God’s Covenant with David
1 aAnd it came° about, when° David° dwelt° in his house°, that David° said° to Nathan° the prophet°, “Behold°, I am dwelling° in a house° of cedar°, but the ark° of the covenant° of the LORD° is under° curtains°.” 2 Then Nathan° said° to David°, “Do° all° that is in your heart°, for God° is with you.”
3 ¶ It came° about the same° night° that the word° of God° came° to Nathan°, saying°, 4 “Go° and tell° David° My servant°, ‘Thus° says° the LORD°, “aYou shall not build° a house° for Me to dwell° in; 5 for I have not dwelt° in a house° since° the day° that I brought° up Israel° to this° day°, abut I have Igone° from tent° to tent° and from [one] dwelling° place° [to another]. 6 In all° places where° I have walked° with all° Israel°, have I spoken° a word° awith any° of the judges° of Israel°, whom° I commanded° to shepherd° My people°, saying°, ‘Why° have you not built° for Me a house° of cedar°?’”’ 7 Now°, therefore, thus° shall you say° to My servant° David°, ‘Thus° says° the LORD° of hosts°, “I took° you from the pasture°, from following° the sheep°, to be leader° over° My people° Israel°. 8 I have been° with you wherever°° you have gone°, and have cut° off° all° your enemies° from before° you; and I will make° you a name° like the name° of the great° ones° who° are in the earth°. 9 I will appoint° a place° for My people° Israel°, and will plant° them, so that they may dwell° in their own place° and not be moved° again°; and the Iwicked°° will not waste° them anymore° as formerly°, 10 even from the day° that I commanded° judges° [to be] over° My people° Israel°. And I will subdue° all° your enemies°.
¶ Moreover, I tell° you that the LORD° will build° a house° for you. 11 When° your days° are fulfilled° that you must go° [to be] with your fathers°, that I will set° up [one of] your Idescendants° after° you, who° will be of your sons°; and I will establish° his kingdom°. 12 He shall build° for Me a house°, and I will establish° his throne° forever°°. 13 aI will be his father° and he shall be My son°; and I will not take° My lovingkindness° away° from him, bas I took° it from him who° was before° you. 14 But 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°.
 a1Ch 28:2, 3
 ILit been aEx 40:2, 3; 2S 7:6
 a2S 7:7
 ILit sons of wickedness
 ILit seed
 a2Co 6:18; He 1:5 b1Ch 10:14
David’s Prayer in Response
16 ¶ Then David° the king° went° in and sat° before° the LORD° and said°, “aWho° am I, O LORD° God°, and what° is my house° that You have brought° me this° far°? 17 This° was a small° thing° in Your eyes°, O God°; but You have spoken° of Your servant’s° house° for a great° while° to come°, and have regarded° me according to the standard° of a man° of high° degree°, O LORD° God°. 18 What° more° can David° still° [say] to You concerning the honor° [bestowed] on Your servant°? For You know° Your servant°. 19 O LORD°, afor Your servant’s° sake°, and according to Your own heart°, You have wrought° all° this° greatness°, to make° known° all° these great° things°. 20 O LORD°, there° is none° like° You, nor° is there° 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° for Himself [as] a people°, to make° You a name° by great° and terrible° things°, in driving° out nations° from before° Your people°, whom° You redeemed° out of Egypt°? 22 aFor Your people° Israel° You made° Your own people° forever°°, and You, O LORD°, became° their God°.
23 ¶ “Now°, O LORD°, let the word° that You have spoken° concerning° Your servant° and concerning° his house° be established° forever°°, and do° as You have spoken°. 24 Let Your name° be established° and magnified° forever°°, saying°, ‘The LORD° of hosts° is the God° of Israel°, [even] a God° to Israel°; and the house° of David° Your servant° is established° before° You.’ 25 For You, O my God°, have revealed°° to Your servant° that You will build° for him a house°; therefore°° Your servant° has found° [courage] to pray° before° You. 26 Now°, O LORD°, You are God°, and have Ipromised° this° good° thing° to Your servant°. 27 And now° it has pleased° You to bless° the house° of Your servant°, that it may Icontinue° forever° before° You; for You, O LORD°, have blessed°, and it is blessed° forever°.”
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Nathan first approving the purpose of David to build God an house,
1 ¶ Now it came to pass,² as² Davidº satºª in his house,º that Davidº saidºª to² Nathanº the prophet,º Lo,² I² dwellºª in an houseº of cedars,º but the arkº of the covenantº of the LORDº [remaineth] under² curtains.º 2 Then Nathanº saidºª unto² David,º Doºª all² that² [is] in thine heart;º for² Godº [is] with² thee.
 Ex 40:19; 2S 6:17; 7:1, 2; 12:1, 25; 1K 1:8, 23, 44; 1Ch 14:1; 15:1; 16:1; 17:5; 29:29; 2Ch 1:4; 6:7; Ps 132:5; Jr 22:15; Dn 4:4, 29; Hg 1:4, 9; Ac 7:46.
