2 Samuel 7:15

15 But I will not take my steadfast love from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away from before you.

2 Samuel 7:15 Meaning and Commentary

2 Samuel 7:15

But my mercy shall not depart away from him
Which is not to be understood of special mercy and grace, though it is true of these with respect to Solomon, and so to all the adopted children of God, see ( Psalms 89:32 Psalms 89:33 ) ; but then this here designs such mercy as may be taken away from another, and as it was from Saul, as it follows:

as I took [it] from Saul, whom I put away before thee;
and therefore must be understood of his mercy and kindness, in giving him a kingdom, and setting him on the throne; this should not be taken away from him, as it was from Saul, whom God rejected from being king; not him personally, but his posterity; but so the Lord would not do, nor did he, to Solomon, in whose posterity the kingdom of Judah continued to the Babylonish captivity.

2 Samuel 7:15 In-Context

13 He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.
14 I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to me. When he commits iniquity, I will punish him with a rod such as mortals use, with blows inflicted by human beings.
15 But I will not take my steadfast love from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away from before you.
16 Your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me; your throne shall be established forever.
17 In accordance with all these words and with all this vision, Nathan spoke to David.

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Gk Syr Vg 1 Chr 17.13: Heb [shall not depart]