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11 and during the time when I appointed judges to lead my people Israel. Instead, I will give you relief[a] from all your enemies. The Lord declares[b] to you that he himself[c] will build a dynastic house[d] for you.

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  1. 2 Samuel 7:11 tn Or “rest.”
  2. 2 Samuel 7:11 tn In the Hebrew text the verb is apparently perfect with vav consecutive, which would normally suggest a future sense (“he will declare”; so the LXX, ἀπαγγελεῖ [apangelei]). But the context seems instead to call for a present or past nuance (“he declares” or “he has declared”). The synoptic passage in 1 Chr 17:10 has וָאַגִּד (vaʾaggid, “and I declared”). The construction used in 2 Sam 7:11 highlights this important statement.
  3. 2 Samuel 7:11 tn Heb “the Lord.”
  4. 2 Samuel 7:11 tn Heb “house,” but used here in a metaphorical sense, referring to a royal dynasty. Here the Lord’s use of the word plays off the literal sense that David had in mind as he contemplated building a temple for the Lord. To reflect this in the English translation the adjective “dynastic” has been supplied.

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