1 Chronicles 28:9
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New International Version
"And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.

New Living Translation
"And Solomon, my son, learn to know the God of your ancestors intimately. Worship and serve him with your whole heart and a willing mind. For the LORD sees every heart and knows every plan and thought. If you seek him, you will find him. But if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.

English Standard Version
“And you, Solomon my son, know the God of your father and serve him with a whole heart and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches all hearts and understands every plan and thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will cast you off forever.

New American Standard Bible
"As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind; for the LORD searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever.

King James Bible
And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
As for you, Solomon my son, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind, for the LORD searches every heart and understands the intention of every thought. If you seek Him, He will be found by you, but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever.

International Standard Version
"Now as for you, my son Solomon, get to know the God of your father. Serve him with a sound heart and a devoted soul, because the LORD is searching every heart, every plan and thought. He will be found by you, assuming you are seeking him, but if you abandon him, he will abandon you forever.

NET Bible
"And you, Solomon my son, obey the God of your father and serve him with a submissive attitude and a willing spirit, for the LORD examines all minds and understands every motive of one's thoughts. If you seek him, he will let you find him, but if you abandon him, he will reject you permanently.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"And you, my son Solomon, learn to know your father's God. Serve the LORD wholeheartedly and willingly because he searches every heart and understands every thought [we have]. If you dedicate your life to serving him, he will accept you. But if you abandon him, he will reject you from then on.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And thou, Solomon, my son, know thou the God of thy father and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing soul, for the LORD searches all hearts and understands all the imaginations of the thoughts. If thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.

King James 2000 Bible
And you, Solomon my son, know you the God of your father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searches all hearts, and understands all the imaginations of the thoughts: if you seek him, he will be found of you; but if you forsake him, he will cast you off forever.

American King James Version
And you, Solomon my son, know you the God of your father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searches all hearts, and understands all the imaginations of the thoughts: if you seek him, he will be found of you; but if you forsake him, he will cast you off for ever.

American Standard Version
And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind; for Jehovah searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And thou my son Solomon, know the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart, and a willing mind: "for the Lord searcheth all hearts, and under- standeth all the thoughts of minds. If thou seek him, thou shalt find him: but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.

Darby Bible Translation
And thou, Solomon my son, know the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind; for Jehovah searches all hearts, and discerns all the imaginations of the thoughts. If thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cut thee off for ever.

English Revised Version
And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.

Webster's Bible Translation
And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart, and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou shalt seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou shalt forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.

World English Bible
You, Solomon my son, know the God of your father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind; for Yahweh searches all hearts, and understands all the imaginations of the thoughts. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will cast you off forever.

Young's Literal Translation
'And thou, Solomon, my son, know the God of thy father, and serve Him with a perfect heart, and with a willing mind, for all hearts is Jehovah seeking, and every imagination of the thoughts He is understanding; if thou dost seek Him, He is found of thee, and if thou dost forsake Him, He casteth thee off for ever.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

28:1-10 During David's last sickness, many chief priests and Levites were at Jerusalem. Finding himself able, David spoke of his purpose to build a temple for God, and of God's disallowing that purpose. He opened to them God's gracious purposes concerning Solomon. David charged them to cleave stedfastly to God and their duty. We cannot do our work as we should, unless we put on resolution, and fetch in strength from Divine grace. Religion or piety has two distinct parts. The first is knowledge of God, the second is worship of God. David says, Know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and a willing mind. God is made known by his works and word. Revelation alone shows the whole character of God, in his providence, his holy law, his condemnation of sinners, his blessed gospel, and the ministration of the Spirit to all true believers. The natural man cannot receive this knowledge of God. But thus we learn the value of the Saviour's atonement, and of the sanctification of the Holy Spirit, and are influenced to walk in all his commandments. It brings a sinner to his proper place at the foot of the cross, as a poor, guilty, helpless worm, deserving wrath, yet expecting every thing needful from the free mercy and grace of God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. Having been forgiven much, the pardoned sinner learns to love much.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And thou, Solomon my son,.... Who was present in this assembly, and presented to them by David as his successor, and their future king: and having addressed them, he turns himself to him, and exhorts him, saying:

