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2 Samuel 7:1-6

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The Lord Establishes a Covenant with David

7:1 The king settled into his palace, 1  for the Lord gave him relief 2  from all his enemies on all sides. 3  7:2 The king said to Nathan the prophet, “Look! I am living in a palace made from cedar, while the ark of God sits in the middle of a tent.” 7:3 Nathan replied to the king, “You should go 4  and do whatever you have in mind, 5  for the Lord is with you.” 7:4 That night the Lord told Nathan, 6  7:5 “Go, tell my servant David: ‘This is what the Lord says: Do you really intend to build a house for me to live in? 7:6 I have not lived in a house from the time I brought the Israelites up from Egypt to the present day. Instead, I was traveling with them and living in a tent. 7 

1 tn Heb “house” (also in the following verse).

2 tn Or “rest.”

3 tn The translation understands the disjunctive clause in v. 1b as circumstantial-causal.

4 tc Several medieval Hebrew mss and the Syriac Peshitta lack this word.

5 tn Heb “all that is in your heart.”

6 tn Heb “the word of the Lord was [i.e., came] to Nathan.”

7 tn Heb “in a tent and in a dwelling.” The expression is a hendiadys, using two terms to express one idea.



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