2 Samuel 7-10 Revised Standard Version

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God's Covenant with David

7 1  Now when the king dwelt in his house, and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies round about, 2  the king said to Nathan the prophet, "See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells in a tent." 3  And Nathan said to the king, "Go, do all that is in your heart; for the Lord is with you."

4  But that same night the word of the Lord came to Nathan, 5  "Go and tell my servant David, 'Thus says the Lord: Would you build me a house to dwell in? 6  I have not dwelt in a house since the day I brought up the people of Israel from Egypt to this day, but I have been moving about in a tent for my dwelling. 7  In all places where I have moved with all the people of Israel, did I speak a word with any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, saying, "Why have you not built me a house of cedar?"' 8  Now therefore thus you shall say to my servant David, 'Thus says the Lord of hosts, I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, that you should be prince over my people Israel; 9  and I have been with you wherever you went, and have cut off all your enemies from before you; and I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth. 10  And I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in their own place, and be disturbed no more; and violent men shall afflict them no more, as formerly, 11  from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel; and I will give you rest from all your enemies. Moreover the Lord declares to you that the Lord will make you a house. 12  When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come forth from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. 13  He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom for ever. 14  I will be his father, and he shall be my son. When he commits iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, with the stripes of the sons of men; 15  but I will not take my steadfast love from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away from before you. 16  And your house and your kingdom shall be made sure for ever before me; your throne shall be established for ever.'" 17  In accordance with all these words, and in accordance with all this vision, Nathan spoke to David.

18  Then King David went in and sat before the Lord, and said, "Who am I, O Lord GOD, and what is my house, that thou hast brought me thus far? 19  And yet this was a small thing in thy eyes, O Lord GOD; thou hast spoken also of thy servant's house for a great while to come, and hast shown me future generations, O Lord GOD! 20  And what more can David say to thee? For thou knowest thy servant, O Lord GOD! 21  Because of thy promise, and according to thy own heart, thou hast wrought all this greatness, to make thy servant know it. 22  Therefore thou art great, O Lord God; for there is none like thee, and there is no God besides thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears. 23  What other nation on earth is like thy people Israel, whom God went to redeem to be his people, making himself a name, and doing for them great and terrible things, by driving out before his people a nation and its gods? 24  And thou didst establish for thyself thy people Israel to be thy people for ever; and thou, O Lord, didst become their God. 25  And now, O Lord God, confirm for ever the word which thou hast spoken concerning thy servant and concerning his house, and do as thou hast spoken; 26  and thy name will be magnified for ever, saying, 'The Lord of hosts is God over Israel,' and the house of thy servant David will be established before thee. 27  For thou, O Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, hast made this revelation to thy servant, saying, 'I will build you a house'; therefore thy servant has found courage to pray this prayer to thee. 28  And now, O Lord GOD, thou art God, and thy words are true, and thou hast promised this good thing to thy servant; 29  now therefore may it please thee to bless the house of thy servant, that it may continue for ever before thee; for thou, O Lord GOD, hast spoken, and with thy blessing shall the house of thy servant be blessed for ever."

David Extends His Kingdom

8 1  After this David defeated the Philistines and subdued them, and David took Meth'eg-am'mah out of the hand of the Philistines. 2  And he defeated Moab, and measured them with a line, making them lie down on the ground; two lines he measured to be put to death, and one full line to be spared. And the Moabites became servants to David and brought tribute. 3  David also defeated Hadade'zer the son of Rehob, king of Zobah, as he went to restore his power at the river Euphra'tes. 4  And David took from him a thousand and seven hundred horsemen, and twenty thousand foot soldiers; and David hamstrung all the chariot horses, but left enough for a hundred chariots. 5  And when the Syrians of Damascus came to help Hadade'zer king of Zobah, David slew twenty-two thousand men of the Syrians. 6  Then David put garrisons in Aram of Damascus; and the Syrians became servants to David and brought tribute. And the Lord gave victory to David wherever he went. 7  And David took the shields of gold which were carried by the servants of Hadade'zer, and brought them to Jerusalem. 8  And from Betah and from Bero'thai, cities of Hadade'zer, King David took very much bronze.

9  When To'i king of Hamath heard that David had defeated the whole army of Hadade'zer, 10  To'i sent his son Joram to King David, to greet him, and to congratulate him because he had fought against Hadade'zer and defeated him; for Hadade'zer had often been at war with To'i. And Joram brought with him articles of silver, of gold, and of bronze; 11  these also King David dedicated to the Lord, together with the silver and gold which he dedicated from all the nations he subdued, 12  from Edom, Moab, the Ammonites, the Philistines, Am'alek, and from the spoil of Hadade'zer the son of Rehob, king of Zobah. 13  And David won a name for himself. When he returned, he slew eighteen thousand E'domites in the Valley of Salt. 14  And he put garrisons in Edom; throughout all Edom he put garrisons, and all the E'domites became David's servants. And the Lord gave victory to David wherever he went.

