Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

There is in the heart of all people a desire for a permanent relationship with God and a desire to dwell with Him forever. In this life, we are forever beset with a sense of impermanence, of being absent from the Lord.

Those who love God are running to Him, not from Him! They are looking for a way to dwell with Him. David's desire to build a house for God reflected his wish to have a permanent home with God. David had such a love for God's presence that he longed for God to have a permanent residence right next door to his palace. God responded to David's yearning by saying that He would provide a place for His people and plant them so they could have a home of their own. He also told David that He would build a house for him.

To meet someone is a temporary experience, but to live together with that person implies a permanent relationship. Jesus told His disciples, "All those who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and live with them" (John 14:23).

Settle in today in God's presence. His desire is to dwell with you forever!

2 Samuel 7:1-8:18

God’s Promise to David7:1-17pp — 1Ch 17:1-15

After the king was settled in his palace2Sa 6:3 and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemiesver 11 around him,1Ch 22:18he said to Nathan2Sa 12:1; 1Ki 1:8, 22; 1Ch 29:29; 2Ch 9:29 the prophet, “Here I am, living in a house2Sa 5:11; 1Ki 3:1; 7:1, 2, 7; 9:1; 2Ch 8:1; Jer 22:14; Hag 1:4 of cedar, while the ark of God remains in a tent.”S Ex 26:1; Ps 132:3; Ac 7:45-46

Nathan replied to the king, “Whatever you have in mind,S 1Sa 10:7; Ps 132:1-5 go ahead and do it, for the Lord is with you.”

But that night the word of the Lord came to Nathan, saying:

“Go and tell my servant David, ‘This is what the Lord says: Are you1Ki 8:19; 1Ch 22:8 the one to build me a house to dwell in?1Ki 5:3-5; 1Ch 28:3I have not dwelt in a house from the day I brought the Israelites up out of Egypt to this day.Ac 7:45 I have been moving from place to place with a tentEx 40:18, 34; Jos 18:1 as my dwelling.1Ki 8:16Wherever I have moved with all the Israelites,Dt 23:14 did I ever say to any of their rulers whom I commanded to shepherdS 2Sa 5:2 my people Israel, “Why have you not built me a house1Ki 8:27; Isa 66:1 of cedar?Lev 26:11-12”’

“Now then, tell my servant David, ‘This is what the Lord Almighty says: I took you from the pasture, from tending the flock,S 1Sa 16:11; 1Ch 21:17; Ps 74:1; Am 7:15 and appointed you rulerS 1Sa 2:7-8; S 9:16; S 16:1; S 2Sa 6:21 over my people Israel.Ps 78:70-72; 2Co 6:18*I have been with you wherever you have gone,S 1Sa 18:14; 2Sa 5:10 and I have cut off all your enemies from before you.Ps 18:37-42 Now I will make your name great, like the names of the greatest men on earth.S Ex 11:310 And I will provide a place for my people Israel and will plantS Ex 15:17; Isa 5:1-7 them so that they can have a home of their own and no longer be disturbed.2Ki 21:8; 2Ch 33:8 WickedPs 89:22-23 people will not oppress them anymore,Ps 147:14; Isa 54:14; 60:18 as they did at the beginning11 and have done ever since the time I appointed leadersTraditionally judgesS Jdg 2:16; 1Sa 12:9-11 over my people Israel. I will also give you rest from all your enemies.ver 1

