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2 Samuel 6 1 Then David mobilized thirty thousand special troops.
2 Samuel 6 2 He led them to Baalah of Judah to bring home the Ark of God, which bears the name of the LORD Almighty, who is enthroned between the cherubim.
2 Samuel 6 3 They placed the Ark of God on a new cart and brought it from the hillside home of Abinadab. Uzzah and Ahio, Abinadab's sons, were guiding the cart
2 Samuel 6 4 with the Ark of God on it, with Ahio walking in front.
2 Samuel 6 5 David and all the people of Israel were celebrating before the LORD with all their might, singing songs and playing all kinds of musical instruments--lyres, harps, tambourines, castanets, and cymbals.
2 Samuel 6 6 But when they arrived at the threshing floor of Nacon, the oxen stumbled, and Uzzah put out his hand to steady the Ark of God.
2 Samuel 6 7 Then the LORD's anger blazed out against Uzzah for doing this, and God struck him dead beside the Ark of God.
2 Samuel 6 8 David was angry because the LORD's anger had blazed out against Uzzah. He named that place Perez-uzzah (which means "outbreak against Uzzah"). It is still called that today.
2 Samuel 6 9 David was now afraid of the LORD and asked, "How can I ever bring the Ark of the LORD back into my care?"
2 Samuel 6 10 So David decided not to move the Ark of the LORD into the City of David. He took it instead to the home of Obed-edom of Gath.
2 Samuel 6 11 The Ark of the LORD remained there with the family of Obed-edom for three months, and the LORD blessed him and his entire household.
2 Samuel 6 12 Then King David was told, "The LORD has blessed Obed-edom's home and everything he has because of the Ark of God." So David went there and brought the Ark to the City of David with a great celebration.
2 Samuel 6 13 After the men who were carrying it had gone six steps, they stopped and waited so David could sacrifice an ox and a fattened calf.
2 Samuel 6 14 And David danced before the LORD with all his might, wearing a priestly tunic.
2 Samuel 6 15 So David and all Israel brought up the Ark of the LORD with much shouting and blowing of trumpets.
2 Samuel 6 16 But as the Ark of the LORD entered the City of David, Michal, the daughter of Saul, looked down from her window. When she saw King David leaping and dancing before the LORD, she was filled with contempt for him.
2 Samuel 6 17 The Ark of the LORD was placed inside the special tent that David had prepared for it. And David sacrificed burnt offerings and peace offerings to the LORD.
2 Samuel 6 18 When he had finished, David blessed the people in the name of the LORD Almighty.
2 Samuel 6 19 Then he gave a gift of food to every man and woman in Israel: a loaf of bread, a cake of dates, and a cake of raisins. Then everyone went home.
2 Samuel 6 20 When David returned home to bless his family, Michal came out to meet him and said in disgust, "How glorious the king of Israel looked today! He exposed himself to the servant girls like any indecent person might do!"
2 Samuel 6 21 David retorted to Michal, "I was dancing before the LORD, who chose me above your father and his family! He appointed me as the leader of Israel, the people of the LORD. So I am willing to act like a fool in order to show my joy in the LORD.
2 Samuel 6 22 Yes, and I am willing to look even more foolish than this, but I will be held in honor by the girls of whom you have spoken!"
2 Samuel 6 23 So Michal, the daughter of Saul, remained childless throughout her life.
2 Samuel 7 1 When the LORD had brought peace to the land and King David was settled in his palace,
2 Samuel 7 2 David summoned Nathan the prophet. "Look!" David said. "Here I am living in this beautiful cedar palace, but the Ark of God is out in a tent!"
2 Samuel 7 3 Nathan replied, "Go ahead and do what you have in mind, for the LORD is with you."
2 Samuel 7 4 But that same night the LORD said to Nathan,
2 Samuel 7 5 "Go and tell my servant David, `This is what the LORD says: Are you the one to build me a temple to live in?
2 Samuel 7 6 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.
2 Samuel 7 7 And I have never once complained to Israel's leaders, the shepherds of my people Israel. I have never asked them, "Why haven't you built me a beautiful cedar temple?"'
2 Samuel 7 8 "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.
2 Samuel 7 9 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!
2 Samuel 7 10 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,
2 Samuel 7 11 from the time I appointed judges to rule my people. And I will keep you safe from all your enemies. "`And now the LORD declares that he will build a house for you--a dynasty of kings!
