1David settled down in his palace. Then he spoke to the prophet Nathan. He said, “Here I am, living in a palace that has beautiful cedar walls. But the ark of the covenant of the Lord is under a tent.”2Nathan replied to David, “Do what you want to. God is with you.”3That night a message came to Nathan from God. He said,4“Go and speak to my servant David. Tell him, ‘The Lord says, “You are not the one who will build me a house to live in.5I have not lived in a house from the day I brought Israel up out of Egypt until now. I have moved my tent from one place to another. I have moved my home from one place to another.6I have moved from place to place with all of the people of Israel. I commanded their leaders to be shepherds over them. I never asked any of those leaders, ‘Why haven't you built me a house that has beautiful cedar walls?’ ” ’7“So tell my servant David, ‘The Lord who rules over all says, “I took you away from the grasslands. That is where you were taking care of your father's sheep and goats. I made you ruler over my people Israel.8I have been with you everywhere you have gone. I cut off all of your enemies when you were attacking them. Now I will make you famous. Your name will be just as respected as the names of the most important people on earth.9“ ‘ “I will provide a place where my people Israel can live. I will plant them in the land. Then they will have a home of their own. They will not be bothered anymore. Sinful people will no longer crush them, as they did at first.10That is what your enemies have done ever since I appointed leaders over my people Israel. But I will bring all of them under your control. “ ‘ “I tell you that I will build a royal house for your family.11Some day your life will come to an end. You will join the members of your family who have already died. Then I will give you one of your own sons to become the next king after you. I will make his kingdom secure.12“ ‘ “He is the one who will build me a house. I will set up his throne. It will last forever.13I will be his father. And he will be my son. I took my love away from the man who ruled before you. But I will never take my love away from your son.14I will place him over my house and my kingdom forever. His throne will last forever.” ’ ”15Nathan reported to David all of the words that the Lord had spoken to him.
David Prays to the Lord
16Then King David went into the holy tent. He sat down in front of the Lord. He said, “Lord God, who am I? My family isn't important. So why have you brought me this far?17I would have thought that you had already done more than enough for me. But now, God, you have spoken about what is going to happen to my royal house in days to come. Lord God, you have treated me as if I were the most honored man of all.18“What more can I say to you for honoring me? You know all about me.19Lord, you have done a wonderful thing. You have given me many great promises. All of them are for my good. They are exactly what you wanted to give me.20“Lord, there isn't anyone like you. There isn't any God but you. We have heard about it with our own ears.21“Who is like your people Israel? God, we are the one nation on earth you have saved. You have set us free for yourself. Your name has become famous. You have done great and wonderful things. You have driven nations out to make room for your people. You saved us when you set us free from Egypt. No other god has done any of those things for its people.22You made Israel your very own people forever. Lord, you have become our God.23“And now, Lord, let the promise you have made to me and my royal house stand forever. Do exactly as you promised.24When your promise comes true, your name will be honored forever. People will say, ‘The Lord rules over all. He is the God over Israel. He is Israel's God.’ My royal house will be made secure in your sight.25“My God, you have shown me that you will build me a royal house. So I can pray to you boldly.26Lord, you are God! You have promised many good things to me.27You have been pleased to bless my royal house. Now it will continue forever in your sight. Lord, you have blessed it. And it will be blessed forever.”
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.”