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.”
4 “Go and tell David My servant, ‘Thus says the Lord, “aYou shall not build a house for Me to dwell in;
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?’ ” ’
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 1wicked will not waste them anymore as formerly,
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 1descendants after you, who will be of your sons; and I will establish his kingdom.
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.
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.
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.
26 “Now, O Lord, You are God, and have 1promised this good thing to Your servant.
27 “And now it has pleased You to bless the house of Your servant, that it may 1continue forever before You; for You, O Lord, have blessed, and it is blessed forever.”