“‘The Lord declares1Ki 2:24 to you that the Lord himself will establish1Sa 25:28; Ps 89:35-37; S Mt 1:1; Lk 1:32-33; Ac 13:22-23; 2Ti 2:8 a houseS Ex 1:21; Isa 7:2 for you:12 When your days are over and you restS Ge 15:15; 1Ki 2:1; Ac 13:36 with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, your own flesh and blood,1Ki 8:20; Ps 132:11-12; Jer 30:21; 33:15 and I will establish his kingdom.2Ch 23:313 He is the one who will build a houseS Dt 12:5; 1Ki 6:12 for my Name,Dt 16:11; 1Ki 5:5; 8:19, 29; 2Ki 21:4, 7 and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.ver 16; S Ge 9:16; 2Sa 22:51; 1Ki 2:4, 45; 1Ch 22:10; 28:6; 2Ch 6:16; 7:18; 13:5; 21:7; Ps 89:3-4, 29, 35-37; Pr 25:5; Isa 9:7; 16:5; Jer 17:25; 33:17, 21; Da 7:2714 I will be his father, and he will be my son.Ps 2:7; 89:26; Jer 3:19; S Mt 3:17; Jn 1:49; 2Co 6:18*; Heb 1:5*; Rev 21:7 When he does wrong, I will punish himS Dt 8:5; 1Ki 11:34; 1Ch 22:10; Heb 12:7 with a rodPs 89:30-33; Pr 13:24 wielded by men, with floggings inflicted by human hands.15 But my love will never be taken away from him,ver 25; 1Ki 2:4; 6:12; 8:25; 9:5; 11:13, 32; 2Ki 19:34; 2Ch 6:16; 7:18; 21:7; Ps 89:24, 33; Jer 33:17 as I took it away from Saul,S 1Sa 13:13; S 15:28; 16:14 whom I removed from before you.16 Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before meSome Hebrew manuscripts and Septuagint; most Hebrew manuscripts you; your thronePs 89:36-37; S Lk 1:33 will be establishedPs 9:7; 93:2; 103:19 forever.S ver 13’”

17 Nathan reported to David all the words of this entire revelation.

David’s Prayer7:18-29pp — 1Ch 17:16-27

18 Then King David went in and sat before the Lord, and he said:

“Who am I,S Ex 3:11 Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?19 And as if this were not enough in your sight, Sovereign Lord, you have also spoken about the future of the house of your servant—and this decree,Isa 55:8-9 Sovereign Lord, is for a mere human!Or for the human race

20 “What more can David sayIsa 38:15 to you? For you knowJn 21:17 your servant,S 1Sa 16:7 Sovereign Lord.21 For the sake of your word and according to your will, you have done this great thing and made it known to your servant.

22 “How greatPs 48:1; 77:13; 86:10; Jer 10:6 you are,Dt 3:24 Sovereign Lord! There is no one likeS Ex 9:14 you, and there is no GodS Ex 8:10; S 20:4 but you, as we have heard with our own ears.Ex 10:2; S Jdg 6:13; Ps 44:123 And who is like your people IsraelDt 4:32-38; S 33:29; S 1Sa 12:22—the one nation on earth that God went out to redeem as a people for himself, and to make a nameS Nu 6:27 for himself, and to perform great and awesome wondersDt 10:21 by driving out nations and their gods from before your people, whom you redeemedDt 7:7-8; S 9:26 from Egypt?See Septuagint and 1 Chron. 17:21; Hebrew wonders for your land and before your people, whom you redeemed from Egypt, from the nations and their gods.24 You have established your people Israel as your very ownDt 26:18 forever, and you, Lord, have become their God.Ex 6:6-7; Ps 48:14

25 “And now, Lord God, keep forever the promiseS ver 15; S Nu 23:19; 2Ch 1:9 you have made concerning your servant and his house. Do as you promised,26 so that your nameS Ex 6:3; Ne 9:5; Ps 72:19; 96:8; Mt 6:9 will be great forever. Then people will say, ‘The Lord Almighty is God over Israel!’ And the house of your servant David will be establishedS 1Sa 25:28 in your sight.

27 Lord Almighty, God of Israel, you have revealed this to your servant, saying, ‘I will build a house for you.’ So your servant has found courage to pray this prayer to you.28 Sovereign Lord, you are God! Your covenant is trustworthy,Ex 34:6; Jn 17:17 and you have promised these good things to your servant.29 Now be pleased to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever in your sight; for you, Sovereign Lord, have spoken, and with your blessingNu 6:23-27 the house of your servant will be blessed forever.”

David’s Victories8:1-14pp — 1Ch 18:1-13

In the course of time, David defeated the PhilistinesPs 60:8; 87:4; 108:9 and subduedHeb 11:32-33 them, and he took Metheg Ammah from the control of the Philistines.

