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2 Samuel 7 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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The LORD’s Covenant Promise to David
(1Ch 17:1–15 )
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 7:1 - When King David was settled in his palace and the LORD had given him rest from all the surrounding enemies,
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 7:2 - the king summoned Nathan the prophet. “Look,” David said, “I am living in a beautiful cedar palace,[fn] but the Ark of God is out there in a tent!”
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 7:3 - Nathan replied to the king, “Go ahead and do whatever you have in mind, for the LORD is with you.”
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 7:4 - But that same night the LORD said to Nathan,
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 7:5 - “Go and tell my servant David, ‘This is what the LORD has declared: Are you the one to build a house for me to live in?
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 7:6 - I have never lived in a house, from the day I brought the Israelites out of Egypt until this very day. I have always moved from one place to another with a tent and a Tabernacle as my dwelling.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 7:7 - Yet no matter where I have gone with the Israelites, I have never once complained to Israel’s tribal leaders, the shepherds of my people Israel. I have never asked them, “Why haven’t you built me a beautiful cedar house?”’
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 7:8 - “Now go and say to my servant David, ‘This is what the LORD of Heaven’s Armies has declared: I took you from tending sheep in the pasture and selected you to be the leader of my people Israel.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 7:9 - I have been with you wherever you have gone, and I have destroyed all your enemies before your eyes. Now I will make your name as famous as anyone who has ever lived on the earth!
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 7:10 - And I will provide a homeland for my people Israel, planting them in a secure place where they will never be disturbed. Evil nations won’t oppress them as they’ve done in the past,
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 7:11 - starting from the time I appointed judges to rule my people Israel. And I will give you rest from all your enemies. “‘Furthermore, the LORD declares that he will make a house for you—a dynasty of kings!
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 7:12 - For when you die and are buried with your ancestors, I will raise up one of your descendants, your own offspring, and I will make his kingdom strong.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 7:13 - He is the one who will build a house—a temple—for my name. And I will secure his royal throne forever.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 7:14 - I will be his father, and he will be my son. If he sins, I will correct and discipline him with the rod, like any father would do.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 7:15 - But my favor will not be taken from him as I took it from Saul, whom I removed from your sight.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 7:16 - Your house and your kingdom will continue before me[fn] for all time, and your throne will be secure forever.’”
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 7:17 - So Nathan went back to David and told him everything the LORD had said in this vision.
David’s Prayer of Thanks
(1Ch 17:16–27 )
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 7:18 - Then King David went in and sat before the LORD and prayed, “Who am I, O Sovereign LORD, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 7:19 - And now, Sovereign LORD, in addition to everything else, you speak of giving your servant a lasting dynasty! Do you deal with everyone this way, O Sovereign LORD?[fn]
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 7:20 - “What more can I say to you? You know what your servant is really like, Sovereign LORD.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 7:21 - Because of your promise and according to your will, you have done all these great things and have made them known to your servant.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 7:22 - “How great you are, O Sovereign LORD! There is no one like you. We have never even heard of another God like you!
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 7:23 - What other nation on earth is like your people Israel? What other nation, O God, have you redeemed from slavery to be your own people? You made a great name for yourself when you redeemed your people from Egypt. You performed awesome miracles and drove out the nations and gods that stood in their way.[fn]
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 7:24 - You made Israel your very own people forever, and you, O LORD, became their God.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 7:25 - “And now, O LORD God, I am your servant; do as you have promised concerning me and my family. Confirm it as a promise that will last forever.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 7:26 - And may your name be honored forever so that everyone will say, ‘The LORD of Heaven’s Armies is God over Israel!’ And may the house of your servant David continue before you forever.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 7:27 - “O LORD of Heaven’s Armies, God of Israel, I have been bold enough to pray this prayer to you because you have revealed all this to your servant, saying, ‘I will build a house for you—a dynasty of kings!’
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 7:28 - For you are God, O Sovereign LORD. Your words are truth, and you have promised these good things to your servant.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 7:29 - And now, may it please you to bless the house of your servant, so that it may continue forever before you. For you have spoken, and when you grant a blessing to your servant, O Sovereign LORD, it is an eternal blessing!”
NLT Footnotes
Hebrew a house of cedar.
As in Greek version and some Hebrew manuscripts; Masoretic Text reads before you.
Or This is your instruction for all humanity, O Sovereign LORD.
As in Greek version (see also 1 Chr 17:21); Hebrew reads You made a great name for yourself and performed awesome miracles for your land. You did this in the sight of your people, whom you redeemed from Egypt, from nations and their gods.

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