1 And it came to pass as David dwelt in his house, that David said to Nathan the prophet, Behold, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of the covenant of the Lord is under curtains of skins.
2 And Nathan said to David, Do all that is in thy heart; for God is with thee.
3 And it came to pass in that night, that the word of the Lord came to Nathan, saying, 4 Go and say to David my servant, Thus said the Lord, Thou shalt not build me a house for me to dwell in it. 5 For I have not dwelt in a house from the day that I brought up Israel until this day, but I have been in a tabernacle and a 1tent, 6 in all places through which I have gone with all Israel: did I ever speak to any one tribe of Israel whom I commanded to feed my people, saying, Why is it that ye have not built me a house of cedar? 7 And now thus shalt thou say to my servant David, Thus saith the Lord Almighty, I took thee from the sheepfold, 2from following the flocks, to be a ruler over my people Israel: 8 and I was with thee in all places whither thou wentest, and I destroyed all thine enemies from before thee, and I made for thee a name according to the name of the great ones that are upon the earth. 9 And I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and I
15 According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so spoke Nathan to David.
16 And king David came and sat before the Lord, and said, Who am I, O Lord God? and what is my house, that thou hast loved me for ever? 17 And these things 6were little in thy sight, O God: thou hast also spoken concerning the house of thy servant 7for a long time to come, and thou hast looked upon me 8as a man looks upon his fellow, and hast exalted me, O Lord God. 18 What shall David do more toward thee to glorify thee? and thou knowest thy servant. 19 And thou hast wrought all this greatness according to thine heart. 20 O Lord, there is none like thee, and there is no God beside thee, according to all things which we have heard with our ears. 21 Neither is there 9another nation upon the earth such as thy people Israel, whereas God led him in the way, to redeem a people for himself, to make for himself a great and glorious name, to cast out nations from before thy people, whom thou redeemedst out of Egypt. 22 And thou hast 10appointed thy people Israel as a people to thyself for ever; and thou, Lord, didst become a God to them. 23 And now, Lord, let the word which thou spokest to thy servant, and concerning his house, be confirmed for ever, and do thou as thou hast spoken. 24 And let thy name be established and magnified for ever, men saying, Lord, Lord, Almighty God of Israel: and let the house of thy servant David be established before thee. 25 For thou, O Lord my God, hast revealed to the ear of thy servant that thou wilt build him a house; therefore thy servant has found a willingness to pray before thee. 26 And now, Lord, thou thyself art God, and thou hast spoken these good things concerning thy servant. 27 And now thou hast begun to bless the house of thy servant, so that it should 11continue for ever before thee: for thou, Lord, hast blessed it, and do thou bless it for ever.
1 Gr. covering.
2 Gr. from behind.
3 Gr. shall not add to humble him.
4 Gr. belly.
5 Gr. prepare.
6 Gr. were diminished.
7 Gr. from distant places.
8 Gr. as is the vision of a man.
9 Gr. still a nation.
10 Gr. given.
11 Gr. be.
Calvin College. Last modified on 08/11/06. Contact the CCEL.