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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - 2 Samuel 7:4-17

We have here a full revelation of God's favour to David and the kind intentions of that favour, the notices and assurances of which God sent him by Nathan the prophet, whom he entrusted to deliver this long message to him. The design of it is to take him off from his purpose of building the temple and it was therefore sent, 1. By the same hand that had given him encouragement to do it, lest, if it had been sent by any other, Nathan should be despised and insulted and David should be perplexed,... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 2 Samuel 7:13

He shall build an house for my name ,.... For the honour of it, for the worship and service of God, as it is well known Solomon did; and so his antitype the Messiah, Zechariah 6:12 , and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever ; that is, for a long time. Solomon's reign was forty years, and the kingdom of Judah continued in his posterity until the Babylonish captivity, and a prince that descended from him was the ruler of the people when they returned: this has its... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - 2 Samuel 7:13

He shall build - That is, Solomon shall build my temple, not thou, because thou hast shed blood abundantly, and hast made great wars. See 1 Chronicles 22:8 ; (note); and see also the observations at the end, 2 Samuel 7:25 ; (note). The throne of his kingdom for ever - This is a reference to the government of the spiritual kingdom, the kingdom of the Messiah, agreeably to the predictions of the prophet long after, and by which this passage is illustrated: "Of the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Samuel 7:12-16

( 1 Chronicles 17:11-15 ). ( JERUSALEM .) The promise of an outlasting kingdom. "And thy house and thy kingdom shall be permanent; Thy throne shall be established forever." ( 2 Samuel 7:16 .) 1. The position of David was a very exalted one. He was the chosen earthly head of the theocracy, or kingdom of God; and on him rested the hope of its glorious consummation. He was the Lord's messiah—"the mediator through whom Jehovah dispensed help, safety, and blessing" (Riehm). 2... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Samuel 7:12-16

David's everlasting kingdom. These words relate, first, to Solomon; then to successive generations of David's posterity; and, finally, to the Christ. They promise that David's son should be God's son, and should build the house for God which David had desired to build. They promise also that the rule over Israel should continue in the line of David's posterity, and that his house and kingdom should be established forever. They were partly fulfilled in the long continuance of the reign of... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Samuel 7:12-29

The facts are: 1 . The prophet declares to David 2 . David, in response to the message, acknowledges ,the condescension and bounty of God in what he had done and promised. 3 . He confesses that all is of the free unmerited loving kindness of God, and regards this wonderful superhuman goodness as being an illustration of the existence of a love transcending all that is known to man. 4 . He recognizes the blessedness of Israel in being under the care and guidance of One so... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Samuel 7:13

I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. The temple which Solomon was to build was the symbol of the new development of Israel, and naturally these words suggest a meaning not unworthy of so great an advance in the accomplishment of the nation's mission. Had we, indeed, only this passage, we might be content to take it in a popular sense, as signifying that, whereas Saul's throne (and subsequently that of the many usurpers in Samaria) had but a brief existence, Solomon's... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - 2 Samuel 7:13

He shall build an house ... - For the fulfillment of this in the person of Solomon, see 1 Kings 8:16-20. For its application to Christ, see John 1:12; Eph 1:20-22; 1 Timothy 3:15; Hebrews 3:6; etc.; and Zechariah 6:12-13.I will stablish the throne of his kingdom forever - The words forever, emphatically twice repeated in 2 Samuel 7:16, show very distinctly that this prophecy looks beyond the succession of the kings of Judah of the house of David, and embraces the throne of Christ according to... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - 2 Samuel 7:13

2 Samuel 7:13. He shall build a house for my name This is meant literally of Solomon, who alone did build the material house or temple; but ultimately of Christ, who is the builder of God’s spiritual house or temple. For my name That is, for my service and glory. For ever This is not meant of Solomon, for his kingdom was not for ever. But it is to be understood of David’s posterity in general, and with special respect to Christ, in whose person the kingdom was to be lodged for ever. read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - 2 Samuel 7:1-29

God’s promise and David’s prayer (7:1-29)When David expressed his desire to build God a permanent symbolic dwelling place, God reminded him through the prophet Nathan that Israel’s God, Yahweh, was not limited to one land or one place. For that reason his symbolic dwelling place had been a tent, something that was movable and could be set up in any place at all (7:1-7).Nevertheless, because the people of Israel were not spiritually in a condition where the ideal for them could work, God would... read more

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