1 Now it came to pass, as Dawid sat in his house, that Dawid said to Nathan the prophet, “Behold, I dwell in a house of cedars, but the ark of the covenant of יהוה remaineth under curtains.”
2 Then Nathan said unto Dawid, “Do all that is in your heart, for God (Elohim) is with you.”
3 And it came to pass the same night, that the word of God (Elohim) came to Nathan, saying,
4 “Go and tell Dawid My servant, ‘Thus saith יהוה: “You shalt not build Me a house to dwell in;
5 For I have not dwelt in a house since the day that I brought up Yisrael unto this day; but have gone from tent to tent, and from one tabernacle to another.
6 Wheresoever I have walked with all Yisrael, spake I a word to any of the judges of Yisrael, whom I commanded to feed My people, saying, ‘Why have you not built Me a house of cedars?’
7 Now therefore thus shalt you say unto My servant Dawid, ‘Thus saith N8יהוה of hosts (YHWH Tsevaot): “I took you from the sheepcote, even from following the sheep, that you shouldest be ruler over My people Yisrael;
8 And I have been with you whithersoever you have walked, and have cut off all your enemies from before you, and have made you a name like the name of the great men that are in the earth.
9 Also I will ordain a place for My people Yisrael, and will plant them, and they shall dwell in their place, and shall be moved no more; neither shall the children of wickedness waste them anymore, as at the beginning,
10 And since the time that I commanded judges to be over My people Yisrael. Moreover I will subdue all your enemies. Furthermore I tell you that יהוה will build you a house.
11 And it shall come to pass, when your days be expired that you must go to be with your fathers, that I will raise up your seed after you, who shall be of your sons; and I will establish his kingdom.
12 He shall build Me a house, and I will stablish his throne forever.
13 I will be his father, and he shall be My son; and I will not take My mercy away from him, as I took it from him that was before you;
14 But I will settle him in Mine house and in My kingdom forever; and his throne shall be established forevermore.”’”
15 According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so did Nathan speak unto Dawid.
16 And Dawid the king came and sat before יהוה, and said, “Who am I, O יהוה God (Elohim), and what is mine house, that you have brought me hitherto?
17 And yet this was a small thing in your eyes, O God (Elohim); for You have also spoken of Your servant’s house for a great while to come, and hast regarded me according to the estate of a man of high degree, O God (Elohim) יהוה.
18 What can Dawid speak more to You for the honor of Your servant? For You knowest Your servant.
19 O יהוה, for Your servant’s sake, and according to Your own heart, have You done all this greatness, in making known all these great things.
20 O יהוה, there is none like You, neither is there any God (Elohim) besides You, according to all that we have heard with our ears.
21 And what one nation in the earth is like Your people Yisrael, whom God (Elohim) went to redeem to be His own people, to make You a name of greatness and awesomeness, by driving out nations from before Your people, whom You have redeemed out of Egypt (Mitsrayim)?
22 For Your people Yisrael didst You make Your own people forever; and You, יהוה, becamest their God (Elohim).
23 Therefore now, יהוה, let the thing that You have spoken concerning Your servant and concerning his house be established forever, and do as You have said.
24 Let it even be established, that Your name may be magnified forever, saying, “יהוה of hosts (YHWH Tsevaot) is the God of Israel (Elohei Yisrael), even a God (Elohim) to Yisrael; and let the house of Dawid Your servant be established before You.
25 For You, O my God (Elohim), hast told Your servant that You wilt build him a house; therefore Your servant hath found in his heart to pray before You.
26 And now, יהוה, You are God (Elohim), and hast promised this goodness unto Your servant.
27 Now therefore let it please You to bless the house of Your servant, that it may be before You forever; for You blessest, O יהוה, and it shall be blessed forever.”