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?2
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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.3 I have been moving from place to place with a tent4 as my dwelling.5
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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" '
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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 flock10 to be ruler11 over my people Israel.12
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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.15
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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
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and have done ever since the time I appointed leaders20 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:
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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.27
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He is the one who will build a house28 for my Name,29 and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.30
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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.
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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.
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Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne36 will be established37 forever.38' "
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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,39 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,40 O Sovereign LORD?
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"What more can David say41 to you? For you know42 your servant,43 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 great44 you are,45 O Sovereign LORD! There is no one like46 you, and there is no God47 but you, as we have heard with our own ears.48
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And who is like your people Israel49--the one nation on earth that God went out to redeem as a people for himself, and to make a name50 for himself, and to perform great and awesome wonders51 by driving out nations and their gods from before your people, whom you redeemed52 from Egypt?
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You have established your people Israel as your very own53 forever, and you, O LORD, have become their God.54
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"And now, LORD God, keep forever the promise55 you have made concerning your servant and his house. Do as you promised,
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so that your name56 will be great forever. Then men will say, 'The LORD Almighty is God over Israel!' And the house of your servant David will be established57 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,58 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 blessing59 the house of your servant will be blessed forever."
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