together all the proselytes of the land of Israel, and out of them he appointed stonecutters to hew stones and polish them, to build the house of God.

Darby Bible Translation
And David commanded to collect the strangers that were in the land of Israel; and he set masons to hew wrought stones to build the house of God.

English Revised Version
And David commanded to gather together the strangers that were in the land of Israel; and he set masons to hew wrought stones to build the house of God.

Webster's Bible Translation
And David commanded to assemble the strangers that were in the land of Israel; and he set masons to hew wrought stones to build the house of God.

World English Bible
David gave orders to gather together the foreigners who were in the land of Israel; and he set masons to cut worked stones to build the house of God.

Young's Literal Translation
And David saith to gather the sojourners who are in the land of Israel, and appointeth hewers to hew hewn-stones to build a house of God.
Study Bible
David's Preparations for the Temple
1Then David said, "This is the house of the LORD God, and this is the altar of burnt offering for Israel." 2So David gave orders to gather the foreigners who were in the land of Israel, and he set stonecutters to hew out stones to build the house of God. 3David prepared large quantities of iron to make the nails for the doors of the gates and for the clamps, and more bronze than could be weighed;…
Cross References
1 Kings 5:17
Then the king commanded, and they quarried great stones, costly stones, to lay the foundation of the house with cut stones.

1 Kings 5:18
So Solomon's builders and Hiram's builders and the Gebalites cut them, and prepared the timbers and the stones to build the house.

1 Kings 9:20
As for all the people who were left of the Amorites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Hivites and the Jebusites, who were not of the sons of Israel,

1 Kings 9:21
their descendants who were left after them in the land whom the sons of Israel were unable to destroy utterly, from them Solomon levied forced laborers, even to this day.

2 Chronicles 2:17
Solomon numbered all the aliens who were in the land of Israel, following the census which his father David had taken; and 153,600 were found.
Treasury of Scripture

And David commanded to gather together the strangers that were in the land of Israel; and he set masons to hew worked stones to build the house of God.

the strangers

1 Kings 9:20,21 And all the people that were left of the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, …

2 Chronicles 2:17 And Solomon numbered all the strangers that were in the land of Israel…

2 Chronicles 8:7,8 As for all the people that were left of the Hittites, and the Amorites, …

Isaiah 61:5,6 And strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the …

Ephesians 2:12,19-22 That at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the …

masons

1 Samuel 14:1 Now it came to pass on a day, that Jonathan the son of Saul said …

2 Samuel 5:11 And Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar trees, …

1 Kings 5:17,18 And the king commanded, and they brought great stones, costly stones, …

1 Kings 6:7 And the house, when it was in building, was built of stone made ready …

1 Kings 7:9-12 All these were of costly stones, according to the measures of hewed …

2 Kings 12:11 And they gave the money, being told, into the hands of them that …

2 Kings 22:6 To carpenters, and builders, and masons, and to buy timber and hewn …

Ezra 3:7 They gave money also to the masons, and to the carpenters; and meat, …

(2-5) David gathers craftsmen, and accumulates materials for building the house of God.

(2) And David commanded to gather together the strangers.--The word rendered "to gather together" (k?nas) is different from the terms used in 1Chronicles 15:3-4; 1Chronicles 19:7, and is late in this sense.

The strangers (gerim).--Sojourners, or resident foreigners, such as Israel had been in Egypt (Genesis 15:13). The Canaanite population are meant, who lived on sufferance under the Israelite dominion, and were liable to forced service if the government required it. (See 2Chronicles 8:7-8, and 1Kings 9:20-21.) Solomon found them by census to be 153,600 souls. The census was a preliminary to apportioning their several tasks. (See 2Chronicles 2:17-18.) David, probably on the present occasion, had held a similar census of the Canaanite serfs (2Chronicles 2:17).

And he set.--Appointed (1Chronicles 15:16-17); literally, caused to stand.

Masons.--Hewers; selected, apparently, from among "the strangers."

Wrought stones.--"Saxum quadratum," square stones (1 Kings 5:31; Isaiah 9:9).

To build the house--i.e., for building it hereafter. It is not said that the work was begun at once, but only that the organisation of the serf labour originated with David.

Verse 2. - The strangers. These are plainly called in the Septuagint "proselytes" (τοὺς προσηλὺτους). They were, of course, foreign workmen, who came in pursuit of their trade. The injunctions as to "strangers," and with regard to showing them kindness, are very numerous, beginning with Exodus 12:19, 48, 49; Exodus 22:21(20); Exodus 23:9; Leviticus 19:10, 33, 34; Numbers 15:14-16; Deuteronomy 10:18, 19; Joshua 8:33-35. It was not David's object merely to gain cheap or compulsory work (2 Chronicles 2:17, 18), but to obtain a skill, which immigrants from certain places would possess, in excess of that of his own people (2 Chronicles 2:7, 8, 13, 14), especially considering the absorption of Israel in the pursuit of war, which had so largely impeded their study and practice of these the arts of peace. And David commanded to gather together the strangers that were in the land of Israel,.... The proselytes, as the Septuagint and Vulgate Latin versions; that is, proselytes of the gate, who submitted to the seven precepts of Noah, were admitted to dwell in the Cities of Israel, see Genesis 9:4 and these were ordered to be got together to be employed in building the temple, and making preparations for it; and that partly because they were better artificers than the Israelites, who were chiefly employed in husbandry and cattle, and partly that the Israelites, who were freemen, might not be put to hard service; but chiefly this was for the sake of a mystery in it, denoting that the Gentiles would be concerned in building the spiritual house and church of God, the temple was a type and figure of, see Zechariah 6:15.

and he set masons to hew wrought stones to build the house of God; to dig them out of the quarries, and fit them for the building. 2. David commanded to gather together the strangers—partly the descendants of the old Canaanites (2Ch 8:7-10), from whom was exacted a tribute of bond service, and partly war captives (2Ch 2:7), reserved for the great work he contemplated.22:1-5 On occasion of the terrible judgment inflicted on Israel for the sin of David, God pointed out the place where he would have the temple built; upon which, David was excited to make preparations for the great work. David must not build, but he would do all he could; he prepared abundantly before his death. What our hands find to do for God, and our souls, and those round us, let us do it with all our might, before our death; for after death there is no device nor working. And when the Lord refuses to employ us in those services which we desired, we must not be discouraged or idle, but do what we can, though in a humbler sphere.
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