Wherever I have moved about among all the people of Israel, did I ever speak a word with any of the tribal leaders a of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, saying, "Why have you not built me a house of cedar?"
Now therefore thus you shall say to my servant David: Thus says the Lord of hosts: I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep to be prince over my people Israel;
and I have been with you wherever you went, and have cut off all your enemies from before you; and I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth.
And I will appoint a place for my people Israel and will plant them, so that they may live in their own place, and be disturbed no more; and evildoers shall afflict them no more, as formerly,
from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel; and I will give you rest from all your enemies. Moreover the Lord declares to you that the Lord will make you a house.
When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come forth from your body, and I will establish his kingdom.
He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.
I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to me. When he commits iniquity, I will punish him with a rod such as mortals use, with blows inflicted by human beings.
But I will not take b my steadfast love from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away from before you.
Your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me; c your throne shall be established forever.
In accordance with all these words and with all this vision, Nathan spoke to David.
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