David also defeated the Moabites.S Ge 19:37; S Nu 21:29 He made them lie down on the ground and measured them off with a length of cord. Every two lengths of them were put to death, and the third length was allowed to live. So the Moabites became subject to David and brought him tribute.S Jdg 3:15; S Isa 45:14

Moreover, David defeated Hadadezer2Sa 10:16, 19; 1Ki 11:23 son of Rehob, king of Zobah,S 1Sa 14:47 when he went to restore his monument atOr his control along the EuphratesS Ge 2:14 River.David captured a thousand of his chariots, seven thousand charioteersSeptuagint (see also Dead Sea Scrolls and 1 Chron. 18:4); Masoretic Text captured seventeen hundred of his charioteers and twenty thousand foot soldiers. He hamstrungS Ge 49:6; Jos 11:9 all but a hundred of the chariot horses.

When the Arameans of DamascusS Ge 14:15; 2Sa 10:6; 1Ki 11:24; 2Ki 8:7; 14:28 came to help Hadadezer king of Zobah, David struck down twenty-two thousand of them.He put garrisons1Ki 20:34 in the Aramean kingdom of Damascus, and the Arameans became subject2Sa 10:19 to him and brought tribute. The Lord gave David victory wherever he went.2Sa 3:18

David took the gold shields1Ki 10:16; 14:26; 2Ki 11:10 that belonged to the officers of Hadadezer and brought them to Jerusalem.From TebahSee some Septuagint manuscripts (see also 1 Chron. 18:8); Hebrew Betah. and Berothai,Eze 47:16 towns that belonged to Hadadezer, King David took a great quantity of bronze.

When TouHebrew Toi, a variant of Tou; also in verse 10 king of Hamath1Ki 8:65; 2Ki 14:28; 2Ch 8:4 heard that David had defeated the entire army of Hadadezer,Lk 14:31-3210 he sent his son JoramA variant of Hadoram to King David to greet him and congratulate him on his victory in battle over Hadadezer, who had been at war with Tou. Joram brought with him articles of silver, of gold and of bronze.

11 King David dedicatedver 12; 1Ki 7:51; 15:15; 1Ch 26:26; 2Ch 5:1 these articles to the Lord, as he had done with the silver and gold from all the nations he had subdued:12 EdomSome Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint and Syriac (see also 1 Chron. 18:11); most Hebrew manuscripts AramS Nu 24:18 and Moab,ver 2 the Ammonites2Sa 10:14 and the Philistines,S 2Sa 5:25 and Amalek.S Nu 24:20; S 1Sa 27:8 He also dedicated the plunder taken from Hadadezer son of Rehob, king of Zobah.

13 And David became famous2Sa 7:9 after he returned from striking down eighteen thousand EdomitesA few Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint and Syriac (see also 1 Chron. 18:12); most Hebrew manuscripts Aram (that is, Arameans) in the Valley of Salt.2Ki 14:7; 1Ch 18:12; Ps 60 Title

14 He put garrisons throughout Edom, and all the EdomitesNu 24:17-18; Ps 108:9; Isa 34:5; 63:1; Jer 49:7; Eze 25:12 became subject to David.S Ge 27:29, 37-40 The Lord gave David victoryPs 144:10 wherever he went.2Sa 22:44; Ps 18:43

