I will be his father, and he shall be my son: and I will not take my mercy away from him, as I took it from him that was before you:
Treasury of Scripture
I will be
2 Samuel 7:14 I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men...
Psalm 89:26-28 He shall cry to me, You are my father, my God, and the rock of my salvation...
Isaiah 55:3 Incline your ear, and come to me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you...
Hebrews 1:5 For to which of the angels said he at any time, You are my Son, this day have I begotten you? And again, I will be to him a Father...
Psalm 2:7,12 I will declare the decree: the LORD has said to me, You are my Son; this day have I begotten you...
Luke 9:35 And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.
John 3:35 The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into his hand.
I will not
2 Samuel 7:15,16 But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before you...
1 Kings 11:12,13,36 Notwithstanding in your days I will not do it for David your father's sake: but I will rend it out of the hand of your son...
as I took
1 Chronicles 17:12 He shall build me an house, and I will establish his throne for ever.
1 Chronicles 10:14 And inquired not of the LORD: therefore he slew him, and turned the kingdom to David the son of Jesse.
1 Samuel 15:28 And Samuel said to him, The LORD has rent the kingdom of Israel from you this day, and has given it to a neighbor of yours...
ContextGod's Covenant with David
1Now it came to pass, as David sat in his house, that David said to Nathan the prophet, See, I dwell in an house of cedars, but the ark of the covenant of the LORD remains under curtains. 2Then Nathan said to David, Do all that is in your heart; for God is with you. 3And it came to pass the same night, that the word of God came to Nathan, saying, 4Go and tell David my servant, Thus said the LORD, You shall not build me an house to dwell in: 5For I have not dwelled in an house since the day that I brought up Israel to this day; but have gone from tent to tent, and from one tabernacle to another. 6Wherever I have walked with all Israel, spoke I a word to any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to feed my people, saying, Why have you not built me an house of cedars? 7Now therefore thus shall you say to my servant David, Thus said the LORD of hosts, I took you from the sheepcote, even from following the sheep, that you should be ruler over my people Israel: 8And I have been with you wherever you have walked, and have cut off all your enemies from before you, and have made you a name like the name of the great men that are in the earth. 9Also I will ordain a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, and they shall dwell in their place, and shall be moved no more; neither shall the children of wickedness waste them any more, as at the beginning, 10And since the time that I commanded judges to be over my people Israel. Moreover I will subdue all your enemies. Furthermore I tell you that the LORD will build you an house. 11And it shall come to pass, when your days be expired that you must go to be with your fathers, that I will raise up your seed after you, which shall be of your sons; and I will establish his kingdom. 12He shall build me an house, and I will establish his throne for ever. 13I will be his father, and he shall be my son: and I will not take my mercy away from him, as I took it from him that was before you: 14But I will settle him in my house and in my kingdom for ever: and his throne shall be established for ever more. 15According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so did Nathan speak to David.
Parallel VersesAmerican Standard Version
I will be his father, and he shall be my son: and I will not take my lovingkindness away from him, as I took it from him that was before thee;
I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son: and I will not take my mercy away from him, as I took it from him that was before thee.
Darby Bible Translation
I will be his father, and he shall be my son; and I will not take away my mercy from him, as I took it from him that was before thee;
King James Bible
I will be his father, and he shall be my son: and I will not take my mercy away from him, as I took it from him that was before thee:
Young's Literal Translation
I am to him for a father, and he is to Me for a son, and My kindness I turn not aside from him as I turned it aside from him who was before thee,