David Plans to Build a Temple
1Now it came about, when the king lived in his house, and the Lord had given him rest on every side from all his enemies,
2that the king said to Nathan the prophet, “See now, I live in a house of cedar, but the ark of God remains within the tent.”
3Nathan said to the king, “Go, do all that is in your mind, for the Lord is with you.”
4But in the same night, the word of the Lord came to Nathan, saying,
5“Go and say to My servant David, ‘This is what the Lord says: “Should you build Me a house for My dwelling?
6For I have not dwelt in a house since the day I brought up the sons of Israel from Egypt, even to this day; rather, I have been moving about in a tent, that is, in a dwelling place.
7Wherever I have gone with all the sons of Israel, did I speak a word with one of the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd My people Israel, saying, ‘Why have you not built Me a house of cedar?’ ” ’
God’s Covenant with David
8Now then, this is what you shall say to My servant David: ‘This is what the Lord of armies says: “I Myself took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, to be leader over My people Israel.
9And I have been with you wherever you have gone, and have eliminated all your enemies from you; I will also make a great name for you, like the names of the great men who Or wereare on the earth.
10And I will establish a place for My people Israel, and will plant them, so that they may live in their own place and not be disturbed again, nor will Lit sons of malicemalicious people oppress them anymore as previously,
11even from the day that I appointed judges over My people Israel; and I will give you rest from all your enemies. The Lord also declares to you that the Lord will make a house for you.
12When your days are finished and you I.e., dielie down with your fathers, I will raise up your Lit seeddescendant after you, who will come from Lit your bowelsyou, and I will establish his kingdom.
13He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.
14I will be a father to him and he will be a son to Me; when he does wrong, I will discipline him with a rod of men and with strokes of sons of mankind,
15but My favor shall not depart from him, as I took it away from Saul, whom I removed from you.
16Your house and your kingdom shall endure before As in LXX and some ancient mss; MT youMe forever; your throne shall be established forever.” ’ ”
17In accordance with all these words and all of this vision, so Nathan spoke to David.
David’s Prayer
18Then David the king came in and sat before the Lord, and he said, “Who am I, Lord Heb YHWH, usually rendered Lord, and so throughout the chGod, and who are the members of my household, that You have brought me this far?
19And yet this was insignificant in Your eyes, Lord God, for You have spoken also of the house of Your servant regarding the distant future. And this is the Or lawcustom of mankind, Lord God.
20Again what more can David say to You? For You know Your servant, Lord God!
21For the sake of Your word, and according to Your heart, You have done all this greatness, to let Your servant know.
22For this reason You are great, Lord God; for there is no one like You, and there is no God except You, according to all that we have heard with our ears.
23And what one nation on the earth is like Your people Israel, whom God went to redeem for Himself as a people, and to make a name for Himself, and to do a great thing for You and awesome things for Your land, Or before Yourbecause of Your people whom You have redeemed for Yourself from Egypt, from other nations and their gods?
24For You have established for Yourself Your people Israel as Your own people forever, and You, Lord, have become their God.
25Now then, Lord God, the word that You have spoken about Your servant and his house, confirm it forever, and do just as You have spoken,
26so that Your name may be great forever, by saying, ‘The Lord of armies is God over Israel’; and may the house of Your servant David be established before You.
27For You, Lord of armies, God of Israel, have Lit uncovered the ear ofgiven a revelation to Your servant, saying, ‘I will build you a house’; therefore Your servant has found Lit his heartcourage to pray this prayer to You.
28Now then, Lord God, You are God, and Your words are truth; and You have Lit spokenpromised this good thing to Your servant.
29And now, may Lit You be resolved and blessit please You to bless the house of Your servant, so that it may continue forever before You. For You, Lord God, have spoken; and Lit fromwith Your blessing may the house of Your servant be blessed forever.”