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2 Samuel 7:18-29Revised Standard Version (RSV)

David’s Prayer

18 Then King David went in and sat before the Lord, and said, “Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that thou hast brought me thus far? 19 And yet this was a small thing in thy eyes, O Lord God; thou hast spoken also of thy servant’s house for a great while to come, and hast shown me future generations,[a] O Lord God! 20 And what more can David say to thee? For thou knowest thy servant, O Lord God! 21 Because of thy promise, and according to thy own heart, thou hast wrought all this greatness, to make thy servant know it. 22 Therefore thou art great, O Lord God; for there is none like thee, and there is no God besides thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears. 23 What other[b] nation on earth is like thy people Israel, whom God went to redeem to be his people, making himself a name, and doing for them[c] great and terrible things, by driving out[d] before his people a nation and its gods?[e] 24 And thou didst establish for thyself thy people Israel to be thy people for ever; and thou, O Lord, didst become their God. 25 And now, O Lord God, confirm for ever the word which thou hast spoken concerning thy servant and concerning his house, and do as thou hast spoken; 26 and thy name will be magnified for ever, saying, ‘The Lord of hosts is God over Israel,’ and the house of thy servant David will be established before thee. 27 For thou, O Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, hast made this revelation to thy servant, saying, ‘I will build you a house’; therefore thy servant has found courage to pray this prayer to thee. 28 And now, O Lord God, thou art God, and thy words are true, and thou hast promised this good thing to thy servant; 29 now therefore may it please thee to bless the house of thy servant, that it may continue for ever before thee; for thou, O Lord God, hast spoken, and with thy blessing shall the house of thy servant be blessed for ever.”

Footnotes:

  1. 2 Samuel 7:19 Cn: Heb this is the law for man
  2. 2 Samuel 7:23 Gk: Heb one
  3. 2 Samuel 7:23 Heb you
  4. 2 Samuel 7:23 Gk 1 Chr 17.21: Heb for your land
  5. 2 Samuel 7:23 Heb before thy people, whom thou didst redeem for thyself from Egypt, nations and its gods
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