2 Samuel 7-10 Bible in Basic English

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God's Covenant with David

7 1  Now when the king was living in his house, and the Lord had given him rest from war on every side; 2  The king said to Nathan the prophet, See now, I am living in a house of cedar, but the ark of God is housed inside the curtains of a tent. 3  And Nathan said to the king, Go and do whatever is in your heart; for the Lord is with you.

4  Now that night the word of the Lord came to Nathan, saying, 5  Go and say to my servant David, The Lord says, Are you to be the builder of a house, a living-place for me? 6  For from the day when I took the children of Israel up out of Egypt till this day, I have had no house, but have gone from place to place in a tent. 7  In all the places where I went with all the children of Israel, did I ever say to any of the judges of Israel, to whom I gave the care of my people Israel, Why have you not made me a house of cedar? 8  Then say these words to my servant David, The Lord of armies says, I took you from the fields, from keeping the sheep, so that you might be a ruler over my people, over my people Israel: 9  And I have been with you wherever you went, cutting off before you all those who were against you; and I will make your name great, like the name of the greatest ones of the earth. 10  And I will make a resting-place for my people Israel, planting them there, so that they may be living in the place which is theirs, and never again be moved; and never again will they be troubled by evil men as they were at the first, 11  From the time when I put judges over my people Israel; and I will give you peace from all who are against you. And the Lord says to you that he will make you the head of a line of kings. 12  And when the time comes for you to go to rest with your fathers, I will put in your place your seed after you, the offspring of your body, and I will make his kingdom strong. 13  He will be the builder of a house for my name, and I will make the seat of his authority certain for ever. 14  I will be to him a father and he will be to me a son: if he does wrong, I will give him punishment with the rod of men and with the blows of the children of men; 15  But my mercy will not be taken away from him, as I took it from him who was before you. 16  And your family and your kingdom will keep their place before me for ever: the seat of your authority will never be overturned. 17  So Nathan gave David an account of all these words and this vision.

18  Then David the king went in and took his seat before the Lord, and said, Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my family, that you have been my guide till now? 19  And this was only a small thing to you, O Lord God; but your words have even been about the far-off future of your servant's family, O Lord God! 20  What more may David say to you? for you have knowledge of your servant, O Lord God. 21  Because of your word and from your heart, you have done all this great work, and let your servant see it. 22  Truly you are great, O Lord God: there is no one like you and no other God but you, as is clear from everything which has come to our ears. 23  And what other nation in the earth, like your people Israel, did a god go out to take for himself, to be his people, and to make a name for himself, and to do great and strange things for them, driving out a nation and its gods from before his people? 24  But you took and made strong for yourself your people Israel, to be your people for ever; and you, Lord, became their God. 25  And now, O Lord God, may the word which you have said about your servant and about his family, be made certain for ever, and may you do as you have said! 26  And let your name be made great for ever, and let men say, The Lord of armies is God over Israel: and let the family of David your servant be made strong before you! 27  For you, O Lord of armies, the God of Israel, have clearly said to your servant, I will make you the head of a family of kings: and so it has come into your servant's heart to make this prayer to you. 28  And now, O Lord God, you are God and your words are true and you have said you will give your servant this good thing; 29  So may it be your pleasure to give your blessing to the family of your servant, so that it may go on for ever before you: (for you, O Lord God, have said it,) and may your blessing be on your servant's family line for ever!

David Extends His Kingdom

8 1  And it came about after this that David made an attack on the Philistines and overcame them; and David took the authority of the mother-town from the hands of the Philistines. 2  And he overcame the Moabites, and he had them measured with a line when they were stretched out on the earth; marking out two lines for death and one full line for life. So the Moabites became servants to David and gave him offerings. 3  And David overcame Hadadezer, the son of Rehob, king of Zobah, when he went to make his power seen by the River. 4  And David took from him one thousand, seven hundred horsemen and twenty thousand footmen: and David had the leg-muscles of the horses cut, only keeping enough of them for a hundred war-carriages. 5  And when the Aramaeans of Damascus came to the help of Hadadezer, king of Zobah, David put to the sword twenty-two thousand of the Aramaeans. 6  And David put armed forces in Aram of Damascus: and the Aramaeans became servants to David and gave him offerings. And the Lord made David overcome wherever he went. 7  And David took their gold body-covers from the servants of Hadadezer and took them to Jerusalem. 8  And from Tebah and Berothai, towns of Hadadezer, King David took a great store of brass.

9  And when Tou, king of Hamath, had news that David had overcome all the army of Hadadezer, 10  He sent his son Hadoram to David, with words of peace and blessing, because he had overcome Hadadezer in the fight, for Hadadezer had wars with Tou; and Hadoram took with him vessels of silver and gold and brass: 11  These King David made holy to the Lord, together with the silver and gold which he had taken from the nations he had overcome— 12  The nations of Edom and Moab, and the children of Ammon and the Philistines and the Amalekites and the goods he had taken from Hadadezer, the son of Rehob, king of Zobah. 13  And David got great honour for himself, when he came back, by the destruction of Edom in the valley of Salt, to the number of eighteen thousand men. 14  And he put armed forces in Edom; all through Edom he had armed forces stationed, and all the Edomites became servants to David. And the Lord made David overcome wherever he went.

