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 1 to the present day. I have lived in a tent that has been in various places. 2 17:6 Wherever I moved throughout Israel, I did not say 3 to any of the leaders whom I appointed to care for my people Israel, 4 ‘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 5 says: “I took you from the pasture and from your work as a shepherd 6 to make you a leader of my people Israel. 17:8 I was with you wherever you went and I defeated 7 all your enemies before you. Now I will make you as famous as the great men of the earth. 8 17:9 I will establish a place for my people Israel and settle 9 them there; they will live there and not be disturbed 10 anymore. Violent men will not oppress them again, as they did in the beginning 11 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 12 for you! 17:11 When the time comes for you to die, 13 I will raise up your descendant, 14 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. 15 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. 16 17:14 I will put him in permanent charge of my house and my kingdom; his dynasty will be permanent.”’” 17 17:15 Nathan told David all these words that were revealed to him. 18