2 Samuel 7:5
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New International Version
"Go and tell my servant David, 'This is what the LORD says: Are you the one to build me a house to dwell in?

New Living Translation
"Go and tell my servant David, 'This is what the LORD has declared: Are you the one to build a house for me to live in?

English Standard Version
“Go and tell my servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD: Would you build me a house to dwell in?

New American Standard Bible
"Go and say to My servant David, 'Thus says the LORD, "Are you the one who should build Me a house to dwell in?

King James Bible
Go and tell my servant David, Thus saith the LORD, Shalt thou build me an house for me to dwell in?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Go to My servant David and say, 'This is what the LORD says: Are you to build a house for Me to live in?

International Standard Version
"Go tell my servant David, 'This is what the LORD says: "'"Are you going to build a house for me to inhabit?

NET Bible
"Go, tell my servant David: 'This is what the LORD says: Do you really intend to build a house for me to live in?

New Heart English Bible
"Go and tell my servant David, 'Thus says the LORD, "Shall you build me a house for me to dwell in?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Say to my servant David, 'This is what the LORD says: Are you the one who will build me a house to live in?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Go and tell My servant David: Thus saith the LORD: Shalt thou build Me a house for Me to dwell in?

New American Standard 1977
“Go and say to My servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD, “Are you the one who should build Me a house to dwell in?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Go and tell my slave David, Thus hath the LORD said, Shalt thou build me a house for me to dwell in?

King James 2000 Bible
Go and tell my servant David, Thus says the LORD, Shall you build me a house for me to dwell in?

American King James Version
Go and tell my servant David, Thus said the LORD, Shall you build me an house for me to dwell in?

American Standard Version
Go and tell my servant David, Thus saith Jehovah, Shalt thou build me a house for me to dwell in?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Go, and say to my servant David: Thus saith the Lord: Shalt thou build me a house to dwell in?

Darby Bible Translation
Go and say to my servant, to David, Thus saith Jehovah: Wilt thou build me a house for me to dwell in?

English Revised Version
Go and tell my servant David, Thus saith the LORD, Shalt thou build me an house for me to dwell in?

Webster's Bible Translation
Go and tell my servant David, Thus saith the LORD, Wilt thou build me a house for me to dwell in?

World English Bible
"Go and tell my servant David, 'Thus says Yahweh, "Shall you build me a house for me to dwell in?

Young's Literal Translation
'Go, and thou hast said unto My servant, unto David, Thus said Jehovah, Dost thou build for Me a house for My dwelling in?
Study Bible
God's Covenant with David
4But in the same night the word of the LORD came to Nathan, saying, 5"Go and say to My servant David, 'Thus says the LORD, "Are you the one who should build Me a house to dwell in? 6"For I have not dwelt in a house since the day I brought up the sons of Israel from Egypt, even to this day; but I have been moving about in a tent, even in a tabernacle.…
Cross References
2 Samuel 7:4
But in the same night the word of the LORD came to Nathan, saying,

1 Kings 5:3
"You know that David my father was unable to build a house for the name of the LORD his God because of the wars which surrounded him, until the LORD put them under the soles of his feet.

1 Kings 5:4
"But now the LORD my God has given me rest on every side; there is neither adversary nor misfortune.

1 Kings 6:12
"Concerning this house which you are building, if you will walk in My statutes and execute My ordinances and keep all My commandments by walking in them, then I will carry out My word with you which I spoke to David your father.

1 Kings 8:16
Since the day that I brought My people Israel from Egypt, I did not choose a city out of all the tribes of Israel in which to build a house that My name might be there, but I chose David to be over My people Israel.'

1 Kings 8:19
'Nevertheless you shall not build the house, but your son who will be born to you, he will build the house for My name.'

