17:1 Now it came to pass, as David sat in his house, that David
said to Nathan the prophet, Lo, I dwell in a house of cedars,
but the ark of the covenant of the LORD [remaineth] under
17:2 Then Nathan said to David, Do all that [is] in thy heart;
for God [is] with thee.
17:3 And it came to pass the same night, that the word of God
came to Nathan, saying,
17:4 Go and tell David my servant, Thus saith the LORD, Thou
shalt not build me a house to dwell in:
17:5 For I have not dwelt in a house since the day that I
brought up Israel to this day; but have gone from tent to tent,
and from [one] tabernacle [to another].
17:6 Wherever I have walked with all Israel, have I spoken a
word to any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to feed
my people, saying, Why have ye not built me a house of cedars?
17:7 Now therefore thus shalt thou say to my servant David, Thus
saith the LORD of hosts, I took thee from the sheep-cote,
[even] from following the sheep, that thou shouldst be ruler
over my people Israel:
17:8 And I have been with thee whithersoever thou hast walked,
and have cut off all thy enemies from before thee, and have
made thee a name like the name of the great men that [are] in
17:9 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.
17:10 And since the time that I commanded judges [to be] over my
people Israel. Moreover, I will subdue all thy enemies.
Furthermore, I tell thee that the LORD will build thee a house.
17:11 And it shall come to pass, when thy days shall be ended
that thou must go [to be] with thy fathers, that I will raise
up thy seed after thee, who shall be of thy sons; and I will
establish his kingdom.
17:12 He shall build me a house, and I will establish his throne
17:13 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] that
was before thee:
17:14 But I will settle him in my house and in my kingdom for
ever: and his throne shall be established for evermore.
17:15 According to all these words, and according to all this
vision, so did Nathan speak to David.
17:16 And David the king came and sat before the LORD, and said,
Who [am] I, O LORD God, and what [is] my house, that thou hast
brought me hitherto?
17:17 And [yet] this was a small thing in thy 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.
17:18 What can David [speak] more to thee for the honor of thy
servant? for thou knowest thy servant.
17:19 O LORD, for thy servant's sake, and according to thy own
heart, hast thou done all this greatness, in making known all
[these] great things.
17:20 O LORD, [there] is none like thee, neither [is there any]
God besides thee, according to all that we have heard with our
17:21 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
17:22 For thy people Israel didst thou make thy own people for
ever; and thou, LORD, becamest their God.
17:23 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.
17:24 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.
17:25 For thou, O my God, hast told thy servant that thou wilt
build him a house: therefore thy servant hath found [in his
heart] to pray before thee.
17:26 And now, LORD, thou art God, and hast promised this
goodness to thy servant:
17:27 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.