1 And it came to
pass, when the king sat in his house, and the LORD had given
him rest round about from all his enemies;
2 That the king said unto Nathan the prophet, See now, I dwell
in an house of cedar, but the ark of God dwelleth within curtains.
3 And Nathan said to the king, Go, do all that is in thine heart;
for the LORD is with thee.
4 And it came to pass that night, that the word of the LORD
came unto Nathan, saying,
5 Go and tell my servant David, Thus saith the LORD, Shalt thou
build me an house for me to dwell in?
6 Whereas I have not dwelt in any house since the time that
I brought up the children of Israel out of Egypt, even to this
day, but have walked in a tent and in a tabernacle.
7 In all the places wherein I have walked with all the children
of Israel spake I a word with any of the tribes of Israel, whom
I commanded to feed my people Israel, saying, Why build ye not
me an house of cedar?
8 Now therefore so shalt thou say unto my servant David, Thus
saith the LORD of hosts, I took thee from the sheepcote, from
following the sheep, to be ruler over my people, over Israel:
9 And I was with thee whithersoever thou wentest, and have cut
off all thine enemies out of thy sight, and have made thee a
great name, like unto the name of the great men that are in
10 Moreover I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and
will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own,
and move no more; neither shall the children of wickedness afflict
them any more, as beforetime,
11 And as since the time that I commanded judges to be over
my people Israel, and have caused thee to rest from all thine
enemies. Also the LORD telleth thee that he will make thee an
12 And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with
thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall
proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom.
13 He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish
the throne of his kingdom for ever.
14 I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit
iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the
stripes of the children of men:
15 But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it
from Saul, whom I put away before thee.
16 And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for
ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever.
17 According to all these words, and according to all this vision,
so did Nathan speak unto David.
18 Then went king David in, and sat before the LORD, and he
said, Who am I, O Lord GOD? and what is my house, that thou
hast brought me hitherto?
19 And this was yet a small thing in thy sight, O Lord GOD;
but thou hast spoken also of thy servant's house for a great
while to come. And is this the manner of man, O Lord GOD?
20 And what can David say more unto thee? for thou, Lord GOD,
knowest thy servant.
21 For thy word's sake, and according to thine own heart, hast
thou done all these great things, to make thy servant know them.
22 Wherefore thou art great, O LORD God: for there is none like
thee, neither is there any God beside thee, according to all
that we have heard with our ears.
23 And what one nation in the earth is like thy people, even
like Israel, whom God went to redeem for a people to himself,
and to make him a name, and to do for you great things and terrible,
for thy land, before thy people, which thou redeemedst to thee
from Egypt, from the nations and their gods?
24 For thou hast confirmed to thyself thy people Israel to be
a people unto thee for ever: and thou, LORD, art become their
25 And now, O LORD God, the word that thou hast spoken concerning
thy servant, and concerning his house, establish it for ever,
and do as thou hast said.
26 And let thy name be magnified for ever, saying, The LORD
of hosts is the God over Israel: and let the house of thy servant
David be established before thee.
27 For thou, O LORD of hosts, God of Israel, hast revealed to
thy servant, saying, I will build thee an house: therefore hath
thy servant found in his heart to pray this prayer unto thee.
28 And now, O Lord GOD, thou art that God, and thy words be
true, and thou hast promised this goodness unto thy servant:
29 Therefore now let it please thee to bless the house of thy
servant, that it may continue for ever before thee: for thou,
O Lord GOD, hast spoken it: and with thy blessing let the house
of thy servant be blessed for ever.
1 And after this
it came to pass, that David smote the Philistines, and subdued
them: and David took Metheg-ammah out of the hand of the Philistines.
2 And he smote Moab, and measured them with a line, casting
them down to the ground; even with two lines measured he to
put to death, and with one full line to keep alive. And so the
Moabites became David's servants, and brought gifts.
