1 Chronicles 17 Expanded Bible (EXB)
God’s Promise to David
17 When David ·moved [had settled] into his ·palace [L house], he said to Nathan the prophet, “·Look [T Behold], I am living in a ·palace [L house] made of cedar, but the Ark of the ·Agreement [Testimony; Treaty; Covenant] with the Lord ·sits in [is under] a tent.”
2 Nathan said to David, “Do ·what you want to do [whatever you have in mind], because God is with you.”
3 But that night God spoke his word to Nathan, saying, 4 “Go and tell David my servant, ‘·This is what the Lord says [T Thus says the Lord]: You are not the person to build a house for me to live in. 5 From the time I brought Israel ·out of [L up from] Egypt until now I have not lived in a house. I have moved from one tent site to another and ·from one place to another [or lived in a Tabernacle]. 6 As I have ·moved [walked] with the Israelites to different places, ·I have never [L have I ever…?] said to the ·leaders [L judges of Israel], whom I commanded to ·take care of [shepherd] my people, “Why haven’t you built me a house of cedar?” ’
7 “Now, tell my servant David: ‘This is what the Lord ·All-Powerful [of Heaven’s Armies; T of hosts] says: I took you from the pasture and from ·tending [following] the sheep and made you ·king [ruler; leader] of my people Israel. 8 I have been with you everywhere you have gone. I have ·defeated [destroyed; L cut off] your enemies for you. I will make you ·as famous as any of [L a name like the name of] the great people on the earth. 9 I will ·choose [provide; appoint] a place for my people Israel, and I will plant them so they can live in their own homes. They will not be ·bothered [disturbed; moved] anymore. ·Wicked [Evil] people will no longer ·hurt [oppress] them as they have in the past 10 ·when I chose [beginning when I appointed] judges for my people Israel. I will ·defeat [subdue] all your enemies.
“‘I tell you that the Lord will ·make your descendants kings of Israel after [L build a house for] you. 11 When ·you die [your days are over/T fulfilled] and join your ·ancestors [fathers], I will ·make [L raise up] one of your descendants—one of your sons [C Solomon]—the new king, and I will ·set up [establish; secure] his kingdom. 12 He will build a house [C the Temple] for me, and I will ·let his kingdom rule always [establish/secure his throne forever]. 13 I will be his father, and he will be my son [2 Sam. 7:14; Ps. 2:7]. I took away my ·love [steadfast love; lovingkindness] from Saul, who ruled before you, but I will never ·stop loving your son [take it away from him]. 14 I will ·put him in charge of [confirm him in] my house and kingdom forever. His ·family [L throne] will ·rule [be established/secure] forever.’”
15 Nathan told David ·everything God had said in this vision [all the words revealed to him].
David Prays to God
16 Then King David went in and sat ·in front of [before] the Lord. David said, “Lord God, who am I? What is my ·family [L house] that you have brought me ·to this point [this far]? 17 But that was ·not enough for you [L a small thing in your eyes], God. You have ·also made promises about my future family [spoken about your servant’s house in the distant future]. Lord God, you have treated me like a ·very important [great; exalted] person.
18 “What more can ·I [L David] say to you for honoring me, your servant? You know me so well. 19 Lord, you have done this wonderful thing for ·my [L your servant’s] sake ·and because you wanted to [according to your will/heart]. You have done all these great things and made them known.
20 “There is ·no one [T none] like you, Lord. There is no God except you. ·We have heard all this ourselves […as all that we’ve heard with our own ears confirms]! 21 ·There is no nation [L And is there another nation…?] like your people Israel. ·They are the only people on earth that [L What other nation on earth did…?] God chose to be his own. You made ·your name well known [a name for yourself] by the great and ·wonderful [awesome; terrible] things you did for them. You went ahead of them and ·forced other [drove out] nations. You ·freed [redeemed] your people from slavery in Egypt. 22 You made the people of Israel your very own people forever, and, Lord, you ·are [became; have become] their God.
23 “Lord, ·keep the promise [L let the word be established/secure] forever that you ·made [spoke] about my ·family [L house] and me, your servant. Do what you have ·said [spoken]. 24 ·Then you will be honored always [May your name be established and honored/exalted/magnified forever], and people will say, ‘The Lord ·All-Powerful [of Heaven’s Armies; T of hosts], the God over Israel, is Israel’s God!’ And the ·family [L house] of your servant David will ·continue [be established/secure] before you.
25 “My God, you have told me that you ·would make my family great [L build for your servant a house]. So I, your servant, ·am brave enough [have found courage] to pray to you. 26 Lord, you are God, and you have promised these good things to me, your servant. 27 ·You have chosen [It has pleased you] to bless my ·family [L house]. Let it continue before you always. Lord, you have blessed ·my family [L it], ·so it will [let it] ·always [forever] be blessed.”
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