But the word of the Lord came to me, saying, (A)‘You have shed much blood and have waged great wars. You shall not build a house to my name, because you have shed so much blood before me on the earth.

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But God said to me, (A)‘You may not build a house for my name, for you are a man of war and have shed blood.’

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(A)“You know that David my father could not build a house for the name of the Lord his God (B)because of the warfare with which his enemies surrounded him, until the Lord put them under the soles of his feet.

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“Go and tell my servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord: (A)Would you build me a house to dwell in? I have not lived in a house (B)since the day I brought up the people of Israel from Egypt to this day, but I have been moving about (C)in a tent for my dwelling. In all places where (D)I have moved with all the people of Israel, did I speak a word with (E)any of the judges[a] of Israel, whom I commanded (F)to shepherd my people Israel, saying, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?”’ Now, therefore, thus you shall say to my servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, (G)I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, that you should be prince[b] over my people Israel. (H)And I have been with you wherever you went and have cut off all your enemies from before you. And I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth. 10 And I will appoint a place for my people Israel (I)and will plant them, so that they may dwell in their own place (J)and be disturbed no more. (K)And violent men shall afflict them no more, as formerly, 11 (L)from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel. And (M)I will give you rest from all your enemies. Moreover, the Lord declares to you that (N)the Lord will make you a house.

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Samuel 7:7 Compare 1 Chronicles 17:6; Hebrew tribes
  2. 2 Samuel 7:8 Or leader

“Go and tell my servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord: (A)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, (B)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 (C)will subdue all your enemies. Moreover, I declare to you that the Lord will build you a house.

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24 You must (A)wash your clothes on the seventh day, and you shall be clean. And afterward you may come into the camp.”

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20 You shall purify every garment, every article of skin, all work of goats' hair, and every article of wood.”

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