Bible: 1 Chron 17:1-17

God Makes a Promise to David

17:1 When David had settled into his palace, 1  he 2  said to Nathan the prophet, “Look, I am living in a palace 3  made from cedar, while the ark of the Lord’s covenant is under a tent.” 4  17:2 Nathan said to David, “You should do whatever you have in mind, 5  for God is with you.”

17:3 That night God told Nathan the prophet, 6  17:4 Go, tell my servant David: ‘This is what the Lord says: “You must not build me a house in which to live. 17:5 For I have not lived in a house from the time I brought Israel up from Egypt 7  to the present day. I have lived in a tent that has been in various places. 8  17:6 Wherever I moved throughout Israel, I did not say 9  to any of the leaders whom I appointed to care for my people Israel, 10 Why have you not built me a house made from cedar?’”’

17:7So now, say this to my servant David: ‘This is what the Lord who commands armies 11  says: “I took you from the pasture and from your work as a shepherd 12  to make you a leader of my people Israel. 17:8 I was with you wherever you went and I defeated 13  all your enemies before you. Now I will make you as famous as the great men of the earth. 14  17:9 I will establish a place for my people Israel and settle 15  them there; they will live there and not be disturbed 16  anymore. Violent men will not oppress them again, as they did in the beginning 17  17:10 and during the time when I appointed judges to lead my people Israel. I will subdue all your enemies.

‘“I declare to you that the Lord will build a dynastic house 18  for you! 17:11 When the time comes for you to die, 19  I will raise up your descendant, 20  one of your own sons, to succeed you, and I will establish his kingdom. 17:12 He will build me a house, and I will make his dynasty permanent. 21  17:13 I will become his father and he will become my son. I will never withhold my loyal love from him, as I withheld it from the one who ruled before you. 22  17:14 I will put him in permanent charge of my house and my kingdom; his dynasty will be permanent.”’ 23  17:15 Nathan told David all these words that were revealed to him. 24 

David Praises God

17:16 David went in, sat before the Lord, and said: “Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my family, 25  that you should have brought me to this point? 17:17 And you did not stop there, O God! You have also spoken about the future of your servant’s family. 26  You have revealed to me what men long to know, 27  O Lord God.

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