God’s Promise to David
1After the king was settled in his palace and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies around him, 2he said to Nathan the prophet, “Here I am, living in a house of cedar, while the ark of God remains in a tent.”
3Nathan replied to the king, “Whatever you have in mind, go ahead and do it, for the Lord is with you.”
4But that night the word of the Lord came to Nathan, saying:
5“Go and tell my servant David, ‘This is what the Lord says: Are you the one to build me a house to dwell in? 6I have not dwelt in a house from the day I brought the Israelites up out of Egypt to this day. I have been moving from place to place with a tent as my dwelling. 7Wherever I have moved with all the Israelites, did I ever say to any of their rulers whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?” ’
8“Now then, tell my servant David, ‘This is what the Lord Almighty says: I took you from the pasture, from tending the flock, and appointed you ruler over my people Israel. 9I have been with you wherever you have gone, and I have cut off all your enemies from before you. Now I will make your name great, like the names of the greatest men on earth. 10And I will provide a place for my people Israel and will plant them so that they can have a home of their own and no longer be disturbed. Wicked people will not oppress them anymore, as they did at the beginning 11and have done ever since the time I appointed leaders7:11 Traditionally judges over my people Israel. I will also give you rest from all your enemies.
“ ‘The Lord declares to you that the Lord himself will establish a house for you: 12When your days are over and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, your own flesh and blood, and I will establish his kingdom. 13He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. 14I will be his father, and he will be my son. When he does wrong, I will punish him with a rod wielded by men, with floggings inflicted by human hands. 15But my love will never be taken away from him, as I took it away from Saul, whom I removed from before you. 16Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me7:16 Some Hebrew manuscripts and Septuagint; most Hebrew manuscripts you; your throne will be established forever.’ ”
17Nathan reported to David all the words of this entire revelation.
18Then King David went in and sat before the Lord, and he said:
“Who am I, Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far? 19And as if this were not enough in your sight, Sovereign Lord, you have also spoken about the future of the house of your servant—and this decree, Sovereign Lord, is for a mere human!7:19 Or for the human race
20“What more can David say to you? For you know your servant, Sovereign Lord. 21For the sake of your word and according to your will, you have done this great thing and made it known to your servant.
22“How great you are, Sovereign Lord! There is no one like you, and there is no God but you, as we have heard with our own ears. 23And who is like your people Israel—the one nation on earth that God went out to redeem as a people for himself, and to make a name for himself, and to perform great and awesome wonders by driving out nations and their gods from before your people, whom you redeemed from Egypt?7:23 See Septuagint and 1 Chron. 17:21; Hebrew wonders for your land and before your people, whom you redeemed from Egypt, from the nations and their gods. 24You have established your people Israel as your very own forever, and you, Lord, have become their God.
25“And now, Lord God, keep forever the promise you have made concerning your servant and his house. Do as you promised, 26so that your name will be great forever. Then people will say, ‘The Lord Almighty is God over Israel!’ And the house of your servant David will be established in your sight.
27“Lord Almighty, God of Israel, you have revealed this to your servant, saying, ‘I will build a house for you.’ So your servant has found courage to pray this prayer to you. 28Sovereign Lord, you are God! Your covenant is trustworthy, and you have promised these good things to your servant. 29Now be pleased to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever in your sight; for you, Sovereign Lord, have spoken, and with your blessing the house of your servant will be blessed forever.”
Onyankopɔn Hyɛ Dawid Bɔ
1Bere a wɔbɔɔ ɔhene no atenase wɔ nʼahemfi na Awurade ama asomdwoe aba asase no so no, 2Dawid frɛɛ odiyifo Natan se, “Hwɛ, mete ahemfi a wɔde sida asi mu, na Onyankopɔn Adaka no nso si ntamadan mu.”
3Na Natan buaa ɔhene no se, “Biribiara a woadwene ho sɛ wobɛyɛ no, kɔ so na yɛ, na Awurade ka wo ho.”
