1After David was settled in his palace, he said to Nathan the prophet, “Here I am, living in a house of cedar, while the ark of the covenant of the Lord is under a tent.”2Nathan replied to David, “Whatever you have in mind, do it, for God is with you.”3But that night the word of God came to Nathan, saying:4“Go and tell my servant David, ‘This is what the Lord says: You are not the one to build me a house to dwell in.5I have not dwelt in a house from the day I brought Israel up out of Egypt to this day. I have moved from one tent site to another, from one dwelling place to another.6Wherever I have moved with all the Israelites, did I ever say to any of their leaders whom I commanded to shepherd my people, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?” ’7“Now then, tell my servant David, ‘This is what the Lord Almighty says: I took you from the pasture, from tending the flock, and appointed you ruler over my people Israel.8I have been with you wherever you have gone, and I have cut off all your enemies from before you. Now I will make your name like the names of the greatest men on earth.9And I will provide a place for my people Israel and will plant them so that they can have a home of their own and no longer be disturbed. Wicked people will not oppress them anymore, as they did at the beginning10and have done ever since the time I appointed leaders over my people Israel. I will also subdue all your enemies. “ ‘I declare to you that the Lord will build a house for you:11When your days are over and you go to be with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, one of your own sons, and I will establish his kingdom.12He is the one who will build a house for me, and I will establish his throne forever.13I will be his father, and he will be my son. I will never take my love away from him, as I took it away from your predecessor.14I will set him over my house and my kingdom forever; his throne will be established forever.’ ”15Nathan reported to David all the words of this entire revelation.
16Then King David went in and sat before the Lord, and he said: “Who am I, Lord God, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?17And as if this were not enough in your sight, my God, you have spoken about the future of the house of your servant. You, Lord God, have looked on me as though I were the most exalted of men.18“What more can David say to you for honoring your servant? For you know your servant,19Lord. For the sake of your servant and according to your will, you have done this great thing and made known all these great promises.20“There is no one like you, Lord, and there is no God but you, as we have heard with our own ears.21And who is like your people Israel—the one nation on earth whose God went out to redeem a people for himself, and to make a name for yourself, and to perform great and awesome wonders by driving out nations from before your people, whom you redeemed from Egypt?22You made your people Israel your very own forever, and you, Lord, have become their God.23“And now, Lord, let the promise you have made concerning your servant and his house be established forever. Do as you promised,24so that it will be established and that your name will be great forever. Then people will say, ‘The Lord Almighty, the God over Israel, is Israel’s God!’ And the house of your servant David will be established before you.25“You, my God, have revealed to your servant that you will build a house for him. So your servant has found courage to pray to you.26You, Lord, are God! You have promised these good things to your servant.27Now you have been pleased to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever in your sight; for you, Lord, 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.”