New International Reader's Version

2 Samuel 7:1-29

God’s Promise to David

1The king moved into his palace. The Lord had given him peace and rest from all his enemies around him. 2Then the king spoke to Nathan the prophet. He said, “Here I am, living in a house that has beautiful cedar walls. But the ark of God remains in a tent.”

3Nathan replied to the king, “Go ahead and do what you want to. The Lord is with you.”

4But that night the word of the Lord came to Nathan. The Lord said,

5“Go and speak to my servant David. Tell him, ‘The Lord says, “Are you the one to build me a house to live in? 6I brought the Israelites up out of Egypt. But I have not lived in a house from then until now. I have been moving from place to place. I have been living in a tent. 7I have moved from place to place with all the Israelites. I commanded their rulers to be shepherds over them. I never asked any of those rulers, ‘Why haven’t you built me a house that has beautiful cedar walls?’ ” ’

8“So tell my servant David, ‘The Lord who rules over all says, “I took you away from the grasslands. That’s where you were taking care of your father’s sheep and goats. I made you ruler over my people Israel. 9I have been with you everywhere you have gone. I have destroyed all your enemies. Now I will make you famous. Your name will be just as respected as the names of the most important people on earth. 10I will provide a place where my people Israel can live. I will plant them in the land. Then they will have a home of their own. They will not be bothered anymore. Evil people will no longer crush them, as they did at first. 11That is what your enemies have done ever since I appointed leaders over my people Israel. But I will give you peace and rest from all of them.

“ ‘ “I tell you that I, the Lord, will set up a royal house for you. 12Some day your life will come to an end. You will join the members of your family who have already died. Then I will make one of your own sons the next king after you. And I will make his kingdom secure. 13He is the one who will build a house where I will put my Name. I will set up the throne of his kingdom. It will last forever. 14I will be his father. And he will be my son. When he does what is wrong, I will use other men to beat him with rods and whips. 15I took my love away from Saul. I removed him from being king. You were there when I did it. But I will never take my love away from your son. 16Your royal house and your kingdom will last forever in my sight. Your throne will last forever.” ’ ”

17Nathan reported to David all the words that the Lord had spoken to him.

David’s Prayer to the Lord

18Then King David went into the holy tent. He sat down in front of the Lord. He said,

Lord and King, who am I? My family isn’t important. So why have you brought me this far? 19I would have thought that you had already done more than enough for me. But now, Lord and King, you have also said what will happen to my royal house in days to come. And, my Lord and King, this promise is for a mere human being!

20“What more can I say to you? Lord and King, you know all about me. 21You have done a wonderful thing. You have made it known to me. You have done it because that’s what you said you would do. It’s exactly what you wanted to do for me.

22Lord and King, how great you are! There isn’t anyone like you. There isn’t any God but you. We have heard about it with our own ears. 23Who is like your people Israel? God, we are the one nation on earth you have saved. You have set us free for yourself. Your name has become famous. You have done great and wonderful things. You have driven out nations and their gods to make room for your people. You saved us when you set us free from Egypt. 24You made Israel your very own people forever. Lord, you have become our God.

25“And now, Lord God, keep forever the promise you have made to me and my royal house. Do exactly as you promised. 26Then your name will be honored forever. People will say, ‘The Lord rules over all. He is God over Israel.’ My royal house will be made secure in your sight.

27Lord who rules over all, you are the God of Israel. Here’s what you have shown me. You told me, ‘I will build you a royal house.’ So I can boldly pray this prayer to you. 28Lord and King, you are God! Your covenant can be trusted. You have promised many good things to me. 29Now please bless my royal house. Then it will continue forever in your sight. Lord and King, you have spoken. Because you have given my royal house your blessing, it will be blessed forever.”

