After the king was settled in his palace1 and the LORD had given him rest from all his enemies2 around him,3
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he said to Nathan4 the prophet, "Here I am, living in a palace5 of cedar, while the ark of God remains in a tent."6
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Nathan replied to the king, "Whatever you have in mind,7 go ahead and do it, for the LORD is with you."
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That night the word of the LORD came to Nathan, saying:
"Go and tell my servant David, 'This is what the LORD says: Are you8 the one to build me a house to dwell in?9
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I have not dwelt in a house from the day I brought the Israelites up out of Egypt to this day.10 I have been moving from place to place with a tent11 as my dwelling.12
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Wherever I have moved with all the Israelites,13 did I ever say to any of their rulers whom I commanded to shepherd14 my people Israel, "Why have you not built me a house15 of cedar?16" '
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"Now then, tell my servant David, 'This is what the LORD Almighty says: I took you from the pasture and from following the flock17 to be ruler18 over my people Israel.19
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I have been with you wherever you have gone,20 and I have cut off all your enemies from before you.21 Now I will make your name great, like the names of the greatest men of the earth.22
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And I will provide a place for my people Israel and will plant23 them so that they can have a home of their own and no longer be disturbed.24 Wicked25 people will not oppress them anymore,26 as they did at the beginning
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and have done ever since the time I appointed leaders27 over my people Israel. I will also give you rest from all your enemies.28 " 'The LORD declares29 to you that the LORD himself will establish30 a house31 for you:
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When your days are over and you rest32 with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, who will come from your own body,33 and I will establish his kingdom.34
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He is the one who will build a house35 for my Name,36 and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.37
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I will be his father, and he will be my son.38 When he does wrong, I will punish him39 with the rod40 of men, with floggings inflicted by men.
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But my love will never be taken away from him,41 as I took it away from Saul,42 whom I removed from before you.
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Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne43 will be established44 forever.45' "
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Nathan reported to David all the words of this entire revelation.
Then King David went in and sat before the LORD, and he said: "Who am I,46 O Sovereign LORD, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?
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And as if this were not enough in your sight, O Sovereign LORD, you have also spoken about the future of the house of your servant. Is this your usual way of dealing with man,47 O Sovereign LORD?
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"What more can David say48 to you? For you know49 your servant,50 O Sovereign LORD.
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For the sake of your word and according to your will, you have done this great thing and made it known to your servant.
"How great51 you are,52 O Sovereign LORD! There is no one like53 you, and there is no God54 but you, as we have heard with our own ears.55
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And who is like your people Israel56--the one nation on earth that God went out to redeem as a people for himself, and to make a name57 for himself, and to perform great and awesome wonders58 by driving out nations and their gods from before your people, whom you redeemed59 from Egypt?
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You have established your people Israel as your very own60 forever, and you, O LORD, have become their God.61
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"And now, LORD God, keep forever the promise62 you have made concerning your servant and his house. Do as you promised,
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so that your name63 will be great forever. Then men will say, 'The LORD Almighty is God over Israel!' And the house of your servant David will be established64 before you.
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"O LORD Almighty, God of Israel, you have revealed this to your servant, saying, 'I will build a house for you.' So your servant has found courage to offer you this prayer.
O Sovereign LORD, you are God! Your words are trustworthy,65 and you have promised these good things to your servant.
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Now be pleased to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever in your sight; for you, O Sovereign LORD, have spoken, and with your blessing66 the house of your servant will be blessed forever."
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