2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16
1 Now when the king was settledA in his house,B and the LordC had given him restD from all his enemiesE aroundF him,
2 the king said to the prophetG Nathan,H “SeeI now,J I am livingK in a house of cedar,L
but the arkM of GodN staysO in a tent.”P
3 Nathan said to the king, “Go,Q doR all that you have in mind;S for the Lord is with you.”
4 But that same nightT the wordU of the Lord came to Nathan: 5 Go and tell my servantV David:W Thus says the Lord: Are you the one to buildX me a house to live in?
6 I have not lived in a house since the day I brought up the peopleY of IsraelZ from EgyptAA to this day, but I have been moving aboutBB in a tentCC and a tabernacle.DD
7 Wherever I have moved about among all the people of Israel, did I ever speakEE a word with any of the tribal leadersFF of Israel, whom I commandedGG to shepherdHH my peopleII Israel, saying, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?”
8 Now therefore thus you shall say to my servant David: Thus says the Lord of hosts:JJ I took you from the pasture,KK from following the sheepLL to be princeMM over my people Israel;
9 and I have been with you wherever you went, and have cut offNN all your enemies from beforeOO you; and I will makePP for you a greatQQ name,RR like the name of the great onesSS of the earth.TT
10 And I will appoint a placeUU for my people Israel and will plantVV them, so that they may liveWW in their own place, and be disturbedXX no more;
and evildoersYY shall afflictZZ them no more,AAA as formerly,BBB
11 from the timeCCC that I appointedDDD judgesEEE over my people Israel; and I will give you rest from all your enemies. Moreover the Lord declaresFFF to you that the Lord will make you a house.
16 Your house and your kingdomGGG shall be made sureHHH foreverIII beforeJJJ me; your throneKKK shall be establishedLLL forever.
Image credit: “King David” by Peter Paul Rubens.