Isaiah 66:1
Thus says the LORD, "Heaven is My throne and the earth is My footstool. Where then is a house you could build for Me? And where is a place that I may rest?
Treasury of Scripture

Go and tell my servant David, Thus said the LORD, Shall you build me an house for me to dwell in?

my servant David. [heb] to my servant, to David
Shalt

1 Kings 5:3 You know how that David my father could not build an house to the …

1 Kings 8:16-19 Since the day that I brought forth my people Israel out of Egypt, …

1 Chronicles 17:4 Go and tell David my servant, Thus said the LORD, You shall not build …

1 Chronicles 22:7,8 And David said to Solomon, My son, as for me, it was in my mind to …

1 Chronicles 23:3 Now the Levites were numbered from the age of thirty years and upward: …

(5) Shalt thou build?--The question implies the negative, as it is expressed in 1Chronicles 17:5, and as it is here translated in the LXX. and Syriac.

After David was told that he should not be allowed to build a temple for God as he desired, he is promised that God will make for him a sure house, and will accept the building of the temple from his son. David is called "my servant," an expression used only of those eminent and faithful in the service of God, as Moses and Joshua, thus showing--as in fact the whole message does--that the prohibition conveyed nothing of Divine displeasure; but no reason for it is here expressed.[33] But in, David's parting charge to Solomon (1Chronicles 22:8), and to the heads of the nation (1Chronicles 28:3), he says, "the word of the Lord came unto" him, giving as the reason, "because thou hast shed much blood on the earth," and "hast been a man of war." Those wars had been necessary, under the circumstances in which he was placed, and had never been disapproved of God; still the mere fact that he had been a man of blood unfitted him for this sacred office.

[33] Two reasons for the prohibition are found by nearly all commentators in this message itself. (1) That God must first build "a house "for David before he could properly build a temple for God; and (2) that the kingdom was not yet sufficiently established and peaceful for a temple to be built. But neither of these are assigned as reasons m the Divine word, and it is better to keep only to that which is assigned, however these other facts may convince us of the fitness and propriety of the postponement of David's purpose.

Verse 5. - Shalt thou, etc.? The question implies an answer in the negative; but there is no disapproval of David's purpose as such; but only the deferring of its full execution unto the days of his son. There is more than this. The idea which runs through the Divine message is that the dwelling of Jehovah in a tent was a fitting symbol of Israel's unquiet possession of the laud. It was David's mission to give them tranquillity and security in the region which they had conquered long ago, but wherein they had never hitherto been able to maintain their liberty unimpaired. Then, upon the accomplishment of David's special duty, his son, Shelomo, i.e. the peaceful, was to build the solid temple, as the proof that Jehovah had now taken permanent possession of the land. We find also a further thought, namely, that the building of the temple signified "the making for David of a house." In its full significance this means that the tribe of Judah and the lineage of David were now chosen by God as the ancestors of the Messiah. Go and tell my servant David,.... The Lord speaks very honourably and respectfully of him, owns him to be his servant in other things, though he did not choose to employ him in this; and though he was not the person, nor this the time, to build the house of the Lord, yet, as he showed a good will towards it, so far it was acceptable to God:

thus saith the Lord, shalt thou build me an house for me to dwell in? no, thou shalt not, as appears from 1 Chronicles 17:4; which seems to be expressed with much spirit, and some degree of resentment, to resolve on such a work, without seeking to know his mind in it. Eupolemus (u) an Heathen, confirms this account, only instead of a prophet he speaks of an angel, whose name he says was Dinnathan, who, when David was desirous of building a temple for God, and very anxious to be shown the place where the altar was to be erected, this angel appeared to him; and, though he showed him the place for the altar, forbad him building it, because he was polluted with human blood, and had been engaged in wars many years, and bid him leave the building of it to his son.

(u) Apud Euseb. Evangel. Praepar. l. 9. c. 30. p. 447. 7:4-17 Blessings are promised to the family and posterity of David. These promises relate to Solomon, David's immediate successor, and the royal line of Judah. But they also relate to Christ, who is often called David and the Son of David. To him God gave all power in heaven and earth, with authority to execute judgment. He was to build the gospel temple, a house for God's name; the spiritual temple of true believers, to be a habitation of God through the Spirit. The establishing of his house, his throne, and his kingdom for ever, can be applied to no other than to Christ and his kingdom: David's house and kingdom long since came to an end. The committing iniquity cannot be applied to the Messiah himself, but to his spiritual seed; true believers have infirmities, for which they must expect to be corrected, though they are not cast off.
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