God Makes a Promise to David
17:1 When David had settled into his palace, 1 he 2 said to Nathan the prophet, “Look, I am living in a palace 3 made from cedar, while the ark of the Lord’s covenant is under a tent.” 4 17:2 Nathan said to David, “You should do whatever you have in mind, 5 for God is with you.”
17:3 That night God told Nathan the prophet, 6 17:4 “Go, tell my servant David: ‘This is what the Lord says: “You must not build me a house in which to live. 17:5 For I have not lived in a house from the time I brought Israel up from Egypt 7 to the present day. I have lived in a tent that has been in various places. 8 17:6 Wherever I moved throughout Israel, I did not say 9 to any of the leaders whom I appointed to care for my people Israel, 10 ‘Why have you not built me a house made from cedar?’”’
17:7 “So now, say this to my servant David: ‘This is what the Lord who commands armies 11 says: “I took you from the pasture and from your work as a shepherd 12 to make you a leader of my people Israel. 17:8 I was with you wherever you went and I defeated 13 all your enemies before you. Now I will make you as famous as the great men of the earth. 14 17:9 I will establish a place for my people Israel and settle 15 them there; they will live there and not be disturbed 16 anymore. Violent men will not oppress them again, as they did in the beginning 17 17:10 and during the time when I appointed judges to lead my people Israel. I will subdue all your enemies.
“‘“I declare to you that the Lord will build a dynastic house 18 for you! 17:11 When the time comes for you to die, 19 I will raise up your descendant, 20 one of your own sons, to succeed you, and I will establish his kingdom. 17:12 He will build me a house, and I will make his dynasty permanent. 21 17:13 I will become his father and he will become my son. I will never withhold my loyal love from him, as I withheld it from the one who ruled before you. 22 17:14 I will put him in permanent charge of my house and my kingdom; his dynasty will be permanent.”’” 23 17:15 Nathan told David all these words that were revealed to him. 24
David Praises God
17:16 David went in, sat before the Lord, and said: “Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my family, 25 that you should have brought me to this point? 17:17 And you did not stop there, O God! You have also spoken about the future of your servant’s family. 26 You have revealed to me what men long to know, 27 O Lord God.