When the king had settled into his palacea and the Lord had given him rest on every side from all his enemies,
the king said to Nathan the prophet, "Look, I am living in a cedar house while the ark of God sits inside tent curtains."b3
So Nathan told the king, "Go and do all that is on your heart, for the Lord is with you."c4
But that night the word of the Lord came to Nathan:
"Go to My servant David and say, 'This is what the Lord says: Are you to build a house for Me to live in?
From the time I brought the Israelites out of Egypt until today I have not lived in a house; instead, I have been moving around with the tabernacle tent.d7
In all My journeys with all the Israelites, have I ever asked anyone among the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd My people Israel: Why haven't you built Me a house of cedar?'
"Now this is what you are to say to My servant David: 'This is what the Lord of Hosts says: I took you from the pasture and from following the sheep to be ruler over My people Israel.e9
I have been with you wherever you have gone, and I have destroyed all your enemies before you. I will make a name for you like that of the greatest in the land.
I will establish a place for My people Israel and plant them,f so that they may live there and not be disturbed again. Evildoers will not afflict them as they have done
ever since the day I ordered judges to be over My people Israel.g I will give you rest from all your enemies. " 'The Lord declares to you: The Lord Himself will make a house for you.
When your time comes and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up after you your descendant, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom.
He will build a house for My name,h and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.
I will be a father to him, and he will be a son to Me.i When he does wrong, I will discipline him with a human rod and with blows from others.
But My faithful love will never leave himj as I removed it from Saul; I removed him from your way.k16
Your house and kingdom will endure before Mel forever, and your throne will be established forever.' "m17
Nathan spoke all these words and this entire vision to David.n