1 Chronicles 17

The Lord's Covenant with David

1 Now a it came to pass, when David was dwelling in his house, that David said to Nathan the prophet, "See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of the covenant of the LORD is under tent curtains." 2 Then Nathan said to David, "Do all that is in your heart, for God is with you."

3 But it happened that night that the word of God came to Nathan, saying, 4 "Go and tell My servant David, 'Thus says the LORD: "You shall b not build Me a house to dwell in. 5 "For I have not dwelt in a house since the time that I brought up Israel, even to this day, but have gone from tent to tent, and from one tabernacle to another. 6 "Wherever I have moved about with all Israel, have I ever spoken a word to any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd My people, saying, 'Why have you not built Me a house of cedar?' " ' 7 "Now therefore, thus shall you say to My servant David, 'Thus says the LORD of hosts: "I took you c from the sheepfold, from following the sheep, to be 1 ruler over My people Israel. 8 "And I have been with you wherever you have gone, and have cut off all your enemies from before you, and have 2 made you a name like the name of the great men who are on the earth. 9 "Moreover I will appoint a place for My people Israel, and will d plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own and move no more; nor shall the sons of wickedness oppress them anymore, as previously, 10 "since the time that I commanded judges to be over My people Israel. Also I will subdue all your enemies. Furthermore I tell you that the LORD will build you a 3 house. 11 "And it shall be, when your days are e fulfilled, when you must 4 go to be with your fathers, that I will set up your f seed after you, who will be of your sons; and I will establish his kingdom. 12 g "He shall build Me a house, and I will establish his throne forever. 13 h "I will be his Father, and he shall be My son; and I will not take My mercy away from him, i as I took it from him who was before you. 14 "And j I will establish him in My house and in My kingdom forever; and his throne shall be established forever." ' " 15 According to all these words and according to all this vision, so Nathan spoke to David.

David's Prayer

16 k Then King David went in and sat before the LORD; and he said: "Who am I, O LORD God? And what is my house, that You have brought me this far? 17 "And yet this was a small thing in Your sight, O God; and You have also spoken of Your servant's house for a great while to come, and have regarded me according to the rank of a man of high degree, O LORD God. 18 "What more can David say to You for the honor of Your servant? For You know Your servant. 19 "O LORD, for Your servant's sake, and according to Your own heart, You have done all this greatness, in making known all these great things. 20 "O LORD, there is none like You, nor is there any God besides You, according to all that we have heard with our ears. 21 l "And who is like Your people Israel, the one nation on the earth whom God went to redeem for Himself as a people - to make for Yourself a name by great and awesome deeds, by driving out nations from before Your people whom You redeemed from Egypt? 22 "For You have made Your people Israel Your very own people forever; and You, LORD, have become their God. 23 "And now, O LORD, the word which You have spoken concerning Your servant and concerning his house, let it be established forever, and do as You have said. 24 "So let it be established, that Your name may be magnified forever, saying, 'The LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, is Israel's God.' And let the house of Your servant David be established before You. 25 "For You, O my God, 5 have revealed to Your servant that You will build him a house. Therefore Your servant has found it in his heart to pray before You. 26 "And now, LORD, 6 You are God, and have promised this goodness to Your servant. 27 "Now You have been pleased to bless the house of Your servant, that it may continue before You forever; for You have blessed it, O LORD, and it shall be blessed forever."

  1. Cross References
    2 Samuel 7:1
    Now it came to pass when the king was dwelling in his house, and the LORD had given him rest from all his enemies all around.
    1 Chronicles 14:1
    Now Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar trees, with masons and carpenters, to build him a house.
  2. Cross References
    1 Chronicles 28:2
    Then King David rose to his feet and said, "Hear me, my brethren and my people: I had it in my heart to build a house of rest for the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and for the footstool of our God, and had made preparations to build it.
    1 Chronicles 28:3
    "But God said to me, 'You shall not build a house for My name, because you have been a man of war and have shed blood.'
  3. Cross References
    1 Samuel 16:11 - 13
    And Samuel said to Jesse, "Are all the young men here?" Then he said, "There remains yet the youngest, and there he is, keeping the sheep." And Samuel said to Jesse, "Send and bring him. For we will not sit down till he comes here.
  4. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 30:1 - 9
    Now it shall come to pass, when all these thing...
    Jeremiah 16:14 - 16
    "Therefore behold, the days are coming," says t...
    Jeremiah 23:5 - 8
    Behold, the days are coming," says the LORD, "T...
    Jeremiah 24:6
    For I will set My eyes on them for good, and I ...
    Ezekiel 37:21 - 27
    Then say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: "Sur...
    Amos 9:14
    I will bring back the captives of My people Isr...
  5. Cross References
    1 Kings 2:10
    So David rested with his fathers, and was buried in the City of David.
    1 Chronicles 29:28
    So he died in a good old age, full of days and riches and honor; and Solomon his son reigned in his place.
  6. Cross References
    1 Kings 5:5
    And behold, I propose to build a house for the ...
    1 Kings 6:12
    Concerning this temple which you are building, ...
    1 Kings 8:19 - 21
    'Nevertheless you shall not build the temple, b...
    1 Chronicles 22:9 - 13
    Behold, a son shall be born to you, who shall b...
    1 Chronicles 28:20
    And David said to his son Solomon, "Be strong a...
    Matthew 1:6
    And Jesse begot David the king. David the king ...
    Luke 3:31
    The son of Melea, the son of Menan, the son of ...
  7. Cross References
    1 Kings 6:38
    And in the eleventh year, in the month of Bul, which is the eighth month, the house was finished in all its details and according to all its plans. So he was seven years in building it.
    2 Chronicles 6:2
    I have surely built You an exalted house, And a place for You to dwell in forever.
    Psalms 89:20 - 37
    I have found My servant David; With My holy oil I have anointed him.
  8. Cross References
    2 Samuel 7:14
    I will be his Father, and he shall be My son. I...
    2 Samuel 7:15
    But My mercy shall not depart from him, as I to...
    Matthew 3:17
    And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, ...
    Mark 1:11
    Then a voice came from heaven, "You are My belo...
    Luke 3:22
    And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form li...
    2 Corinthians 6:18
    "I will be a Father to you, And you shall be My...
    Hebrews 1:5
    For to which of the angels did He ever say: "Yo...
  9. Cross References
    1 Samuel 15:23 - 28
    For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, He also has rejected you from being king.
    1 Chronicles 10:14
    But he did not inquire of the LORD; therefore He killed him, and turned the kingdom over to David the son of Jesse.
  10. Cross References
    Psalms 89:3
    I have made a covenant with My chosen, I have sworn to My servant David:
    Psalms 89:4
    Your seed I will establish forever, And build up your throne to all generations.' " Selah
    Matthew 19:28
    So Jesus said to them, "Assuredly I say to you, that in the regeneration, when the Son of Man sits on the throne of His glory, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
    Matthew 25:31
    When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory.
    Luke 1:31 - 33
    And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS.
  11. Cross References
    2 Samuel 7:18
    Then King David went in and sat before the LORD; and he said: "Who am I, O Lord GOD? And what is my house, that You have brought me this far?
  12. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 4:6 - 8
    "Therefore be careful to observe them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples who will hear all these statutes, and say, 'Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.'
    Deuteronomy 4:33 - 38
    Did any people ever hear the voice of God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as you have heard, and live?
    Psalms 147:20
    He has not dealt thus with any nation; And as for His judgments, they have not known them. Praise the LORD!
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