Now when the king dwelt in his house, and the LORD had given him rest from all his enemies round about,
the king said to Nathan the prophet, "See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells in a tent."
And Nathan said to the king, "Go, do all that is in your heart; for the LORD is with you."
But that same night the word of the LORD came to Nathan,
"Go and tell my servant David, 'Thus says the LORD: Would you build me a house to dwell in?
I have not dwelt in a house since the day I brought up the people of Israel from Egypt to this day, but I have been moving about in a tent for my dwelling.
Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1952 [2nd edition, 1971] by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. (Revised Standard Version - Holy Bible)