2 Samuel 7 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Before long, the king made himself at home and God gave him peace 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 one day King David said to Nathan the prophet, "Look at this: Here I am, comfortable in a luxurious house of cedar, and the Chest of God sits in a plain 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 told the king, "Whatever is on your heart, go and do it. God 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 word of God came to Nathan saying, 4 That night the word of the LORD came to Nathan, saying:
5 "Go and tell my servant David: This is God's word on the matter: You're going to build a 'house' 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 Why, I haven't lived in a 'house' from the time I brought the children of Israel up from Egypt till now. All that time I've moved about with nothing but 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 And in all my travels with 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?' 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 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 along after sheep, and made you prince over 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 was with you everywhere you went and mowed your enemies down before you. Now I'm making you famous, to be ranked with the great names on earth. 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 And 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 any more. Nor will evil men afflict you as they always have, 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
11 even during the days I set judges over my people Israel. Finally, I'm going to give you peace from all your enemies. 11 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:
12 When your life is complete and you're buried with your ancestors, then I'll raise up your child, your own flesh and blood, to succeed you, and I'll firmly establish his rule. 12 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.
13 He will build a house to honor me, and I will guarantee his kingdom's rule permanently. 13 He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.
14 I'll be a father to him, and he'll be a son to me. When he does wrong, I'll discipline him in the usual ways, the pitfalls and obstacles of this mortal life. 14 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.
15 But I'll never remove my gracious love from him, as I removed it from Saul, who preceded you and whom I most certainly did remove. 15 But my love will never be taken away from him, as I took it away from Saul, whom I removed from before you.
16 Your family and your kingdom are permanently secured. I'm keeping my eye on them! And your royal throne will always be there, rock solid." 16 Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever.' "
17 Nathan gave David a complete and accurate account of everything he heard and saw in the vision. 17 Nathan reported to David all the words of this entire revelation.
18 King David went in, took his place before God, and prayed: "Who am I, my Master God, and what is my family, that you have brought me to this place in life? 18 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?
19 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, my Master God! 19 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?
20 What can I possibly say in the face of all this? You know me, Master God, just as I am. 20 "What more can David say to you? For you know your servant, O Sovereign LORD.
21 You've done all this not because of who I am but because of who you are - out of your very heart! - but you've let me in on it. 21 For the sake of your word and according to your will, you have done this great thing and made it known to your servant.
22 "This is what makes you so great, Master God! There is none like you, no God but you, nothing to compare with what we've heard with our own ears. 22 "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.
23 And who is like your people, like Israel, a nation unique in the earth, whom God set out to redeem for himself (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? 23 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?
24 You established for yourself a people - your very own Israel! - your people permanently. And you, God, became their God. 24 You have established your people Israel as your very own forever, and you, O LORD, have become their God.
25 "So now, great God, this word that you have spoken to me and my family, guarantee it permanently! Do exactly what you've promised! 25 "And now, LORD God, keep forever the promise you have made concerning your servant and his house. Do as you promised,
26 Then your reputation will flourish always as people exclaim, 'The God-of-the-Angel-Armies is God over Israel!' And the house of your servant David will remain sure and solid in your watchful presence. 26 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.
27 For you, God-of-the-Angel-Armies, Israel's God, 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. 27 "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.
28 "And now, Master God, being the God you are, speaking sure words as you do, and having just said this wonderful thing to me, 28 O Sovereign LORD, you are God! Your words are trustworthy, and you have promised these good things to your servant.
29 please, just one more thing: Bless my family; keep your eye on them always. You've already as much as said that you would, Master God! Oh, may your blessing be on my family permanently!" 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."