4Na anadwo no, Awurade ka kyerɛɛ Natan se,
5“Kɔka kyerɛ me somfo Dawid se, ‘Sɛnea Awurade se ni: Wone obi a ɛsɛ sɛ wusi dan ma me na metena mu ana? 6Efi bere a mede Israelfo fi Misraim bae de besi nnɛ no, mentenaa ɔdan mu da. Daa wotu mʼase fi baabi kɔ baabi. 7Bere biara a wotu mʼase a Israelman nyinaa ka me ho no, motee sɛ mibisaa wɔn sodifo, wɔn a mehyɛ wɔn sɛ wɔnhwɛ me nkurɔfo Israelfo no se, “Adɛn nti na momfaa sida nsii ofi mmaa me da?” ’
8“Afei, kɔka kyerɛ me somfo Dawid se, ‘Sɛnea Asafo Awurade se ni: Miyii wo fii mmoa adidibea ne nguan akyidi mu, de wo besii me nkurɔfo Israel so hene. 9Na baabiara a wokɔ no, meka wo ho, na matwa wʼatamfo nyinaa afi wʼanim. Na mɛma woagye din wɔ asase yi nyinaa so. 10Na mama me nkurɔfo Israelfo no baabi a wɔbɛtena afebɔɔ. Beae bi a ɛwɔ bammɔ a obiara renhaw wɔn. Ɛhɔ bɛyɛ wɔn ankasa asase a aman amumɔyɛfo renhyɛ wɔn so, sɛnea wɔyɛɛ bere bi a atwa mu no, 11efi bere a mepaw atemmufo sɛ wonni me nkurɔfo so no. Mɛsan ama mo bammɔ afi mo atamfo nyinaa nsam.
“ ‘Na Awurade aka akyerɛ wo se, ɔno Awurade na ɔbɛkyekyere ofi ama wo; ahemfo ntoatoaso fi. 12Na sɛ wo nna to twa a, mɛma wʼaseni a ofi wʼasen mu adi wʼade, na matim nʼaheman ase. 13Ɔno ne obi a obesi dan de me din ato so. Na matim nʼaheman mu ahengua ase afebɔɔ. 14Mɛyɛ nʼagya, na wayɛ me Ba. Sɛ ɔyɛ bɔne a, mɛma aman bi atwe nʼaso. 15Nanso, merenyi me dɔ mfi ne so da, sɛnea miyi fii Saulo a miyii no fii wʼanim no so ansa na wubedii nʼade no. 16Wo fi ne wʼahenni betim wɔ mʼanim afebɔɔ; na wʼahengua betim daa nyinaa.’ ”
17Enti Natan san kɔɔ Dawid nkyɛn kɔkaa nsɛm a Awurade aka no nyinaa kyerɛɛ no.
Dawid Aseda Mpaebɔ
18Na ɔhene Dawid kɔtenaa Awurade anim bɔɔ mpae se,
“Awurade Tumfo, me ne hena, na me fifo yɛ dɛn a wode me abedu nnɛ? 19Na afei Otumfo Awurade, eyinom nyinaa akyi no, woka sɛ wobɛma me ahenni a ɛte hɔ daa. Woyɛ nnipa nyinaa sɛɛ ana, Awurade Tumfo?
20“Dɛn bio na metumi aka? Efisɛ wunim wʼakoa, Awurade Tumfo. 21Wʼasɛm ne wo pɛ mu nti, woayɛ nneɛma kɛse yi nyinaa akyerɛ wo somfo.
22“Wo kɛseyɛ yɛ kokuroo, Awurade Tumfo! Obiara nte sɛ wo, Onyankopɔn bi nni hɔ sɛ wo, na yɛntee onyame foforo bi mpo ho asɛm ɛ! 23Ɔman bɛn na ɛwɔ asase yi so a ɛte sɛ Israel? Ɔman foforo bɛn na woayi no afi nkoasom mu de wɔn ayɛ wo man? Bere a wuyii wo nkurɔfo fii Misraim no, wugyee din. Woyɛɛ anwonwade a ɛyɛ hu de pam aman ne ahoni ahorow a na wɔyɛ akwanside ma wo nkurɔfo no. 24Woasi wo nkurɔfo Israel sɛ wʼankasa wʼade afebɔɔ, na wo, Awurade, woabɛyɛ wɔn Nyankopɔn.
25“Na afei, Awurade Nyankopɔn, di bɔ a wohyɛ faa wʼakoa ne ne fi ho no so. Ma ɛnyɛ bɔhyɛ a ɛbɛtena hɔ daa, 26na ama wo din akorɔn afebɔɔ. Na nnipa bɛka se, ‘Asafo Awurade yɛ Israel so Nyankopɔn.’ Na ma wo somfo Dawid ahenni ase ntim wɔ wʼanim.
27“Asafo Awurade, Israel Nyankopɔn, masi me bo abɔ saa mpae yi efisɛ woakyerɛ sɛ wobɛkyekye ofi a ɛyɛ daa ahenni ama me. 28Awurade Tumfo, woyɛ Onyankopɔn! Wo nsɛm mu wɔ ahotoso, na woahyɛ wo somfo nnepa ho bɔ. 29Afei, ma ɛnyɛ wo pɛ sɛ wubehyira wʼakoa fi so, na atoa so afebɔɔ wɔ wʼanim, na wo, Awurade, woakasa, na wo nhyira a wode behyira wo somfo fi no bɛyɛ daapem nhyira.”