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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - 2 Samuel 7:18-29

We have here the solemn address David made to God, in answer to the gracious message God had sent him. We are not told what he said to Nathan; no doubt he received him very kindly and respectfully as God's messenger. But his answer to God he took himself, and did not send by Nathan. When ministers deliver God's message to us, it is not to them, but to God, that our hearts must reply; he understands the language of the heart, and to him we may come boldly. David had no sooner received the... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 2 Samuel 7:21

For thy word's sake ,.... For the sake of the promise he had made to him by Samuel, that he should be king, and his kingdom should be established; or for the sake of the Messiah, that should spring from him; the Memra, as the Targum, the essential Word of God; and so the Septuagint version, "because of thy servant", with which agrees the parallel text in 1 Chronicles 17:19 , and according to thine own heart ; of his own sovereign good will and pleasure, of his own grace, as the Arabic... 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 7:18-24

( 1 Chronicles 17:16-22 ). ( THE TABERNACLE ON ZION .) Thanksgiving and praise. The duty of rendering thanksgiving and praise to God is seldom disputed, though its performance is often neglected. It is beneficial to the offerer himself, as well as to others. The conduct and language of David, on receiving the Divine communication here recorded, famish an admirable example of the spirit in which "the sacrifice of thanksgiving" should be presented. I. DEEP HUMILITY ... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Samuel 7:21

For thy word's sake; In 1 Chronicles 17:19 we read, "For thy servant's sake." The phrase seemed, perhaps, to the Chronicler difficult, but it does not mean "because of thy previous promise," for no such promise had been given, but "because thou hast now said it." Nor does it imply pre-existing merit in David, but that God had now chosen to declare his will, and what was according to his own heart. It thus makes God's own good will and pleasure the cause of the great honours bestowed upon... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Samuel 7:21

God's works and God's heart and words. David looks on those great things which God had promised him as if already accomplished, so great confidence had he in the power and faithfulness of the Promiser; and, conscious that they were due to no worthiness or power of his own, he acknowledges that all originated in the heart of God and were simply in fulfilment of his word, by which they had become known to himself. For the will and the work and the word he praises God. I. GOD DOES ... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - 2 Samuel 7:20-21

2 Samuel 7:20-21. What can David say Either in a way of gratitude and praise Words cannot express my obligations to thee, nor my sense of these obligations or in a way of prayer: What can I ask of thee more than thou hast freely done? Thou knowest thy servant Thou knowest my deep sense of thy favours, and my obligations to thee; and my condition and necessities, what I do or may need hereafter; and as thou knowest this, so I doubt not thou wilt supply me. Thy word’s sake That thou... 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

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - 2 Samuel 7:18-29

David’s prayer of thanksgiving 7:18-29"The heartfelt response of King David to the oracle of the prophet Nathan is one of the most moving prayers in Scripture . . ." [Note: Youngblood, p. 896.] Structurally the prayer moves from thanksgiving for the present favor (2 Samuel 7:18-21), to praise for what God had done in the past (2 Samuel 7:22-24), to petition for future fulfillment of God’s promises (2 Samuel 7:25-29). David included humility (2 Samuel 7:18), gratitude (2 Samuel 7:19), praise (2... read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - 2 Samuel 7:1-29

The Promise of God to David in Requital of his Desire to Build the TempleThis chapter affords an excellent illustration of the way in which prophecy has often two quite distinct applications, one to the more immediate and the other to the more distant future. The primary reference is to Solomon (see especially 2 Samuel 7:12-14), but the prophecy looks beyond him to a greater Son, of whom he was only an emblem and type. We get a somewhat similar instance in Isaiah 7:14-17 (see especially 2... read more

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