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, (Exodus
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.
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
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.
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?
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.
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
(o) Therefore I firmly believe it will come to