The Bible in Its Traditions

1 Chronicles 17:1–15

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And it came to pass, when David dwelt in his house, that David said to Nathan the prophet: 'Lo, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of the covenant of YHWH dwelleth under curtains.'

1Chr17:2  And Nathan said to David: “Do all that is in your heart. For God is with you.”

NOW it came to pass when David dwelt in his house, David said to Nathan the prophet, Behold, I dwell in a house which is covered with the beams of cedars, but the ark of the covenant of the LORD is resting in the midst of the tent of hair of goats.

And Nathan said unto David: 'Do all that is in thy heart; for God is with thee.'

1Chr17:3  And yet, that night the word of God came to Nathan, saying

Then Nathan said to David, Go and do all that is in your heart.

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And it came to pass the same night, that the word of God came to Nathan, saying

1Chr17:4  “Go, and speak to my servant David: Thus says the Lord: You shall not build a house for me as a dwelling place.

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'Go and tell David My servant: Thus saith YHWH: Thou shalt not build Me a house to dwell in;

Go and say to David my servant, Thus said the Lord, Thou shalt not build me a house for me to dwell in it.

1Chr17:5  For I have not stayed in a house from the time when I led out Israel, even to this day. Instead, I have been continually changing places, in a tabernacle and tent,

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for I have not dwelt in a house since the day that I brought up Israel, unto this day; but have gone from tent to tent, and from one tabernacle to another .

1Chr17:6  dwelling with all of Israel. When did I ever speak to any one at all, among the judges of Israel whom I placed in charge so that they might pasture my people, saying: ‘Why have you not built a house of cedar for me?’

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In all places wherein I have walked among all Israel, spoke I a word with any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to feed My people, saying: Why have ye not built Me a house of cedar?

1Chr17:7  And so, now you shall say this to my servant David: Thus says the Lord of hosts: I took you when you were following the flock in the pastures, so that you would be the leader of my people Israel.

Behold, wherever I have walked with all Israel, did I speak a word to any of the judges of Israel whom I commanded to judge my people Israel, saying, Why have you not built me a house which is covered with cedars?

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Now therefore thus shalt thou say unto My servant David: Thus saith YHWH of hosts: I took thee from the sheepcote, from following the sheep, that thou shouldest be prince over My people Israel;

And now thus shalt thou say to my servant David, Thus saith the Lord Almighty, I took thee from the sheepfold, from following the flocks, to be a ruler over my people Israel

1Chr17:8  And I have been with you wherever you have gone. And I have slain all your enemies before you, and I have made a name for you like one of the great ones who are celebrated upon the earth.

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and I have been with thee whithersoever thou wentest, and have cut off all thine enemies from before thee; and I will make thee a name, like unto the name of the great ones that are in the earth.

1Chr17:9  And I have given a place to my people Israel. They shall be planted, and they shall live in it, and they shall no longer be moved. Neither shall the sons of iniquity wear them away, as in the beginning,

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And I will appoint a place for My people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in their own place, and be disquieted no more; neither shall the children of wickedness waste them any more, as at the first,

1Chr17:10  from the days when I gave judges to my people Israel, and I humbled all your enemies. Therefore, I announce to you that the Lord will build a house for you.

I will also appoint a place for my people Israel and will cause them to settle, and they shall dwell in their place and shall be moved no more; neither shall the wicked men carry them captive any more, as formerly.

10  even from the day that I commanded judges to be over My people Israel; and I will subdue all thine enemies. Moreover I tell thee that YHWH will build thee a house.

1Chr17:11  And when you will have completed your days, so that you go to your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall be from your sons. And I will establish his kingdom.

10  And since the day that I made you a judge over my people Israel, I have given you rest from all your enemies. Moreover the LORD has declared to you that the kingdom is established for ever.

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11  And it shall come to pass, when thy days are fulfilled that thou must go to be with thy fathers, that I will set up thy seed after thee, who shall be of thy sons; and I will establish his kingdom.

1Chr17:12  He shall build a house for me, and I will make firm his throne, even unto eternity.

12  He shall build Me a house, and I will establish his throne for ever.

1Chr17:13  I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to me. And I will not take away my mercy from him, as I took it away from the one who was before you.

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13  I will be to him for a father, and he shall be to Me for a son; and I will not take My mercy away from him, as I took it from him that was before thee;

1Chr17:14  And I will station him in my house and in my kingdom, even forever. And his throne will be very firm, in perpetuity.”

13  I will be his father and he shall be my son; and I will not take my mercy away from him, as I took it from Saul, who was before you.

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14  but I will settle him in My house and in My kingdom for ever; and his throne shall be established for ever.'

14  And I will establish him in my house and in his kingdom for ever; and his throne shall be set up for ever.

1Chr17:15  According to all these words, and according to this entire vision, so did Nathan speak to David.

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15  According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so did Nathan speak unto David.

1Chr17:16  And when king David had departed, and had sat down before the Lord, he said: “Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that you would grant such things to me?