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1 Chronicles 17:3-15 (New International Version)

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3 That night the word of God came to Nathan, saying: 4 "Go and tell my servant David, 'This is what the LORD says: You1 are not the one to build me a house to dwell in. 5 I have not dwelt in a house from the day I brought Israel up out of Egypt to this day. I have moved from one tent site to another, from one dwelling place to another. 6 Wherever I have moved with all the Israelites, did I ever say to any of their leadersa whom I commanded to shepherd my people, "Why have you not built me a house of cedar?2" ' 7 "Now then, tell my servant David, 'This is what the LORD Almighty says: I took you from the pasture and from following the flock, to be ruler3 over my people Israel. 8 I have been with you wherever you have gone, and I have cut off all your enemies from before you. Now I will make your name like the names of the greatest men of the earth. 9 And I will provide a place for my people Israel and will plant them so that they can have a home of their own and no longer be disturbed. Wicked people will not oppress them anymore, as they did at the beginning 10 and have done ever since the time I appointed leaders4 over my people Israel. I will also subdue all your enemies. " 'I declare to you that the LORD will build a house for you: 11 When your days are over and you go to be with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, one of your own sons, and I will establish his kingdom. 12 He is the one who will build5 a house for me, and I will establish his throne forever.6 13 I will be his father,7 and he will be my son.8 I will never take my love away from him, as I took it away from your predecessor. 14 I will set him over my house and my kingdom forever; his throne9 will be established forever.10' " 15 Nathan reported to David all the words of this entire revelation.
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