Bible: 2 Sam 7:5-16

7:5 Go, tell my servant David: ‘This is what the Lord says: Do you really intend to build a house for me to live in? 7:6 I have not lived in a house from the time I brought the Israelites up from Egypt to the present day. Instead, I was traveling with them and living in a tent. 1  7:7 Wherever I moved among all the Israelites, I did not say 2  to any of the leaders 3  whom I appointed to care for 4  my people Israel, “Why have you not built me a house made from cedar?”’

7:8So now, say this to my servant David: ‘This is what the Lord of hosts says: I took you from the pasture and from your work as a shepherd 5  to make you leader of my people Israel. 7:9 I was with you wherever you went, and I defeated 6  all your enemies before you. Now I will make you as famous as the great men of the earth. 7  7:10 I will establish a place for my people Israel and settle 8  them there; they will live there and not be disturbed 9  any more. Violent men 10  will not oppress them again, as they did in the beginning 7:11 and during the time when I appointed judges to lead my people Israel. Instead, I will give you relief 11  from all your enemies. The Lord declares 12  to you that he himself 13  will build a dynastic house 14  for you. 7:12 When the time comes for you to die, 15  I will raise up your descendant, one of your own sons, to succeed you, 16  and I will establish his kingdom. 7:13 He will build a house for my name, and I will make his dynasty permanent. 17  7:14 I will become his father and he will become my son. When he sins, I will correct him with the rod of men and with wounds inflicted by human beings. 7:15 But my loyal love will not be removed from him as I removed it from Saul, whom I removed from before you. 7:16 Your house and your kingdom will stand before me 18  permanently; your dynasty 19  will be permanent.’

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