Ketab El Hayat

صموئيل الثاني 7:1-29

وعد الرب لداود

1وَبَعْدَ أَنِ اسْتَقَرَّ الْمَلِكُ فِي قَصْرِهِ، وَأَرَاحَهُ الرَّبُّ مِنْ أَعْدَائِهِ الْمُحِيطِينَ بِهِ، 2قَالَ لِنَاثَانَ النَّبِيِّ: «انْظُرْ! أَنَا مُقِيمٌ فِي بَيْتٍ مَصْنُوعٍ مِنْ خَشَبِ أَرْزٍ، بَيْنَمَا تَابُوتُ الرَّبِّ سَاكِنٌ فِي خَيْمَةٍ» 3فَقَالَ نَاثَانُ لِلْمَلِكِ: «قُمْ وَاصْنَعْ كُلَّ مَا تُحَدِّثُكَ بِهِ نَفْسُكَ، لأَنَّ الرَّبَّ مَعَكَ». 4وَلَكِنْ فِي تِلْكَ اللَّيْلَةِ قَالَ الرَّبُّ لِنَاثَانَ: 5«اذْهَبْ وَقُلْ لِعَبْدِي دَاوُدَ: لَسْتَ أَنْتَ الَّذِي تَبْنِي لِي بَيْتاً لإِقَامَتِي 6فَمُنْذُ أَنْ أَخْرَجْتُ بَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ مِنْ مِصْرَ إِلَى هَذَا الْيَوْمِ لَمْ أَسْكُنْ فِي بَيْتٍ، بَلْ كُنْتُ أَتَنَقَّلُ مِنْ مَكَانٍ إِلَى آخَرَ فِي خَيْمَةٍ هِيَ مَسْكَنٌ لِي. 7وَفِي غضُونِ تِلْكَ الْحِقْبَةِ الَّتِي سِرْتُ فِيهَا مَعَ جَمِيعِ إِسْرَائِيلَ، هَلْ سَأَلْتُ أَحَدَ قُضَاةِ إِسْرَائِيلَ الَّذِينَ وَلَّيْتُهُمْ رِعَايَةَ شَعْبِي قَائِلاً: لِمَاذَا لَمْ تَبْنُوا لِي بَيْتاً مِنْ خَشَبِ الأَرْزِ؟ 8وَالآنَ قُلْ لِعَبْدِي دَاوُدَ: هَذَا مَا يَقُولُهُ الرَّبُّ الْقَدِيرُ: أَنَا أَخَذْتُكَ مِنَ الْمَرْبَضِ مِنْ رِعَايَةِ الْغَنَمِ لِتَكُونَ رَئِيساً لِشَعْبِي إِسْرَائِيلَ، 9وَعَضَدْتُكَ حَيْثُمَا تَوَجَّهْتَ، أَهْلَكْتُ جَمِيعَ أَعْدَائِكَ مِنْ أَمَامِكَ، وَجَعَلْتُ لَكَ شُهْرَةً عَظِيمَةً كَشُهْرَةِ عُظَمَاءِ الأَرْضِ. 10وَأَوْرَثْتُ شَعْبِي إِسْرَائِيلَ أَرْضاً مُعَيَّنَةً وَثَبَّتُّهُ فِيهَا، فَسَكَنَ فِي أَرْضِهِ آمِناً، فَلَمْ يَعُدْ بَنُو الإِثْمِ قَادِرِينَ عَلَى إِذْلالِهِ كَمَا جَرَى سَابِقاً، 11وَكَما حَدَثَ مُنْذُ أَنْ أَقَمْتُ قُضَاةً عَلَى شَعْبِي إِسْرَائِيلَ لَقَدْ أَرَحْتُكَ مِنْ جَمِيعِ أَعْدَائِكَ، وَقَدْ أَخْبَرَكَ الرَّبُّ أَنَّهُ سَيُثَبِّتُ نَسْلَكَ مِنْ بَعْدِكَ. 12وَمَتَى اسْتَوْفَيْتَ أَيَّامَكَ وَرَقَدْتَ مَعَ آبَائِكَ، فَإِنَّنِي أُقِيمُ بَعْدَكَ مِنْ نَسْلِكَ الَّذِي يَخْرُجُ مِنْ صُلْبِكَ مَنْ أُثَبِّتُ مَمْلَكَتَهُ. 13هُوَ يَبْنِي بَيْتاً لاِسْمِي، وَأَنَا أُثَبِّتُ عَرْشَ مَمْلَكَتِهِ إِلَى الأَبَدِ. 14أَنَا أَكُونُ لَهُ أَباً وَهُوَ يَكُونُ لِيَ ابْناً، إِنِ انْحَرَفَ أُسَلِّطُ عَلَيْهِ الشُّعُوبَ الأُخْرَى لأُقَوِّمَهُ بِضَرَبَاتِهِمْ. 15وَلَكِنْ لَا أَنْزِعُ رَحْمَتِي مِنْهُ كَمَا نَزَعْتُهَا مِنْ شَاوُلَ الَّذِي أَزَلْتُهُ مِنْ طَرِيقِكَ. 16وَيَدُومُ بَيْتُكَ وَمَمْلَكَتُكَ إِلَى الأَبَدِ أَمَامِي، فَيَكُونُ عَرْشُكَ ثَابِتاً مَدَى الدَّهْرِ». 17فَأَبْلَغَ نَاثَانُ دَاوُدَ جَمِيعَ هَذَا الْكَلامِ بِمُقْتَضَى الرُّؤْيَا الَّتِي أُعْلِنَتْ لَهُ.

