1 Now a it came to pass, when David was dwelling in his house, that David said to Nathan the prophet, "See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of the covenant of the LORD is under tent curtains." 2 Then Nathan said to David, "Do all that is in your heart, for God is with you."
3 But it happened that night that the word of God came to Nathan, saying, 4 "Go and tell My servant David, 'Thus says the LORD: "You shall b not build Me a house to dwell in. 5 "For I have not dwelt in a house since the time that I brought up Israel, even to this day, but have gone from tent to tent, and from one tabernacle to another. 6 "Wherever I have moved about with all Israel, have I ever spoken a word to any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd My people, saying, 'Why have you not built 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 c from the sheepfold, from following the sheep, to be 1 ruler over My people Israel. 8 "And I have been with you wherever you have gone, and have cut off all your enemies from before you, and have 2 made you a name like the name of the great men who are on the earth. 9 "Moreover I will appoint a place for My people Israel, and will d plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own and move no more; nor shall the sons of wickedness oppress them anymore, as previously, 10 "since the time that I commanded judges to be over My people Israel. Also I will subdue all your enemies. Furthermore I tell you that the LORD will build you a 3 house. 11 "And it shall be, when your days are e fulfilled, when you must 4 go to be with your fathers, that I will set up your f seed after you, who will be of your sons; and I will establish his kingdom. 12 g "He shall build Me a house, and I will establish his throne forever. 13 h "I will be his Father, and he shall be My son; and I will not take My mercy away from him, i as I took it from him who was before you. 14 "And j I will establish 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.New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.