7:1 And it came to pass, when the king sat in his house, and the
LORD had given him rest around from all his enemies;
7:2 That the king said to Nathan the prophet, See now, I dwell
in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwelleth within
7:3 And Nathan said to the king, Go, do all that [is] in thy
heart: for the LORD [is] with thee.
7:4 And it came to pass that night, that the word of the LORD
came to Nathan, saying,
7:5 Go and tell my servant David, Thus saith the LORD, Wilt thou
build me a house for me to dwell in?
7:6 Whereas I have not dwelt in [any] house since the time that
I brought the children of Israel out of Egypt, even to this
day, but have walked in a tent, and in a tabernacle.
7:7 In all [the places] in which I have walked with all the
children of Israel have I spoken a word with any of the tribes
of Israel, whom I commanded to feed my people Israel, saying,
Why do ye not build me a house of cedar?
7:8 Now therefore so shalt thou say to my servant David, thus
saith the LORD of hosts, I took thee from the sheep-cote, from
following the sheep, to be ruler over my people, over Israel:
7:9 And I was with thee whithersoever thou wentest, and have cut
off all thy enemies out of thy sight, and have made thee a
great name, like to the name of the great [men] that [are] in
7:10 Moreover, I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and
will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own,
and move no more; neither shall the children of wickedness
afflict them any more, as formerly.
7:11 And as since the time that I commanded judges [to be] over
my people Israel, and have caused thee to rest from all thy
enemies. Also the LORD telleth thee that he will make thee a
7:12 And when thy days shall be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep
with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which
shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his
7:13 He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish
the throne of his kingdom for ever.
7:14 I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he shall
commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and
with the stripes of the children of men:
7:15 But my mercy shall not depart from him, as I took [it] from
Saul, whom I put away before thee.
7:16 And thy house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever
before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever.
7:17 According to all these words, and according to all this
vision, so did Nathan speak to David.
7:18 Then king David went in, and sat before the LORD, and he
said, Who [am] I, O LORD God? and what [is] my house, that thou
hast brought me hitherto;
7:19 And this was yet a small thing in thy sight, O LORD God;
but thou hast spoken also of thy servant's house for a great
while to come. And [is] this the manner of man, O LORD God?
7:20 And what can David say more to thee? for thou, LORD God,
knowest thy servant.
7:21 For thy word's sake, and according to thy own heart, hast
thou done all these great things, to make thy servant know
7:22 Wherefore thou art great, O LORD God: for [there is] none
like thee, neither [is there any] God besides thee, according
to all that we have heard with our ears.
7:23 And what one nation in the earth [is] like thy people,
[even] like Israel, whom God went to redeem for a people to
himself, and to make him a name, and to do for you great things
and terrible, for thy land, before thy people which thou
redeemedst to thee from Egypt, [from] the nations and their
7:24 For thou hast confirmed to thyself thy people Israel [to
be] a people to thee for ever: and thou, LORD, art become their
7:25 And now, O LORD God, the word that thou hast spoken
concerning thy servant, and concerning his house, establish
[it] for ever, and do as thou hast said.
7:26 And let thy name be magnified for ever, saying, The LORD of
hosts [is] the God over Israel: and let the house of thy
servant David be established before thee.
7:27 For thou, O LORD of hosts, God of Israel, hast revealed to
thy servant, saying, I will build thee a house: therefore hath
thy servant found in his heart to pray this prayer to thee.
7:28 And now, O LORD God, thou [art] that God, and thy words are
true, and thou hast promised this goodness to thy servant:
7:29 Therefore now let it please thee to bless the house of thy
servant, that it may continue for ever before thee: for thou, O
LORD God, hast spoken [it]: and with thy blessing let the house
of thy servant be blessed for ever.