King David’s praise of Yahweh (1 Chr 17:23-17:27)

“Now, O Yahweh God,

As for the word that you have spoken

Concerning your servant and concerning his house,

Let it be established forever.

Do as you have promised.

Thus your name will be established and magnified forever.

In the saying,

Yahweh of hosts is Israel’s God.

The house of your servant David will be established in your presence.

For you, my God, have revealed to your servant,

That you will build a house for him.

Therefore your servant has found it possible to pray before you.

Now, O Yahweh, you are God.

You have promised this good thing to your servant.

Therefore may it please you to bless the house of your servant,

So that it may continue forever before you!

You, O Yahweh have blessed and are blessed forever.”

This is once again a long stirring prayer ascribed to King David based on 2 Samuel, chapter 7. All he asked for was the continued blessing of Yahweh on him and his household that it might continue forever. The house of David may refer to his palace house or more precisely to the Davidic dynasty. At the same time he was talking about building a house or temple to Yahweh. I am personally surprised that this prayer is not more widely used since it is a great hymn of praise and humility.

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