2 Samuel 7 12 For when you die, I will raise up one of your descendants, and I will make his kingdom strong.
2 Samuel 7 13 He is the one who will build a house--a temple--for my name. And I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.
2 Samuel 7 14 I will be his father, and he will be my son. If he sins, I will use other nations to punish him.
2 Samuel 7 15 But my unfailing love will not be taken from him as I took it from Saul, whom I removed before you.
2 Samuel 7 16 Your dynasty and your kingdom will continue for all time before me, and your throne will be secure forever.'"
2 Samuel 7 17 So Nathan went back to David and told him everything the LORD had said.
2 Samuel 7 18 Then King David went in and sat before the LORD and prayed, "Who am I, O Sovereign LORD, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?
2 Samuel 7 19 And now, Sovereign LORD, in addition to everything else, you speak of giving me a lasting dynasty! Do you deal with everyone this way, O Sovereign LORD?
2 Samuel 7 20 What more can I say? You know what I am really like, Sovereign LORD.
2 Samuel 7 21 For the sake of your promise and according to your will, you have done all these great things and have shown them to me.
2 Samuel 7 22 "How great you are, O Sovereign LORD! There is no one like you--there is no other God. We have never even heard of another god like you!
2 Samuel 7 23 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 and gods that stood in their way.
2 Samuel 7 24 You made Israel your people forever, and you, O LORD, became their God.
2 Samuel 7 25 "And now, O LORD God, do as you have promised concerning me and my family. Confirm it as a promise that will last forever.
2 Samuel 7 26 And may your name be 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.
2 Samuel 7 27 "O LORD Almighty, God of Israel, I have been bold enough to pray this prayer because you have revealed that you will build a house for me--an eternal dynasty!
2 Samuel 7 28 For you are God, O Sovereign LORD. Your words are truth, and you have promised these good things to me, your servant.
2 Samuel 7 29 And now, may it please you to bless me and my family so that our dynasty may continue forever before you. For when you grant a blessing to your servant, O Sovereign LORD, it is an eternal blessing!"
2 Samuel 8 1 After this, David subdued and humbled the Philistines by conquering Gath, their largest city.
2 Samuel 8 2 David also conquered the land of Moab. He made the people lie down on the ground in a row, and he measured them off in groups with a length of rope. He measured off two groups to be executed for every one group to be spared. The Moabites who were spared became David's servants and brought him tribute money.
2 Samuel 8 3 David also destroyed the forces of Hadadezer son of Rehob, king of Zobah, when Hadadezer marched out to strengthen his control along the Euphrates River.
2 Samuel 8 4 David captured seventeen hundred charioteers and twenty thousand foot soldiers. Then he crippled all but one hundred of the chariot horses.
2 Samuel 8 5 When Arameans from Damascus arrived to help Hadadezer, David killed twenty-two thousand of them.
2 Samuel 8 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.
2 Samuel 8 7 David brought the gold shields of Hadadezer's officers to Jerusalem,
2 Samuel 8 8 along with a large amount of bronze from Hadadezer's cities of Tebah and Berothai.
2 Samuel 8 9 When King Toi of Hamath heard that David had destroyed the army of Hadadezer,
2 Samuel 8 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 silver, gold, and bronze.
2 Samuel 8 11 King David dedicated all these gifts to the LORD, along with the silver and gold he had set apart from the other nations he had subdued--
2 Samuel 8 12 Edom, Moab, Ammon, Philistia, and Amalek--and from Hadadezer son of Rehob, king of Zobah.
2 Samuel 8 13 So David became very famous. After his return he destroyed eighteen thousand Edomites in the Valley of Salt.
2 Samuel 8 14 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.
2 Samuel 8 15 David reigned over all Israel and was fair to everyone.
2 Samuel 8 16 Joab son of Zeruiah was commander of the army. Jehoshaphat son of Ahilud was the royal historian.
2 Samuel 8 17 Zadok son of Ahitub and Ahimelech son of Abiathar were the priests. Seraiah was the court secretary.
2 Samuel 8 18 Benaiah son of Jehoiada was captain of the king's bodyguard. David's sons served as priestly leaders.