1It happened, when the king lived in his house, and Yahweh had
given him rest from all his enemies round about,
2that the king said to
Nathan the prophet, See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God
dwells within curtains.
3Nathan said to the king, Go, do all that is in
your heart; for Yahweh is with you.
4It happened the same night, that the
word of Yahweh came to Nathan, saying,
5Go and tell my servant David,
Thus says Yahweh, Shall you build me a house for me to dwell in?
have not lived in a house since the day that I brought up the children of
Israel out of Egypt, even to this day, but hawe moved around in a tent and in a
7In all places in which I have walked with all the children of
Israel, spoke I a word with any of the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to
be shepherd of my people Israel, saying, Why have you not built me a
house of cedar?
8Now therefore thus shall you tell my servant David, Thus
says Yahweh of Armies, I took you from the sheep pen, from following the
sheep, that you should be prince over my people, over Israel;
9and I have
been with you wherever you went, and have cut off all your enemies from
before you; and I will make you a great name, like the name of the great ones
who are in the earth.
10I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and
will plant them, that they may dwell in their own place, and be moved no
more; neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more, as at
11and as from the day that I commanded judges to be
over my people Israel; and I will cause you to rest from all your enemies.
Moreover Yahweh tells you that Yahweh will make you a house.
days are fulfilled, and you shall sleep with your fathers, I will set up your
seed after you, who shall proceed out of your bowels, and I will establish
13He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish
the throne of his kingdom forever.
14I will be his father, and he shall
be my son: if he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and
with the stripes of the children of men;
15but my loving kindness shall
not depart from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before you.
16Your house and your kingdom shall be made sure for ever before you:
your throne shall be established forever.
17According to all these words,
and according to all this vision, so did Nathan speak to David.
David the king went in, and sat before Yahweh; and he said, Who am I, Lord
Yahweh, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far?
was yet a small thing in your eyes, Lord Yahweh; but you have spoken also of
your servant’s house for a great while to come; and this too after
the manner of men, Lord Yahweh!
20What can David say more to you? for you
know your servant, Lord Yahweh.
21For your word’s sake, and according to
your own heart, have you worked all this greatness, to make your servant know
22Therefore you are great, Yahweh God: for there is none like
you, neither is there any God besides you, according to all that we have
heard with our ears.
23What one nation in the earth is like your people,
even like Israel, whom God went to redeem to himself for a people, and to
make him a name, and to do great things for you, and awesome things for your
land, before your people, whom you redeem to you out of Egypt, from
the nations and their gods?
24You did establish to yourself your people
Israel to be a people to you forever; and you, Yahweh, became their God.
25Now, Yahweh God, the word that you have spoken concerning your
servant, and concerning his house, confirm you it forever, and do as you have
26Let your name be magnified forever, saying, Yahweh of Armies is
God over Israel; and the house of your servant David shall be established
27For you, Yahweh of Armies, the God of Israel, have
revealed to your servant, saying, I will build you a house: therefore has
your servant found in his heart to pray this prayer to you.
28Now, O Lord
Yahweh, you are God, and your words are truth, and you have promised this
good thing to your servant:
29now therefore let it please you to bless
the house of your servant, that it may continue forever before you; for you,
Lord Yahweh, have spoken it: and with your blessing let the house of your
servant be blessed forever.