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2 Samuel: 7

Nathan the prophet.  2Sm.7.1-17 - 1Chr.17.1-15

1 [vv1-29: cp 1Chr. 17.1-27] As soon as the king was established in his house and the LORD had given him security from his enemies on all sides, 2he said to Nathan the prophet, 'Here I live in a house of cedar, while the Ark of God is housed in curtains.' 3Nathan answered the king, 'Very well, do whatever you have in mind, for the LORD is with you.' 4But that night the word of the LORD came to Nathan: 5'Go and say to David my servant, "This is the word of the LORD: Are you the man to build me a house to dwell in? 6Down to this day I have never dwelt in a house since I brought lsrael up from Egypt; I made my journey in a tent and a tabernacle. 7Wherever I journeyed with Israel, did I ever ask any of the judges [prob. rdg, cp 1Chr. 17.6; Heb tribes] whom I appointed shepherds of my people Israel why they had not built me a house of cedar?" 8Then say this to my servant David: "This is the word of the LORD of Hosts: I took you from the pastures, and from following the sheep, to be prince over my people Israel. 9I have been with you wherever you have gone, and have destroyed all the enemies in your path. I will make you a great name among the great ones of the earth. 10I will assign a place for my people Israel; there I will plant them, and they shall dwell in their own land. They shall be disturbed no more, never again shall wicked men oppress them as they did in the past, 11ever since the time when I appointed judges over Israel my people; and I will give you peace from all your enemies. The LORD has told you that he would build up your royal house. 12When your life ends. and you rest with your forefathers, I will set up one of your family, one of your own children, to succeed you and I will establish his kingdom. 13It is he shall build a house in honour of my name, and I will establish his royal throne for ever. 14I will be his father, and he shall be my son. When he does wrong, I will punish him as any father might, and not spare the rod. 15My love will never be withdrawn from him as I withdrew it from Saul, whom I removed from your path. 16Your family shall be established and your kingdom shall stand for all time in my sight, and your throne shall be established for ever." '

17Nathan recounted to David all that had been said to him and all that had been revealed.

David's prayer of thanksgiving.  2Sm.7.18-29 - 1.Chr.17.16-27

18Then King David went into the presence of the LORD and took his place there and said, '.What am I, Lord GOD, and what is my family, that thou hast brought me thus far? 19It was a small thing in thy sight to have planned for thy servant's house in days long past. But such, O Lord GOD, is the lot of a man embarked on a high career [embarked on a high career: prob. rdg, cp 1Chr. 17.17; Heb omitted]. 20And now what more can I say? for well thou knowest thy servant David, O Lord GOD. 21Thou hast made good thy word; it was thy purpose to spread thy servant's fame, and so thou hast raised me to this greatness. 22Great indeed art thou, O Lord GOD; we have never heard of one like thee; there is no god but thee. 23And thy people Israel, to whom can they be compared? Is there any other nation on earth whom thou, O God, hast set out to redeem from slavery. to be thy people? Any other for whom thou hast done great and terrible things to win fame for thyself? Any other whom thou hast redeemed for thyself from Egypt by driving out other nations and their gods to make way for them? 24Thou hast established thy people Israel as thy own for ever, and thou, O LORD, hast become their God. 25But now, LORD God, perform what thou hast promised for thy servant and his house, and for all time; make good what thou hast said. 26May thy fame be great for evermore and let men say, "The LORD of Hosts is God over Israel.'' So shall the house of thy servant David be established before thee. 27O LORD of Hosts, God of Israel, thou hast shown me thy purpose, in saying to thy servant, "I will build up your house"; and therefore I have made bold to offer this prayer to thee. 28Thou, O Lord GOD, art God; thou hast made these noble promises to thy servant, and thy promises come true; 29be pleased now to bless thy servant's house that it may continue always before thee; thou, O Lord GOD, hast promised, and thy blessing shall rest upon thy servant's house for evermore.'


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