Bible: 2 Samuel 7:8-29

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 1  to make you leader of my people Israel. 7:9 I was with you wherever you went, and I defeated 2  all your enemies before you. Now I will make you as famous as the great men of the earth. 3  7:10 I will establish a place for my people Israel and settle 4  them there; they will live there and not be disturbed 5  any more. Violent men 6  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 7  from all your enemies. The Lord declares 8  to you that he himself 9  will build a dynastic house 10  for you. 7:12 When the time comes for you to die, 11  I will raise up your descendant, one of your own sons, to succeed you, 12  and I will establish his kingdom. 7:13 He will build a house for my name, and I will make his dynasty permanent. 13  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 14  permanently; your dynasty 15  will be permanent.’ 7:17 Nathan told David all these words that were revealed to him. 16 

David Offers a Prayer to God

7:18 King David went in, sat before the Lord, and said, “Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my family, 17  that you should have brought me to this point? 7:19 And you didn’t stop there, O Lord God! You have also spoken about the future of your servant’s family. 18  Is this your usual way of dealing with men, 19  O Lord God? 7:20 What more can David say to you? You have given your servant special recognition, 20  O Lord God! 7:21 For the sake of your promise and according to your purpose 21  you have done this great thing in order to reveal it to your servant. 22  7:22 Therefore you are great, O Lord God, for there is none like you! There is no God besides you! What we have heard is true! 23  7:23 Who is like your people, Israel, a unique nation 24  on the earth? Their God 25  went 26  to claim 27  a nation for himself and to make a name for himself! You did great and awesome acts for your land, 28  before your people whom you delivered for yourself from the Egyptian empire and its gods. 29  7:24 You made Israel your very own people for all time. 30  You, O Lord, became their God. 7:25 So now, O Lord God, make this promise you have made about your servant and his family a permanent reality. 31  Do as you promised, 32  7:26 so you may gain lasting fame, 33  as people say, 34 The Lord of hosts is God over Israel!’ The dynasty 35  of your servant David will be established before you, 7:27 for you, O Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, have told 36  your servant, ‘I will build you a dynastic house.’ 37  That is why your servant has had the courage 38  to pray this prayer to you. 7:28 Now, O sovereign Lord, you are the true God! 39  May your words prove to be true! 40  You have made this good promise to your servant! 41  7:29 Now be willing to bless your servant’s dynasty 42  so that it may stand permanently before you, for you, O sovereign Lord, have spoken. By your blessing may your servant’s dynasty be blessed on into the future! 43 

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