2 Samuel 7:5
New International Version
“Go and tell my servant David, ‘This is what the LORD says: Are you the one to build me a house to dwell in?

New Living Translation
“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?

English Standard Version
“Go and tell my servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD: Would you build me a house to dwell in?

Berean Study Bible
“Go and tell My servant David that this is what the LORD says: Are you the one to build for Me a house to dwell in?

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

New King James Version
“Go and tell My servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD: “Would you build a house for Me to dwell in?

New American Standard Bible
“Go and say to My servant David, ‘This is what the LORD says: “Should you build Me a house for My dwelling?

NASB 1995
“Go and say to My servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD, “Are you the one who should build Me a house to dwell in?

NASB 1977
“Go and say to My servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD, “Are you the one who should build Me a house to dwell in?

Amplified Bible
“Go and tell My servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD, “Should you be the one to build Me a house in which to dwell?

Christian Standard Bible
“Go to my servant David and say, ‘This is what the LORD says: Are you to build me a house to dwell in?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Go to My servant David and say, ‘This is what the LORD says: Are you to build a house for Me to live in?

American Standard Version
Go and tell my servant David, Thus saith Jehovah, Shalt thou build me a house for me to dwell in?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Go say to my Servant David: “Thus says LORD JEHOVAH, ‘You shall not build for me a house for my dwelling

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Go, and say to my servant David, Thus says the Lord, Thou shalt not build me a house for me to dwell in.

Contemporary English Version
to go to David and give him this message: David, you are my servant, so listen to what I say. Why should you build a temple for me?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Go, and say to my servant David: Thus saith the Lord: Shalt thou build me a house to dwell in?

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

Good News Translation
"Go and tell my servant David that I say to him, 'You are not the one to build a temple for me to live in.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Say to my servant David, 'This is what the LORD says: Are you the one who will build me a house to live in?

International Standard Version
"Go tell my servant David, 'This is what the LORD says: "'"Are you going to build a house for me to inhabit?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Go and tell My servant David: Thus saith the LORD: Shalt thou build Me a house for Me to dwell in?

Literal Standard Version
“Go, and you have said to My servant, to David, Thus said YHWH: Do you build for Me a house for My dwelling in?

NET Bible
"Go, tell my servant David: 'This is what the LORD says: Do you really intend to build a house for me to live in?

New Heart English Bible
"Go and tell my servant David, 'Thus says the LORD, "Shall you build me a house for me to dwell in?

World English Bible
"Go and tell my servant David, 'Thus says Yahweh, "Shall you build me a house for me to dwell in?

Young's Literal Translation
'Go, and thou hast said unto My servant, unto David, Thus said Jehovah, Dost thou build for Me a house for My dwelling in?

Additional Translations ...
Context
God's Covenant with David
4But that night the word of the LORD came to Nathan, saying, 5“Go and tell My servant David that this is what the LORD says: Are you the one to build for Me a house to dwell in? 6For I have not dwelt in a house from the day I brought the Israelites up out of Egypt until this day, but I have moved about with a tent as My dwelling.…

Cross References
2 Samuel 7:4
But that night the word of the LORD came to Nathan, saying,

1 Kings 5:3
"As you are well aware, due to the wars waged on all sides against my father David, he could not build a house for the Name of the LORD his God until the LORD had put his enemies under his feet.

1 Kings 5:4
But now the LORD my God has given me rest on every side, and there is no adversary or crisis.

1 Kings 6:12
"As for this temple you are building, if you walk in My statutes, carry out My ordinances, and keep all My commandments by walking in them, I will fulfill through you the promise I made to your father David.

1 Kings 8:16
Since the day I brought My people Israel out of Egypt, I have not chosen a city from any tribe of Israel in which to build a house so that My Name would be there. But I have chosen David to be over My people Israel.'

1 Kings 8:19
Nevertheless, you are not the one to build it; but your son, your own offspring, will build the house for My Name.'

Isaiah 66:1
This is what the LORD says: "Heaven is My throne, and earth is My footstool. What kind of house will you build for Me? Or where will My place of repose be?


