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2 Samuel 7-8 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

The Lord’s Covenant with David

When the king had settled into his palace and the Lord had given him rest on every side from all his enemies, the king said to Nathan the prophet, “Look, I am living in a cedar house while the ark of God sits inside tent curtains.”

So Nathan told the king, “Go and do all that is on your heart, for the Lord is with you.”

But that night the word of the Lord came to Nathan: “Go to My servant David and say, ‘This is what the Lord says: Are you to build a house for Me to live in? From the time I brought the Israelites out of Egypt until today I have not lived in a house; instead, I have been moving around with a tent as My dwelling. In all My journeys with all the Israelites, have I ever asked anyone among the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd My people Israel: Why haven’t you built Me a house of cedar?’

“Now this is what you are to say to My servant David: ‘This is what the Lord of Hosts says: I took you from the pasture and from following the sheep to be ruler over My people Israel. I have been with you wherever you have gone, and I have destroyed all your enemies before you. I will make a name for you like that of the greatest in the land. 10 I will establish a place for My people Israel and plant them, so that they may live there and not be disturbed again. Evildoers will not afflict them as they have done 11 ever since the day I ordered judges to be over My people Israel. I will give you rest from all your enemies.

“‘The Lord declares to you: The Lord Himself will make a house for you. 12 When your time comes and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up after you your descendant, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He will build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. 14 I will be a father to him, and he will be a son to Me. When he does wrong, I will discipline him with a human rod and with blows from others. 15 But My faithful love will never leave him as I removed it from Saul; I removed him from your way. 16 Your house and kingdom will endure before Me[a] forever, and your throne will be established forever.’”

17 Nathan spoke all these words and this entire vision to David.

David’s Prayer of Thanksgiving

18 Then King David went in, sat in the Lord’s presence, and said,

Who am I, Lord God, and what is my house that You have brought me this far? 19 What You have done so far[b] was a little thing to You, Lord God, for You have also spoken about Your servant’s house in the distant future. And this is a revelation[c] for mankind, Lord God. 20 What more can David say to You? You know Your servant, Lord God. 21 Because of Your word and according to Your will, You have revealed all these great things to Your servant.

22 This is why You are great, Lord God. There is no one like You, and there is no God besides You, as all we have heard confirms. 23 And who is like Your people Israel? God came to one nation on earth in order to redeem a people for Himself, to make a name for Himself, and to perform for them[d] great and awesome acts, driving out nations and their gods before Your people You redeemed for Yourself from Egypt. 24 You established Your people Israel to be Your own people forever, and You, Lord, have become their God.

25 Now, Lord God, fulfill the promise forever that You have made to Your servant and his house. Do as You have promised, 26 so that Your name will be exalted forever, when it is said, “The Lord of Hosts is God over Israel.” The house of Your servant David will be established before You 27 since You, Lord of Hosts, God of Israel, have revealed this to Your servant when You said, “I will build a house for you.” Therefore, Your servant has found the courage to pray this prayer to You. 28 Lord God, You are God; Your words are true, and You have promised this grace to Your servant. 29 Now, please bless Your servant’s house so that it will continue before You forever. For You, Lord God, have spoken, and with Your blessing Your servant’s house will be blessed forever.

David’s Victories

After this, David defeated the Philistines, subdued them, and took Metheg-ammah[e] from Philistine control.[f] He also defeated the Moabites, and after making them lie down on the ground, he measured them off with a cord. He measured every two cord lengths of those to be put to death and one length of those to be kept alive. So the Moabites became David’s subjects and brought tribute.

David also defeated Hadadezer son of Rehob, king of Zobah, who went to restore his control at the Euphrates River. David captured 1,700 horsemen[g] and 20,000 foot soldiers from him, and he hamstrung all the horses and kept 100 chariots.[h]

When the Arameans of Damascus came to assist King Hadadezer of Zobah, David struck down 22,000 Aramean men. Then he placed garrisons in Aram of Damascus, and the Arameans became David’s subjects and brought tribute. The Lord made David victorious wherever he went.

David took the gold shields of Hadadezer’s officers and brought them to Jerusalem. King David also took huge quantities of bronze from Betah[i] and Berothai, Hadadezer’s cities.

When King Toi of Hamath heard that David had defeated the entire army of Hadadezer, 10 he sent his son Joram to King David to greet him and to congratulate him because David had fought against Hadadezer and defeated him, for Toi and Hadadezer had fought many wars. Joram had items of silver, gold, and bronze with him. 11 King David also dedicated these to the Lord, along with the silver and gold he had dedicated from all the nations he had subdued 12 from Edom,[j] Moab, the Ammonites, the Philistines, the Amalekites, and the spoil of Hadadezer son of Rehob, king of Zobah.

