The Bible in Its Traditions

1 Chronicles 17:1–27

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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?

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16  Then David the king went in, and sat before YHWH; and he said: 'Who am I, O YHWH God, and what is my house, that Thou hast brought me thus far?

16  And king David came and sat before the Lord, and said, Who am I, O Lord God? and what is my house, that thou hast loved me for ever?

1Chr17:17  But even this has seemed little in your sight, and therefore you have also spoken about the house of your servant even for the future. And you have made me a spectacle above all men, O Lord God.

17  And this was a small thing in Thine eyes, O God; but Thou hast spoken of Thy servant's house for a great while to come, and hast regarded me after the manner of a man of high degree, O YHWH God.

17  And these things were little in thy sight, O God: thou hast also spoken concerning the house of thy servant for a long time to come, and thou hast looked upon me as a man looks upon his fellow, and hast exalted me, O Lord God.

1Chr17:18  What more can David add, since you have so glorified your servant, and have known him?

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18  What can David say yet more unto Thee concerning the honour which is done to Thy servant? for Thou knowest Thy servant.

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19  O YHWH, for Thy servant's sake, and according to Thine own heart, hast Thou wrought all this greatness, to make known all these great things.

19  And thou hast wrought all this greatness according to thine heart.

1Chr17:20  O Lord, there is no one like you. And there is no other God apart from you, out of all whom we have heard about with our ears.

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20  O YHWH, there is none like Thee, neither is there any God beside Thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears.

1Chr17:21  For what other single nation upon earth is like your people Israel, to whom God reached out, so that he might free them, and might make a people for himself, and by his greatness and terribleness cast out the nations before the face of those whom he had freed from Egypt?

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21  And who is like Thy people Israel, a nation one in the earth, whom God went to redeem unto Himself for a people, to make Thee a name by great and tremendous things, in driving out nations from before Thy people, whom Thou didst redeem out of Egypt.

1Chr17:22  And you have set your people Israel to be your people, even unto eternity. And you, O Lord, have become their God.

21  And what other nation on earth is united like thy people Israel? For thou didst reveal thyself from heaven and saved them, and for their sakes thou didst perform great and terrible wonders and brought severe plagues upon the Egyptians until thou didst bring them out from among them.

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22  For Thy people Israel didst Thou make Thine own people for ever; and Thou, YHWH, becamest their God.

22  And thou hast appointed thy people Israel as a people to thyself for ever; and thou, Lord, didst become a God to them.

1Chr17:23  Now therefore, O Lord, let the word that you have spoken to your servant, and over his house, be confirmed in perpetuity, and do just as you have spoken.

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23  And now, O YHWH, let the word that Thou hast spoken concerning Thy servant, and concerning his house, be established for ever, and do as Thou hast spoken.

1Chr17:24  And may your name remain and be magnified even for all time. And let it be said: ‘The Lord of hosts is the God of Israel. And the house of his servant David remains forever before him.’

23  Therefore now, O LORD, let the word that thou hast spoken concerning thy servant and concerning his house be established for ever, and do as thou hast said.

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24  Yea, let it be established, and let Thy name be magnified for ever, that it may be said: YHWH of hosts is the God of Israel, even a God to Israel; and the house of David Thy servant shall be established before Thee.

24  And let thy name be established and magnified for ever, men saying, Lord, Lord, Almighty God of Israel: and let the house of thy servant David be established before thee.

1Chr17:25  For you, O Lord my God, have revealed to the ear of your servant that you will build a house for him. And therefore your servant has found faith so that he might pray before you.

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25  For Thou, O my God, hast revealed to Thy servant that Thou wilt build him a house; therefore hath Thy servant taken heart to pray before Thee.

1Chr17:26  Now then, O Lord, you are God. And you have spoken to your servant such great benefits.

26  And now, O YHWH, Thou alone art God, and hast promised this good thing unto Thy servant;

1Chr17:27  And you have begun to bless the house of your servant, so that it may be always before you. For since it is you who is blessing, O Lord, it shall be blessed forever.”

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27  and now it hath pleased Thee to bless the house of Thy servant, that it may continue for ever before Thee; for Thou, O YHWH, hast blessed, and so let Thy servant be blessed for ever.'

1Chr18:1  Now after these things, it happened that David struck the Philistines, and he humbled them, and he took Gath and her daughters from the hand of the Philistines.

27  Now therefore reveal thyself to bless the house of thy servant, that it may be before thee for ever; for thou, O LORD God, hast spoken, and of thy blessing shall all the houses of righteous men be blessed for ever.