David’s Officials8:15-18pp — 1Ch 18:14-17

15 David reigned over all Israel, doing what was just and rightS Ge 18:19; 1Ki 11:38; 14:8; 15:11; 22:43; 2Ki 12:2; Job 29:14; Ps 5:12; 119:121; Heb 11:33 for all his people.16 JoabS 2Sa 2:13 son of Zeruiah was over the army; Jehoshaphat2Sa 20:24; 1Ki 4:3 son of Ahilud was recorder;Isa 36:3, 2217 ZadokS 1Sa 2:35; 2Sa 15:24, 29; 20:25; 1Ki 1:8; 4:4; 1Ch 6:8, 53; 16:39; 24:3; 27:17; 2Ch 31:10; Eze 40:46; 43:19; 44:15; 48:11 son of Ahitub and Ahimelek son of AbiatharMk 2:26 were priests; Seraiah was secretary;1Ki 4:3; 2Ki 12:10; 19:2; 22:3; Isa 36:3; Jer 36:1218 Benaiah2Sa 20:23; 23:20; 1Ki 1:8, 38; 2:25, 35, 46; 4:4 son of Jehoiada was over the KerethitesS 1Sa 30:14 and Pelethites; and David’s sons were priests.Or were chief officials (see Septuagint and Targum; see also 1 Chron. 18:17)

The Lord’s Covenant Promise to David

When King David was settled in his palace and the Lord had given him rest from all the surrounding enemies,the king summoned Nathan the prophet. “Look,” David said, “I am living in a beautiful cedar palace,Hebrew a house of cedar. but the Ark of God is out there in a tent!”

Nathan replied to the king, “Go ahead and do whatever you have in mind, for the Lord is with you.”

But that same night the Lord said to Nathan,

“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?I have never lived in a house, from the day I brought the Israelites out of Egypt until this very day. I have always moved from one place to another with a tent and a Tabernacle as my dwelling.Yet no matter where I have gone with the Israelites, I have never once complained to Israel’s tribal leaders, the shepherds of my people Israel. I have never asked them, “Why haven’t you built me a beautiful cedar house?”’

“Now go and say to my servant David, ‘This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies has declared: I took you from tending sheep in the pasture and selected you to be the leader of my people Israel.I have been with you wherever you have gone, and I have destroyed all your enemies before your eyes. Now I will make your name as famous as anyone who has ever lived on the earth!10 And I will provide a homeland for my people Israel, planting them in a secure place where they will never be disturbed. Evil nations won’t oppress them as they’ve done in the past,11 starting from the time I appointed judges to rule my people Israel. And I will give you rest from all your enemies.

“‘Furthermore, the Lord declares that he will make a house for you—a dynasty of kings!12 For when you die and are buried with your ancestors, I will raise up one of your descendants, your own offspring, and I will make his kingdom strong.13 He is the one who will build a house—a temple—for my name. And I will secure his royal throne forever.14 I will be his father, and he will be my son. If he sins, I will correct and discipline him with the rod, like any father would do.15 But my favor will not be taken from him as I took it from Saul, whom I removed from your sight.16 Your house and your kingdom will continue before meAs in Greek version and some Hebrew manuscripts; Masoretic Text reads before you. for all time, and your throne will be secure forever.’”

17 So Nathan went back to David and told him everything the Lord had said in this vision.

David’s Prayer of Thanks

18 Then King David went in and sat before the Lord and prayed,

“Who am I, O Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?19 And now, Sovereign Lord, in addition to everything else, you speak of giving your servant a lasting dynasty! Do you deal with everyone this way, O Sovereign Lord?Or This is your instruction for all humanity, O Sovereign Lord.

20 “What more can I say to you? You know what your servant is really like, Sovereign Lord.21 Because of your promise and according to your will, you have done all these great things and have made them known to your servant.

22 “How great you are, O Sovereign Lord! There is no one like you. We have never even heard of another God like you!23 What other nation on earth is like your people Israel? What other nation, O God, have you redeemed from slavery to be your own people? You made a great name for yourself when you redeemed your people from Egypt. You performed awesome miracles and drove out the nations and gods that stood in their way.As in Greek version (see also 1 Chr 17:21); Hebrew reads You made a name for yourself and awesome miracles for your land in the sight of your people, whom you redeemed from Egypt, the nations and their gods.24 You made Israel your very own people forever, and you, O Lord, became their God.

25 “And now, O Lord God, I am your servant; do as you have promised concerning me and my family. Confirm it as a promise that will last forever.26 And may your name be honored forever so that everyone will say, ‘The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is God over Israel!’ And may the house of your servant David continue before you forever.

