Worship Before the Ark

37 So David left Asaph and his brothers there (A)before the ark of the covenant of the Lord to minister regularly before the ark (B)as each day required, 38 and also (C)Obed-edom and his[a] sixty-eight brothers, while (D)Obed-edom, the son of Jeduthun, and (E)Hosah were to be gatekeepers. 39 And he left (F)Zadok the priest and his brothers the priests before the tabernacle of the Lord (G)in the high place that was at Gibeon 40 to offer burnt offerings to the Lord (H)on the altar of burnt offering (I)regularly morning and evening, to do all that is written in the Law of the Lord that he commanded Israel. 41 With them were (J)Heman and Jeduthun (K)and the rest of those chosen and (L)expressly named to give thanks to the Lord, (M)for his steadfast love endures forever. 42 Heman and Jeduthun had trumpets and cymbals for the music and instruments (N)for sacred song. The sons of Jeduthun were appointed to the gate.

43 (O)Then all the people departed each to his house, and David went home to bless his household.

The Lord's Covenant with David

17 (P)Now when David lived in his house, David said to Nathan the prophet, “Behold, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of the covenant of the Lord is under a tent.” And Nathan said to David, “Do all that is in your heart, for God is with you.”

But that same night the word of the Lord came to Nathan, “Go and tell my servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord: (Q)It is not you who will build me a house to dwell in. For I have not lived in a house since the day I brought up Israel to this day, (R)but I have gone from tent to tent and from dwelling to dwelling. In all places where I have moved with all Israel, did I speak a word with any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd my people, saying, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?”’ Now, therefore, thus shall you say to my servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, to be prince over my people Israel, and I have been with you wherever you have gone and have cut off all your enemies from before you. And I will make for you a name, like the name of the great ones of the earth. And I will appoint a place for my people Israel and will plant them, that they may dwell in their own place and be disturbed no more. And violent men shall waste them no more, as formerly, 10 from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel. And I (S)will subdue all your enemies. Moreover, I declare to you that the Lord will build you a house. 11 When your days are fulfilled to walk with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, one of your own sons, and I will establish his kingdom. 12 He shall build a house for me, and I will establish his throne forever. 13 (T)I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son. I will not take my steadfast love from him, (U)as I took it from him who was before you, 14 but I will confirm him in my house and in my kingdom forever, and his throne shall be established forever.’” 15 In accordance with all these words, and in accordance with all this vision, Nathan spoke to David.

David's Prayer

16 Then King David went in and sat before the Lord and said, “Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far? 17 And this was a small thing in your eyes, O God. You have also spoken of your servant's house for a great while to come, and have shown me future generations,[b] O Lord God! 18 And what more can David say to you for honoring your servant? For you know your servant. 19 (V)For your servant's sake, O Lord, and according to your own heart, you have done all this greatness, in making known all these great things. 20 There is none like you, O Lord, and there is no God besides you, according to all that we have heard with our ears. 21 And who is like your people Israel, the one[c] nation on earth whom God went to redeem to be his people, making for yourself a name for great and awesome things, in driving out nations before your people whom you redeemed from Egypt? 22 And you made your people Israel to be your people forever, and you, O Lord, became their God. 23 And now, O Lord, let the word that you have spoken concerning your servant and concerning his house be established forever, and do as you have spoken, 24 and your name will be established and magnified forever, saying, ‘The Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, is Israel's God,’ and the house of your servant David will be established before you. 25 For you, my God, have revealed to your servant that you will build a house for him. Therefore your servant has found courage to pray before you. 26 And now, O Lord, you are God, and you have promised this good thing to your servant. 27 Now you have been pleased to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever before you, for it is you, O Lord, who have blessed, and it is blessed forever.”

David Defeats His Enemies

18 (W)After this David defeated the Philistines and subdued them, and he took Gath and its villages out of the hand of the Philistines.

And he defeated Moab, and the Moabites became servants to David and brought tribute.

