2 Samuel 7:1-17 New International Version

God's Covenant with David

7 1  After the king was settled in his palace and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies around him, 2  he said to Nathan the prophet, "Here I am, living in a house of cedar, while the ark of God remains in a tent." 3  Nathan replied to the king, "Whatever you have in mind, go ahead and do it, for the Lord is with you."

4  But that night the word of the Lord came to Nathan, saying: 5  "Go and tell my servant David, 'This is what the Lord says: Are you the one to build me a house to dwell in? 6  I have not dwelt in a house from the day I brought the Israelites up out of Egypt to this day. I have been moving from place to place with a tent as my dwelling. 7  Wherever I have moved with all the Israelites, did I ever say to any of their rulers whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, "Why have you not built me a house of cedar?" ' 8  "Now then, tell my servant David, 'This is what the Lord Almighty says: I took you from the pasture, from tending the flock, and appointed you ruler over my people Israel. 9  I have been with you wherever you have gone, and I have cut off all your enemies from before you. Now I will make your name great, like the names of the greatest men on earth. 10  And I will provide a place for my people Israel and will plant them so that they can have a home of their own and no longer be disturbed. Wicked people will not oppress them anymore, as they did at the beginning 11  and have done ever since the time I appointed leaders[1] over my people Israel. I will also give you rest from all your enemies. " 'The Lord declares to you that the Lord himself will establish a house for you: 12  When your days are over and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, your own flesh and blood, and I will establish his kingdom. 13  He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. 14  I will be his father, and he will be my son. When he does wrong, I will punish him with a rod wielded by men, with floggings inflicted by human hands. 15  But my love will never be taken away from him, as I took it away from Saul, whom I removed from before you. 16  Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me[2] ; your throne will be established forever.' " 17  Nathan reported to David all the words of this entire revelation.



Footnotes

[1] 7:11 Traditionally "judges"

[2] 7:16 Some Hebrew manuscripts and Septuagint; most Hebrew manuscripts "you"

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