2 Samuel 7:1-3

God’s Promise to David

1 After the king was settled in his palace and the LORD had given him rest from all his enemies around him,
2 he said to Nathan the prophet, “Here I am, living in a house of cedar, while the ark of God remains in a tent.”
3 Nathan replied to the king, “Whatever you have in mind, go ahead and do it, for the LORD is with you.”

2 Samuel 7:1-3 Meaning and Commentary


This chapter expresses David's concern for building an house for the ark of God, which he communicated to Nathan the prophet, and was approved of by him, 2Sa 7:1-3; and who was that night sent by the Lord to David, to acquaint him, that as he had for many years dwelt in a tent, and had never given directions to the tribes of Israel, and the rulers of them, to build him an house, so neither should David build him one; but his son that would succeed him in the throne should; and also observes to him the many great things he had done for him, and promises him more, and particularly the establishment of his throne and kingdom for ever, in which he has respect to the Messiah, that should spring from him, 2Sa 7:4-17. Then follows a prayer of David, in which he expresses the sense he had of the greatness and goodness of God, and of his own unworthiness to receive such favours from him he had, returns him thanks for the promises he had made, and prays for the performance of them, 2Sa 7:18-29.

Cross References 7

  • 1. 2 Samuel 6:3; 1 Chronicles 17:1
  • 2. ver 11
  • 3. 1 Chronicles 22:18
  • 4. 2 Samuel 12:1; 1 Kings 1:8,22; 1 Chronicles 29:29; 2 Chronicles 9:29
  • 5. 2 Samuel 5:11; 1 Kings 3:1; 1 Kings 7:1,2,7; 1 Kings 9:1; 2 Chronicles 8:1; Jeremiah 22:14; Haggai 1:4
  • 6. S Exodus 26:1; Psalms 132:3; Acts 7:45-46
  • 7. S 1 Samuel 10:7; Psalms 132:1-5
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