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1 Chronicles 16:7-22

David Thanks God

16:7 That day David first gave to Asaph and his colleagues this song of thanks to the Lord:

16:8 Give thanks to the Lord!

Call on his name!

Make known his accomplishments among the nations!

16:9 Sing to him! Make music to him!

Tell about all his miraculous deeds!

16:10 Boast about his holy name!

Let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!

16:11 Seek the Lord and the strength he gives!

Seek his presence 1  continually!

16:12 Recall the miraculous deeds he performed,

his mighty acts and the judgments he decreed, 2 

16:13 O children 3  of Israel, God’s 4  servant,

you descendants of Jacob, God’s 5  chosen ones!

16:14 He is the Lord our God;

he carries out judgment throughout the earth. 6 

16:15 Remember 7  continually his covenantal decree,

the promise he made 8  to a thousand generations –

16:16 the promise 9  he made to Abraham,

the promise he made by oath to Isaac! 10 

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

to Israel as a lasting promise, 11 

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

as the portion of your inheritance.”

16:19 When they were few in number,

just a very few, and foreign residents within it,

16:20 they wandered from nation to nation,

and from one kingdom to another. 12 

16:21 He let no one oppress them,

he disciplined kings for their sake,

16:22 saying, 13  “Don’t touch my anointed ones!

Don’t harm my prophets!”

1 tn Heb “face.”

2 tn Heb “and the judgments of his mouth.”

3 tn Heb “seed.”

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

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

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

7 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”).

8 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.

9 tn Heb “which.”

10 tn Heb “his oath to Isaac.”

11 tn Or “eternal covenant.”

12 tn Heb “and from a kingdom to another nation.”

13 tn The word “saying” is supplied in the translation for clarification and for stylistic reasons.

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