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Nowe afterward when Dauid dwelt in his house, he saide to Nathan the Prophet, Beholde, I dwell in an house of cedar trees, but the Arke of the Lordes couenant remaineth vnder curtaines.
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Then Nathan said to Dauid, Do all that is in thine heart: for God is with thee.
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And the same night euen the word of God came to Nathan, saying,
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Goe, and tell Dauid my seruant, Thus saith the Lorde, Thou shalt not buylde me an house to dwell in:
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For I haue dwelt in no house, since the day that I brought out the childre of Israel vnto this daye, but I haue bene from tent to tent, and from habitation to habitation.
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Wheresoeuer I haue walked with all Israel spake I one word to any of the iudges of Israel (whome I commanded to feede my people) saying, Why haue ye not built mee an house of cedar trees?
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Nowe therefore thus shalt thou say vnto my seruant Dauid, Thus saith the Lorde of hostes, I tooke thee from the sheepecoat and from following the sheepe, that thou shouldest bee a prince ouer my people Israel.
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And I haue bene with thee whithersoeuer thou hast walked, and haue destroyed all thine enemies out of thy sight, and haue made thee a name, like the name of the great men that are in the earth.
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(Also I will appoynt a place for my people Israel, and will plant it, that they may dwell in their place, and moue no more: neither shall the wicked people vexe them any more, as at the beginning,
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And since the time that I commaunded iudges ouer my people Israel) And I wil subdue all thine enemies: therefore I say vnto thee, that the Lord wil buylde thee an house.
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And when thy dayes shalbe fulfilled to go with thy fathers, then will I rayse vp thy seede after thee, which shalbe of thy sonnes, and will stablish his kingdome.
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He shall builde me an house, and I will stablish his throne for euer.
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I wil be his father, and he shalbe my sonne, aud I will not take my mercie away from him, as I tooke it from him that was before thee.
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But I wil establish him in mine house, and in my kingdome for euer, and his throne shalbe stablished for euer,
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According to all these wordes, and according to al this vision.
So Nathan spake to Dauid.
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And Dauid the King went in and sate before the Lord & said, Who am I, O Lord God, and what is mine house, that thou hast brought me hitherto?
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Yet thou esteeming this a small thing, O God, hast also spoken concerning the house of thy seruaut for a great while, & hast regarded me according to the estate of a man of hie degree, O Lord God.
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What can Dauid desire more of thee for the honour of thy seruant?
for thou knowest thy seruant.
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O Lorde, for thy seruantes sake, euen according to thine heart hast thou done all this great thing to declare all magnificence.
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Lorde, there is none like thee, neither is there any God besides thee, according to all that we haue heard with our eares.
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Moreouer what one nation in the earth is like thy people Israel, whose God went to redeeme them to be his people, and to make thy selfe a Name, and to doe great and terrible things by casting out nations from before thy people, whom thou hast deliuered out of Egypt?
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For thou hast ordeined thy people Israel to be thine owne people for euer, and thou Lord art become their God.
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Therefore nowe Lorde, let the thing that thou hast spoken concerning thy seruant & concerning his house, be confirmed for euer, and doe as thou hast sayd,
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And let thy name be stable and magnified for euer, that it may be sayd, The Lorde of hostes, God of Israel, is the God of Israel, and let the house of Dauid thy seruant bee stablished before thee.
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For thou, O my God, hast reueiled vnto the eare of thy seruant, that thou wilt builde him an house: therefore thy seruant hath bene bolde to pray before thee.
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Therefore nowe Lord (for thou art God, & hast spoken this goodnesse vnto thy seruant)
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Now therfore, it hath pleased thee to blesse the house of thy seruant, that it may bee before thee for euer: for thou, O Lord, hast blessed it, and it shalbe blessed for euer.