 Jsh 9:14; 1S 10:7; 16:7; 2S 7:3; 1Ch 22:7; 28:2; Ps 20:4; Zc 8:23; Lk 1:28; 1Co 13:9.
after by the Word of God forbiddeth him.
3 ¶ And it came to pass² the same² night,º that the wordº of Godº came² to² Nathan,º saying,ºª 4 Go¹ª² and tellºª² Davidº my servant,º Thus² saithºª the LORD,º Thou² shalt not² buildºª me an houseº to dwell in:ºª 5 For² I have not² dwelt² in¹ª an houseº since² the dayº that² I brought upºª² Israelº unto² this² day;º but have gone² from tentº² to² tent,º and from [one] tabernacleº² [to another]. 6 Wheresoever²² I have walkedºª with all² Israel,º spakeºª I a wordº to² anyº of the judgesºª of Israel,º whom² I commandedºª to feedºª² my people,º saying,ºª Why² have ye not² builtºª me an houseº of cedars?º 7 Now² therefore thus² shalt thou sayºª unto my servantº David,º Thus² saithºª the LORDº of hosts,º I² tookºª thee from² the sheepcote,º [even] from² followingº the sheep,º that thou shouldest be² rulerº over² my peopleº Israel:º 8 And I have been² with² thee whithersoever²² thou hast walked,ºª and have cut offºª² all² thine enemiesºª from beforeº² thee, and have madeºª thee a nameº like the nameº of the great menº that² [are] in the earth.º 9 Also I will ordainºª a placeº for my peopleº Israel,º and will plantºª them, and they shall dwellºª in their place,² and shall be movedºª no² more;² neither² shall the childrenº of wickednessº wasteºª them any more,ºª as² at the beginning,º 10 And since the timeº² that² I commandedºª judgesºª [to be] over² my peopleº Israel.º Moreover I will subdueºª² all² thine enemies.ºª Furthermore I tellºª thee that the LORDº will buildºª thee an house.º
 Nu 12:6; 2K 20:1; Is 30:21; Am 3:7.
 2S 7:4; 1K 8:19; 1Ch 22:7; 28:2; 2Ch 6:8; Is 55:8; Ro 11:33.
 Ex 40:2; 2S 6:17; 7:6; 1K 8:4, 16, 27; 2Ch 2:6; 6:18; Is 66:1; Ac 7:44.
 Ex 33:14; 40:35; Lv 26:11; Nu 10:33; Dt 23:14; Jg 2:16; 1S 12:11; 2S 7:7; 1Ch 11:2; Ps 78:71; Jr 23:4; Ezk 34:2; Mi 5:4; Mt 2:6; Ac 13:20; 2Co 6:16; Rv 2:1.
 Ex 3:1; 1S 16:11; 17:15; 2S 6:21; 7:8; Ps 78:70; Am 7:14; Mt 2:6; 4:18; Lk 5:10.
 Gn 28:15; 1S 18:14, 28; 26:10; 31:1; 2S 7:9; 8:6, 8, 13, 14; 22:1, 38; 1Ch 17:2, 17; Ezr 4:20; Ps 18:1; 46:7, 11; 71:21; 75:7; 113:7; Lk 1:52.
 Ex 1:13; 2:23; Ps 44:2; 89:22; 92:13; Is 49:17; 60:18; 61:3; Jr 24:6; 31:3; 32:41; Ezk 28:4; 34:13; 36:14; 37:25; Am 9:15; Ep 2:2; 5:6; Rv 21:4.
 Ex 1:21; Jg 2:14; 3:8; 4:3; 6:3; 1S 13:5, 19; 2S 7:11; Ps 18:40; 21:8; 89:23; 110:1; 127:1; 1Co 15:25.
He promiseth him blessings and benefits in his seed.
11 ¶ And it shall come to pass,² when² thy daysº be expiredºª that thou must go¹ª² [to be] with² thy fathers,º that I will raise upºª² thy seedº afterº thee, which² shall be² of thy sons;º² and I will establishºª² his kingdom.º 12 He² shall buildºª me an house,º and I will stablishºª² his throneº for¹ ever.º² 13 I² will be² his father,º and he² shall be² my son:º and I will not² take¹ª my mercy¹ awayºª² from²² him, as² I tookºª [it] from [him] that²² was² beforeº thee: 14 But I will settleºª him in mine houseº and in my kingdomº for ever:º² and his throneº shall be² establishedºª for¹ evermore.º² 15 According to all² these² words,º and according to all² this² vision,º so² did Nathanº speakºª unto² David.º
 Gn 15:15; Dt 31:16; 2S 7:12; 12:24; 1K 1:21; 2:10; 8:20; 1Ch 28:5; 29:15, 28; Ps 132:11; Jr 23:5; Ac 2:29; 13:36; Ro 1:3.
 1K 5:5; 1Ch 22:9; 28:6; 2Ch 3:1; Ezr 5:11; Ps 89:4, 29, 36; Is 9:7; Dn 2:44; Zc 6:12; Jn 2:19; Ac 7:47; 1Co 15:25; Col 2:9; Rv 11:15.
