2 Samuel7:2

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Then the king said to NATHAN

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the prophet, “I ask you to please see this, I live in a house of cedar, but the ark of ELOHIM dwells inside curtains.”


Then the king said to the prophet GIVEN BY GOD,  “I ask you to please consider this, I am living in a fancy, permanent house, but the special spot where THE CREATOR AND RULER OF ALL THINGS dwells is located

in a place that has no permanence and is not very nice.”



The name NATHAN means “given or giver.” It was probably implied that this child was “given by God,” and that is why, in the paraphrase column, I include the assumption. We are familiar with the person in the New Testament whose name is “Nathaniel;” that name spells out that this child was “given by God.”