2 Samuel 7:1-14a
1 NowA when the kingB was settledC in his house,D
and the LordE had given him restF from all his enemiesG aroundH him,
2 the king said to the prophetI Nathan,J “SeeK now,L I am livingM in a house of cedar,N
but the arkO of GodP staysQ inR a tent.”S
3 Nathan said to the king, “Go,T doU all that you have in mind;V for the Lord is with you.”
4 ButW that same nightX the wordY of the Lord cameZ to Nathan:
5 Go and tell my servantAA David:BB Thus says the Lord: Are you the one to buildCC me a house to live in?
6 I have not lived in a house since the dayDD I brought upEE the peopleFF of IsraelGG from EgyptHH to this day,
but I have beenII moving aboutJJ in a tentKK and a tabernacle.LL
7 Wherever I have moved about among all the people of Israel, did I ever speakMM a word with anyNN of the tribal leadersOO of Israel, whom I commandedPP to shepherdQQ my peopleRR 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:SS I tookTT you from the pasture,UU from following the sheepVV to be princeWW over my peopleXX Israel;
9 and I have been with you wherever you went, and have cut offYY all your enemies from beforeZZ you; and I will makeAAA for you a greatBBB name,CCC like the name of the great ones of the earth.DDD
10 And I will appointEEE a placeFFF for my peopleGGG Israel and will plantHHH them,
so that they may liveIII in their own place, and be disturbedJJJ no more;KKK and evildoersLLL shall afflictMMM them no more, as formerly,NNN
11 from the timeOOO that I appointedPPP judgesQQQ over my peopleRRR Israel; and I will give you rest from all your enemies. Moreover the Lord declaresSSS to you that the Lord will make you a house.
12 When your days are fulfilledTTT and you lie downUUU with your ancestors,VVV I will raise upWWW your offspringXXX after you,
who shall come forthYYY from your body,ZZZ and I will establishAAAA his kingdom.BBBB
13 He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throneCCCC of his kingdom forever.DDDD 14 I will be a fatherEEEE to him, and he shall be a sonFFFF to me.
When he commits iniquity,GGGG I will punishHHHH him with a rodIIII such as mortalsJJJJ use, with blowsKKKK inflicted by human beings.LLLL
Image credit: “David kneeling in his Palace before the Prophet Nathan” by Tobias van Nijmegen, between 1670 and 1699.