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2 Samuel 7-8

David Plans to Build the Temple

After the king had settled down in his palace and the Lord had given him respite from all of his surrounding enemies, he[a] told the prophet Nathan, “Look now, I’m living in a cedar palace, but the Ark of God resides behind[b] a tent[c] curtain.”

Nathan replied to the king, “Go do everything you have in mind,[d] because the Lord is with you.”

But later that same night, this message came to Nathan from the Lord:

“Go tell my servant David, ‘This is what the Lord says:

“‘“Are you going to build a house[e] for me to inhabit? After all, I haven’t lived in a house since the day I brought up the Israelis from Egypt until now. Instead, I’ve moved around in a tent that served as my[f] dwelling place. Wherever I moved among the Israelis, did I ever ask even one tribal leader[g] of Israel whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, ‘Why haven’t you built me a cedar house?’

“‘“Now therefore this is what you are to tell my servant David: ‘This is what the Lord of the Heavenly Armies says: “I took you from the pasture myself—from tending sheep—to become Commander-in-Chief[h] over my people, that is, over Israel.

“‘“Furthermore, I have remained with you everywhere you have gone, annihilating all your enemies right in front of you. I will make a great reputation[i] for you, like the reputation[j] of great ones who have lived on[k] earth. 10 I will establish a homeland[l] for my people—for Israel—planting them so they may live in a secure location where they will never be disturbed anymore. Wicked people[m] will no longer afflict them, as happened in the past 11 when I had commanded judges to administer[n] my people Israel. I’ll also grant you relief from all your enemies.”’

“‘The Lord also announces to you: “The Lord will himself build a house[o] for you. 12 When your life[p] is complete and you go to join[q] your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring[r] after you, who will come forth from your body,[s] and I will fortify his kingdom. 13 He will build a Temple dedicated to my Name, and I will make the throne of his kingdom last forever. 14 I will be a father to him, and he will be to me a son who, when he commits iniquity, I will discipline with the rod wielded by armies[t] and with wounds inflicted by human beings.[u] 15 But I’ll never remove my gracious love from him as I did from Saul, whom I removed from your presence. 16 Your dynasty and your kingdom will remain forever in my presence—your throne will be secure forever.”’”

17 Nathan communicated this complete oracle to David with precisely these words.

David’s Prayer

18 Then King David went in to the presence of the Lord, sat down, and said:

“Who am I, Lord God, and what is my family,[v] that you have brought me to this? 19 And this is still a small thing to you, Lord God—you also have spoken about the future of your servant’s house, and this is the charter[w] for mankind, O Lord God!

20 “What more can David say to you, and you surely know your servant, Lord God. 21 For the sake of your word and consistent with your desire,[x] you have done all of these great things, informing your servant. 22 And therefore you are great, Lord God, there is no one like you, there is no God except for you, just as we’ve heard with our own ears.

23 “And who is like your people, like Israel, the one nation on earth that God went out to redeem as a people for himself, to make a name for himself, and to carry out for them great and awe-inspiring accomplishments, driving out nations and their gods in front of your people, whom you redeemed to yourself from Egypt? 24 You have prepared your people Israel to be your very own people for ever, and you, Lord, have become their God!

25 “And now, Lord God, let what you have spoken concerning your servant and his household be done—and let it be done just as you’ve promised. 26 May your name be made great forever with the result that it is said that the Lord of the Heavenly Armies is God over Israel, and that the household of your servant David may be established before you. 27 For you, Lord of the Heavenly Armies, the God of Israel, have revealed this to your servant, telling him, ‘I will build a dynasty for you,’ so that your servant has found fortitude[y] to pray this prayer to you.

28 “Now therefore, Lord God, you are God, and your words are true, and you have spoken to your servant these good things. 29 So may it please you to bless the household of your servant, so that it might remain forever in your presence, because you, Lord God, have spoken, and from your blessing may the household of your servant be blessed forever.”

