1It came to pass when the king lived in his house and Yahweh had given him rest from all his enemies all around,
2that the king said to Nathan the prophet, “See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells inside curtains.”
4It came to pass the same night that the word of Yahweh came to Nathan, saying,
5“Go and tell my servant David, ‘This is what Yahweh says: “Are you to build me a house for me to dwell in?
6For I 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 have moved around in a tent, even in a tabernacle.
7In all places in which I have walked with all the children of Israel, did I say a word to 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?’”
8“Now therefore you are to tell my servant David this, ‘This is what Yahweh of Armies says: “I took you from the sheep pen, from following the sheep, to be ruler over my people, over Israel.
9I have been with you wherever you went and have cut off all your enemies from before you. 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; nor will the children of wickedness afflict them any more, as at the first,
11even as from the day that I appointed judges to be over my people Israel. I will cause you to rest from all your enemies.”’
“Moreover Yahweh tells you ‘Yahweh will make you a house.
12When your days are fulfilled and you will sleep with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you who will proceed out of your bowels, and I will establish his kingdom.
13He will build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.
14I will be his father, and he will be my son. If he commits iniquity, I will discipline him with the rod of men and with the strokes of the children of men;
15but my covenant faithfulness will not depart from him as when I took it from Saul whom I removed before you.
16Your house and your kingdom will be made sure forever before you. Your throne will be established forever.’”
18Then 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?
19This 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 according to the way of men, Lord Yahweh!
20What more can David say to you? For you know your servant, Lord Yahweh.
21For your word’s sake and according to your own heart, you have worked all this greatness, to make your servant know it.
22“Therefore you are great, Yahweh God. For there is none like you, nor is there any God besides you, according to all that we have heard with our ears.
23What one nation on the earth is like your people, even like Israel, whom God went to redeem to himself for a people and to make himself a name, and to do great things for you and awesome things for your land, before your people, whom you redeem to yourself out of Egypt from the nations and their gods?
24You established for yourself your people Israel to be a people to you forever; and you, Yahweh, became their God.
25“Now, Yahweh God, the word that you have spoken concerning your servant and concerning his house, confirm it forever, and do as you have spoken.
26Let your name be magnified forever, saying, ‘Yahweh of Armies is God over Israel; and the house of your servant David will be established before you.’
27For you, Yahweh of Armies, the God of Israel, have revealed to your servant, saying, ‘I will build you a house.’ Therefore your servant has 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. Let the house of your servant be blessed forever with your blessing.”