13 David made a reputation for himself when he returned from striking down 18,000 Edomites[k] in the Valley of Salt.[l] 14 He placed garrisons throughout Edom, and all the Edomites were subject to David. The Lord made David victorious wherever he went.

15 So David reigned over all Israel, administering justice and righteousness for all his people.

16 Joab son of Zeruiah was over the army;
Jehoshaphat son of Ahilud was court historian;
17 Zadok son of Ahitub
and Ahimelech son of Abiathar were priests;
Seraiah was court secretary;
18 Benaiah son of Jehoiada was over
the Cherethites and the Pelethites;
and David’s sons were chief officials.[m]


  1. 2 Samuel 7:16 Some Hb mss, LXX, Syr; other Hb mss read you
  2. 2 Samuel 7:19 Lit Yet this
  3. 2 Samuel 7:19 Or custom, or instruction
  4. 2 Samuel 7:23 Some Hb mss, Tg, Vg, Syr; other Hb mss read you
  5. 2 Samuel 8:1 Or took control of the mother city; Hb obscure
  6. 2 Samuel 8:1 LXX reads them, and David took tribute out of the hand of the Philistines
  7. 2 Samuel 8:4 LXX, DSS read 1,000 chariots and 7,000 horsemen
  8. 2 Samuel 8:4 Or chariot horses
  9. 2 Samuel 8:8 Some LXX mss, Syr read Tebah
  10. 2 Samuel 8:12 Some Hb mss, LXX, Syr; other Hb mss read Aram; 1Ch 18:11
  11. 2 Samuel 8:13 Some Hb mss, LXX, Syr; other Hb mss read Arameans; 1Ch 18:12
  12. 2 Samuel 8:13 = the Dead Sea region
  13. 2 Samuel 8:18 LXX; MT reads were priests; 1Ch 18:17

John 14:15-31 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Another Counselor Promised

15 “If you love Me, you will keep[a] My commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever. 17 He is the Spirit of truth. The world is unable to receive Him because it doesn’t see Him or know Him. But you do know Him, because He remains with you and will be[b] in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I am coming to you.

The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit

19 “In a little while the world will see Me no longer, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live too. 20 In that day you will know that I am in My Father, you are in Me, and I am in you. 21 The one who has My commands and keeps them is the one who loves Me. And the one who loves Me will be loved by My Father. I also will love him and will reveal Myself to him.”

22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, “Lord, how is it You’re going to reveal Yourself to us and not to the world?”

23 Jesus answered, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word. My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. 24 The one who doesn’t love Me will not keep My words. The word that you hear is not Mine but is from the Father who sent Me.

25 “I have spoken these things to you while I remain with you. 26 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit—the Father will send Him in My name—will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have told you.

Jesus’ Gift of Peace

27 “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Your heart must not be troubled or fearful. 28 You have heard Me tell you, ‘I am going away and I am coming to you.’ If you loved Me, you would have rejoiced that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I. 29 I have told you now before it happens so that when it does happen you may believe. 30 I will not talk with you much longer, because the ruler of the world is coming. He has no power over Me.[c] 31 On the contrary, I am going away[d] so that the world may know that I love the Father. Just as the Father commanded Me, so I do.

“Get up; let’s leave this place.


  1. John 14:15 Other mss read If you love Me, keep (as a command)
  2. John 14:17 Other mss read and is
  3. John 14:30 Lit He has nothing in Me
  4. John 14:31 Probably refers to the cross

Psalm 119:33-48 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

ה He

33 Teach me, Lord, the meaning[a] of Your statutes,
and I will always keep them.[b]
34 Help me understand Your instruction,
and I will obey it
and follow it with all my heart.
35 Help me stay on the path of Your commands,
for I take pleasure in it.
36 Turn my heart to Your decrees
and not to material gain.
37 Turn my eyes
from looking at what is worthless;
give me life in Your ways.[c]
38 Confirm what You said to Your servant,
for it produces reverence for You.
39 Turn away the disgrace I dread;
indeed, Your judgments are good.
40 How I long for Your precepts!
Give me life through Your righteousness.

ו Vav

41 Let Your faithful love come to me, Lord,
Your salvation, as You promised.
42 Then I can answer the one who taunts me,
for I trust in Your word.
43 Never take the word of truth from my mouth,
for I hope in Your judgments.
44 I will always obey Your instruction,
forever and ever.
45 I will walk freely in an open place
because I seek Your precepts.
46 I will speak of Your decrees before kings
and not be ashamed.
47 I delight in Your commands,
which I love.
48 I will lift up my hands to Your commands,
which I love,
and will meditate on Your statutes.


  1. Psalm 119:33 Lit way
  2. Psalm 119:33 Or will keep it as my reward
  3. Psalm 119:37 Some Hb mss, Tg read word

Proverbs 15:33 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

33 The fear of the Lord is what wisdom teaches,
and humility comes before honor.

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