1 A Canticle in steps. O Lord, remember David and all his meekness,
2 how he swore to the Lord, how he made a vow to the God of Jacob:
3 I shall not enter into the tabernacle of my house, nor climb into the bed where I lie down;
4 I shall not give sleep to my eyes, nor slumber to my eyelids
5 and rest to my temples, until I find a place for the Lord, a tabernacle for the God of Jacob.
6 Behold, we heard of it in Ephrathah. We discovered it in the fields of the forest.
7 We will enter into his tabernacle. We will adore in the place where his feet stood.
8 Rise up, O Lord, into your resting place. You and the ark of your sanctification.
9 Let your priests be clothed with justice, and let your saints exult.
10 For the sake of your servant David, do not turn away the face of your Christ.
11 The Lord has sworn the truth to David, and he will not disappoint: I will set upon your throne from the fruit of your lineage.
12 If your sons will keep my covenant and these, my testimonies, which I will teach to them, then their sons will sit upon your throne even forever.
13 For the Lord has chosen Zion. He has chosen it as his dwelling place.
14 This is my resting place, forever and ever. Here I will dwell, for I have chosen it.
2 Samuel 7:18-19, 24-29
18 Then king David entered and sat before the Lord, and he said: "Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that you would bring me to this point?
19 Moreover, this has seemed little in your sight, O Lord God, unless you also will speak about the house of your servant for a long time. For this is the law of Adam, O Lord God.
24 For you have secured your people Israel for yourself, as an everlasting people. And you, O Lord God, have become their God.
25 Now therefore, O Lord God, raise up forever the word that you have spoken over your servant and over his house. And do just as you have said,
26 so that your name may be magnified even forever, and so that it may be said: 'The Lord of hosts is the God over Israel.' And the house of your servant David will be established in the sight of the Lord.
27 For you, O Lord of hosts, God of Israel, have revealed to the ear of your servant, saying, 'I will build a house for you.' Because of this, your servant has found it in his heart to pray this prayer to you.
28 Now therefore, O Lord God, you are God, and your words shall be true. For you have spoken to your servant these good things.
29 Therefore, begin, and bless the house of your servant, so that it may be forever before you. For you, O Lord God, have spoken. And so, let the house of your servant be blessed with your blessing forever."
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