27 “O Lord of Heaven’s Armies, God of Israel, I have been bold enough to pray this prayer to you because you have revealed all this to your servant, saying, ‘I will build a house for you—a dynasty of kings!’28 For you are God, O Sovereign Lord. Your words are truth, and you have promised these good things to your servant.29 And now, may it please you to bless the house of your servant, so that it may continue forever before you. For you have spoken, and when you grant a blessing to your servant, O Sovereign Lord, it is an eternal blessing!”

David’s Military Victories

After this, David defeated and subdued the Philistines by conquering Gath, their largest town.Hebrew by conquering Metheg-ammah, a name that means “the bridle,” possibly referring to the size of the town or the tribute money taken from it. Compare 1 Chr 18:1.David also conquered the land of Moab. He made the people lie down on the ground in a row, and he measured them off in groups with a length of rope. He measured off two groups to be executed for every one group to be spared. The Moabites who were spared became David’s subjects and paid him tribute money.

David also destroyed the forces of Hadadezer son of Rehob, king of Zobah, when Hadadezer marched out to strengthen his control along the Euphrates River.David captured 1,000 chariots, 7,000 charioteers,As in Dead Sea Scrolls and Greek version (see also 1 Chr 18:4); Masoretic Text reads captured 1,700 charioteers. and 20,000 foot soldiers. He crippled all the chariot horses except enough for 100 chariots.

When Arameans from Damascus arrived to help King Hadadezer, David killed 22,000 of them.Then he placed several army garrisons in Damascus, the Aramean capital, and the Arameans became David’s subjects and paid him tribute money. So the Lord made David victorious wherever he went.

David brought the gold shields of Hadadezer’s officers to Jerusalem,along with a large amount of bronze from Hadadezer’s towns of TebahAs in some Greek manuscripts (see also 1 Chr 18:8); Hebrew reads Betah. and Berothai.

When King Toi of Hamath heard that David had destroyed the entire army of Hadadezer,10 he sent his son Joram to congratulate King David for his successful campaign. Hadadezer and Toi had been enemies and were often at war. Joram presented David with many gifts of silver, gold, and bronze.

11 King David dedicated all these gifts to the Lord, as he did with the silver and gold from the other nations he had defeated—12 from Edom,As in a few Hebrew manuscripts and Greek and Syriac versions (see also 8:14; 1 Chr 18:11); most Hebrew manuscripts read Aram. Moab, Ammon, Philistia, and Amalek—and from Hadadezer son of Rehob, king of Zobah.

13 So David became even more famous when he returned from destroying 18,000 EdomitesAs in a few Hebrew manuscripts and Greek and Syriac versions (see also 8:14; 1 Chr 18:12); most Hebrew manuscripts read Arameans. in the Valley of Salt.14 He placed army garrisons throughout Edom, and all the Edomites became David’s subjects. In fact, the Lord made David victorious wherever he went.

15 So David reigned over all Israel and did what was just and right for all his people.16 Joab son of Zeruiah was commander of the army. Jehoshaphat son of Ahilud was the royal historian.17 Zadok son of Ahitub and Ahimelech son of Abiathar were the priests. Seraiah was the court secretary.18 Benaiah son of Jehoiada was captain of the king’s bodyguard.Hebrew of the Kerethites and Pelethites. And David’s sons served as priestly leaders.Hebrew David’s sons were priests; compare parallel text at 1 Chr 18:17.

And it came to pass, when the king sat in his house, and the Lord had given him rest round about from all his enemies;

That the king said unto Nathan the prophet, See now, I dwell in an house of cedar, but the ark of God dwelleth within curtains.

And Nathan said to the king, Go, do all that is in thine heart; for the Lord is with thee.

And it came to pass that night, that the word of the Lord came unto Nathan, saying,

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

Whereas I have not dwelt in any house since the time that I brought up the children of Israel out of Egypt, even to this day, but have walked in a tent and in a tabernacle.

In all the places wherein I have walked with all the children of Israel spake I a word with any of the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to feed my people Israel, saying, Why build ye not me an house of cedar?

