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2 Samuel 7 - NIV

God’s Promise to David

1 After the king was settled in his palace and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies around him,

2 he said to Nathan the prophet, “Here I am, living in a house of cedar, while the ark of God remains in a tent.”

3 Nathan replied to the king, “Whatever you have in mind, go ahead and do it, for the Lord is with you.”

4 But that night the word of the Lord came to Nathan, saying:

5 “Go and tell my servant David, ‘This is what the Lord says: Are you the one to build me a house to dwell in?

6 I have not dwelt in a house from the day I brought the Israelites up out of Egypt to this day. I have been moving from place to place with a tent as my dwelling.

7 Wherever I have moved with all the Israelites, did I ever say to any of their rulers whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?”?’

8 “Now then, tell my servant David, ‘This is what the Lord Almighty says: I took you from the pasture, from tending the flock, and appointed you ruler over my people Israel.

9 I have been with you wherever you have gone, and I have cut off all your enemies from before you. Now I will make your name great, like the names of the greatest men on earth.

10 And I will provide a place for my people Israel and will plant them so that they can have a home of their own and no longer be disturbed. Wicked people will not oppress them anymore, as they did at the beginning

11 and have done ever since the time I appointed leaders[a] over my people Israel. I will also give you rest from all your enemies.
“‘The Lord declares to you that the Lord himself will establish a house for you:

12 When your days are over and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, your own flesh and blood, and I will establish his kingdom.

13 He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.

14 I will be his father, and he will be my son. When he does wrong, I will punish him with a rod wielded by men, with floggings inflicted by human hands.

15 But my love will never be taken away from him, as I took it away from Saul, whom I removed from before you.

16 Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me[b] ; your throne will be established forever.’”

17 Nathan reported to David all the words of this entire revelation.

David’s Prayer

18 Then King David went in and sat before the Lord, and he said:
“Who am I, Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?

19 And as if this were not enough in your sight, Sovereign Lord, you have also spoken about the future of the house of your servant—and this decree, Sovereign Lord, is for a mere human![c]

20 “What more can David say to you? For you know your servant, Sovereign Lord.

21 For the sake of your word and according to your will, you have done this great thing and made it known to your servant.

22 “How great you are, Sovereign Lord! There is no one like you, and there is no God but you, as we have heard with our own ears.

23 And who is like your people Israel—the one nation on earth that God went out to redeem as a people for himself, and to make a name for himself, and to perform great and awesome wonders by driving out nations and their gods from before your people, whom you redeemed from Egypt?[d]

24 You have established your people Israel as your very own forever, and you, Lord, have become their God.

25 “And now, Lord God, keep forever the promise you have made concerning your servant and his house. Do as you promised,

26 so that your name will be great forever. Then people will say, ‘The Lord Almighty is God over Israel!’ And the house of your servant David will be established in your sight.

27 Lord Almighty, God of Israel, you have revealed this to your servant, saying, ‘I will build a house for you.’ So your servant has found courage to pray this prayer to you.

28 Sovereign Lord, you are God! Your covenant is trustworthy, and you have promised these good things to your servant.

29 Now be pleased to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever in your sight; for you, Sovereign Lord, have spoken, and with your blessing the house of your servant will be blessed forever.”


a. 2 Samuel 7:11 Traditionally judges
b. 2 Samuel 7:16 Some Hebrew manuscripts and Septuagint; most Hebrew manuscripts you
c. 2 Samuel 7:19 Or for the human race
d. 2 Samuel 7:23 See Septuagint and 1?Chron. 17:21; Hebrew wonders for your land and before your people, whom you redeemed from Egypt, from the nations and their gods.

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Shared by: Christian Cheong on Oct, 2016
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Shared by: W Pat Cunningham on Jan, 2016
Summary: The word of God helps us to pursue true peace.
Scripture: 2 Samuel 7:18-29
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Shared by: Daniel Habben on Dec, 2015
Summary: We don't need to run around trying to fix up our lives before Jesus' coming. God has already done everything necessary to get us ready for Jesus. (Sermon theme from Timothy Quill)
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Shared by: Paul Carlson on Dec, 2015
Summary: PROPOSITION: Because Christ rules from His eternal throne, you are able to find stability and security in Him.
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Scripture: 2 Samuel 7:1-29
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Shared by: Rev. Clarence Eisberg on Oct, 2015
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Shared by: William R. Nabaza on Mar, 2015
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Shared by: Rodney Coe on Feb, 2015
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Scripture: 2 Samuel 7:1-9
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Shared by: Curry Pikkaart on Dec, 2014
Summary: The very season which ought to bring security and hope instead brings insecurity and hopelessness. That's why we need to hear God's message to Samuel.
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Shared by: Perry Anderson on Dec, 2014
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Shared by: W Pat Cunningham on Dec, 2014
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Shared by: David Rigg on Oct, 2014
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Shared by: Dennis Davidson on Nov, 2013
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Shared by: Dennis Davidson on Nov, 2013
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Shared by: Christopher Holdsworth on Oct, 2013
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Shared by: Randy Trotter on Apr, 2013
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Scripture: 2 Samuel 7:5
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Shared by: Ray Geide on Aug, 2012
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Views: 1,271
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Shared by: Rick Boyne on May, 2012
Summary: We must be ready to respond graciously to God, even when He says “no.”
Scripture: 2 Samuel 7:18-29
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Shared by: Rick Boyne on Apr, 2012
Summary: It is not about us; it is all about God!
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Scripture: 2 Samuel 7:4-17
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Shared by: Rick Boyne on Mar, 2012
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Scripture: 2 Samuel 7:1-7
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Views: 743
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Shared by: Robert Fa'atoia Collins on Feb, 2012
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Scripture: 2 Samuel 7:1-29
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Shared by: Curry Pikkaart on Dec, 2011
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Scripture: 2 Samuel 7:1-17
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Views: 1,674
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Shared by: Grady Henley on Nov, 2011
Summary: Followers Must Sometimes Be A Nathan
Scripture: 2 Samuel 7:1-12:7
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Shared by: Michael Hopkins on Aug, 2011
Summary: A look at the life of King David, and what that might have to say to Christians today.
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Scripture: 2 Samuel 7:18-29
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Views: 1,232
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Shared by: Gordon Curley on Nov, 2010
Summary: Gods Promise to David. (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request - email: gcurley@gcurley.info)
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Scripture: 2 Samuel 7:1-29
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Views: 823
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Shared by: Andrew Chan on Jun, 2010
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Scripture: 2 Samuel 7:12-16
Denomination: Evangelical Free
Views: 3,353
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Shared by: Joseph Smith on Feb, 2010
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Scripture: 2 Samuel 7:1-27
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Shared by: Spencer Homan on Nov, 2009
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