know thou the God of thy father; who was his Father and covenant God, and whom he served and worshipped, and who had bestowed upon him many favours, both temporal and spiritual; and having had such an experience of his goodness, he exhorts his son to seek to know more and more of him, and to own and acknowledge him as his God, and to love and fear him:

serve him with a perfect heart, and with a willing mind; cordially and sincerely, cheerfully and freely, neither in an hypocritical manner, nor through force and constraint, nor with loathing and weariness:

for the Lord searcheth all hearts; the hearts of all men, even of kings, and knows from what principles and with what views and in what manor they serve him:

and understandeth all the imaginations of the thought; not only the thoughts of the heart, when regularly formed and ranged in order, hut even the very beginning of them, the first motions of the mind, and before they are well formed, see Genesis 6:5.

if thou seek him; by prayer and supplication in his house and ordinances:

he will be found of thee; grant his presence and bestow his favours, see Isaiah 4:6.

but if thou forsake him: his word, his ways, his worship:

he will cast thee off for ever; from being king, or enjoying that peace, prosperity, and happiness, which otherwise would be enjoyed.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

1Ch 28:9-20. He Encourages Solomon to Build the Temple.

9, 10. And thou, Solomon my son—The royal speaker now turns to Solomon, and in a most impressive manner presses upon him the importance of sincere and practical piety.

know thou—He did not mean head knowledge, for Solomon possessed that already, but that experimental acquaintance with God which is only to be obtained by loving and serving Him.

1 Chronicles 28:9 Additional Commentaries
Context
David's Charge to Solomon
9"As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind; for the LORD searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever. 10"Consider now, for the LORD has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary; be courageous and act."…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 31:21
And when many disasters and calamities come on them, this song will testify against them, because it will not be forgotten by their descendants. I know what they are disposed to do, even before I bring them into the land I promised them on oath."

1 Samuel 16:7
But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."

1 Kings 8:39
then hear from heaven, your dwelling place. Forgive and act; deal with everyone according to all they do, since you know their hearts (for you alone know every human heart),

1 Kings 8:61
And may your hearts be fully committed to the LORD our God, to live by his decrees and obey his commands, as at this time."

1 Kings 9:6
"But if you or your descendants turn away from me and do not observe the commands and decrees I have given you and go off to serve other gods and worship them,

2 Kings 21:22
He forsook the LORD, the God of his ancestors, and did not walk in obedience to him.

1 Chronicles 22:19
Now devote your heart and soul to seeking the LORD your God. Begin to build the sanctuary of the LORD God, so that you may bring the ark of the covenant of the LORD and the sacred articles belonging to God into the temple that will be built for the Name of the LORD."

1 Chronicles 28:8
"So now I charge you in the sight of all Israel and of the assembly of the LORD, and in the hearing of our God: Be careful to follow all the commands of the LORD your God, that you may possess this good land and pass it on as an inheritance to your descendants forever.

1 Chronicles 29:17
I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity. All these things I have given willingly and with honest intent. And now I have seen with joy how willingly your people who are here have given to you.

1 Chronicles 29:19
And give my son Solomon the wholehearted devotion to keep your commands, statutes and decrees and to do everything to build the palatial structure for which I have provided."

2 Chronicles 6:30
then hear from heaven, your dwelling place. Forgive, and deal with everyone according to all they do, since you know their hearts (for you alone know the human heart),

2 Chronicles 15:2
He went out to meet Asa and said to him, "Listen to me, Asa and all Judah and Benjamin. The LORD is with you when you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you.

Psalm 89:38
But you have rejected, you have spurned, you have been very angry with your anointed one.

Proverbs 3:6
in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Isaiah 38:3
"Remember, LORD, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes." And Hezekiah wept bitterly.

Jeremiah 17:10
"I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve."

Jeremiah 22:16
He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me?" declares the LORD.

