2 Samuel 7 GNTA/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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Good News Translation w/ Apocrypha (GNTA) New International Version (NIV)
1 King David was settled in his palace, and the Lord kept him safe from all his enemies. 1 After the king was settled in his palace and the LORD had given him rest from all his enemies around him,
2 Then the king said to the prophet Nathan, "Here I am living in a house built of cedar, but God's Covenant Box is kept in a tent!" 2 he said to Nathan the prophet, "Here I am, living in a palace of cedar, while the ark of God remains in a tent."
3 Nathan answered, "Do whatever you have in mind, because the Lord is with you." 3 Nathan replied to the king, "Whatever you have in mind, go ahead and do it, for the LORD is with you."
4 But that night the Lord said to Nathan, 4 That night the word of the LORD came to Nathan, saying:
5 "Go and tell my servant David that I say to him, "You are not the one to build a temple for me to live in. 5 "Go and tell my servant David, 'This is what the LORD says: Are you the one to build me a house to dwell in?
6 From the time I rescued the people of Israel from Egypt until now, I have never lived in a temple; I have traveled around living in a tent. 6 I have not dwelt in a house from the day I brought the Israelites up out of Egypt to this day. I have been moving from place to place with a tent as my dwelling.
7 In all my traveling with the people of Israel I never asked any of the leaders that I appointed why they had not built me a temple made of cedar.' 7 Wherever I have moved with all the Israelites, did I ever say to any of their rulers whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, "Why have you not built me a house of cedar?" '
8 "So tell my servant David that I, the Lord Almighty, say to him, "I took you from looking after sheep in the fields and made you the ruler of my people Israel. 8 "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.
9 I have been with you wherever you have gone, and I have defeated all your enemies as you advanced. I will make you as famous as the greatest leaders in the world. 9 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 great, like the names of the greatest men of the earth.
10 I have chosen a place for my people Israel and have settled them there, where they will live without being oppressed any more. Ever since they entered this land, they have been attacked by violent people, but this will not happen again. I promise to keep you safe from all your enemies and to give you descendants. 10 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
12 When you die and are buried with your ancestors, I will make one of your sons king and will keep his kingdom strong. 12 and have done ever since the time I appointed leaders over my people Israel. I will also give you rest from all your enemies. " 'The LORD declares to you that the LORD himself will establish a house for you:
13 He will be the one to build a temple for me, and I will make sure that his dynasty continues forever. 13 When your days are over and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, who will come from your own body, and I will establish his kingdom.
14 I will be his father, and he will be my son. When he does wrong, I will punish him as a father punishes his son. 14 He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.
15 But I will not withdraw my support from him as I did from Saul, whom I removed so that you could be king. 15 I will be his father, and he will be my son. When he does wrong, I will punish him with the rod of men, with floggings inflicted by men.
16 You will always have descendants, and I will make your kingdom last forever. Your dynasty will never end.' " 16 But my love will never be taken away from him, as I took it away from Saul, whom I removed from before you.
17 Nathan told David everything that God had revealed to him. 17 Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever.' "
18 Then King David went into the Tent of the Lord's presence, sat down and prayed, "Sovereign Lord, I am not worthy of what you have already done for me, nor is my family. 18 Nathan reported to David all the words of this entire revelation.
19 Yet now you are doing even more, Sovereign Lord; you have made promises about my descendants in the years to come. And you let a man see this, Sovereign Lord! 19 Then King David went in and sat before the LORD, and he said: "Who am I, O Sovereign LORD, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?
20 What more can I say to you! You know me, your servant. 20 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, O Sovereign LORD?
21 It was your will and purpose to do this; you have done all these great things in order to instruct me. 21 "What more can David say to you? For you know your servant, O Sovereign LORD.
22 How great you are, Sovereign Lord! There is none like you; we have always known that you alone are God. 22 For the sake of your word and according to your will, you have done this great thing and made it known to your servant.
23 There is no other nation on earth like Israel, whom you rescued from slavery to make them your own people. The great and wonderful things you did for them have spread your fame throughout the world. You drove out other nations and their gods as your people advanced, the people whom you set free from Egypt to be your own. 23 "How great you are, O Sovereign LORD! There is no one like you, and there is no God but you, as we have heard with our own ears.
24 You have made Israel your own people forever, and you, Lord, have become their God. 24 And who is like your people Israel--the one nation on earth that God went out to redeem as a people for himself, and to make a name for himself, and to perform great and awesome wonders by driving out nations and their gods from before your people, whom you redeemed from Egypt?
25 "And now, Lord God, fulfill for all time the promise you made about me and my descendants, and do what you said you would. 25 You have established your people Israel as your very own forever, and you, O LORD, have become their God.
26 Your fame will be great, and people will forever say, "The Lord Almighty is God over Israel.' And you will preserve my dynasty for all time. 26 "And now, LORD God, keep forever the promise you have made concerning your servant and his house. Do as you promised,
27 Lord Almighty, God of Israel! I have the courage to pray this prayer to you, because you have revealed all this to me, your servant, and have told me that you will make my descendants kings. 27 so that your name will be great forever. Then men will say, 'The LORD Almighty is God over Israel!' And the house of your servant David will be established before you.
28 "And now, Sovereign Lord, you are God; you always keep your promises, and you have made this wonderful promise to me. 28 "O LORD Almighty, God of Israel, you have revealed this to your servant, saying, 'I will build a house for you.' So your servant has found courage to offer you this prayer.
29 I ask you to bless my descendants so that they will continue to enjoy your favor. You, Sovereign Lord, have promised this, and your blessing will rest on my descendants forever." 29 O Sovereign LORD, you are God! Your words are trustworthy, and you have promised these good things to your servant.
29 29 Now be pleased to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever in your sight; for you, O Sovereign LORD, have spoken, and with your blessing the house of your servant will be blessed forever."