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1 Chronicles 17 1 Now when David was settled in his palace, he said to Nathan the prophet, "Here I am living in this beautiful cedar palace, but the Ark of the LORD's covenant is out in a tent!"
1 Chronicles 17 2 Nathan replied, "Go ahead with what you have in mind, for God is with you."
1 Chronicles 17 3 But that same night God said to Nathan,
1 Chronicles 17 4 "Go and tell my servant David, `This is what the LORD says: You are not the one to build me a temple to live in.
1 Chronicles 17 5 I have never lived in a temple, from the day I brought the Israelites out of Egypt until now. My home has always been a tent, moving from one place to another.
1 Chronicles 17 6 And I never once complained to Israel's leaders, the shepherds of my people. I have never asked them, "Why haven't you built me a beautiful cedar temple?"'
1 Chronicles 17 7 "Now go and say to my servant David, `This is what the LORD Almighty says: I chose you to lead my people Israel when you were just a shepherd boy, tending your sheep out in the pasture.
1 Chronicles 17 8 I have been with you wherever you have gone, and I have destroyed all your enemies. Now I will make your name famous throughout the earth!
1 Chronicles 17 9 And I have provided a permanent homeland for my people Israel, a secure place where they will never be disturbed. It will be their own land where wicked nations won't oppress them as they did in the past,
1 Chronicles 17 10 from the time I appointed judges to rule my people. And I will subdue all your enemies. "`And now I declare that the LORD will build a house for you--a dynasty of kings!
1 Chronicles 17 11 For when you die, I will raise up one of your sons, and I will make his kingdom strong.
1 Chronicles 17 12 He is the one who will build a house--a temple--for me. And I will establish his throne forever.
1 Chronicles 17 13 I will be his father, and he will be my son. I will not take my unfailing love from him as I took it from Saul, who ruled before you.
1 Chronicles 17 14 I will establish him over my dynasty and my kingdom for all time, and his throne will be secure forever.'"
1 Chronicles 17 15 So Nathan went back to David and told him everything the LORD had said.
1 Chronicles 17 16 Then King David went in and sat before the LORD and prayed, "Who am I, O LORD God, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?
1 Chronicles 17 17 And now, O God, in addition to everything else, you speak of giving me a lasting dynasty! You speak as though I were someone very great, O LORD God!
1 Chronicles 17 18 What more can I say about the way you have honored me? You know what I am really like.
1 Chronicles 17 19 For my sake, O LORD, and according to your will, you have done all these great things and have made them known.
1 Chronicles 17 20 "O LORD, there is no one like you--there is no other God. We have never even heard of another god like you!
1 Chronicles 17 21 What other nation on earth is like Israel? What other nation, O God, have you redeemed from slavery to be your own people? You made a great name for yourself when you rescued your people from Egypt. You performed awesome miracles and drove out the nations that stood in their way.
1 Chronicles 17 22 You chose Israel to be your people forever, and you, O LORD, have become their God.
1 Chronicles 17 23 "And now, O LORD, do as you have promised concerning me and my family. May it be a promise that will last forever.
1 Chronicles 17 24 And may your name be established and honored forever so that all the world will say, `The LORD Almighty is God over Israel!' And may the dynasty of your servant David be established in your presence.
1 Chronicles 17 25 "O my God, I have been bold enough to pray this prayer because you have revealed that you will build a house for me--an eternal dynasty!
1 Chronicles 17 26 For you are God, O LORD. And you have promised these good things to me, your servant.
1 Chronicles 17 27 And now, it has pleased you to bless me and my family so that our dynasty will continue forever before you. For when you grant a blessing, O LORD, it is an eternal blessing!"
1 Chronicles 18 1 After this, David subdued and humbled the Philistines by conquering Gath and its surrounding towns.
1 Chronicles 18 2 David also conquered the land of Moab, and the Moabites became David's subjects and brought him tribute money.
1 Chronicles 18 3 Then David destroyed the forces of King Hadadezer of Zobah, as far as Hamath, when Hadadezer marched out to strengthen his control along the Euphrates River.
1 Chronicles 18 4 David captured one thousand chariots, seven thousand charioteers, and twenty thousand foot soldiers. Then he crippled all but one hundred of the chariot horses.
1 Chronicles 18 5 When Arameans from Damascus arrived to help Hadadezer, David killed twenty-two thousand of them.
1 Chronicles 18 6 Then he placed several army garrisons in Damascus, the Aramean capital, and the Arameans became David's subjects and brought him tribute money. So the LORD gave David victory wherever he went.
1 Chronicles 18 7 David brought the gold shields of Hadadezer's officers to Jerusalem,
1 Chronicles 18 8 along with a large amount of bronze from Hadadezer's cities of Tebah and Cun. Later Solomon melted the bronze and used it for the Temple. He molded it into the bronze Sea, the pillars, and the various bronze utensils used at the Temple.
1 Chronicles 18 9 When King Toi of Hamath heard that David had destroyed the army of King Hadadezer of Zobah,
1 Chronicles 18 10 he sent his son Joram to congratulate David on his success. Hadadezer and Toi had long been enemies, and there had been many wars between them. Joram presented David with many gifts of gold, silver, and bronze.
1 Chronicles 18 11 King David dedicated all these gifts to the LORD, along with the silver and gold he had taken from the other nations he had subdued--Edom, Moab, Ammon, Philistia, and Amalek.
1 Chronicles 18 12 Abishai son of Zeruiah destroyed eighteen thousand Edomites in the Valley of Salt.
1 Chronicles 18 13 He placed army garrisons throughout Edom, and all the Edomites became David's subjects. This was another example of how the LORD made David victorious wherever he went.
1 Chronicles 18 14 David reigned over all Israel and was fair to everyone.
1 Chronicles 18 15 Joab son of Zeruiah was commander of the army. Jehoshaphat son of Ahilud was the royal historian.
1 Chronicles 18 16 Zadok son of Ahitub and Ahimelech son of Abiathar were the priests. Seraiah was the court secretary.
1 Chronicles 18 17 Benaiah son of Jehoiada was captain of the king's bodyguard. David's sons served as the king's chief assistants.