1 Chronicles Chapter 17 |
1When David settled in his palace, David said to the prophet Nathan, “Here I am dwelling in a house of cedar, while the Ark of the Covenant of the Lord is under tent-cloths.” 2Nathan said to David, “Do whatever you have in mind, for God is with you.”
3But that same night the word of God came to Nathan: 4“Go and say to My servant David: Thus said the Lord: You are not the one to build a house for Me to dwell in. 5From the day that I brought out Israel to this day, I have not dwelt in a house, but have [gone] from tent to tent and from one Tabernacle [to another]. 6As I moved about wherever Israel went, did I ever reproach any of the judges of Israel whom I appointed to care for My people Israel: Why have you not built Me a house of cedar?
7“Further, say thus to My servant David: Thus said the Lord of Hosts: I took you from the pasture, from following the flock, to be ruler of My people Israel,
8and I have been with you wherever you went, and have cut down all your enemies before you. Moreover, I will give you renown like that of the greatest men on earth.
9I will establish a home for My people Israel and will plant them firm, so that they shall dwell secure and shall tremble no more. Evil men shall not wear them down anymore as in the past,
10ever since I appointed judges over My people Israel. I will subdue all your enemies.
And I declare to you: The Lord will build a house for you. 11When your days are done and you follow your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, one of your own sons, and I will establish his kingship. 12He shall build a house for Me, and I will establish his throne forever. 13I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to Me, but I will never withdraw My favor from him as I withdrew it from your predecessor. 14I will install him in My house and in My kingship forever, and his throne shall be established forever.”
15Nathan spoke to David in accordance with all these words and all this prophecy. 16Then King David came and sat before the Lord, and he said, “What am I, O Lord God, and what is my family, that You have brought me thus far? 17Yet even this, O God, has seemed too little to You; for You have spoken of Your servant’s house for the future. You regard me as a man of distinction, O Lord God. 18What more can David add regarding the honoring of Your servant? You know Your servant. 19O Lord, for Your servant’s sake, and of Your own accord, You have wrought this great thing, and made known all these great things. 20O Lord, there is none like You, and there is no other God but You, as we have always heard. 21And who is like Your people Israel, a unique nation on earth, whom God went and redeemed as His people, winning renown for Yourself for great and marvelous deeds, driving out nations before Your people whom You redeemed from Egypt. 22You have established Your people Israel as Your very own people forever; and You, O Lord, have become their God.
23“And now, O Lord, let Your promise concerning Your servant and his house be fulfilled forever; and do as You have promised. 24Let it be fulfilled that Your name be glorified forever, in that men will say,‘The Lord of Hosts, God of Israel, is Israel’s God’; and may the house of Your servant David be established before You. 25Because You, my God, have revealed to Your servant that You will build a house for him, Your servant has ventured to pray to You. 26And now, O Lord, You are God and You have made this gracious promise to Your servant. 27Now, it has pleased You to bless Your servant’s house, that it abide before You forever; for You, O Lord, have blessed and are blessed forever.”