The Oracle of Nathan. 1After the king had taken up residence in his house, and the Lord had given him rest from his enemies on every side, 2the king said to Nathan the prophet, “Here I am living in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells in a tent!” 3Nathan answered the king, “Whatever is in your heart, go and do, for the Lord is with you.” 4But that same night the word of the Lord came to Nathan: 5Go and tell David my servant, Thus says the Lord: Is it you who would build me a house to dwell in? 6I have never dwelt in a house from the day I brought Israel up from Egypt to this day, but I have been going about in a tent or a tabernacle. 7As long as I have wandered about among the Israelites, did I ever say a word to any of the judges whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel: Why have you not built me a house of cedar?
8Now then, speak thus to my servant David, Thus says the Lord of hosts: I took you from the pasture, from following the flock, to become ruler over my people Israel. 9I was with you wherever you went, and I cut down all your enemies before you. And I will make your name like that of the greatest on earth. 10I will assign a place for my people Israel and I will plant them in it to dwell there; they will never again be disturbed, nor shall the wicked ever again oppress them, as they did at the beginning, 11and from the day when I appointed judges over my people Israel. I will give you rest from all your enemies. Moreover, the Lord also declares to you that the Lord will make a house for you: 12when your days have been completed and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring after you, sprung from your loins, and I will establish his kingdom. 13He it is who shall build a house for my name, and I will establish his royal throne forever. 14I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to me. If he does wrong, I will reprove him with a human rod and with human punishments; 15but I will not withdraw my favor from him as I withdrew it from Saul who was before you. 16Your house and your kingdom are firm forever before me; your throne shall be firmly established forever. 17In accordance with all these words and this whole vision Nathan spoke to David.
1A maskil of Ethan the Ezrahite.
2I will sing of your mercy forever, Lord
proclaim your faithfulness through all ages.
3For I said, “My mercy is established forever;
my faithfulness will stand as long as the heavens.
4I have made a covenant with my chosen one;
I have sworn to David my servant:
5I will make your dynasty stand forever
and establish your throne through all ages.”
6The heavens praise your marvels, Lord,
your loyalty in the assembly of the holy ones.
7Who in the skies ranks with the Lord?
Who is like the Lord among the sons of the gods?
8A God dreaded in the council of the holy ones,
greater and more awesome than all those around him!
9Lord, God of hosts, who is like you?
Mighty Lord, your faithfulness surrounds you.
10You rule the raging sea;
you still its swelling waves.
11You crush Rahab with a mortal blow;
with your strong arm you scatter your foes.
12Yours are the heavens, yours the earth;
you founded the world and everything in it.
13Zaphon and Amanus you created;
Tabor and Hermon rejoice in your name.
14You have a mighty arm.
Your hand is strong; your right hand is ever exalted.
15Justice and judgment are the foundation of your throne;
mercy and faithfulness march before you.
16Blessed the people who know the war cry,
who walk in the radiance of your face, Lord.
17In your name they sing joyfully all the day;
they rejoice in your righteousness.
18You are their majestic strength;
by your favor our horn is exalted.
19Truly the Lord is our shield,
the Holy One of Israel, our king!
20Then you spoke in vision;
to your faithful ones you said:
“I have set a leader over the warriors;
I have raised up a chosen one from the people.
21I have chosen David, my servant;
with my holy oil I have anointed him.
22My hand will be with him;
my arm will make him strong.
23No enemy shall outwit him,
nor shall the wicked defeat him.
24I will crush his foes before him,
strike down those who hate him.
25My faithfulness and mercy will be with him;
through my name his horn will be exalted.
26I will set his hand upon the sea,
his right hand upon the rivers.
27He shall cry to me, ‘You are my father,
my God, the Rock of my salvation!’
28I myself make him the firstborn,
Most High over the kings of the earth.
29Forever I will maintain my mercy for him;
my covenant with him stands firm.
30I will establish his dynasty forever,
his throne as the days of the heavens.
31If his descendants forsake my teaching,
do not follow my decrees,
32If they fail to observe my statutes,
do not keep my commandments,
33I will punish their crime with a rod
and their guilt with blows.
34But I will not take my mercy from him,
nor will I betray my bond of faithfulness.
35I will not violate my covenant;
the promise of my lips I will not alter.
36By my holiness I swore once for all:
I will never be false to David.
37His dynasty will continue forever,
his throne, like the sun before me.
38Like the moon it will stand eternal,
forever firm like the sky!”
39But now you have rejected and spurned,
been enraged at your anointed.
40You renounced the covenant with your servant,
defiled his crown in the dust.
41You broke down all city walls,
left his strongholds in ruins.
42All who pass through seize plunder;
his neighbors deride him.
43You have exalted the right hand of his foes,
have gladdened all his enemies.
44You turned back his sharp sword,
did not support him in battle.
45You brought to an end his splendor,
hurled his throne to the ground.
46You cut short the days of his youth,
covered him with shame.
47How long, Lord? Will you hide forever?
Must your wrath smolder like fire?
48Remember how brief life is,
how frail the sons of man you have created!
49What is man, that he should live and not see death?
Who can deliver his soul from the power of Sheol?
50Where are your former mercies, Lord,
that you swore to David in your faithfulness?
51Remember, Lord, the insults to your servants,
how I have borne in my bosom the slander of the nations.
52Your enemies, Lord, insult;
they insult each step of your anointed.
53Blessed be the Lord forever! Amen and amen!