1 Chronicles 17 New English Translation (NET Bible)
God Makes a Promise to David
17 When David had settled into his palace,[a] he[b] said to Nathan the prophet, “Look, I am living in a palace[c] made from cedar, while the ark of the Lord’s covenant is under a tent.”[d] 2 Nathan said to David, “You should do whatever you have in mind,[e] for God is with you.”
3 That night God told Nathan,[f] 4 “Go, tell my servant David: ‘This is what the Lord says: “You must not build me a house in which to live. 5 For I have not lived in a house from the time I brought Israel up from Egypt[g] to the present day. I have lived in a tent that has been in various places.[h] 6 Wherever I moved throughout Israel, I did not say[i] to any of the leaders whom I appointed to care for my people Israel,[j] ‘Why have you not built me a house made from cedar?’”’
7 “So now, say this to my servant David: ‘This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies[k] says: “I took you from the pasture and from your work as a shepherd[l] to make you a leader of my people Israel. 8 I was with you wherever you went and I defeated[m] all your enemies before you. Now I will make you as famous as the great men of the earth.[n] 9 I will establish a place for my people Israel and settle[o] them there; they will live there and not be disturbed[p] anymore. Violent men will not oppress them again, as they did in the beginning[q] 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[r] for you! 11 When the time comes for you to die,[s] I will raise up your descendant,[t] one of your own sons, to succeed you, and I will establish his kingdom. 12 He will build me a house, and I will make his dynasty permanent.[u] 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.[v] 14 I will put him in permanent charge of my house and my kingdom; his dynasty will be permanent.”’”[w] 15 Nathan told David all these words that were revealed to him.[x]
David Praises God
16 King David went in, sat before the Lord, and said: “Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my family,[y] that you should have brought me to this point? 17 And you did not stop there, O God! You have also spoken about the future of your servant’s family.[z] You have revealed to me what men long to know,[aa] O Lord God. 18 What more can David say[ab] to you? You have honored your servant; you have given your servant special recognition.[ac] 19 O Lord, for the sake of your servant and according to your will,[ad] you have done this great thing in order to reveal your greatness.[ae] 20 O Lord, there is none like you; there is no God besides you! What we heard is true![af] 21 And who is like your people, Israel, a unique nation[ag] in the earth? Their God[ah] went to claim[ai] a nation for himself! You made a name for yourself by doing great and awesome deeds[aj] when you drove out[ak] nations before your people whom you had delivered from the Egyptian empire and its gods.[al] 22 You made Israel your very own nation for all time.[am] You, O Lord, became their God. 23 So now, O Lord, may the promise you made about your servant and his family become a permanent reality![an] Do as you promised,[ao] 24 so[ap] it may become a reality[aq] and you may gain lasting fame,[ar] as people say,[as] ‘The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is the God of Israel.’[at] The dynasty[au] of your servant David will be established before you, 25 for you, my God, have revealed to your servant that you will build a dynasty[av] for him. That is why your servant has had the courage to pray to you.[aw] 26 Now, O Lord, you are the true God;[ax] you have made this good promise to your servant.[ay] 27 Now you are willing to bless your servant’s dynasty[az] so that it may stand permanently before you, for you, O Lord, have blessed it and it will be blessed from now on into the future.”[ba]