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Reading 1

1 Chronicles chapter 17

(1Ch 17:1) And it came to pass, when David dwelt in his house, that David said to Nathan the prophet, Lo, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of the covenant of Jehovah [dwelleth] under curtains.

(1Ch 17:2) And Nathan said unto David, Do all that is in thy heart; for God is with thee.

(1Ch 17:3) And it came to pass the same night, that the word of God came to Nathan, saying,

(1Ch 17:4) Go and tell David my servant, Thus saith Jehovah, Thou shalt not build me a house to dwell in:

(1Ch 17:5) for I have not dwelt in a house since the day that I brought up Israel, unto this day, but have gone from tent to tent, and from [one] tabernacle [to another].

(1Ch 17:6) In all places wherein I have walked with all Israel, spake I a word with any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to be shepherd of my people, saying, Why have ye not built me a house of cedar?

(1Ch 17:7) Now therefore thus shalt thou say unto my servant David, Thus saith Jehovah of hosts, I took thee from the sheepcote, from following the sheep, that thou shouldest be prince over my people Israel:

(1Ch 17:8) and I have been with thee whithersoever thou hast gone, and have cut off all thine enemies from before thee; and I will make thee a name, like unto the name of the great ones that are in the earth.

(1Ch 17:9) And I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in their own place, and be moved no more; neither shall the children of wickedness waste them any more, as at the first,

(1Ch 17:10) and [as] from the day that I commanded judges to be over my people Israel; and I will subdue all thine enemies. Moreover I tell thee that Jehovah will build thee a house.

(1Ch 17:11) And it shall come to pass, when thy days are fulfilled that thou must go to be with thy fathers, that I will set up thy seed after thee, who shall be of thy sons; and I will establish his kingdom.

(1Ch 17:12) He shall build me a house, and I will establish his throne for ever.

(1Ch 17:13) I will be his father, and he shall be my son: and I will not take my lovingkindness away from him, as I took it from him that was before thee;

(1Ch 17:14) but I will settle him in my house and in my kingdom for ever; and his throne shall be established for ever.

(1Ch 17:15) According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so did Nathan speak unto David.

(1Ch 17:16) Then David the king went in, and sat before Jehovah; and he said, Who am I, O Jehovah God, and what is my house, that thou hast brought me thus far?

(1Ch 17:17) And this was a small thing in thine eyes, O God; but thou hast spoken of thy servant`s house for a great while to come, and hast regarded me according to the estate of a man of high degree, O Jehovah God.

(1Ch 17:18) What can David [say] yet more unto thee concerning the honor which is done to thy servant? for thou knowest thy servant.

(1Ch 17:19) O Jehovah, for thy servant`s sake, and according to thine own heart, hast thou wrought all this greatness, to make known all [these] great things.

(1Ch 17:20) O Jehovah, there is none like thee, neither is there any God besides thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears.

(1Ch 17:21) And what one nation in the earth is like thy people Israel, whom God went to redeem unto himself for a people, to make thee a name by great and terrible things, in driving out nations from before thy people, whom thou redeemest out of Egypt?

(1Ch 17:22) For thy people Israel didst thou make thine own people for ever; and thou, Jehovah, becamest their God.

(1Ch 17:23) And now, O Jehovah, let the word that thou hast spoken concerning thy servant, and concerning his house, be established for ever, and do as thou hast spoken.

(1Ch 17:24) And let thy name be established and magnified for ever, saying, Jehovah of hosts is the God of Israel, even a God to Israel: and the house of David thy servant is established before thee.

(1Ch 17:25) For thou, O my God, hast revealed to thy servant that thou wilt build him a house: therefore hath thy servant found [in his heart] to pray before thee.

(1Ch 17:26) And now, O Jehovah, thou art God, and hast promised this good thing unto thy servant:

(1Ch 17:27) and now it hath pleased thee to bless the house of thy servant, that it may continue for ever before thee: for thou, O Jehovah, hast blessed, and it is blessed for ever.

Reading 2

1 Chronicles chapter 18

(1Ch 18:1) And after this it came to pass, that David smote the Philistines, and subdued them, and took Gath and its towns out of the hand of the Philistines.

(1Ch 18:2) And he smote Moab; and the Moabites became servants to David, and brought tribute.

(1Ch 18:3) And David smote Hadarezer king of Zobah unto Hamath, as he went to establish his dominion by the river Euphrates.

(1Ch 18:4) And David took from him a thousand chariots, and seven thousand horsemen, and twenty thousand footmen; and David hocked all the chariot horses, but reserved of them for a hundred chariots.

(1Ch 18:5) And when the Syrians of Damascus came to succor Hadarezer king of Zobah, David smote of the Syrians two and twenty thousand men.

(1Ch 18:6) Then David put [garrisons] in Syria of Damascus; and the Syrians became servants to David, and brought tribute. And Jehovah gave victory to David whithersoever he went.

