1 Kings 8:25

25 Therefore now, LORD God of Israel, keep with thy servant David my father that thou promisedst him, saying, There shall not fail[a] thee a man in my sight to sit on the throne of Israel; so that thy children take heed to their way, that they walk before me as thou hast walked before me.

1 Kings 8:25 Meaning and Commentary

1 Kings 8:25

Therefore now, Lord God of Israel, keep with thy servant David
my father that thou promisedst him
That as he had fulfilled one part of his promise respecting himself, his immediate successor, so that he would fulfil the other respecting his more remote offspring:

saying, there shall not fail thee a man in my sight, to sit on the
throne of Israel;
one of David's posterity to inherit his throne and kingdom, but with this proviso:

so that thy children takes heed to their way;
in what way they walk, and how they walk in it:

that they walk before me as thou hast walked before me;
meaning as David walked, see ( Psalms 132:11 Psalms 132:12 ) .

1 Kings 8:25 In-Context

23 And he said, LORD God of Israel, there is no God like thee, in heaven above, or on earth beneath, who keepest covenant and mercy with thy servants that walk before thee with all their heart:
24 Who hast kept with thy servant David my father that thou promisedst him: thou spakest also with thy mouth, and hast fulfilled it with thine hand, as it is this day.
25 Therefore now, LORD God of Israel, keep with thy servant David my father that thou promisedst him, saying, There shall not fail thee a man in my sight to sit on the throne of Israel; so that thy children take heed to their way, that they walk before me as thou hast walked before me.
26 And now, O God of Israel, let thy word, I pray thee, be verified, which thou spakest unto thy servant David my father.
27 But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded?

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. fail...: Heb. be cut off unto thee a man from my sight