"Now then, tell my servant David, 'This is what the LORD Almighty says: I took you from the pasture and from following the flock1 to be ruler2 over my people Israel.3
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I have been with you wherever you have gone,4 and I have cut off all your enemies from before you.5 Now I will make your name great, like the names of the greatest men of the earth.6
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And I will provide a place for my people Israel and will plant7 them so that they can have a home of their own and no longer be disturbed.8 Wicked9 people will not oppress them anymore,10 as they did at the beginning
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and have done ever since the time I appointed leaders11 over my people Israel. I will also give you rest from all your enemies.12 " 'The LORD declares13 to you that the LORD himself will establish14 a house15 for you:
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When your days are over and you rest16 with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, who will come from your own body,17 and I will establish his kingdom.18
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He is the one who will build a house19 for my Name,20 and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.21
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I will be his father, and he will be my son.22 When he does wrong, I will punish him23 with the rod24 of men, with floggings inflicted by men.
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But my love will never be taken away from him,25 as I took it away from Saul,26 whom I removed from before you.
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Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne27 will be established28 forever.29' "
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Nathan reported to David all the words of this entire revelation.
Then King David went in and sat before the LORD, and he said: "Who am I,30 O Sovereign LORD, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?
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And as if this were not enough in your sight, O Sovereign LORD, you have also spoken about the future of the house of your servant. Is this your usual way of dealing with man,31 O Sovereign LORD?
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"What more can David say32 to you? For you know33 your servant,34 O Sovereign LORD.
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For the sake of your word and according to your will, you have done this great thing and made it known to your servant.
"How great35 you are,36 O Sovereign LORD! There is no one like37 you, and there is no God38 but you, as we have heard with our own ears.39
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