Between the Prophecy and the promise
In those days Hezekiah became ⌊deathly ill⌋,a and Isaiah the son of Amoz the prophet came to him and said to him, “Thus says Yahweh, ‘Command your house, for you are about to die; you will not recover.
Set your affairs in order, for you are going to die. You will not recover from this illness.”
‘Put your household in order, because you are dying. You will not survive.’ ”
Set your house in order, for you shall die; you shall not recover.
“Put your affairs in order; you’re about to die—you haven’t long to live.”
4 But later that same night, this message came to Nathan from the LORD:
5 “Go tell my servant David, ‘This is what the LORD says:
“ ‘ “Are you going to build a house5 for me to inhabit? 6 After all, I haven’t lived in a house since the day I brought up the Israelis from Egypt until now. Instead, I’ve moved around in a tent that served as my6 dwelling place. 7 Wherever I moved among the Israelis, did I ever ask even one tribal leader7 of Israel whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, ‘Why haven’t you built me a cedar house?’
8 “ ‘ “Now therefore this is what you are to tell my servant David: ‘This is what the LORD of the Heavenly Armies says: “I took you from the pasture myself—from tending sheep—to become Commander-in-Chief8 over my people, that is, over Israel.
9 “ ‘ “Furthermore, I have remained with you everywhere you have gone, annihilating all your enemies right in front of you. I will make a great reputation9 for you, like the reputation10 of great ones who have lived on11 earth. 10 I will establish a homeland12 for my people—for Israel—planting them so they may live in a secure location where they will never be disturbed anymore. Wicked people13 will no longer afflict them, as happened in the past 11 when I had commanded judges to administer14 my people Israel. I’ll also grant you relief from all your enemies.” ’
“ ‘The LORD also announces to you: “The LORD will himself build a house15 for you. 12 When your life16 is complete and you go to join17 your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring18 after you, who will come forth from your body,19 and I will fortify his kingdom. 13 He will build a Temple dedicated to my Name, and I will make the throne of his kingdom last forever. 14 I will be a father to him, and he will be to me a son who, when he commits iniquity, I will discipline with the rod wielded by armies20 and with wounds inflicted by human beings.21 15 But I’ll never remove my gracious love from him as I did from Saul, whom I removed from your presence. 16 Your dynasty and your kingdom will remain forever in my presence—your throne will be secure forever.” ’ ”
17 Nathan communicated this complete oracle to David with precisely these words.