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1 Crónicas 17

Promesa de Dios a David

1Una vez instalado en su palacio, David le dijo al profeta Natán:

—¡Aquí me tienes, habitando un palacio de cedro, mientras que el arca del pacto del Señor se encuentra bajo una simple tienda de campaña!

—Bien —respondió Natán—. Haga Su Majestad lo que su corazón le dicte, pues Dios está con usted.

Pero aquella misma noche la palabra de Dios vino a Natán y le dijo:

«Ve y dile a mi siervo David que así dice el Señor: “No serás tú quien me construya una casa para que yo la habite. Desde el día en que liberé a Israel hasta el día de hoy, no he habitado en casa alguna, sino que he ido de campamento en campamento y de santuario en santuario. Todo el tiempo que anduve con Israel, cuando mandé a sus jueces[a] que pastorearan a mi pueblo, ¿acaso le reclamé a alguno de ellos el no haberme construido una casa de cedro?”

»Pues bien, dile a mi siervo David que así dice el Señor Todopoderoso: “Yo te saqué del redil para que, en vez de cuidar ovejas, gobernaras a mi pueblo Israel. Yo he estado contigo por dondequiera que has ido, y he aniquilado a todos tus enemigos. Y ahora voy a hacerte tan famoso como los más grandes de la tierra. También voy a designar un lugar para mi pueblo Israel, y allí los plantaré para que puedan vivir sin sobresaltos. Sus malvados enemigos no volverán a oprimirlos como lo han hecho desde el principio, 10 desde los días en que nombré jueces sobre mi pueblo Israel. Yo derrotaré a todos tus enemigos. Te anuncio, además, que yo, el Señor, te edificaré una casa. 11 Cuando tu vida llegue a su fin y vayas a reunirte con tus antepasados, yo pondré en el trono a uno de tus descendientes, a uno de tus hijos, y afirmaré su reino. 12 Será él quien construya una casa en mi honor, y yo afirmaré su trono para siempre. 13 Yo seré su padre, y él será mi hijo. Jamás le negaré mi amor, como se lo negué a quien reinó antes que tú. 14 Al contrario, para siempre lo estableceré en mi casa y en mi reino, y su trono será firme para siempre”».

15 Natán le comunicó todo esto a David, tal como lo había recibido por revelación.

Oración de David

16 Luego el rey David se presentó ante el Señor y le dijo:

«Señor y Dios, ¿quién soy yo, y qué es mi familia, para que me hayas hecho llegar tan lejos? 17 Como si esto fuera poco, has hecho promesas a este tu siervo en cuanto al futuro de su dinastía. ¡Me has tratado como si fuera yo un hombre muy importante, Señor y Dios! 18 ¿Qué más podría yo decir del honor que me has dado, si tú conoces a tu siervo? 19 Señor, tú has hecho todas estas grandes maravillas, por amor a tu siervo y según tu voluntad, y las has dado a conocer. 20 Señor, nosotros mismos hemos aprendido que no hay nadie como tú, y que aparte de ti no hay Dios. 21 ¿Y qué nación se puede comparar con tu pueblo Israel? Es la única nación en la tierra que tú has redimido, para hacerla tu propio pueblo y para dar a conocer tu nombre. Hiciste prodigios y maravillas cuando al paso de tu pueblo, al cual redimiste de Egipto, expulsaste a las naciones y a sus dioses. 22 Adoptaste a Israel para que fuera tu pueblo para siempre, y para que tú, Señor, fueras su Dios.

23 »Y ahora, Señor, mantén para siempre la promesa que le has hecho a tu siervo y a su dinastía. Cumple tu palabra 24 para que tu nombre permanezca y sea exaltado por siempre, y para que todos digan: “¡El Señor Todopoderoso es el Dios de Israel!” Entonces la dinastía de tu siervo David quedará establecida en tu presencia.

