even during the days I set judges over my people Israel. And finally, I'm going to conquer all your enemies.
When your life is complete and you're buried with your ancestors, then I'll raise up your child to succeed you, a child from your own body, and I'll firmly establish his rule.
He will build a house to honor me, and I will guarantee his kingdom's rule forever.
I'll be a father to him, and he'll be a son to me. I will never remove my gracious love from him as I did from the one who preceded you.
I will set him over my house and my kingdom forever; his throne will always be there, rock solid."
Nathan gave David a complete and accurate report of everything he heard and saw in the vision.
King David went in, took his place before God, and prayed:
But that's nothing compared to what's coming, for you've also spoken of my family far into the future, given me a glimpse into tomorrow and looked on me, Master God, as a Somebody.
What's left for David to say to this - to your honoring your servant, even though you know me, just as I am?
O God, out of the goodness of your heart, you've taken your servant to do this great thing and put your great work on display.
There's none like you, God, no God but you, nothing to compare with what we've heard with our own ears.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)