Chapter 7

2SA.7:1 Now it came to pass when the king was dwelling in his house, and the LORD had given him rest from all his enemies all around,
2SA.7:2 that the king said to Nathan the prophet, “See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells inside tent curtains.”
2SA.7:3 Then Nathan said to the king, “Go, do all that is in your heart, for the LORD is with you.”
2SA.7:4 But it happened that night that the word of the LORD came to Nathan, saying,
2SA.7:5 “Go and tell My servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD: “Would you build a house for Me to dwell in?
2SA.7:6 “For I have not dwelt in a house since the time that I brought the children of Israel up from Egypt, even to this day, but have moved about in a tent and in a tabernacle.
2SA.7:7 “Wherever I have moved about with all the children of Israel, have I ever spoken a word to anyone from the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd My people Israel, saying, ‘Why have you not built Me a house of cedar?’”‘
2SA.7:8 “Now therefore, thus shall you say to My servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts: “I took you from the sheepfold, from following the sheep, to be ruler over My people, over Israel.
2SA.7:9 “And I have been with you wherever you have gone, and have cut off all your enemies from before you, and have made you a great name, like the name of the great men who are on the earth.
2SA.7:10 “Moreover I will appoint a place for My people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own and move no more; nor shall the sons of wickedness oppress them anymore, as previously,
2SA.7:11 “since the time that I commanded judges to be over My people Israel, and have caused you to rest from all your enemies. Also the LORD tells you that He will make you a house.
2SA.7:12 “When your days are fulfilled and you rest with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom.
2SA.7:13 “He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.
2SA.7:14 “I will be his Father, and he shall be My son. If he commits iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men and with the blows of the sons of men.
2SA.7:15 “But My mercy shall not depart from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I removed from before you.
2SA.7:16 “And your house and your kingdom shall be established forever before you. Your throne shall be established forever.”‘”
2SA.7:17 According to all these words and according to all this vision, so Nathan spoke to David.
2SA.7:18 Then King David went in and sat before the LORD; and he said: “Who am I, O Lord GOD? And what is my house, that You have brought me this far?
2SA.7:19 “And yet this was a small thing in Your sight, O Lord GOD; and You have also spoken of Your servant’s house for a great while to come. Is this the manner of man, O Lord GOD?
2SA.7:20 “Now what more can David say to You? For You, Lord GOD, know Your servant.
2SA.7:21 “For Your word’s sake, and according to Your own heart, You have done all these great things, to make Your servant know them.
2SA.7:22 “Therefore You are great, O LORD GOD. For there is none like You, nor is there any God besides You, according to all that we have heard with our ears.
2SA.7:23 “And who is like Your people, like Israel, the one nation on the earth whom God went to redeem for Himself as a people, to make for Himself a name-and to do for Yourself great and awesome deeds for Your land-before Your people whom You redeemed for Yourself from Egypt, the nations, and their gods?
2SA.7:24 “For You have made Your people Israel Your very own people forever; and You, LORD, have become their God.
2SA.7:25 “Now, O LORD God, the word which You have spoken concerning Your servant and concerning his house, establish it forever and do as You have said.
2SA.7:26 “So let Your name be magnified forever, saying, ‘The LORD of hosts is the God over Israel.’ And let the house of Your servant David be established before You.
2SA.7:27 “For You, O LORD of hosts, God of Israel, have revealed this to Your servant, saying, ‘I will build you a house.’ Therefore Your servant has found it in his heart to pray this prayer to You.
2SA.7:28 “And now, O Lord GOD, You are God, and Your words are true, and You have promised this goodness to Your servant.
2SA.7:29 “Now therefore, let it please You to bless the house of Your servant, that it may continue forever before You; for You, O Lord GOD, have spoken it, and with Your blessing let the house of Your servant be blessed forever.”

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