And he said, Lord God, whereby shall I know that I
shall inherit it?
] Not as questioning or doubting whether he should or not; but
this he asked for the further confirmation of his faith in the
promise, and for the sake of his posterity, that they might more
easily and strongly believe that they should inherit the land
given and promised to them; nor is it culpable to ask a sign of
God with such a view; good men have done it, as Gideon, (
6:36-40 ) , and Hezekiah, ( 2
Kings 20:8-11 ) , without being blamed for it; yea, Ahaz is
blamed for not asking one, ( Isaiah
7:10-13 ) .