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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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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“Go and tell my servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord: (A)It is not you who will build me a house to dwell in.

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But the Lord said to David my father, ‘Whereas (A)it was in your heart to build a house for my name, you did well that it was in your heart. Nevertheless, it is not you who shall build the house, but your son who shall be born to you shall build the house for my name.’

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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. 12 (O)When your days are fulfilled and (P)you lie down with your fathers, (Q)I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 (R)He shall build a house for my name, and (S)I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.

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Footnotes

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

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