2 Samuel 7:2
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New International Version
he said to Nathan the prophet, "Here I am, living in a house of cedar, while the ark of God remains in a tent."

New Living Translation
the king summoned Nathan the prophet. "Look," David said, "I am living in a beautiful cedar palace, but the Ark of God is out there in a tent!"

English Standard Version
the king said to Nathan the prophet, “See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells in a tent.”

New American Standard Bible
that the king said to Nathan the prophet, "See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells within tent curtains."

King James Bible
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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
the king said to Nathan the prophet, "Look, I am living in a cedar house while the ark of God sits inside tent curtains."

International Standard Version
he told the prophet Nathan, "Look now, I'm living in a cedar palace, but the Ark of God resides behind a tent curtain."

NET Bible
The king said to Nathan the prophet, "Look! I am living in a palace made from cedar, while the ark of God sits in the middle of a tent."

New Heart English Bible
that the king said to Nathan the prophet, "See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells within curtains."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So the king said to the prophet Nathan, "Look, I'm living in a house made of cedar, while the ark of God remains in the tent."

JPS Tanakh 1917
that the king said unto Nathan the prophet: 'See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwelleth within curtains.'

New American Standard 1977
that the king said to Nathan the prophet, “See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells within tent curtains.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
that the king said unto Nathan, the prophet, See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells within curtains.

King James 2000 Bible
That the king said unto Nathan the prophet, See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells within curtains.

American King James Version
That the king said to Nathan the prophet, See now, I dwell in an house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells within curtains.

American Standard Version
that the king said unto Nathan the prophet, See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwelleth within curtains.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He said to Nathan the prophet: Dost thou see that I dwell in a house of cedar, and the ark of God is lodged within skins?

Darby Bible Translation
that the king said to Nathan the prophet, See now, I dwell in a house of cedars, and the ark of God dwells under curtains.

English Revised Version
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.

Webster's Bible Translation
That the king said to Nathan the prophet, See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwelleth within curtains.

World English Bible
that the king said to Nathan the prophet, "See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells within curtains."

Young's Literal Translation
that the king saith unto Nathan the prophet, 'See, I pray thee, I am dwelling in a house of cedars, and the ark of God is dwelling in the midst of the curtain.'
Study Bible
David Plans a Temple
1Now it came about when the king lived in his house, and the LORD had given him rest on every side from all his enemies, 2that the king said to Nathan the prophet, "See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells within tent curtains." 3Nathan said to the king, "Go, do all that is in your mind, for the LORD is with you."…
Cross References
Exodus 26:1
"Moreover you shall make the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine twisted linen and blue and purple and scarlet material; you shall make them with cherubim, the work of a skillful workman.

2 Samuel 5:11
Then Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David with cedar trees and carpenters and stonemasons; and they built a house for David.

2 Samuel 7:17
In accordance with all these words and all this vision, so Nathan spoke to David.

2 Samuel 11:11
Uriah said to David, "The ark and Israel and Judah are staying in temporary shelters, and my lord Joab and the servants of my lord are camping in the open field. Shall I then go to my house to eat and to drink and to lie with my wife? By your life and the life of your soul, I will not do this thing."

2 Samuel 12:1
Then the LORD sent Nathan to David. And he came to him and said, "There were two men in one city, the one rich and the other poor.

1 Kings 1:22
Behold, while she was still speaking with the king, Nathan the prophet came in.

1 Kings 8:17
"Now it was in the heart of my father David to build a house for the name of the LORD, the God of Israel.

1 Chronicles 22:7
David said to Solomon, "My son, I had intended to build a house to the name of the LORD my God.

1 Chronicles 29:29
Now the acts of King David, from first to last, are written in the chronicles of Samuel the seer, in the chronicles of Nathan the prophet and in the chronicles of Gad the seer,

2 Chronicles 9:29
Now the rest of the acts of Solomon, from first to last, are they not written in the records of Nathan the prophet, and in the prophecy of Ahijah the Shilonite, and in the visions of Iddo the seer concerning Jeroboam the son of Nebat?
Treasury of Scripture

That the king said to Nathan the prophet, See now, I dwell in an house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells within curtains.