David’s Military Victories

Sometime later, David defeated and subdued the Philistines, taking Metheg-ammah away from the Philistines. David also conquered Moab, then measured them with a cord, making them lie down on the ground. He executed everyone measured out in each two lengths’ measurement of the cord, but spared the ones measured out by every third length. Then the Moabites were placed under servitude to David, and made to pay tribute.

David also attacked King Hadadezer, Rehob’s son from Zobah, when he was attempting to restore his hegemony[z] over the Euphrates[aa] River. David captured 1,000 of his chariots, 1,700[ab] horsemen, and 20,000 foot soldiers. David hamstrung all the chariot horses except for enough to supply[ac] 100 chariots. When Arameans came from Damascus to help King Hadadezer of Zobah, David killed 22,000 of them. David erected garrisons in the Aramean kingdom of Damascus, placing the Arameans under servitude to him,[ad] and they paid tribute to him. David also confiscated the gold shields that belonged to Hadadezer’s officers and took them to Jerusalem. He[ae] also confiscated a vast quantity of bronze from Betah and Berothai, cities under Hadadezer’s control.

When King Tou of Hamath learned that David had conquered the entire army of King Hadadezer of Zobah, 10 Tou sent his son Joram to King David to greet him and congratulate him on his victory over Hadadezer, because he had been at war with Tou. Joram brought articles of silver, gold, and bronze with him, 11 and King David dedicated them to the Lord, along with the silver and gold that had been dedicated from all the nations that he had conquered, 12 including from Edom, Moab, the Ammonites, the Philistines, Amalek, and spoil from King Hadadezer, Rehob’s son from Zobah.

13 David made a name for himself when he returned from killing 18,000 Edomites in the Salt Valley. 14 He erected garrisons throughout Edom, and all the Edomites became subservient to David, while the Lord gave victory to David wherever he went.

David’s Leaders

15 David reigned over all of Israel, administering[af] justice and equity to every one of his people. 16 Zeruiah’s son Joab served in charge of the army, Ahilud’s son Jehoshaphat was his personal archivist,[ag] 17 Ahitub’s son Zadok and Abiathar’s son Ahimelech were priests, Seraiah[ah] was his personal secretary,[ai] 18 Jehoida’s son Benaiah supervised the special forces[aj] and mercenaries,[ak] and David’s sons were priests.[al]


  1. 2 Samuel 7:2 Lit. the king
  2. 2 Samuel 7:2 Lit. between
  3. 2 Samuel 7:2 The Heb. lacks tent
  4. 2 Samuel 7:3 Lit. heart
  5. 2 Samuel 7:5 I.e. a temple, and so throughout the chapter
  6. 2 Samuel 7:6 Lit. tent and
  7. 2 Samuel 7:7 Lit. ask the tribes
  8. 2 Samuel 7:8 Lit. Nagid; i.e. a senior officer entrusted with dual roles of operational oversight and administrative authority
  9. 2 Samuel 7:9 Lit. name
  10. 2 Samuel 7:9 Lit. name
  11. 2 Samuel 7:9 The Heb. lacks have lived
  12. 2 Samuel 7:10 Lit. place
  13. 2 Samuel 7:10 Lit. Children of wickedness
  14. 2 Samuel 7:11 Lit. judges over
  15. 2 Samuel 7:11 I.e. a dynasty
  16. 2 Samuel 7:12 Lit. days
  17. 2 Samuel 7:12 Lit. you rest with
  18. 2 Samuel 7:12 Lit. seed; MT is sing.
  19. 2 Samuel 7:12 Lit. your inward parts
  20. 2 Samuel 7:14 Lit. men
  21. 2 Samuel 7:14 Lit. by children of Adam
  22. 2 Samuel 7:18 Lit. house or household, and so throughout the chapter
  23. 2 Samuel 7:19 Or law or instruction
  24. 2 Samuel 7:21 Lit. heart; cf. Eph 1:5
  25. 2 Samuel 7:27 Lit. heart
  26. 2 Samuel 8:3 Lit. hand
  27. 2 Samuel 8:3 The Heb. lacks Euphrates
  28. 2 Samuel 8:4 So MT; LXX reads 7,000; cf. 1Chr 18:4
  29. 2 Samuel 8:4 The Heb. lacks enough to supply
  30. 2 Samuel 8:6 Lit. David
  31. 2 Samuel 8:8 Lit. David
  32. 2 Samuel 8:15 Lit. with David administering
  33. 2 Samuel 8:16 Or recorder; an officer who kept official records of David’s administration
  34. 2 Samuel 8:17 Cf. 1Chr 18:16, which reads Shavsha
  35. 2 Samuel 8:17 Or scribe
  36. 2 Samuel 8:18 Lit. Cherethites; i.e. elite body guards
  37. 2 Samuel 8:18 Lit. Pelethites; i.e. special couriers
  38. 2 Samuel 8:18 Cf. 1Chr 18:17, which describes them as special officials
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John 14:15-31