Jeremiah 29:13
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
Treasury of Scripture

And you, Solomon my son, know you the God of your father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searches all hearts, and understands all the imaginations of the thoughts: if you seek him, he will be found of you; but if you forsake him, he will cast you off for ever.

know thou

Deuteronomy 4:35 To you it was showed, that you might know that the LORD he is God; …

1 Kings 8:43 Hear you in heaven your dwelling place, and do according to all that …

Psalm 9:10 And they that know your name will put their trust in you: for you, …

Jeremiah 9:24 But let him that glories glory in this, that he understands and knows …

Jeremiah 22:16 He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well with …

Jeremiah 24:7 And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the LORD: and …

Jeremiah 31:34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man …

Hosea 4:1,6 Hear the word of the LORD, you children of Israel: for the LORD has …

John 8:55 Yet you have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, …

John 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know you the only true …

Acts 17:23,30 For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with …

Romans 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God …

1 Corinthians 15:34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge …

2 Corinthians 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shined …

the god

Genesis 28:13 And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God …

Exodus 3:16 Go, and gather the elders of Israel together, and say to them, The …

Exodus 15:2 The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: …

1 Kings 3:6 And Solomon said, You have showed to your servant David my father …

Psalm 18:2 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my …

Psalm 89:26 He shall cry to me, You are my father, my God, and the rock of my salvation.

serve him

1 Chronicles 29:9,17-19 Then the people rejoiced, for that they offered willingly, because …

1 Kings 8:61 Let your heart therefore be perfect with the LORD our God, to walk …

2 Kings 20:3 I beseech you, O LORD, remember now how I have walked before you …

2 Kings 22:2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, and walked …

Job 36:11,12 If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, …

Psalm 101:2 I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when will you come …

John 1:47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and said of him, Behold an Israelite …

John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit …

Romans 1:29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, …

Hebrews 12:28 Why we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, …

a willing mind

2 Corinthians 8:12 For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to …

2 Corinthians 9:7 Every man according as he purposes in his heart, so let him give; …

1 Peter 5:2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, …

the Lord

1 Chronicles 29:17 I know also, my God, that you try the heart, and have pleasure in …

1 Samuel 16:7 But the LORD said to Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the …

1 Kings 8:39 Then hear you in heaven your dwelling place, and forgive, and do, …

Psalm 7:9 Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish …

Psalm 139:2 You know my sitting down and my rising up, you understand my thought afar off.

Proverbs 17:3 The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD …

Jeremiah 11:20 But, O LORD of hosts, that judge righteously, that try the reins …

Jeremiah 17:10 I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every …

Jeremiah 20:12 But, O LORD of hosts, that try the righteous, and see the reins and …

John 2:25 And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.

John 21:17 He said to him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, love you me? …

Acts 1:24 And they prayed, and said, You, Lord, which know the hearts of all …

Hebrews 4:13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight…

Revelation 2:23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall …

the imaginations

Genesis 6:5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth…

Genesis 8:21 And the LORD smelled a sweet smell; and the LORD said in his heart, …

Deuteronomy 31:21 And it shall come to pass, when many evils and troubles are befallen …

Psalm 139:2 You know my sitting down and my rising up, you understand my thought afar off.

Ezekiel 38:10 Thus said the Lord GOD; It shall also come to pass, that at the same …

if thou seek

2 Chronicles 15:2 And he went out to meet Asa, and said to him, Hear you me, Asa, and …

Proverbs 2:1-6 My son, if you will receive my words, and hide my commandments with you…

Isaiah 45:19 I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth: I said …

Isaiah 55:6,7 Seek you the LORD while he may be found, call you on him while he is near…

Jeremiah 29:13 And you shall seek me, and find me, when you shall search for me …

Matthew 7:7,8 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, …

James 4:8-11 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, …

if thou forsake

Deuteronomy 31:16,17 And the LORD said to Moses, Behold, you shall sleep with your fathers; …

1 Kings 9:6-9 But if you shall at all turn from following me, you or your children…

Ezra 8:22 For I was ashamed to require of the king a band of soldiers and horsemen …

Isaiah 1:28 And the destruction of the transgressors and of the sinners shall …

Hebrews 10:38,39 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul …

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