Now therefore so shalt thou say unto my servant David, Thus saith the Lord of hosts, I took thee from the sheepcote, from following the sheep, to be ruler over my people, over Israel:

And I was with thee whithersoever thou wentest, and have cut off all thine enemies out of thy sight, and have made thee a great name, like unto the name of the great men that are in the earth.

10 Moreover I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more; neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more, as beforetime,

11 And as since the time that I commanded judges to be over my people Israel, and have caused thee to rest from all thine enemies. Also the Lord telleth thee that he will make thee an house.

12 And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom.

13 He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever.

14 I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men:

15 But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee.

16 And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever.

17 According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so did Nathan speak unto David.

18 Then went king David in, and sat before the Lord, and he said, Who am I, O Lord God? and what is my house, that thou hast brought me hitherto?

19 And this was yet a small thing in thy sight, O Lord God; but thou hast spoken also of thy servant's house for a great while to come. And is this the manner of man, O Lord God?

20 And what can David say more unto thee? for thou, Lord God, knowest thy servant.

21 For thy word's sake, and according to thine own heart, hast thou done all these great things, to make thy servant know them.

22 Wherefore thou art great, O Lord God: for there is none like thee, neither is there any God beside thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears.

23 And what one nation in the earth is like thy people, even like Israel, whom God went to redeem for a people to himself, and to make him a name, and to do for you great things and terrible, for thy land, before thy people, which thou redeemedst to thee from Egypt, from the nations and their gods?

24 For thou hast confirmed to thyself thy people Israel to be a people unto thee for ever: and thou, Lord, art become their God.

25 And now, O Lord God, the word that thou hast spoken concerning thy servant, and concerning his house, establish it for ever, and do as thou hast said.

26 And let thy name be magnified for ever, saying, The Lord of hosts is the God over Israel: and let the house of thy servant David be established before thee.

27 For thou, O Lord of hosts, God of Israel, hast revealed to thy servant, saying, I will build thee an house: therefore hath thy servant found in his heart to pray this prayer unto thee.

28 And now, O Lord God, thou art that God, and thy words be true, and thou hast promised this goodness unto thy servant:

29 Therefore now let 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 it: and with thy blessing let the house of thy servant be blessed for ever.

And after this it came to pass that David smote the Philistines, and subdued them: and David took Methegammah out of the hand of the Philistines.

And he smote Moab, and measured them with a line, casting them down to the ground; even with two lines measured he to put to death, and with one full line to keep alive. And so the Moabites became David's servants, and brought gifts.

David smote also Hadadezer, the son of Rehob, king of Zobah, as he went to recover his border at the river Euphrates.

And David took from him a thousand chariots, and seven hundred horsemen, and twenty thousand footmen: and David houghed all the chariot horses, but reserved of them for an hundred chariots.

And when the Syrians of Damascus came to succour Hadadezer king of Zobah, David slew of the Syrians two and twenty thousand men.

Then David put garrisons in Syria of Damascus: and the Syrians became servants to David, and brought gifts. And the Lord preserved David whithersoever he went.

And David took the shields of gold that were on the servants of Hadadezer, and brought them to Jerusalem.

And from Betah, and from Berothai, cities of Hadadezer, king David took exceeding much brass.

When Toi king of Hamath heard that David had smitten all the host of Hadadezer,

10 Then Toi sent Joram his son unto king David, to salute him, and to bless him, because he had fought against Hadadezer, and smitten him: for Hadadezer had wars with Toi. And Joram brought with him vessels of silver, and vessels of gold, and vessels of brass:

11 Which also king David did dedicate unto the Lord, with the silver and gold that he had dedicated of all nations which he subdued;

12 Of Syria, and of Moab, and of the children of Ammon, and of the Philistines, and of Amalek, and of the spoil of Hadadezer, son of Rehob, king of Zobah.

13 And David gat him a name when he returned from smiting of the Syrians in the valley of salt, being eighteen thousand men.

14 And he put garrisons in Edom; throughout all Edom put he garrisons, and all they of Edom became David's servants. And the Lord preserved David whithersoever he went.

