Now it came to pass, as David sat in his house, that David said to Nathan the
prophet, Lo, I dwell in an house of cedars, but the ark of the covenant of the LORD
remaineth under curtains.
Then Nathan said unto David, Do all that is in thine heart; for God is with
And it came to pass the same night, that the word of God came to Nathan,
Go and tell David my servant, Thus saith the LORD, Thou shalt not build me an house
to dwell in:
For I have not dwelt in an house since the day that I brought up Israel unto this
day; but have gone from tent to tent, and from one tabernacle to another.
Wheresoever I have walked with all Israel, spake I a word to any of the judges of
Israel, whom I commanded to feed my people, saying, Why have ye not built me an house
Now therefore thus shalt thou say unto my servant David, Thus saith the LORD of
hosts, I took thee from the sheepcote, even from following the sheep, that thou
shouldest be ruler over my people Israel:
And I have been with thee whithersoever thou hast walked, and have cut off all
thine enemies from before thee, and have made thee a name like the name of the great
men that are in the earth.
Also I will ordain a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, and they
shall dwell in their place, and shall be moved no more; neither shall the children of
wickedness waste them any more, as at the beginning,
And since the time that I commanded judges to be over my people Israel. Moreover I
will subdue all thine enemies. Furthermore I tell thee that the LORD will build thee an
And it shall come to pass, when thy days be expired that thou must go to be with
thy fathers, that I will raise up thy seed after thee, which shall be of thy sons; and
I will establish his kingdom.
He shall build me an house, and I will stablish his throne for ever.
I will be his father, and he shall be my son: and I will not take my mercy away
from him, as I took it from him that was before thee:
But I will settle him in mine house and in my kingdom for ever: and his throne
shall be established for evermore.
According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so did Nathan speak
And David the king came and sat before the LORD, and said, Who am I, O LORD God,
and what is mine house, that thou hast brought me hitherto?
And yet this was a small thing in thine eyes, O God; for thou hast also spoken of
thy servant’s house for a great while to come, and hast regarded me according to
the estate of a man of high degree, O LORD God.
What can David speak more to thee for the honour of thy servant? for thou knowest
O LORD, for thy servant’s sake, and according to thine own heart, hast thou
done all this greatness, in making known all these great things.
O LORD, there is none like thee, neither is there any God beside thee, according to
all that we have heard with our ears.
And what one nation in the earth is like thy people Israel, whom God went to redeem
to be his own people, to make thee a name of greatness and terribleness, by driving out
nations from before thy people whom thou hast redeemed out of Egypt?
For thy people Israel didst thou make thine own people for ever; and thou, LORD,
becamest their God.
Therefore now, LORD, let the thing that thou hast spoken concerning thy servant and
concerning his house be established for ever, and do as thou hast said.
Let it even be established, that thy name may be magnified for ever, saying, The
LORD of hosts is the God of Israel, even a God to Israel: and let the house of David
thy servant be established before thee.
For thou, O my God, hast told thy servant that thou wilt build him an house:
therefore thy servant hath found in his heart to pray before thee.
And now, LORD, thou art God, and hast promised this goodness unto thy servant:
Now therefore let it please thee to bless the house of thy servant, that it may be
before thee for ever: for thou blessest, O LORD, and it shall be blessed for ever.