25 »Tú, Dios mío, le has revelado a tu siervo el propósito de establecerle una dinastía, y por eso tu siervo se ha atrevido a dirigirte esta súplica. 26 Oh Señor, ¡tú eres Dios y has prometido este favor a tu siervo! 27 Te has dignado bendecir a la familia de tu siervo, de modo que bajo tu protección exista para siempre. Tú, Señor, la has bendecido, y por eso quedará bendita para siempre».

Notas al pie

  1. 17:6 jueces. Véase Jue 2:16.

New International Reader's Version

1 Chronicles 17

God Makes a Promise to David

1David moved into his palace. Then he spoke to Nathan the prophet. He said, “Here I am, living in a house that has beautiful cedar walls. But the ark of the covenant of the Lord is under a tent.”

Nathan replied to David, “Do what you want to. God is with you.”

But that night a message came to Nathan from God. He said,

“Go and speak to my servant David. Tell him, ‘The Lord says, “You are not the one who will build me a house to live in. I have not lived in a house from the day I brought Israel up out of Egypt until now. I have moved my tent from one place to another. I have moved my home from one place to another. I have moved from place to place with all the Israelites. I commanded their leaders to be shepherds over my people. I never asked any of those leaders, ‘Why haven’t you built me a house that has beautiful cedar walls?’ ” ’

“So tell my servant David, ‘The Lord who rules over all says, “I took you away from the grasslands. That is where you were taking care of your father’s sheep and goats. I appointed you ruler over my people Israel. I have been with you everywhere you have gone. I destroyed all your enemies when you were attacking them. Now I will make you famous. Your name will be just as respected as the names of the most important people on earth. I will provide a place where my people Israel can live. I will plant them in the land. Then they will have a home of their own. They will not be bothered anymore. Sinful people will no longer crush them, as they did at first. 10 That is what your enemies have done ever since I appointed leaders over my people Israel. But I will bring all your enemies under your control.

“ ‘ “I tell you that I, the Lord, will build a royal house for your family. 11 Some day your life will come to an end. You will join the members of your family who have already died. Then I will give you one of your own sons to become the next king after you. I will make his kingdom secure. 12 He is the one who will build me a house. I will set up his throne. It will last forever. 13 I will be his father. And he will be my son. I took my love away from the man who ruled before you. But I will never take my love away from your son. 14 I will place him over my house and my kingdom forever. His throne will last forever.” ’ ”

15 Nathan reported to David all the words that the Lord had spoken to him.

David’s Prayer

16 Then King David went into the holy tent. He sat down in front of the Lord. He said,

Lord God, who am I? My family isn’t important. So why have you brought me this far? 17 I would have thought that you had already done more than enough for me. But now, my God, you have spoken about my royal house. You have said what will happen to it in days to come. Lord God, you have treated me as if I were the most honored man of all.

18 “What more can I say to you for honoring me? You know all about me. 19 Lord, you have done a wonderful thing. You have given me many great promises. All of them are for my good. They are exactly what you wanted to give me.

20 Lord, there isn’t anyone like you. There isn’t any God but you. We have heard about it with our own ears. 21 Who is like your people Israel? God, we are the one nation on earth you have saved. You have set us free for yourself. Your name has become famous. You have done great and wonderful things. You have driven out nations to make room for your people. You saved us when you set us free from Egypt. 22 You made Israel your very own people forever. Lord, you have become our God.

23 “And now, Lord, let the promise you have made to me and my royal house stand forever. Do exactly as you promised. 24 When your promise comes true, your name will be honored forever. People will say, ‘The Lord rules over all. He is the God over Israel. He is Israel’s God!’ My royal house will be made secure in your sight.

25 “My God, you have shown me that you will build me a royal house. So I can pray to you boldly. 26 You, Lord, are God! You have promised many good things to me. 27 You have been pleased to bless my royal house. Now it will continue forever in your sight. Lord, you have blessed it. And it will be blessed forever.”