David's Officers

15  So David reigned over all Israel; and David administered justice and equity to all his people. 16  And Jo'ab the son of Zeru'iah was over the army; and Jehosh'aphat the son of Ahi'lud was recorder; 17  and Zadok the son of Ahi'tub and Ahim'elech the son of Abi'athar were priests; and Serai'ah was secretary; 18  and Benai'ah the son of Jehoi'ada was over the Cher'ethites and the Pel'ethites; and David's sons were priests.

David's Kindness to Mephibosheth

9 1  And David said, "Is there still any one left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan's sake?" 2  Now there was a servant of the house of Saul whose name was Ziba, and they called him to David; and the king said to him, "Are you Ziba?" And he said, "Your servant is he." 3  And the king said, "Is there not still some one of the house of Saul, that I may show the kindness of God to him?" Ziba said to the king, "There is still a son of Jonathan; he is crippled in his feet." 4  The king said to him, "Where is he?" And Ziba said to the king, "He is in the house of Machir the son of Am'miel, at Lo-debar." 5  Then King David sent and brought him from the house of Machir the son of Am'miel, at Lo-debar. 6  And Mephib'osheth the son of Jonathan, son of Saul, came to David, and fell on his face and did obeisance. And David said, "Mephib'osheth!" And he answered, "Behold, your servant." 7  And David said to him, "Do not fear; for I will show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan, and I will restore to you all the land of Saul your father; and you shall eat at my table always." 8  And he did obeisance, and said, "What is your servant, that you should look upon a dead dog such as I?"

9  Then the king called Ziba, Saul's servant, and said to him, "All that belonged to Saul and to all his house I have given to your master's son. 10  And you and your sons and your servants shall till the land for him, and shall bring in the produce, that your master's son may have bread to eat; but Mephib'osheth your master's son shall always eat at my table." Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants. 11  Then Ziba said to the king, "According to all that my lord the king commands his servant, so will your servant do." So Mephib'osheth ate at David's table, like one of the king's sons. 12  And Mephib'osheth had a young son, whose name was Mica. And all who dwelt in Ziba's house became Mephib'osheth's servants. 13  So Mephib'osheth dwelt in Jerusalem; for he ate always at the king's table. Now he was lame in both his feet.

The Defeat of the Ammonites and Syrians

10 1  After this the king of the Ammonites died, and Hanun his son reigned in his stead. 2  And David said, "I will deal loyally with Hanun the son of Nahash, as his father dealt loyally with me." So David sent by his servants to console him concerning his father. And David's servants came into the land of the Ammonites. 3  But the princes of the Ammonites said to Hanun their lord, "Do you think, because David has sent comforters to you, that he is honoring your father? Has not David sent his servants to you to search the city, and to spy it out, and to overthrow it?" 4  So Hanun took David's servants, and shaved off half the beard of each, and cut off their garments in the middle, at their hips, and sent them away. 5  When it was told David, he sent to meet them, for the men were greatly ashamed. And the king said, "Remain at Jericho until your beards have grown, and then return."

6  When the Ammonites saw that they had become odious to David, the Ammonites sent and hired the Syrians of Beth-re'hob, and the Syrians of Zobah, twenty thousand foot soldiers, and the king of Ma'acah with a thousand men, and the men of Tob, twelve thousand men. 7  And when David heard of it, he sent Jo'ab and all the host of the mighty men. 8  And the Ammonites came out and drew up in battle array at the entrance of the gate; and the Syrians of Zobah and of Rehob, and the men of Tob and Ma'acah, were by themselves in the open country. 9  When Jo'ab saw that the battle was set against him both in front and in the rear, he chose some of the picked men of Israel, and arrayed them against the Syrians; 10  the rest of his men he put in the charge of Abi'shai his brother, and he arrayed them against the Ammonites. 11  And he said, "If the Syrians are too strong for me, then you shall help me; but if the Ammonites are too strong for you, then I will come and help you. 12  Be of good courage, and let us play the man for our people, and for the cities of our God; and may the Lord do what seems good to him." 13  So Jo'ab and the people who were with him drew near to battle against the Syrians; and they fled before him. 14  And when the Ammonites saw that the Syrians fled, they likewise fled before Abi'shai, and entered the city. Then Jo'ab returned from fighting against the Ammonites, and came to Jerusalem.

15  But when the Syrians saw that they had been defeated by Israel, they gathered themselves together. 16  And Hadade'zer sent, and brought out the Syrians who were beyond the Euphra'tes; and they came to Helam, with Shobach the commander of the army of Hadade'zer at their head. 17  And when it was told David, he gathered all Israel together, and crossed the Jordan, and came to Helam. And the Syrians arrayed themselves against David, and fought with him. 18  And the Syrians fled before Israel; and David slew of the Syrians the men of seven hundred chariots, and forty thousand horsemen, and wounded Shobach the commander of their army, so that he died there. 19  And when all the kings who were servants of Hadade'zer saw that they had been defeated by Israel, they made peace with Israel, and became subject to them. So the Syrians feared to help the Ammonites any more.

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