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