even during the days I set judges over my people Israel. Finally, I'm going to give you peace from all your enemies.
When your life is complete and you're buried with your ancestors, then I'll raise up your child, your own flesh and blood, to succeed you, and I'll firmly establish his rule.
He will build a house to honor me, and I will guarantee his kingdom's rule permanently.
I'll be a father to him, and he'll be a son to me. When he does wrong, I'll discipline him in the usual ways, the pitfalls and obstacles of this mortal life.
But I'll never remove my gracious love from him, as I removed it from Saul, who preceded you and whom I most certainly did remove.
Your family and your kingdom are permanently secured. I'm keeping my eye on them! And your royal throne will always be there, rock solid."
Nathan gave David a complete and accurate account of everything he heard and saw in the vision.
King David went in, took his place before God, and prayed: "Who am I, my Master God, and what is my family, that you have brought me to this place in life?
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, my Master God!
What can I possibly say in the face of all this? You know me, Master God, just as I am.
You've done all this not because of who I am but because of who you are - out of your very heart! - but you've let me in on it.
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)