 1S 15:28; 2S 7:14, 15; 1K 11:12, 36; 1Ch 10:14; 17:12; Ps 2:7, 12; 89:26, 29; Is 55:3; Lk 9:35; Jn 3:35; He 1:5.
 Ps 2:6; 72:17; 89:36; Lk 1:32; He 3:6.
 2S 7:17; Jr 23:28; Ac 20:27.
David's prayer and thanksgiving.
16 ¶ And Davidº the kingº cameºª and satºª beforeº the LORD,º and said,ºª Who² [am] I,² O LORDº God,º and what² [is] mine house,º that² thou hast broughtºª me hitherto?º² 17 And [yet] this² was a small thingºª in thine eyes,º O God;º for thou hast [also] spokenºª of² thy servant'sº houseº for a great while to come,º² and hast regardedºª me according to the estateº of a manº of high degree,º O LORDº God.º 18 What² can¹ª Davidº [speak] moreºª² to² thee for the honourº of² thy servant?º for thou² knowestºª² thy servant.º 19 O LORD,º for thy servant's¹ sake,²² and according to thine own heart,º hast thou doneºª² all² this² greatness,º in making knownºª² all² [these] great things.º 20 O LORD,º [there is] none² like thee,² neither² [is there any] Godº besideº thee, according to all² that² we have heardºª with our ears.º 21 And what² oneº nationº in the earthº [is] like thy peopleº Israel,º whom² Godº wentºª to redeemºª [to be] his own people,º to makeºª thee a nameº of greatnessº and terribleness,ºª by driving outºª nationsº from beforeº² thy people,º whom² thou hast redeemedºª out of Egypt?º² 22 For² thy peopleº Israelº didst thou makeºª thine own peopleº for¹ ever;º² and thou,² LORD,º becamest² their God.º 23 Therefore now,² LORD,º let the thingº that² thou hast spokenºª concerning² thy servantº and concerning² his houseº be establishedºª for¹ ever,º² and doºª as² thou hast said.ºª 24 Let it even be established,ºª that thy nameº may be magnifiedºª for¹ ever,º² saying,ºª The LORDº of hostsº [is] the Godº of Israel,º [even] a Godº to Israel:º and [let] the houseº of Davidº thy servantº [be] establishedºª beforeº thee. 25 For² thou,² O my God,º hast toldººª² thy servantº that thou wilt buildºª him an house:º therefore²² thy servantº hath foundºª [in his heart] to prayºª beforeº thee. 26 And now,² LORD,º thou² art God,º and hast promisedºª this² goodnessº unto² thy servant:º 27 Now² therefore let it pleaseºª thee to blessºª² the houseº of thy servant,º that it may be² beforeº thee for ever:º for² thou² blessest,ºª O LORD,º and [it shall be] blessedºª for ever.º
 Gn 32:10; 48:15; Jg 6:15; 1S 7:12; 9:21; 2S 7:18; 2K 19:14; Ps 144:3; Ac 26:22; 2Co 1:10; Ep 3:8.
 2S 7:19; 12:8; 1K 3:13; 2K 3:18; 1Ch 17:7, 8, 11; Ps 78:70; 89:19; Is 49:6; Ep 3:20; Php 2:8.
 1S 2:30; 16:7; 2S 7:20; Ps 139:1; Jn 21:17; Rv 2:23.
 1Ch 29:11; Ps 111:3, 6; Is 37:35; 42:1; 49:3, 5; Dn 9:17; Mt 11:26; Ep 1:9; 3:11.
 Ex 15:11; 18:11; Dt 3:24; 4:35, 39; 33:26; 1S 2:2; Ps 44:1; 78:3; 86:8; 89:6, 8; Is 40:18, 25; 43:10; 44:6; 45:5, 22; 63:12; Jr 10:6; Ep 3:20.
 Ex 3:7; 19:4; Dt 4:7, 32, 34; 7:1; 15:15; 33:26; Jsh 10:42; 21:43; 24:11; Ne 9:10; Ps 44:2; 65:5; 66:3; 77:15; 107:2; 111:9; 114:3; 147:20; Is 48:9; 63:9, 12; 64:3; Ezk 20:9; Tit 2:14.
 Gn 17:7; Ex 19:5; Dt 7:6; 26:18; 1S 12:22; Jr 31:31; Zc 13:9; Ro 9:4, 25; 11:1, 2; 1P 2:9.
 Gn 32:12; 2S 7:25; Ps 119:49; Jr 11:5; Lk 1:38.
 2Ch 6:33; Ps 21:13; 72:19; 90:17; Jr 31:1; Mt 6:9, 13; Jn 12:28; 17:1; Php 2:11; He 8:10; 11:16; 1P 4:11; Rv 21:3.
 1S 9:15; 1Ch 17:10; Ps 10:17; Ezk 36:37; 1Jn 5:14.
 Ex 34:6; Tit 1:2; He 6:18.
 Gn 27:33; Ps 72:17; Ro 11:29; Ep 1:3.
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