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David Offers a Prayer to God

7:18 King David went in, sat before the Lord, and said, “Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my family,27 that you should have brought me to this point? 7:19 And you didn’t stop there, O Lord God! You have also spoken about the future of your servant’s family.28 Is this your usual way of dealing with men,29 O Lord God? 7:20 What more can David say to you? You have given your servant special recognition,30 O Lord God! 7:21 For the sake of your promise and according to your purpose31 you have done this great thing in order to reveal it to your servant.32 7:22 Therefore you are great, O Lord God, for there is none like you! There is no God besides you! What we have heard is true!33 7:23 Who is like your people, Israel, a unique nation34 on the earth? Their God35 went36 to claim37 a nation for himself and to make a name for himself! You did great and awesome acts for your land,38 before your people whom you delivered for yourself from the Egyptian empire and its gods.39 7:24 You made Israel your very own people for all time.40 You, O Lord, became their God. 7:25 So now, O Lord God, make this promise you have made about your servant and his family a permanent reality.41 Do as you promised,42 7:26 so you may gain lasting fame,43 as people say,44 ‘The Lord of hosts is God over Israel!’ The dynasty45 of your servant David will be established before you, 7:27 for you, O Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, have told46 your servant, ‘I will build you a dynastic house.’47 That is why your servant has had the courage48 to pray this prayer to you. 7:28 Now, O sovereign Lord, you are the true God!49 May your words prove to be true!50 You have made this good promise to your servant!51 7:29 Now be willing to bless your servant’s dynasty52 so that it may stand permanently before you, for you, O sovereign Lord, have spoken. By your blessing may your servant’s dynasty be blessed on into the future!”53


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