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2 Samuel 7:1-17 (New International Version)

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God's Promise to David

7:1-17pp -- 1Ch 17:1-15

1 After the king was settled in his palace1 and the LORD had given him rest from all his enemies2 around him,3 2 he said to Nathan4 the prophet, "Here I am, living in a palace5 of cedar, while the ark of God remains in a tent."6 3 Nathan replied to the king, "Whatever you have in mind,7 go ahead and do it, for the LORD is with you." 4 That night the word of the LORD came to Nathan, saying: 5 "Go and tell my servant David, 'This is what the LORD says: Are you8 the one to build me a house to dwell in?9 6 I have not dwelt in a house from the day I brought the Israelites up out of Egypt to this day.10 I have been moving from place to place with a tent11 as my dwelling.12 7 Wherever I have moved with all the Israelites,13 did I ever say to any of their rulers whom I commanded to shepherd14 my people Israel, "Why have you not built me a house15 of cedar?16" ' 8 "Now then, tell my servant David, 'This is what the LORD Almighty says: I took you from the pasture and from following the flock17 to be ruler18 over my people Israel.19 9 I have been with you wherever you have gone,20 and I have cut off all your enemies from before you.21 Now I will make your name great, like the names of the greatest men of the earth.22 10 And I will provide a place for my people Israel and will plant23 them so that they can have a home of their own and no longer be disturbed.24 Wicked25 people will not oppress them anymore,26 as they did at the beginning 11 and have done ever since the time I appointed leadersa27 over my people Israel. I will also give you rest from all your enemies.28 " 'The LORD declares29 to you that the LORD himself will establish30 a house31 for you: 12 When your days are over and you rest32 with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, who will come from your own body,33 and I will establish his kingdom.34 13 He is the one who will build a house35 for my Name,36 and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.37 14 I will be his father, and he will be my son.38 When he does wrong, I will punish him39 with the rod40 of men, with floggings inflicted by men. 15 But my love will never be taken away from him,41 as I took it away from Saul,42 whom I removed from before you. 16 Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before meb; your throne43 will be established44 forever.45' " 17 Nathan reported to David all the words of this entire revelation.
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