1Now when the king dwelt in his house, and Yahweh had given him rest from all his enemies round about, 2the king said to Nathan the prophet, "See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells in a tent." 3And Nathan said to the king, "Go, do all that is in your heart; for Yahweh is with you."
4But that same night the word of Yahweh came to Nathan, 5"Go and tell my servant David, 'Thus says Yahweh: Would you build me a house to dwell in? 6I have not dwelt in a house since the day I brought up the people of Israel from Egypt to this day, but I have been moving about in a tent for my dwelling. 7In all places where I have moved with all the people of Israel, did I speak a word with any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, saying, "Why have you not built me a house of cedar?" ' 8Now therefore thus you shall say to my servant David, 'Thus says Yahweh of hosts, I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, that you should be prince over my people Israel; 9and I have been with you wherever you went, and have cut off all your enemies from before you; and I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth. 10And 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 afflict them no more, as formerly, 11from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel; and I will give you rest from all your enemies. Moreover Yahweh declares to you that Yahweh will make you a house. 12When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come forth from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. 13He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom for ever. 14I will be his father, and he shall be my son. When he commits iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, with the stripes of the sons of men; 15but I will not take my steadfast love from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away from before you. 16And your house and your kingdom shall be made sure for ever before me; your throne shall be established for ever.' " 17In accordance with all these words, and in accordance with all this vision, Nathan spoke to David.
18Then King David went in and sat before Yahweh, and said, "Who am I, O Lord Yahweh, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far? 19And yet this was a small thing in your eyes, O Lord Yahweh; you have spoken also of your servant's house for a great while to come, and have shown me future generations, O Lord Yahweh! 20And what more can David say to you? For you know your servant, O Lord Yahweh! 21Because of your promise, and according to your own heart, you have wrought all this greatness, to make your servant know it. 22Therefore you are great, O Yahweh God; for there is none like you, and there is no God besides you, according to all that we have heard with our ears. 23What other nation on earth is like your people Israel, whom God went to redeem to be his people, making himself a name, and doing for them great and terrible things, by driving out before his people a nation and its gods? 24And you established your people Israel for yourself, to be your people for ever; and you, O Yahweh, became their God. 25And now, O Yahweh God, confirm for ever the word which you have spoken concerning your servant and concerning his house, and do as you have spoken; 26and your name will be magnified for ever, saying, 'Yahweh of hosts is God over Israel,' and the house of your servant David will be established before you. 27For you, O Yahweh of hosts, the God of Israel, have made this revelation to your servant, saying, 'I will build you a house'; therefore your servant has found courage to pray this prayer to you. 28And now, O Lord Yahweh, you are God, and your words are true, and you have promised this good thing to your servant; 29now therefore may it please you to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue for ever before you; for you have spoken, O Lord Yahweh, and with your blessing shall the house of your servant be blessed for ever."
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