When the LORD had brought peace to the land and King David was settled in his palace,
David summoned Nathan the prophet. "Look!" David said. "Here I am living in this beautiful cedar palace, but the Ark of God is out in a tent!"
Nathan replied, "Go ahead and do what you have in mind, for the LORD is with you."
But that same night the LORD said to Nathan,
"Go and tell my servant David, 'This is what the LORD says: Are you the one to build me a temple to live in?
I have never lived in a temple, from the day I brought the Israelites out of Egypt until now. My home has always been a tent, moving from one place to another.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)