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 Main Index : Commentaries : Geneva Study Bible : 2nd Samuel Index : Chapter 7

2nd Samuel, Chapter 7
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7:2 That the king said unto Nathan the prophet, See now, I dwell in an house of cedar, but the ark of God dwelleth within a curtains.

    (a) Within the tabernacle covered with skins, (Ex 26:7).
7:5 Go and tell my servant David, Thus saith the LORD, b Shalt thou build me an house for me to dwell in?
    (b) Meaning, he should not: yet Nathan speaking according to man's judgment and not by the spirit of prophecy permitted him.
7:7 In all [the places] wherein I have walked with all the children of Israel spake I a c word with any of the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to feed my people Israel, saying, Why build ye not me an house of cedar?
    (c) Concerning building a house: meaning without God's express word, nothing should be attempted.
7:9 And I was with thee whithersoever thou wentest, and have cut off all thine enemies out of thy sight, and have made thee a d great name, like unto the name of the great [men] that [are] in the earth.
    (d) I have made you famous through all the world.
7:10 Moreover I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move e no more; neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more, as beforetime,
    (e) He promises them quietness, if they will walk in his fear and obedience.
7:14 I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the f rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men:
    (f) That is, gently, as fathers use to chastise their children.

7:16 And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be g established for ever.

    (g) This was begun in Solomon, as a figure, but accomplished in Christ.
7:19 And this was yet a small thing in thy sight, O Lord GOD; but thou hast spoken also of thy servant's house for a great while to come. And [is] this the manner of h man, O Lord GOD?
    (h) Does this not come rather from your free mercy, than from any worthiness that can be in man?
7:23 And what one nation in the earth [is] like thy people, [even] like Israel, whom God went to redeem for a people to himself, and to make him a name, and to do for i you great things and terrible, for k thy land, before thy people, which thou redeemedst to thee from Egypt, [from] the l nations and their gods?
    (i) O Israel.
    (k) And inheritance, which is Israel.
    (l) From the Egyptians and their idols.
7:24 For thou hast m confirmed to thyself thy people Israel [to be] a people unto thee for ever: and thou, LORD, art become their God.
    (m) He shows that God's free election is the only reason why the Israelites were chosen to be his people.
7:26 And let thy name be magnified for ever, saying, The LORD of hosts [is] the God over Israel: and let the n house of thy servant David be established before thee.
    (n) This prayer is most effective when we chiefly seek God's glory, and the accomplishment of his promise.
7:29 Therefore now let it please thee to bless the house of thy servant, that it may continue for ever before thee: for thou, O Lord GOD, hast o spoken [it]: and with thy blessing let the house of thy servant be blessed for ever.
    (o) Therefore I firmly believe it will come to pass.

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