صلاة داود

18فَدَخَلَ الْمَلِكُ إِلَى خَيْمَةِ الاجْتِمَاعِ وَمَثَلَ أَمَامَ الرَّبِّ قائِلاً: «مَنْ أَنَا يَا سَيِّدِي وَمَنْ هِيَ عَائِلَتِي حَتَّى رَفَعْتَنِي إِلَى هَذَا الْمَقَامِ؟ 19وَكَأَنَّ هَذَا الأَمْرَ صَغُرَ فِي عَيْنَيْكَ يَا سَيِّدِي الرَّبَّ، فَرُحْتَ تَتَعَهَّدُ بِالْحِفَاظِ عَلَى ذُرِّيَّةِ عَبْدِكَ إِلَى زَمَنٍ طَوِيلٍ. وَهَذَا مَا يَتُوقُ إلَيْهِ قَلْبُ الإِنْسَانِ؟ 20وَأَيُّ شَيْءٍ آخَرَ يُمْكِنُ لِدَاوُدَ أَنْ يُخَاطِبَكَ بِهِ؟ فَأَنْتَ تَعْرِفُ حَقِيقَةَ عَبْدِكَ يَا سَيِّدِي الرَّبَّ. 21لَقَدْ أَجْرَيْتَ هَذِهِ الْعَظَائِمَ إِكْرَاماً لِكَلِمَتِكَ، وَبِمُوْجِبِ إِرَادَتِكَ، وَأَطْلَعْتَ عَلَيْهَا عَبْدَكَ. 22لِذَلِكَ مَا أَعْظَمَكَ أَيُّهَا السَّيِّدُ الرَّبُّ لأَنَّهُ لَيْسَ لَكَ نَظِيرٌ، وَلَيْسَ هُنَاكَ إِلَهٌ غَيْرَكَ حَسَبَ كُلِّ مَا سَمِعْنَاهُ بِآذَانِنَا. 23وَأَيَّةُ أُمَّةٍ عَلَى الأَرْضِ تُمَاثِلُ شَعْبَكَ إِسْرَائِيلَ الَّذِي اخْتَرْتَهُ وَافْتَدَيْتَهُ لِيَكُونَ لَكَ شَعْباً وَيُذِيعَ اسْمَكَ، وَأَجْرَيْتَ عَظَائِمَ وَمُعْجِزَاتٍ مُذْهِلَةً، لِتَطْرُدَ مِنْ أَمَامِ شَعْبِكَ الَّذِي أَنْقَذْتَهُ مِنْ مِصْرَ، أُمَماً مَعَ آلِهَتِهَا. 24وَثَبَّتَّهُ لِنَفْسِكَ لِيَكُونَ لَكَ شَعْباً خَاصّاً إِلَى الأَبَدِ، وَأَنْتَ يَا رَبُّ صِرْتَ لَهُمْ إِلَهاً. 25وَالآنَ أَيُّهَا الرَّبُّ الإِلَهُ، احْفَظْ إِلَى الأَبَدِ الْوُعُودَ الَّتِي قَطَعْتَهَا لِعَبْدِكَ وَلأَهْلِ بَيْتِهِ، وَأَوْفِ بِمَا نَطَقْتَ بِهِ. 26وَلْيَتَعَظَّمِ اسْمُكَ إِلَى الأَبَدِ، فَيَقُولَ الْبَشَرُ: حَقّاً إِنَّ رَبَّ الْجُنُودِ هُوَ إِلَهٌ عَلَى إِسْرَائِيلَ. وَلْيَكُنْ بَيْتُ عَبْدِكَ دَاوُدَ ثَابِتاً أَمَامَكَ، 27لأَنَّكَ أَنْتَ أَيُّهَا الإِلَهُ الْقَدِيرُ، إِلَهُ إِسْرَائِيلَ، قَدْ أَعْلَنْتَ لِعَبْدِكَ قَائِلاً: أُقِيمُ مِنْ صُلْبِكَ مُلُوكاً، لِذَلِكَ رَأَى عَبْدُكَ أَنْ يَرْفَعَ إلَيْكَ هَذِهِ الصَّلاةَ. 28وَالآنَ يَا سَيِّدِي الرَّبَّ أَنْتَ هُوَ اللهُ، وَكَلامُكَ حَقٌّ، وَقَدْ وَعَدْتَ عَبْدَكَ بِهَذَا الْخَيْرِ. 29فَتَعَطَّفْ وَبَارِكْ بَيْتَ عَبْدِكَ لِيَثْبُتَ إِلَى الأَبَدِ أَمَامَكَ، لأَنَّكَ يَا سَيِّدِي الرَّبَّ قَدْ وَعَدْتَ، إذْ بِبَرَكَتِكَ يَتَبَارَكُ بَيْتُ عَبْدِكَ إِلَى الأَبَدِ».