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2 Chronicles 6:5-11

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6:5 He told David, 1  ‘Since the day I brought my people out of the land of Egypt, I have not chosen a city from all the tribes of Israel to build a temple in which to live. 2  Nor did I choose a man as leader of my people Israel. 6:6 But now I have chosen Jerusalem as a place to live, 3  and I have chosen David to lead my people Israel.’ 6:7 Now my father David had a strong desire to build a temple to honor the Lord God of Israel. 4  6:8 The Lord told my father David, ‘It is right for you to have a strong desire to build a temple to honor me. 5  6:9 But you will not build the temple; your very own son will build the temple for my honor.’ 6  6:10 The Lord has kept the promise he made. I have taken my father David’s place and have occupied the throne of Israel, as the Lord promised. I have built this temple for the honor of the Lord God of Israel 6:11 and set up in it a place for the ark containing the covenant the Lord made with the Israelites.”

1 tn Heb “saying.”

2 tn Heb “to build a house for my name to be there.” Here “name” is used by metonymy for the Lord himself, and thus the expression “to be there” refers to his taking up residence there (hence the translation, “a temple in which to live”). In this case the temple is referred to as a “house” where the Lord himself can reside.

3 tn Heb for my name to be there.” See also the note on the word “live” in v. 5.

4 tn Heb “and it was with the heart of David my father to build a house for the name of the Lord God of Israel.”

sn On the significance of the Lord’s “name,” see the note on the word “live” in v. 5.

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

6 tn Heb “your son, the one who came out of your body, he will build the temple for my name.”



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