I have not dwelt in a house from the day I brought the Israelites up out of Egypt to this day.(A) I have been moving from place to place with a tent(B) as my dwelling.(C) Wherever I have moved with all the Israelites,(D) did I ever say to any of their rulers whom I commanded to shepherd(E) my people Israel, “Why have you not built me a house(F) of cedar?(G)”’

“Now then, tell my servant David, ‘This is what the Lord Almighty says: I took you from the pasture, from tending the flock,(H) and appointed you ruler(I) over my people Israel.(J) I have been with you wherever you have gone,(K) and I have cut off all your enemies from before you.(L) Now I will make your name great, like the names of the greatest men on earth.(M) 10 And I will provide a place for my people Israel and will plant(N) them so that they can have a home of their own and no longer be disturbed.(O) Wicked(P) people will not oppress them anymore,(Q) as they did at the beginning 11 and have done ever since the time I appointed leaders[a](R) over my people Israel. I will also give you rest from all your enemies.(S)

“‘The Lord declares(T) to you that the Lord himself will establish(U) a house(V) for you: 12 When your days are over and you rest(W) with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, your own flesh and blood,(X) and I will establish his kingdom.(Y) 13 He is the one who will build a house(Z) for my Name,(AA) and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.(AB) 14 I will be his father, and he will be my son.(AC) When he does wrong, I will punish him(AD) with a rod(AE) wielded by men, with floggings inflicted by human hands. 15 But my love will never be taken away from him,(AF) as I took it away from Saul,(AG) whom I removed from before you. 16 Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me[b]; your throne(AH) will be established(AI) forever.(AJ)’”

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  1. 2 Samuel 7:11 Traditionally judges
  2. 2 Samuel 7:16 Some Hebrew manuscripts and Septuagint; most Hebrew manuscripts you

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