David also defeated (X)Hadadezer king of (Y)Zobah-Hamath, as he went to set up his monument[d] at the river Euphrates. And David took from him 1,000 chariots, (Z)7,000 horsemen, and 20,000 foot soldiers. And David hamstrung all the chariot horses, but left enough for 100 chariots. And when the Syrians of Damascus came to help Hadadezer king (AA)of Zobah, David struck down 22,000 men of the Syrians. Then David put garrisons[e] in Syria of Damascus, and the Syrians became servants to David and brought tribute. And the Lord gave victory to David[f] wherever he went. And David took the shields of gold that were carried by the servants of Hadadezer and brought them to Jerusalem. And from (AB)Tibhath and from Cun, cities of Hadadezer, David took a large amount of bronze. (AC)With it Solomon made the bronze sea and the pillars and the vessels of bronze.

When (AD)Tou king of Hamath heard that David had defeated the whole army of Hadadezer, king (AE)of Zobah, 10 he sent his son (AF)Hadoram to King David, to ask about his health and to bless him because he had fought against (AG)Hadadezer and defeated him; for (AH)Hadadezer had often been at war with Tou. And he sent all sorts of articles of gold, of silver, and of bronze. 11 These also King David dedicated to the Lord, together with the silver and gold that he had carried off from all the nations, from (AI)Edom, Moab, the Ammonites, the Philistines, and Amalek.

12 And (AJ)Abishai, the son of Zeruiah, killed 18,000 Edomites in the Valley of Salt. 13 Then he put garrisons in Edom, and all the Edomites became David's servants. And the Lord gave victory to David wherever he went.

David's Administration

14 So David reigned over all Israel, and he administered justice and equity to all his people. 15 And (AK)Joab the son of Zeruiah was over the army; and Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud was recorder; 16 (AL)and Zadok the son of Ahitub and (AM)Ahimelech the son of Abiathar were priests; and (AN)Shavsha was secretary; 17 and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over the Cherethites and the Pelethites; and David's sons were the (AO)chief officials in the service of the king.

Footnotes

  1. 1 Chronicles 16:38 Hebrew their
  2. 1 Chronicles 17:17 Or and you look upon me as a man of high rank
  3. 1 Chronicles 17:21 Septuagint, Vulgate other
  4. 1 Chronicles 18:3 Hebrew hand
  5. 1 Chronicles 18:6 Septuagint, Vulgate, 2 Samuel 8:6 (compare Syriac); Hebrew lacks garrisons
  6. 1 Chronicles 18:6 Hebrew the Lord saved David; also verse 13

God's Righteous Judgment

Therefore you have (A)no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For (B)in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things. Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you presume on (C)the riches of his kindness and (D)forbearance and (E)patience, (F)not knowing that God's kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are (G)storing up (H)wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God's righteous judgment will be revealed.

(I)He will render to each one according to his works: to those who (J)by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; but for those who are self-seeking[a] and (K)do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury. There will be tribulation and distress (L)for every human being who does evil, the Jew (M)first and also the Greek, 10 but glory and honor and (N)peace for everyone who does good, (O)the Jew first and also the Greek. 11 For (P)God shows no partiality.

God's Judgment and the Law

12 For all who have sinned (Q)without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. 13 For (R)it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified. 14 For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, (S)by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. 15 They show that the work of the law is (T)written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them 16 (U)on that day when, (V)according to my gospel, God judges (W)the secrets of men (X)by Christ Jesus.

17 But if you call yourself a Jew and (Y)rely on the law and boast in God 18 and know his will and approve what is excellent, because you are instructed from the law; 19 and if you are sure that you yourself are (Z)a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, 20 an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of children, having in the law (AA)the embodiment of (AB)knowledge and truth— 21 (AC)you then who teach others, do you not teach yourself? While you preach against stealing, do you steal? 22 You who say that one must not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you (AD)rob temples? 23 You who (AE)boast in the law (AF)dishonor God by breaking the law. 24 For, (AG)as it is written, “The name of God is blasphemed (AH)among the Gentiles because of you.”

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Footnotes

  1. Romans 2:8 Or contentious

16 (A)The Lord is king forever and ever;
    the (B)nations perish from his land.
17 O Lord, you hear the desire of the afflicted;
    you will (C)strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear
18 to (D)do justice to the fatherless and (E)the oppressed,
    so that (F)man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.

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(A)Whoever gets sense loves his own soul;
    he who keeps understanding will (B)discover good.
(C)A false witness will not go unpunished,
    and he who (D)breathes out lies will perish.

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