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1 Chronicles 16:13-18

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16:13 O children 1  of Israel, God’s 2  servant,

you descendants of Jacob, God’s 3  chosen ones!

16:14 He is the Lord our God;

he carries out judgment throughout the earth. 4 

16:15 Remember 5  continually his covenantal decree,

the promise he made 6  to a thousand generations –

16:16 the promise 7  he made to Abraham,

the promise he made by oath to Isaac! 8 

16:17 He gave it to Jacob as a decree,

to Israel as a lasting promise, 9 

16:18 saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan

as the portion of your inheritance.”

1 tn Heb “seed.”

2 tn Heb “his”; the referent (God) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

3 tn Heb “his”; the referent (God) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

4 tn Heb “in all the earth [are] his judgments.”

5 tn The Hebrew text has a masculine plural imperative, addressed to the people. Some LXX mss harmonize the wording here to Ps 105:8, which has זָכַר (zakhar), the perfect third masculine singular form of the verb, “He (the Lord) remembers” (so NIV; NEB reads “He called to mind his covenant”).

6 tn Heb “[the] word he commanded.” The text refers here to God’s unconditional covenantal promise to Abraham and the patriarchs, as vv. 16-18 make clear.

7 tn Heb “which.”

8 tn Heb “his oath to Isaac.”

9 tn Or “eternal covenant.”



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