David's Officers

15  And David was king over all Israel, judging and giving right decisions for all his people. 16  And Joab, the son of Zeruiah, was chief of the army; and Jehoshaphat, the son of Ahilud, was keeper of the records; 17  And Zadok and Abiathar, the son of Ahimelech, the son of Ahitub, were priests; and Seraiah was the scribe; 18  And Benaiah, the son of Jehoiada, was over the Cherethites and the Pelethites; and David's sons were priests.

David's Kindness to Mephibosheth

9 1  And David said, Is there still anyone of Saul's family living, so that I may be a friend to him, because of Jonathan? 2  Now there was of Saul's people a servant named Ziba, and they sent him to David; and the king said to him, Are you Ziba? And he said, I am. 3  And the king said, Is there anyone of Saul's family still living, to whom I may be a friend in God's name? And Ziba said, There is a son of Jonathan, whose feet are damaged. 4  And the king said to him, Where is he? And Ziba said to the king, He is in the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, in Lo-debar. 5  Then King David sent, and had him taken from Lo-debar, from the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel. 6  And Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, came to David, and falling down on his face, gave him honour. And David said, Mephibosheth. And answering he said, Your servant is here. 7  And David said to him, Have no fear: for truly I will be good to you, because of your father Jonathan, and I will give back to you all the land which was Saul's; and you will have a place at my table at all times. 8  And he went down on his face before the king, and said, What is your servant, for you to take note of a dead dog such as I am?

9  Then the king sent for Ziba, Saul's servant, and said to him, All the property of Saul and of his family I have given to your master's son. 10  And you and your sons and your servants are to take care of the land for him, and get in the fruit of it, so that your master's son may have food: but Mephibosheth, your master's son, will have a place at my table at all times. Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants. 11  Then Ziba said to the king, Every order which you have given to your servant will be done. As for Mephibosheth, he had a place at David's table, like one of the king's sons. 12  And Mephibosheth had a young son named Mica. And all the people living in the house of Ziba were servants to Mephibosheth. 13  So Mephibosheth went on living in Jerusalem; for he took all his meals at the king's table; and he had not the use of his feet.

The Defeat of the Ammonites and Syrians

10 1  Now after this, death came to the king of the children of Ammon, and Hanun, his son, became king in his place. 2  And David said, I will be a friend to Hanun, the son of Nahash, as his father was a friend to me. So David sent his servants, to give him words of comfort on account of his father. And David's servants came into the land of the children of Ammon. 3  But the chiefs of the children of Ammon said to Hanun their lord, Does it seem to you that David is honouring your father by sending comforters to you? has he not sent his servants to go through the town and make secret observation of it, and overcome it? 4  So Hanun took David's servants, and after cutting off half the hair on their chins, and cutting off the skirts of their robes up to the middle, he sent them away. 5  When David had news of it, he sent men out with the purpose of meeting them on their way, for the men were greatly shamed: and the king said, Go to Jericho till your hair is long again, and then come back.

6  And when the children of Ammon saw that they had made themselves hated by David, they sent to the Aramaeans of Beth-rehob and Zobah, and got for payment twenty thousand footmen, and they got from the king of Maacah a thousand men, and from Tob twelve thousand. 7  And hearing of this, David sent Joab and all the army and the best fighting-men. 8  And the children of Ammon came out and put their forces in position at the way into the town: and the Aramaeans of Zobah and of Rehob, with the men of Tob and Maacah, were by themselves in the field. 9  Now when Joab saw that their forces were in position against him in front and at his back, he took the best of the men of Israel and put them in line against the Aramaeans; 10  And the rest of the people he put in position against the children of Ammon, with Abishai, his brother, at their head. 11  And he said, If the Aramaeans are stronger and get the better of me, then you are to come to my help; but if the children of Ammon get the better of you, I will come to your help. 12  Take heart, and let us be strong for our people and for the towns of our God, and may the Lord do what seems good to him. 13  Then Joab and the people with him went forward to the fight against the Aramaeans, and they went in flight before him. 14  And when the children of Ammon saw the flight of the Aramaeans, they themselves went in flight from Abishai, and came into the town. So Joab went back from fighting the children of Ammon and came to Jerusalem.

15  And when the Aramaeans saw that Israel had overcome them, they got themselves together. 16  And Hadadezer sent for the Aramaeans who were on the other side of the River: and they came to Helam, with Shobach, the captain of Hadadezer's army, at their head. 17  And word of this was given to David: and he got all Israel together and went over Jordan and came to Helam. And the Aramaeans put their forces in position against David, and made an attack on him. 18  And the Aramaeans went in flight before Israel; and David put to the sword the men of seven hundred Aramaean war-carriages and forty thousand footmen, and Shobach, the captain of the army, was wounded, and came to his death there. 19  And when all the kings who were servants of Hadadezer saw that they were overcome by Israel, they made peace with Israel and became their servants. So the Aramaeans, in fear, gave no more help to the children of Ammon.

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