15 And David reigned over all Israel; and David executed judgment and justice unto all his people.

16 And Joab the son of Zeruiah was over the host; and Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud was recorder;

17 And Zadok the son of Ahitub, and Ahimelech the son of Abiathar, were the priests; and Seraiah was the scribe;

18 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over both the Cherethites and the Pelethites; and David's sons were chief rulers.

John 14:15-31

Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit

15 “If you love me, keep my commands.ver 21, 23; Ps 103:18; Jn 15:10; 1Jn 2:3-5; 3:22, 24; 5:3; 2Jn 6; Rev 12:17; 14:1216 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocatever 26; Jn 15:26; 16:7 to help you and be with you forever—17 the Spirit of truth.Jn 15:26; 16:13; 1Jn 4:6; 5:6 The world cannot accept him,1Co 2:14 because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will beSome early manuscripts and is in you.18 I will not leave you as orphans;1Ki 6:13 I will come to you.ver 3, 28; S Mt 16:2719 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me.Jn 7:33, 34; 16:16 Because I live, you also will live.Jn 6:5720 On that dayJn 16:23, 26 you will realize that I am in my Father,ver 10, 11; Jn 10:38; 17:21 and you are in me, and I am in you.S Ro 8:1021 Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me.S ver 15 The one who loves me will be loved by my Father,Dt 7:13; Jn 16:27; 1Jn 2:5 and I too will love them and show myself to them.”

22 Then JudasLk 6:16; Ac 1:13 (not Judas Iscariot) said, “But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?”Ac 10:41

23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching.S ver 15 My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.S Ro 8:1024 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.ver 10; Dt 18:18; Jn 5:19; 7:16; 8:28; 12:49, 50

25 “All this I have spoken while still with you.26 But the Advocate,ver 16; Jn 15:26; 16:7 the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name,Ac 2:33 will teach you all thingsJn 16:13; 1Jn 2:20, 27 and will remind you of everything I have said to you.Jn 2:2227 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.Nu 6:26; Ps 85:8; Mal 2:6; S Lk 2:14; 24:36; Jn 16:33; Php 4:7; Col 3:15 I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubledver 1 and do not be afraid.

28 “You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ver 2-4, 18; S Mt 16:27 If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father,Jn 5:18 for the Father is greater than I.Jn 10:2929 I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe.Jn 13:19; 16:430 I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this worldS Jn 12:31 is coming. He has no hold over me,31 but he comes so that the world may learn that I love the Father and do exactly what my Father has commanded me.Jn 10:18; 12:49

“Come now; let us leave.

Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit

15 “If you love me, obeyOther manuscripts read you will obey; still others read you should obey. my commandments.16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate,Or Comforter, or Encourager, or Counselor. Greek reads Paraclete; also in 14:26. who will never leave you.17 He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you.Some manuscripts read and is in you.18 No, I will not abandon you as orphans—I will come to you.19 Soon the world will no longer see me, but you will see me. Since I live, you also will live.20 When I am raised to life again, you will know that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.21 Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them.”

22 Judas (not Judas Iscariot, but the other disciple with that name) said to him, “Lord, why are you going to reveal yourself only to us and not to the world at large?”

23 Jesus replied, “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them.24 Anyone who doesn’t love me will not obey me. And remember, my words are not my own. What I am telling you is from the Father who sent me.25 I am telling you these things now while I am still with you.26 But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.

27 “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.28 Remember what I told you: I am going away, but I will come back to you again. If you really loved me, you would be happy that I am going to the Father, who is greater than I am.29 I have told you these things before they happen so that when they do happen, you will believe.

30 “I don’t have much more time to talk to you, because the ruler of this world approaches. He has no power over me,31 but I will do what the Father requires of me, so that the world will know that I love the Father. Come, let’s be going.

15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.

16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.

20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.

21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

22 Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?

23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

24 He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me.

25 These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you.

26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

28 Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.

29 And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe.

30 Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.

