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1 Chronicles 17 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 After the king had made himself at home, he said to Nathan the prophet, "Look at this: Here I am comfortable in a luxurious palace of cedar and the Chest of the Covenant of God sits under a tent." 1 After David was settled in his palace, he said to Nathan the prophet, "Here I am, living in a palace of cedar, while the ark of the covenant of the LORD is under a tent."
2 Nathan told David, "Whatever is on your heart, go and do it; God is with you." 2 Nathan replied to David, "Whatever you have in mind, do it, for God is with you."
3 But that night, the word of God came to Nathan, saying, 3 That night the word of God came to Nathan, saying:
4 "Go and tell my servant David, This is God's word on the matter: You will not build me a 'house' to live in. 4 "Go and tell my servant David, 'This is what the LORD says: You are not the one to build me a house to dwell in.
5 Why, I haven't lived in a 'house' from the time I brought up the children of Israel from Egypt till now; I've gone from one tent and makeshift shelter to another. 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 In all my travels with all Israel, did I ever say to any of the leaders I commanded to shepherd Israel, 'Why haven't you built me a house of cedar?' 6 Wherever I have moved with all the Israelites, did I ever say to any of their leaders whom I commanded to shepherd my people, "Why have you not built me a house of cedar?" '
7 "So here is what you are to tell my servant David: The God-of-the-Angel-Armies has this word for you: I took you from the pasture, tagging after sheep, and made you prince over my people Israel. 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 ruler over my people Israel.
8 I was with you everywhere you went and mowed your enemies down before you; and now I'm about to make you famous, ranked with the great names on earth. 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 I'm going to set aside a place for my people Israel and plant them there so they'll have their own home and not be knocked around anymore; nor will evil nations afflict them as they always have, 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 even during the days I set judges over my people Israel. And finally, I'm going to conquer all your enemies. 10 and have done ever since the time I appointed leaders 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 life is complete and you're buried with your ancestors, then I'll raise up your child to succeed you, a child from your own body, and I'll firmly establish his rule. 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 will build a house to honor me, and I will guarantee his kingdom's rule forever. 12 He is the one who will build a house for me, and I will establish his throne forever.
13 I'll be a father to him, and he'll be a son to me. I will never remove my gracious love from him as I did from the one who preceded you. 13 I will be his father, and he will be my son. 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 throne will always be there, rock solid." 14 I will set him over my house and my kingdom forever; his throne will be established forever.' "
15 Nathan gave David a complete and accurate report of everything he heard and saw in the vision. 15 Nathan reported to David all the words of this entire revelation.
16 King David went in, took his place before God, and prayed: 16 Then King David went in and sat before the LORD, and he said: "Who am I, O LORD God, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?
17 But that's nothing compared to what's coming, for you've also spoken of my family far into the future, given me a glimpse into tomorrow and looked on me, Master God, as a Somebody. 17 And as if this were not enough in your sight, O God, you have spoken about the future of the house of your servant. You have looked on me as though I were the most exalted of men, O LORD God.
18 What's left for David to say to this - to your honoring your servant, even though you know me, just as I am? 18 "What more can David say to you for honoring your servant? For you know your servant,
19 O God, out of the goodness of your heart, you've taken your servant to do this great thing and put your great work on display. 19 O LORD. For the sake of your servant and according to your will, you have done this great thing and made known all these great promises.
20 There's none like you, God, no God but you, nothing to compare with what we've heard with our own ears. 20 "There is no one like you, O LORD, and there is no God but you, as we have heard with our own ears.
21 And who is like your people, like Israel, a nation unique on earth, whom God set out to redeem as his own people (and became most famous for it), performing great and fearsome acts, throwing out nations and their gods left and right as you saved your people from Egypt? 21 And who is like your people Israel--the one nation on earth whose God went out to redeem a people for himself, and to make a name for yourself, and to perform great and awesome wonders by driving out nations from before your people, whom you redeemed from Egypt?
22 You established for yourself a people - your very own Israel! - your people forever. And you, God, became their God. 22 You made your people Israel your very own forever, and you, O LORD, have become their God.
23 So now, great God, this word that you have spoken to me and my family, guarantee it forever! Do exactly what you've promised! 23 "And now, LORD, let the promise you have made concerning your servant and his house be established forever. Do as you promised,
24 Then your reputation will be confirmed and flourish always as people exclaim, "The God-of-the-Angel-Armies, the God over Israel, is Israel's God!" And the house of your servant David will remain rock solid under your watchful presence. 24 so that it will be established and that your name will be great forever. Then men will say, 'The LORD Almighty, the God over Israel, is Israel's God!' And the house of your servant David will be established before you.
25 You, my God, have told me plainly, "I will build you a house." That's how I was able to find the courage to pray this prayer to you. 25 "You, my God, have revealed to your servant that you will build a house for him. So your servant has found courage to pray to you.
26 God, being the God you are, you have spoken all these wonderful words to me. 26 O LORD, you are God! You have promised these good things to your servant.
27 As if that weren't enough, you've blessed my family so that it will continue in your presence always. Because you have blessed it, God, it's really blessed - blessed for good! 27 Now you have been pleased to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever in your sight; for you, O LORD, have blessed it, and it will be blessed forever."