Treasury of Scripture

Go and tell my servant David, Thus said the LORD, Shall you build me an house for me to dwell in?

my servant David.

1 Kings 5:3
Thou knowest how that David my father could not build an house unto the name of the LORD his God for the wars which were about him on every side, until the LORD put them under the soles of his feet.

1 Kings 8:16-19
Since the day that I brought forth my people Israel out of Egypt, I chose no city out of all the tribes of Israel to build an house, that my name might be therein; but I chose David to be over my people Israel…

1 Chronicles 17:4
Go and tell David my servant, Thus saith the LORD, Thou shalt not build me an house to dwell in:









(5) Shalt thou build?--The question implies the negative, as it is expressed in 1Chronicles 17:5, and as it is here translated in the LXX. and Syriac.

After David was told that he should not be allowed to build a temple for God as he desired, he is promised that God will make for him a sure house, and will accept the building of the temple from his son. David is called "my servant," an expression used only of those eminent and faithful in the service of God, as Moses and Joshua, thus showing--as in fact the whole message does--that the prohibition conveyed nothing of Divine displeasure; but no reason for it is here expressed.[33] But in, David's parting charge to Solomon (1Chronicles 22:8), and to the heads of the nation (1Chronicles 28:3), he says, "the word of the Lord came unto" him, giving as the reason, "because thou hast shed much blood on the earth," and "hast been a man of war." Those wars had been necessary, under the circumstances in which he was placed, and had never been disapproved of God; still the mere fact that he had been a man of blood unfitted him for this sacred office.

[33] Two reasons for the prohibition are found by nearly all commentators in this message itself. (1) That God must first build "a house "for David before he could properly build a temple for God; and (2) that the kingdom was not yet sufficiently established and peaceful for a temple to be built. But neither of these are assigned as reasons m the Divine word, and it is better to keep only to that which is assigned, however these other facts may convince us of the fitness and propriety of the postponement of David's purpose.

Verse 5. - Shalt thou, etc.? The question implies an answer in the negative; but there is no disapproval of David's purpose as such; but only the deferring of its full execution unto the days of his son. There is more than this. The idea which runs through the Divine message is that the dwelling of Jehovah in a tent was a fitting symbol of Israel's unquiet possession of the laud. It was David's mission to give them tranquillity and security in the region which they had conquered long ago, but wherein they had never hitherto been able to maintain their liberty unimpaired. Then, upon the accomplishment of David's special duty, his son, Shelomo, i.e. the peaceful, was to build the solid temple, as the proof that Jehovah had now taken permanent possession of the land. We find also a further thought, namely, that the building of the temple signified "the making for David of a house." In its full significance this means that the tribe of Judah and the lineage of David were now chosen by God as the ancestors of the Messiah.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
“Go
לֵ֤ךְ (lêḵ)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's 1980: To go, come, walk

and tell
וְאָֽמַרְתָּ֙ (wə·’ā·mar·tā)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 559: To utter, say

My servant
עַבְדִּ֣י (‘aḇ·dî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's 5650: Slave, servant

David
דָּוִ֔ד (dā·wiḏ)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 1732: David -- perhaps 'beloved one', a son of Jesse

that this is what
כֹּ֖ה (kōh)
Adverb
Strong's 3541: Like this, thus, here, now

the LORD
יְהוָ֑ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

says:
אָמַ֣ר (’ā·mar)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 559: To utter, say

Are you the one
הַאַתָּ֛ה (ha·’at·tāh)
Article | Pronoun - second person masculine singular
Strong's 859: Thou and thee, ye and you

to build
תִּבְנֶה־ (tiḇ·neh-)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 1129: To build

for Me
לִּ֥י (lî)
Preposition | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew

a house
בַ֖יִת (ḇa·yiṯ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 1004: A house

to dwell in?
לְשִׁבְתִּֽי׃ (lə·šiḇ·tî)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct | first person common singular
Strong's 3427: To sit down, to dwell, to remain, to settle, to marry


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