That night the word of the LORD came to Nathan, saying:
"Go and tell my servant David, 'This is what the LORD says: Are you1 the one to build me a house to dwell in?26
I have not dwelt in a house from the day I brought the Israelites up out of Egypt to this day.3 I have been moving from place to place with a tent4 as my dwelling.57
Wherever I have moved with all the Israelites,6 did I ever say to any of their rulers whom I commanded to shepherd7 my people Israel, "Why have you not built me a house8 of cedar?9" '
"Now then, tell my servant David, 'This is what the LORD Almighty says: I took you from the pasture and from following the flock10 to be ruler11 over my people Israel.129
I have been with you wherever you have gone,13 and I have cut off all your enemies from before you.14 Now I will make your name great, like the names of the greatest men of the earth.1510
And I will provide a place for my people Israel and will plant16 them so that they can have a home of their own and no longer be disturbed.17 Wicked18 people will not oppress them anymore,19 as they did at the beginning
and have done ever since the time I appointed leadersa20 over my people Israel. I will also give you rest from all your enemies.21 " 'The LORD declares22 to you that the LORD himself will establish23 a house24 for you:
When your days are over and you rest25 with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, who will come from your own body,26 and I will establish his kingdom.2713
He is the one who will build a house28 for my Name,29 and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.3014
I will be his father, and he will be my son.31 When he does wrong, I will punish him32 with the rod33 of men, with floggings inflicted by men.
But my love will never be taken away from him,34 as I took it away from Saul,35 whom I removed from before you.
Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before meb; your throne36 will be established37 forever.38' "