1 Chronicles 17

God Makes a Promise to David

17:1 When David had settled into his palace,1 he2 said to Nathan the prophet, “Look, I am living in a palace3 made from cedar, while the ark of the Lord’s covenant is under a tent.”4 17:2 Nathan said to David, “You should do whatever you have in mind,5 for God is with you.”

17:3 That night God told Nathan the prophet,6 17:4 “Go, tell my servant David: ‘This is what the Lord says: “You must not build me a house in which to live. 17:5 For I have not lived in a house from the time I brought Israel up from Egypt7 to the present day. I have lived in a tent that has been in various places.8 17:6 Wherever I moved throughout Israel, I did not say9 to any of the leaders whom I appointed to care for my people Israel,10 ‘Why have you not built me a house made from cedar?’”’

17:7 “So now, say this to my servant David: ‘This is what the Lord who commands armies11 says: “I took you from the pasture and from your work as a shepherd12 to make you a leader of my people Israel. 17:8 I was with you wherever you went and I defeated13 all your enemies before you. Now I will make you as famous as the great men of the earth.14 17:9 I will establish a place for my people Israel and settle15 them there; they will live there and not be disturbed16 anymore. Violent men will not oppress them again, as they did in the beginning17 17:10 and during the time when I appointed judges to lead my people Israel. I will subdue all your enemies.

“‘“I declare to you that the Lord will build a dynastic house18 for you! 17:11 When the time comes for you to die,19 I will raise up your descendant,20 one of your own sons, to succeed you, and I will establish his kingdom. 17:12 He will build me a house, and I will make his dynasty permanent.21 17:13 I will become his father and he will become my son. I will never withhold my loyal love from him, as I withheld it from the one who ruled before you.22 17:14 I will put him in permanent charge of my house and my kingdom; his dynasty will be permanent.”’”23 17:15 Nathan told David all these words that were revealed to him.24

David Praises God

17:16 David went in, sat before the Lord, and said: “Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my family,25 that you should have brought me to this point? 17:17 And you did not stop there, O God! You have also spoken about the future of your servant’s family.26 You have revealed to me what men long to know,27 O Lord God. 17:18 What more can David say28 to you? You have honored your servant; you have given your servant special recognition.29 17:19 O Lord, for the sake of your servant and according to your will,30 you have done this great thing in order to reveal your greatness.31 17:20 O Lord, there is none like you; there is no God besides you! What we heard is true!32 17:21 And who is like your people, Israel, a unique nation33 in the earth? Their God34 went to claim35 a nation for himself! You made a name for yourself by doing great and awesome deeds36 when you drove out37 nations before your people whom you had delivered from the Egyptian empire and its gods.38 17:22 You made Israel your very own nation for all time.39 You, O Lord, became their God. 17:23 So now, O Lord, may the promise you made about your servant and his family become a permanent reality!40 Do as you promised,41 17:24 so42 it may become a reality43 and you may gain lasting fame,44 as people say,45 ‘The Lord who commands armies is the God of Israel.’46 David’s dynasty47 will be established before you, 17:25 for you, my God, have revealed to your servant that you will build a dynasty48 for him. That is why your servant has had the courage to pray to you.49 17:26 Now, O Lord, you are the true God;50 you have made this good promise to your servant.51 17:27 Now you are willing to bless your servant’s dynasty52 so that it may stand permanently before you, for you, O Lord, have blessed it and it will be blessed from now on into the future.”53

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