Nathan

2 Samuel 12:1 And the LORD sent Nathan to David. And he came to him, and said to …

1 Chronicles 29:29 Now the acts of David the king, first and last, behold, they are …

I dwell

2 Samuel 5:11 And Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar trees, …

1 Chronicles 14:1 Now Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and timber of cedars, …

Jeremiah 22:13-15 Woe to him that builds his house by unrighteousness, and his chambers …

Haggai 1:4 Is it time for you, O you, to dwell in your paneled houses, and this …

the ark

Psalm 132:5 Until I find out a place for the LORD, an habitation for the mighty …

John 2:17 And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of your …

Acts 7:46 Who found favor before God, and desired to find a tabernacle for …

curtains

2 Samuel 6:17 And they brought in the ark of the LORD, and set it in his place, …

Exodus 26:1-14 Moreover you shall make the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine …

Exodus 40:21 And he brought the ark into the tabernacle, and set up the veil of …

1 Chronicles 16:1 So they brought the ark of God, and set it in the middle of the tent …

2 Chronicles 1:4 But the ark of God had David brought up from Kirjathjearim to the …

(2) Nathan.--This is the first mention of him, but he was already a confidential counsellor of the king, and became prominent later in this reign and in the opening of that of Solomon (2 Samuel 12; 1Kings 1:10; 1Kings 1:12; 1Kings 1:34; 1Kings 1:38). Nathan "the prophet" and Gad "the seer" wrote parts of the history of this and the succeeding reign (1Chronicles 29:29; 2Chronicles 9:29).

Within curtains.--This is the word used in Exodus 26 and 36 for the covering of the tabernacle. The ark was not now within that, but in a similar temporary structure. David's heart is moved by a comparison of his own royal residence with the inferior provision for the ark. Compare the opposite state of things among the returned exiles in Haggai 1:10.

Verse 2. - A house of cedar; Hebrew, cedars. As these trees were sent by Hiram, and as the house was built, and David now settled in it, some considerable time must have elapsed since his accession. Moreover, the league with Hiram would be the result of David's successes recorded in 2 Samuel 8:1; for the bond of union between the two was their mutual fear of the Philistines. As we have seen before, the alliance with Tyro had a very civilizing effect upon the Hebrews, who were far inferior to the Tyrians in the mechanical arts; and David's house of hewn cedar logs was marvellous in the eyes of a people who still dwelt chiefly in tents. David purposed to build even a more sumptuous palace for Jehovah, and advised with Nathan as his chief counsellor, and the person to whom subsequently the education of Solomon was confided. Within curtains; Hebrew, the curtain; that is, the tent. The tabernacle prepared by Moses for the ark was formed of ten curtains (Exodus 26:1), but the significance lay, not in their number, but in the dwelling of Jehovah still being a mere temporary lodging, though his people had received from him a settled land. That the king said unto Nathan the prophet,.... This is the first time this prophet is made mention of, but often afterwards, yet who he was, and from whence he came, is not known; he appears to be a man of great piety and prudence, as well as endowed with a prophetic spirit, and was very familiar with David, and perhaps dwelt in his palace; being a man on all accounts fit for conversation with princes, to whom David imparted what he had been meditating upon in his heart. The Jews have a tradition (t) that he was the same with Jonathan the son of Shimea, the brother of David, 2 Samuel 21:21; which is not very likely:

see now, I dwell in an house of cedar; made of the cedars of Lebanon; see what a spacious palace it is:

but the ark of God dwelleth within curtains; in a tabernacle within curtains, as the Targum; not the tabernacle of Moses, for that was at Gibeon, 1 Chronicles 21:29; but that which David had made for it, which consisted of curtains that were drawn around it, 2 Samuel 6:17. It gave him a concern that he should dwell in so magnificent a palace, and the ark of God should have so mean an habitation; wherefore it was upon his mind to build a grand edifice for it, and this he suggested hereby to Nathan, and so he understood him, as appears by what follows; and the rather he was led to such a thought, being now at rest and in peace; for then it was an house was to be built for God, in which he would cause his name to dwell, as David might easily learn from Deuteronomy 12:9; and who so proper to set forward such a work as a king, and he when at rest from his enemies?

(t) Hieron. Trad. Heb. in 2 Reg. fol. 79. M. & in lib. Paralipom. fol. 89. B. F. 2. the king said unto Nathan the prophet, See now, I dwell in an house of cedar—The palace which Hiram had sent men and materials to build in Jerusalem had been finished. It was magnificent for that age, though made wholly of wood: houses in warm countries not being required to possess the solidity and thickness of walls which are requisite for dwellings in regions exposed to rain and cold. Cedar was the rarest and most valuable timber. The elegance and splendor of his own royal mansion, contrasted with the mean and temporary tabernacle in which the ark of God was placed, distressed the pious mind of David.7:1-3 David being at rest in his palace, considered how he might best employ his leisure and prosperity in the service of God. He formed a design to build a temple for the ark. Nathan here did not speak as a prophet, but as a godly man, encouraging David by his private judgment. We ought to do all we can to encourage and promote the good purposes and designs of others, and, as we have opportunity, to forward a good work.
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