3 David smote also Hadadezer, the son of Rehob, king of Zobah,
as he went to recover his border at the river Euphrates.
4 And David took from him a thousand chariots, and seven hundred
horsemen, and twenty thousand footmen: and David houghed all
the chariot horses, but reserved of them for an hundred chariots.
5 And when the Syrians of Damascus came to succour Hadadezer
king of Zobah, David slew of the Syrians two and twenty thousand
6 Then David put garrisons in Syria of Damascus: and the Syrians
became servants to David, and brought gifts. And the LORD preserved
David whithersoever he went.
7 And David took the shields of gold that were on the servants
of Hadadezer, and brought them to Jerusalem.
8 And from Betah, and from Berothai, cities of Hadadezer, king
David took exceeding much brass.
9 When Toi king of Hamath heard that David had smitten all the
host of Hadadezer,
10 Then Toi sent Joram his son unto king David, to salute him,
and to bless him, because he had fought against Hadadezer, and
smitten him: for Hadadezer had wars with Toi. And Joram brought
with him vessels of silver, and vessels of gold, and vessels
11 Which also king David did dedicate unto the LORD, with the
silver and gold that he had dedicated of all nations which he
12 Of Syria, and of Moab, and of the children of Ammon, and
of the Philistines, and of Amalek, and of the spoil of Hadadezer,
son of Rehob, king of Zobah.
13 And David gat him a name when he returned from smiting of
the Syrians in the valley of salt, being eighteen thousand men.
14 And he put garrisons in Edom; throughout all Edom put he
garrisons, and all they of Edom became David's servants. And
the LORD preserved David whithersoever he went.
15 And David reigned over all Israel; and David executed judgment
and justice unto all his people.
16 And Joab the son of Zeruiah was over the host; and Jehoshaphat
the son of Ahilud was recorder;
17 And Zadok the son of Ahitub, and Ahimelech the son of Abiathar,
were the priests; and Seraiah was the scribe;
18 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over both the Cherethites
and the Pelethites; and David's sons were chief rulers.
1 And David said,
Is there yet any that is left of the house of Saul, that I may
shew him kindness for Jonathan's sake?
2 And there was of the house of Saul a servant whose name was
Ziba. And when they had called him unto David, the king said
unto him, Art thou Ziba? And he said, Thy servant is he.
3 And the king said, Is there not yet any of the house of Saul,
that I may shew the kindness of God unto him? And Ziba said
unto the king, Jonathan hath yet a son, which is lame on his
4 And the king said unto him, Where is he? And Ziba said unto
the king, Behold, he is in the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel,
5 Then king David sent, and fetched him out of the house of
Machir, the son of Ammiel, from Lo-debar.
6 Now when Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul,
was come unto David, he fell on his face, and did reverence.
And David said, Mephibosheth. And he answered, Behold thy servant!
7 And David said unto him, Fear not: for I will surely shew
thee kindness for Jonathan thy father's sake, and will restore
thee all the land of Saul thy father; and thou shalt eat bread
at my table continually.
8 And he bowed himself, and said, What is thy servant, that
thou shouldest look upon such a dead dog as I am?
9 Then the king called to Ziba, Saul's servant, and said unto
him, I have given unto thy master's son all that pertained to
Saul and to all his house.
10 Thou therefore, and thy sons, and thy servants, shall till
the land for him, and thou shalt bring in the fruits, that thy
master's son may have food to eat: but Mephibosheth thy master's
son shall eat bread alway at my table. Now Ziba had fifteen
sons and twenty servants.
11 Then said Ziba unto the king, According to all that my lord
the king hath commanded his servant, so shall thy servant do.
As for Mephibosheth, said the king, he shall eat at my table,
as one of the king's sons.
12 And Mephibosheth had a young son, whose name was Micha. And
all that dwelt in the house of Ziba were servants unto Mephibosheth.
13 So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem: for he did eat continually
at the king's table; and was lame on both his feet.