The Promise of the Helper

15 “If you love me, keep[a] my commandments. 16 I will ask the Father to give[b] you another Helper, to be with you always. 17 He is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor recognizes him. But you recognize him, because he lives with you and will be in[c] you. 18 I’m not going to forsake you like orphans. I will come back to you.

19 “In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me. Because I live, you will live also. 20 At that time, you’ll know that I am in my Father, that you are in me, and that I am in you. 21 The person who has my commandments and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I, too, will love him and reveal myself to him.”

22 Judas (not Iscariot) asked him, “Lord, how is it that you are going to reveal yourself to us and not to the world?”

23 Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word. Then my Father will love him, and we will go to him and make our home within him. 24 The one who doesn’t love me doesn’t keep my words. The words that you’re hearing me say are not mine, but come from the Father who sent me.

25 “I have told you this while I am still with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and remind you of everything that I have told you. 27 I’m leaving you at peace. I’m giving you my own peace. I’m not giving it to you as the world gives. So don’t let your hearts be troubled, and don’t be afraid. 28 You have heard me tell you, ‘I’m going away, but I’m coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I’m going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I am. 29 I’ve told you this now, before I leave, so that when I do leave, you will believe. 30 I won’t talk with you much longer, because the ruler of this world is coming. He has no power over me.[d] 31 But I’m doing what the Father has commanded me, to let the world know that I love the Father. Get up! Let us leave this place.”


  1. John 14:15 Other mss. read you will keep
  2. John 14:16 Lit. and he will give
  3. John 14:17 Or among
  4. John 14:30 Lit. has nothing in me
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Psalm 119:33-48


Instructed by the Word

33 Teach me, Lord, about the way of your statutes,
    and I will observe them without fail.[a]
34 Give me understanding
    and I will observe your instruction.[b]
        I will keep it with all of my heart.
35 Help me live my life by your commands,
    because my joy is in them.
36 Turn my heart to your decrees
    and away from unjust gain.
37 Turn my eyes away from gazing at worthless things,
    and revive me by your ways.
38 Confirm your promise to your servant,
    which is for those who fear you.
39 Turn away the shame that I dread,
    because your ordinances are good.
40 Look, I long for your precepts;
    revive me through your righteousness.


A Song of Praise

41 May your gracious love come to me, Lord,
    your salvation, just as you said.
42 Then I can answer the one who insults me,
    for I place my trust in your word.
43 Never take your truthful words from me,
    For I wait for[c] your ordinances.
44 Then I will always keep your Law,
    forever and ever,
45 I will walk in liberty,
    for I seek your precepts.
46 Then I will speak of your decrees before kings
    and not be ashamed.
47 I will take delight in your commands,
    which I love.
48 I will lift up my hands to your commands,
    which I love,
        and I will meditate on your statutes.


  1. Psalm 119:33 Or them to the end
  2. Psalm 119:34 Or Law
  3. Psalm 119:43 Or place my hope in
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Proverbs 15:33

33 The fear of the Lord teaches wisdom,
    and humility precedes honor.

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