2 Samuel 7:2-17

ISV(i) 2 he said to the prophet Nathan, "Look now, I'm living in a cedar palace, but the ark of God resides behind a tent curtain." 3 Nathan replied to the king, "Go do everything you have in mind, because the LORD is with you." 4 But later that same night, this message came to Nathan from the LORD: 5 "Go tell my servant David, 'This is what the LORD says: "'"Are you going to build a temple for me to inhabit? 6 After all, I haven't lived in a temple since the day I brought up the Israelites from Egypt until now. Instead, I've moved around in a tent or tabernacle. 7 Wherever I moved among the Israelites, did I ever ask even one tribal leader of Israel whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, 'Why haven't you built me a cedar temple?' 8 "'"Now therefore this is what you are to tell my servant David: 'This is what the LORD of the Heavenly Armies says: "I took you from the pasture myself {— } from tending sheep {— } to become commander-in-chief over my people, that is, over Israel. 9 "'"Furthermore, I have remained with you everywhere you have gone, annihilating all your enemies right in front of you. I will make a great reputation for you, like the reputation of great ones who have lived on earth. 10 I will establish a homeland for my people {— } for Israel {— } planting them so they may live in a secure location where they will never be disturbed anymore. Wicked people will no longer afflict them, as happened in the past 11 when I had commanded judges to administer my people Israel. I'll also grant you relief from all your enemies. The LORD also announces to you: "The LORD will craft a dynasty for you. 12 When your life is complete and you go to join your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring after you, who will come forth from your body, and I will fortify his kingdom. 13 He will build a temple dedicated to my Name, and I will make the throne of his kingdom last forever. 14 I will be a father to him, and he will be to me a son who, when he commits iniquity, I will discipline with the rod wielded by armies and with wounds inflicted by human beings. 15 But I'll never remove my gracious love from him as I did from Saul, whom I removed from your presence. 16 Your dynasty and your kingdom will remain forever in my presence {— } your throne will be secure forever."'" 17 Nathan communicated this complete oracle to David with precisely these words.