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2 Kings 8:19

19 Nevertheless, for the sake of his servant David, the LORD was not willing to destroy Judah. He had promised to maintain a lamp for David and his descendants forever.

Read 2 Kings 8:19 Using Other Translations

Yet the LORD would not destroy Judah for David his servant's sake, as he promised him to give him alway a light, and to his children.
Yet the LORD was not willing to destroy Judah, for the sake of David his servant, since he promised to give a lamp to him and to his sons forever.
But the LORD did not want to destroy Judah, for he had promised his servant David that his descendants would continue to rule, shining like a lamp forever.

What does 2 Kings 8:19 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
2 Kings 8:19

Yet the Lord would not destroy Judah for David his servant's
sake
Not for his merits, but for the mercy he assured him of:

as he promised him to give to him always a light, [and] to his
children;
or a kingdom, as the Targum; therefore he would not utterly destroy the tribe, nor suffer the sceptre or government to depart from it till the Messiah came, see ( Psalms 132:11 Psalms 132:17 ) .

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