(1Ch 18:7) And David took the shields of gold that were on the servants of Hadarezer, and brought them to Jerusalem.

(1Ch 18:8) And from Tibhath and from Cun, cities of Hadarezer, David took very much brass, wherewith Solomon made the brazen sea, and the pillars, and the vessels of brass.

(1Ch 18:9) And when Tou king of Hamath heard that David had smitten all the host of Hadarezer king of Zobah,

(1Ch 18:10) he sent Hadoram his son to king David, to salute him, and to bless him, because he had fought against Hadarezer and smitten him; (for Hadarezer had wars with Tou;) and [he had with him] all manner of vessels of gold and silver and brass.

(1Ch 18:11) These also did king David dedicate unto Jehovah, with the silver and the gold that he carried away from all the nations; from Edom, and from Moab, and from the children of Ammon, and from the Philistines, and from Amalek.

(1Ch 18:12) Moreover Abishai the son of Zeruiah smote of the Edomites in the Valley of Salt eighteen thousand.

(1Ch 18:13) And he put garrisons in Edom; and all the Edomites became servants to David. And Jehovah gave victory to David whithersoever he went.

(1Ch 18:14) And David reigned over all Israel; and he executed justice and righteousness unto all his people.

(1Ch 18:15) And Joab the son of Zeruiah was over the host; and Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud was recorder;

(1Ch 18:16) and Zadok the son of Ahitub, and Abimelech the son of Abiathar, were priests; and Shavsha was scribe;

(1Ch 18:17) and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over the Cherethites and the Pelethites; and the sons of David were chief about the king.

Reading 3

1 Chronicles chapter 19

(1Ch 19:1) And it came to pass after this, that Nahash the king of the children of Ammon died, and his son reigned in his stead.

(1Ch 19:2) And David said, I will show kindness unto Hanun the son of Nahash, because his father showed kindness to me. So David sent messengers to comfort him concerning his father. And David`s servants came into the land of the children of Ammon to Hanun, to comfort him.

(1Ch 19:3) But the princes of the children of Ammon said to Hanun, Thinkest thou that David doth honor thy father, in that he hath sent comforters unto thee? are not his servants come unto thee to search, and to overthrow, and to spy out the land?

(1Ch 19:4) So Hanun took David`s servants, and shaved them, and cut off their garments in the middle, even to their buttocks, and sent them away.

(1Ch 19:5) Then there went certain persons, and told David how the men were served. And he sent to meet them; for the men were greatly ashamed. And the king said, Tarry at Jericho until your beards be grown, and then return.

(1Ch 19:6) And when the children of Ammon saw that they had made themselves odious to David, Hanun and the children of Ammon sent a thousand talents of silver to hire them chariots and horsemen out of Mesopotamia, and out of Arammaacah, and out of Zobah.

(1Ch 19:7) So they hired them thirty and two thousand chariots, and the king of Maacah and his people, who came and encamped before Medeba. And the children of Ammon gathered themselves together from their cities, and came to battle.

(1Ch 19:8) And when David heard of it, he sent Joab, and all the host of the mighty men.

(1Ch 19:9) And the children of Ammon came out, and put the battle in array at the gate of the city: and the kings that were come were by themselves in the field.

(1Ch 19:10) Now when Joab saw that the battle was set against him before and behind, he chose of all the choice men of Israel, and put them in array against the Syrians.

(1Ch 19:11) And the rest of the people he committed into the hand of Abishai his brother; and they put themselves in array against the children of Ammon.

(1Ch 19:12) And he said, If the Syrians be too strong for me, then thou shalt help me; but if the children of Ammon be too strong for thee, then I will help thee.

(1Ch 19:13) Be of good courage, and let us play the man for our people, and for the cities of our God: and Jehovah do that which seemeth him good.

(1Ch 19:14) So Joab and the people that were with him drew nigh before the Syrians unto the battle; and they fled before him.

(1Ch 19:15) And when the children of Ammon saw that the Syrians were fled, they likewise fled before Abishai his brother, and entered into the city. Then Joab came to Jerusalem.

(1Ch 19:16) And when the Syrians saw that they were put to the worse before Israel, they sent messengers, and drew forth the Syrians that were beyond the River, with Shophach the captain of the host of Hadarezer at their head.

(1Ch 19:17) And it was told David; and he gathered all Israel together, and passed over the Jordan, and came upon them, and set the battle in array against them. So when David had put the battle in array against the Syrians, they fought with him.

(1Ch 19:18) And the Syrians fled before Israel; and David slew of the Syrians [the men of] seven thousand chariots, and forty thousand footmen, and killed Shophach the captain of the host.

(1Ch 19:19) And when the servants of Hadarezer saw that they were put to the worse before Israel, they made peace with David, and served him: neither would the Syrians help the children of Ammon any more.