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1 Kings 8:15-18

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8:15 He said, “The Lord God of Israel is worthy of praise because he has fulfilled 1  what he promised 2  my father David. 8:16 He told David, 3  ‘Since the day I brought my people Israel out of Egypt, I have not chosen a city from all the tribes of Israel to build a temple in which to live. 4  But I have chosen David to lead my people Israel.’ 8:17 Now my father David had a strong desire 5  to build a temple to honor the Lord God of Israel. 6  8:18 The Lord told my father David, ‘It is right for you to have a strong desire to build a temple to honor me. 7 

1 tn The Hebrew text reads, “by his hand.”

2 tn The Hebrew text reads, “by his mouth.”

3 tn Heb “saying.”

4 tn Heb “to build a house for my name to be there.”

sn To build a temple in which to live (Heb “to build a house for my name to be there”). In the OT, the word “name” sometimes refers to one’s reputation or honor. The “name” of the Lord sometimes designates the Lord himself, being indistinguishable from the proper name.

5 tn Heb “and it was with the heart of David my father.”

6 tn Heb “to build a house for the name of the Lord God of Israel.” The word “name” in the OT sometimes refers to one’s reputation or honor. The “name” of the Lord sometimes designates the Lord himself, being indistinguishable from the proper name.

7 tn Heb “Because it was with your heart to build a house for my name, you did well that it was with your heart.”



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