1Now it came to pass, as David sat in his house, that David said to Nathan the prophet, Lo, I dwell in an house of cedars, but the ark of the covenant of the LORD remaineth under curtains.2Then Nathan said unto David, Do all that is in thine heart; for God is with thee.3And it came to pass the same night, that the word of God came to Nathan, saying,4Go and tell David my servant, Thus saith the LORD, Thou shalt not build me an house to dwell in:5For I have not dwelt in an house since the day that I brought up Israel unto this day; but have gone from tent to tent, and from one tabernacle to another .6Wheresoever I have walked with all Israel, spake I a word to any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to feed my people, saying, Why have ye not built me an house of cedars?7Now therefore thus shalt thou say unto my servant David, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I took thee from the sheepcote, even from following the sheep, that thou shouldest be ruler over my people Israel:8And I have been with thee whithersoever thou hast walked, and have cut off all thine enemies from before thee, and have made thee a name like the name of the great men that are in the earth.9Also I will ordain a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, and they shall dwell in their place, and shall be moved no more; neither shall the children of wickedness waste them any more, as at the beginning,10And since the time that I commanded judges to be over my people Israel. Moreover I will subdue all thine enemies. Furthermore I tell thee that the LORD will build thee an house.11And it shall come to pass, when thy days be expired that thou must go to be with thy fathers, that I will raise up thy seed after thee, which shall be of thy sons; and I will establish his kingdom.12He shall build me an house, and I will stablish his throne for ever.13I will be his father, and he shall be my son: and I will not take my mercy away from him, as I took it from him that was before thee:14But I will settle him in mine house and in my kingdom for ever: and his throne shall be established for evermore.15According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so did Nathan speak unto David.16And David the king came and sat before the LORD, and said, Who am I, O LORD God, and what is mine house, that thou hast brought me hitherto?17And yet this was a small thing in thine eyes, O God; for thou hast also spoken of thy servant' house for a great while to come, and hast regarded me according to the estate of a man of high degree, O LORD God.18What can David speak more to thee for the honour of thy servant? for thou knowest thy servant.19O LORD, for thy servant' sake, and according to thine own heart, hast thou done all this greatness, in making known all these great things.20O LORD, there is none like thee, neither is there any God beside thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears.21And what one nation in the earth is like thy people Israel, whom God went to redeem to be his own people, to make thee a name of greatness and terribleness, by driving out nations from before thy people, whom thou hast redeemed out of Egypt?22For thy people Israel didst thou make thine own people for ever; and thou, LORD, becamest their God.23Therefore now, LORD, let the thing that thou hast spoken concerning thy servant and concerning his house be established for ever, and do as thou hast said.24Let it even be established, that thy name may be magnified for ever, saying, The LORD of hosts is the God of Israel, even a God to Israel: and let the house of David thy servant be established before thee.25For thou, O my God, hast told thy servant that thou wilt build him an house: therefore thy servant hath found in his heart to pray before thee.26And now, LORD, thou art God, and hast promised this goodness unto thy servant:27Now therefore let it please thee to bless the house of thy servant, that it may be before thee for ever: for thou blessest, O LORD, and it shall be blessed for ever.
1 Chronicles 17
English Standard Version
The Lord’s Covenant with David
1Now when David lived in his house, David said to Nathan the prophet, “Behold, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of the covenant of the Lord is under a tent.” (2Sa 7:1)2And Nathan said to David, “Do all that is in your heart, for God is with you.”3But that same night the word of the Lord came to Nathan,4“Go and tell my servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord: It is not you who will build me a house to dwell in. (1Ch 28:3)5For I have not lived in a house since the day I brought up Israel to this day, but I have gone from tent to tent and from dwelling to dwelling. (2Sa 7:6)6In all places where I have moved with all Israel, did I speak a word with any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd my people, saying, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?”’7Now, therefore, thus shall you say to my servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, to be prince over my people Israel,8and I have been with you wherever you have gone and have cut off all your enemies from before you. And I will make for you a name, like the name of the great ones of the earth.9And I will appoint a place for my people Israel and will plant them, that they may dwell in their own place and be disturbed no more. And violent men shall waste them no more, as formerly,10from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel. And I will subdue all your enemies. Moreover, I declare to you that the Lord will build you a house. (2Sa 7:11)11When your days are fulfilled to walk with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, one of your own sons, and I will establish his kingdom.12He shall build a house for me, and I will establish his throne forever.13I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son. I will not take my steadfast love from him, as I took it from him who was before you, (1Sa 15:23; 1Sa 15:28; Heb 1:5)14but I will confirm him in my house and in my kingdom forever, and his throne shall be established forever.’”15In accordance with all these words, and in accordance with all this vision, Nathan spoke to David.
16Then King David went in and sat before the Lord and said, “Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far?17And this was a small thing in your eyes, O God. You have also spoken of your servant’s house for a great while to come, and have shown me future generations, O Lord God!18And what more can David say to you for honoring your servant? For you know your servant.19For your servant’s sake, O Lord, and according to your own heart, you have done all this greatness, in making known all these great things. (2Sa 7:21)20There is none like you, O Lord, and there is no God besides you, according to all that we have heard with our ears.21And who is like your people Israel, the one nation on earth whom God went to redeem to be his people, making for yourself a name for great and awesome things, in driving out nations before your people whom you redeemed from Egypt?22And you made your people Israel to be your people forever, and you, O Lord, became their God.23And now, O Lord, let the word that you have spoken concerning your servant and concerning his house be established forever, and do as you have spoken,24and your name will be established and magnified forever, saying, ‘The Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, is Israel’s God,’ and the house of your servant David will be established before you.25For you, my God, have revealed to your servant that you will build a house for him. Therefore your servant has found courage to pray before you.26And now, O Lord, you are God, and you have promised this good thing to your servant.27Now you have been pleased to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever before you, for it is you, O Lord, who have blessed, and it is blessed forever.”