31 But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence.

Psalm 119:33-48

ה He

33 Teach me,ver 12 Lord, the way of your decrees,

that I may follow it to the end.Or follow it for its reward

34 Give me understanding,ver 27, 73, 144, 169; S Job 32:8; Pr 2:6; Da 2:21; Jas 1:5 so that I may keep your lawS Dt 6:25

and obey it with all my heart.ver 69

35 Direct mePs 25:4-5 in the path of your commands,ver 32

for there I find delight.S Ps 1:2

36 Turn my heartS Jos 24:23 toward your statutes

and not toward selfish gain.Eze 33:31

37 Turn my eyes away from worthless things;

preserve my lifever 25; Ps 71:20 according to your word.Two manuscripts of the Masoretic Text and Dead Sea Scrolls; most manuscripts of the Masoretic Text life in your wayver 9

38 Fulfill your promiseS Nu 23:19 to your servant,

so that you may be feared.

39 Take away the disgracever 22; Ps 69:9; 89:51; Isa 25:8; 51:7; 54:4 I dread,

for your laws are good.

40 How I longver 20 for your precepts!

In your righteousness preserve my life.ver 25, 149, 154

ו Waw

41 May your unfailing loveS Ps 6:4 come to me, Lord,

your salvation, according to your promise;ver 76, 116, 154, 170

42 then I can answerPr 27:11 anyone who taunts me,S Ps 42:10

for I trust in your word.

43 Never take your word of truth from my mouth,S 1Ki 17:24

for I have put my hopever 74, 81, 114, 147 in your laws.

44 I will always obey your law,ver 33, 34, 55; S Dt 6:25

for ever and ever.

45 I will walk about in freedom,

for I have sought out your precepts.ver 94, 155

46 I will speak of your statutes before kingsMt 10:18; Ac 26:1-2

and will not be put to shame,S ver 6

47 for I delightver 77, 143; S Ps 112:1 in your commands

because I love them.ver 97, 127, 159, 163, 165

48 I reach out for your commands, which I love,

that I may meditateS Ge 24:63 on your decrees.

He

33 Teach me your decrees, O Lord;

I will keep them to the end.

34 Give me understanding and I will obey your instructions;

I will put them into practice with all my heart.

35 Make me walk along the path of your commands,

for that is where my happiness is found.

36 Give me an eagerness for your laws

rather than a love for money!

37 Turn my eyes from worthless things,

and give me life through your word.Some manuscripts read in your ways.

38 Reassure me of your promise,

made to those who fear you.

39 Help me abandon my shameful ways;

for your regulations are good.

40 I long to obey your commandments!

Renew my life with your goodness.

Waw

41 Lord, give me your unfailing love,

the salvation that you promised me.

42 Then I can answer those who taunt me,

for I trust in your word.

43 Do not snatch your word of truth from me,

for your regulations are my only hope.

44 I will keep on obeying your instructions

forever and ever.

45 I will walk in freedom,

for I have devoted myself to your commandments.

46 I will speak to kings about your laws,

and I will not be ashamed.

47 How I delight in your commands!

How I love them!

48 I honor and love your commands.

I meditate on your decrees.

33 Teach me, O Lord, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end.

34 Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart.

35 Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight.

36 Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness.

37 Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way.

38 Stablish thy word unto thy servant, who is devoted to thy fear.

39 Turn away my reproach which I fear: for thy judgments are good.

40 Behold, I have longed after thy precepts: quicken me in thy righteousness.

41 Let thy mercies come also unto me, O Lord, even thy salvation, according to thy word.

42 So shall I have wherewith to answer him that reproacheth me: for I trust in thy word.

43 And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth; for I have hoped in thy judgments.

44 So shall I keep thy law continually for ever and ever.

45 And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts.

46 I will speak of thy testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed.

47 And I will delight myself in thy commandments, which I have loved.

48 My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved; and I will meditate in thy statutes.

Proverbs 15:33

33 Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the Lord,S Pr 1:7

and humility comes before honor.Pr 16:18; 18:12; 22:4; 29:23; Isa 66:2

33 Fear of the Lord teaches wisdom;

humility precedes honor.

33 The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.

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