David, God, and Nathan talk about houses and stuff
1 Now it came to pass, as David sat in his house, that David said to Nathan
the prophet, Lo, I dwell in an house of cedars, but the ark of the covenant
of the LORD remaineth under curtains.
Then Nathan said unto David, Do all that is in thine heart; for God is
And it came to pass the same night, that the word of God came to Nathan,
Go and tell David my servant, Thus saith the LORD, Thou shalt not build me
an house to dwell in:
One day, while David sat in his house, he said to Nathan the prophet,
I live in a house of cedar.
God lives in a tent.
Nathan said to him,
Do whatever you want. God is with you.
That night, God came to Nathan and said to him,
Go say this to David,
Build me a house to live in.
For I have not dwelt in an house since the day that I brought up Israel
unto this day; but have gone from tent to tent, and from one tabernacle to
I haven't lived in a house since the Exodus.
I've gone from tent to tent, tabernacle to tabernacle.
Wheresoever I have walked with all Israel, spake I a word to any of the
judges of Israel, whom I commanded to feed my people, saying, Why have ye
not built me an house of cedars?
I haven't complained much.
I never said, "Hey, when are you going to build me a house of cedar?"
Now therefore thus shalt thou say unto my servant David, Thus saith the
LORD of hosts, I took thee from the sheepcote, even from following the
sheep, that thou shouldest be ruler over my people Israel:
I took you from a shepherd to a king.
And I have been with thee whithersoever thou hast walked, and have cut off
all thine enemies from before thee, and have made thee a name like the name
of the great men that are in the earth.
Also I will ordain a place for my people Israel, 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 any more, as at the beginning,
I cut off your enemies and made you famous.
And since the time that I commanded judges to be over my people Israel.
Moreover I will subdue all thine enemies. Furthermore I tell thee that the
LORD will build thee an house.
I'll continue to subdue your enemies and I'll build you a house.
And it shall come to pass, when thy days be expired that thou must go to
be with thy fathers, that I will raise up thy seed after thee, which shall
be of thy sons; and I will establish his kingdom.
And after you die, I'll give your seed your kingdom.
He shall build me an house, and I will stablish his throne for ever.
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 thee:
But I will settle him in mine house and in my kingdom for ever: and his
throne shall be established for evermore.
According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so did
Nathan speak unto David.
If you build me a house, I'll make your kingdom last forever.
And David the king came and sat before the LORD, and said, Who am I, O
LORD God, and what is mine house, that thou hast brought me hitherto?
And yet this was a small thing in thine eyes, O God; for thou hast also
spoken of thy servant's house for a great while to come, and hast regarded
me according to the estate of a man of high degree, O LORD God.
What can David speak more to thee for the honour of thy servant? for thou
knowest thy servant.
O LORD, for thy servant's sake, and according to thine own heart, hast
thou done all this greatness, in making known all these great things.
O LORD, there is none like thee, neither is there any God beside thee,
according to all that we have heard with our ears.
And what one nation in the earth is like thy people Israel, whom God went
to redeem to be his own people, to make thee a name of greatness and
terribleness, by driving out nations from before thy people whom thou hast
redeemed out of Egypt?
For thy people Israel didst thou make thine own people for ever; and thou,
LORD, becamest their God.
Therefore now, LORD, let the thing that thou hast spoken concerning thy
servant and concerning his house be established for ever, and do as thou
Let it even be established, that thy name may be magnified for ever,
saying, The LORD of hosts is the God of Israel, even a God to Israel: and
let the house of David thy servant be established before thee.
David sat in front of God and said to him,
Who am I and what is my house?
For thou, O my God, hast told thy servant that thou wilt build him an
house: therefore thy servant hath found in his heart to pray before thee.
And now, LORD, thou art God, and hast promised this goodness unto thy
Now therefore let it please thee to bless the house of thy servant, that
it may be before thee for ever: for thou blessest, O LORD, and it shall be
blessed for ever.
You said you'd build me a house.
So I'm praying in front of you.