2 Samuel 7

David Plans to Build a Temple

1 a  Now it came about when the king lived in his house, and the  Lord had given him rest on every side from all his enemies, 2that the king said to b  Nathan the prophet, “See now, I dwell in c  a house of cedar, but the ark of God d  dwells within tent curtains.” 3Nathan said to the king e  Go, do all that is in your mind, for the  Lord is with you.”

4But in the same night the word of the  Lord came to Nathan, saying, 5Go and say to My servant David, ‘Thus says the  Lord, f  Are you the one who should build Me a house to dwell in? 6“For g  I have not dwelt in a house since the day I brought up the sons of Israel from Egypt, even to this day; but I have been moving about h  in a tent, even in a
Lit dwelling place
7 j  Wherever I have gone with all the sons of Israel, did I speak a word with one of the tribes of Israel k  which I commanded to shepherd My people Israel, saying, ‘Why have you not built Me a house of cedar?’”’

God’s Covenant with David

8Now therefore, thus you shall say to My servant David, ‘Thus says the  Lord of hosts, l  I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, m  to be ruler over My people Israel. 9 n  I have been with you wherever you have gone and o  have cut off all your enemies from before you; and I will make you a great name, like the names of the great men who are on the earth. 10I will also appoint a place for My people Israel and p  will plant them, that they may live in their own place and not be disturbed again, q  nor will the
Lit sons of wickedness
wicked afflict them any more as formerly,
11even s  from the day that I commanded judges to be over My people Israel; and t  I will give you rest from all your enemies. The  Lord also declares to you that u  the  Lord will make a house for you. 12 v  When your days are complete and you w  lie down with your fathers x  I will raise up your
Lit seed
descendant after you, who will come forth from
Lit your bowels
you, and I will establish his kingdom.
13 aa  He shall build a house for My name, and ab  I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. 14 ac  I will be a father to him and he will be a son to Me; ad  when he commits iniquity, I will correct him with the rod of men and the strokes of the sons of men, 15but My lovingkindness shall not depart from him, ae  as I took it away from Saul, whom I removed from before you. 16 af  Your house and your kingdom shall endure before
So with Gr and some ancient mss; M.T. you
Me forever; your throne shall be established forever.”’”
17In accordance with all these words and all this vision, so Nathan spoke to David.

David’s Prayer

18Then David the king went in and sat before the  Lord, and he said ah  Who am I, O Lord
Heb YHWH, usually rendered  Lord , and so through out the ch
 God, and what is my house, that You have brought me this far?
19And yet this was insignificant in Your eyes, O Lord  God, aj  for You have spoken also of the house of Your servant concerning the distant future. And ak  this is the
Or law
custom of man, O Lord  God.
20Again what more can David say to You? For am  You know Your servant, O Lord  God! 21 an  For the sake of Your word, and according to Your own heart, You have done all this greatness to let Your servant know. 22For this reason ao  You are great, O Lord  God; for ap  there is none like You, and there is no God besides You, aq  according to all that we have heard with our ears. 23“And ar  what one nation on the earth is like Your people Israel, whom God went to redeem for Himself as a people and to make a name for Himself, and as  to do a great thing for You and awesome things for Your land, before at  Your people whom au  You have redeemed for Yourself from Egypt, from nations and their gods? 24“For av  You have established for Yourself Your people Israel as Your own people forever, and aw  You, O  Lord, have become their God. 25Now therefore, O  Lord God, the word that You have spoken concerning Your servant and his house, confirm it forever, and do as You have spoken, 26 ax  that Your name may be magnified forever, by saying, ‘The  Lord of hosts is God over Israel’; and may the house of Your servant David be established before You. 27“For You, O  Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, have
Lit uncovered the ear of
made a revelation to Your servant, saying, ‘ az  I will build you a house’; therefore Your servant has found
Lit his heart
courage to pray this prayer to You.
28Now, O Lord  God, You are God, and bb  Your words are truth, and You have
Or spoken
promised this good thing to Your servant.
29Now therefore, may it please You to bless the house of Your servant, that it may continue forever before You. For You, O Lord  God, have spoken; and bd  with Your blessing may the house of Your servant be blessed forever.”
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