1 And it happened as David sat in his house, David said to Nathan the prophet, Lo, I dwell in a house of cedars, but the ark of the covenant of the LORD [is] under curtains.
2 And Nathan said to David, Do all that [is] in your heart, for God [is] with you.
3 And it happened the same night the word of God came to Nathan, saying,
4 Go and tell David My servant, So says the LORD, You shall not build Me a house to dwell in.
5 For I have not dwelt in a house since the day that I brought up Israel until today, but have gone from tent to tent, and from one tabernacle [to another.]
6 Wherever I have walked with all Israel, did I speak a word to any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to feed My people, saying, Why have you not built Me a house of cedars?
7 And now you shall say this to My servant David, So says the LORD of hosts, I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, so that you should be ruler over My people Israel.
8 And I have been with you wherever you have walked, and have cut off all your enemies from before you, and have made you a name like the name of the great men in the earth.
9 And I will set a place for My people Israel, and will plant them, and they shall live in their place and shall be moved no more; nor shall the sons of wickedness waste them any more, as at the beginning,
10 and since the time that I commanded judges to be over My people Israel. And I will subdue all your enemies. And I declare to you that the LORD will build you a house.
11 And it will be, when your days have ended so that you must go [to be] with your fathers, I will raise up your seed after you, who shall be from your sons. And I will make his kingdom sure.
12 He shall build Me a house, and I will establish his throne forever.
13 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 who was before you.
14 And I will settle him in My house, and in My kingdom forever. And his throne shall be established forever.
15 According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so Nathan spoke to David.
16 And David the king came and sat before the LORD, and said, Who [am] I, O, Jehovah God, and what is my house, that You have brought me here?
17 And this was a small thing in Your eyes, O God, for You have also spoken of Your servant's house for a great while to come, and have regarded me according to the estate of a man of high degree, O LORD God.
18 What can David [say] more to You for the honor of Your servant? For You know Your servant!
19 O LORD, for Your servant's sake, and according to Your own heart, You have done all this greatness, in making known all [these] great things.
20 O LORD, [there is] none like You, neither [any] God besides You, according to all that we have heard with our ears.
21 And what one nation in the earth [is] like Your people Israel, whom God went to redeem [to be] His own people, to make You a name of greatness and terribleness, by driving out nations from before Your people whom You have redeemed out of Egypt?
22 And You have chosen Your people Israel for Yourself, for a people forever. And You, LORD, became their God.
23 And now, O LORD, let the thing which You have spoken concerning Your servant and concerning his house be established forever, and do as You have said.
24 Let it even be established, so that Your name may be magnified forever, saying, The LORD of hosts [is] the God of Israel, a God to Israel. And [let] the house of David Your servant be established before You.
25 For You, O my God, have told Your servant that You will build him a house. Therefore Your servant has found [in his heart] to pray before You.
26 And now, LORD, You [are] God, and have promised this goodness to Your servant.
27 And now let it please You to bless the house of Your servant so that it may be before You forever. For You have blessed, O LORD, and it [is] blessed forever.