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But the word of the LORD came to me, saying, Thou hast shed blood abundantly, and hast made great wars: thou shalt not build an house unto my name, because thou hast shed much blood upon the earth in my sight.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

22:8 shed much blood. The house of God must speak primarily of peace between man and God, so it was inappropriate that it be built by a man of war, even though David had merely been completing the conquest of the promised land—the conquest begun long before at God’s command by Joshua.

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