Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

2 Samuel 12:10

Now therefore, the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised Me and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.'
New American Standard Version

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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Adultery;   David;   Homicide;   Minister, Christian;   Nathan;   Repentance;   Women;   Thompson Chain Reference - David;   Retribution;   Reward-Punishment;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Kings;   Prophets;   Sword, the;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Parable;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Bathsheba;   David;   Nathan;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - David;   King, Kingship;   Samuel, First and Second, Theology of;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Murder;   Presumption;   Easton Bible Dictionary - David;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Nathan;   Holman Bible Dictionary - David;   King, Kingship;   Parables;   Tamar;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Ammon, Ammonites;   Nathan;   Samuel, Books of;   Sin;   Uriah;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Nathan ;   Uriah ;   The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Nathan;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - David;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Da'vid;   Na'than;   Wilson's Dictionary of Bible Types - Sword;   Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Nathan;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Hebrew Monarchy, the;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Nathan (1);   Samuel, Books of;   Sin (1);   Uriah;   Kitto Biblical Cyclopedia - Allegory;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Judge;   Satire;  

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible

GOD ANNOUNCED HIS PUNISHMENT OF DAVID

"'Now therefore the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised me, and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.' Thus says the Lord, `Behold, I will raise up evil against you out of your own house; and I will take your wives before your eyes, and give them to your neighbor, and he shall lie with your wives in the sight of this sun. For you did it secretly; but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun.'"

"The sword shall never depart from thy house" (2 Samuel 12:10). Three of David's sons would be murdered: Amnon by Absalom, Absalom by Joab, and Adonijah by Solomon; but the punishment did not stop with that generation. The long, bloody history of the house of David continued (See 2 Kings 11:1, etc.) until the end of his earthly dynasty.

"I will take your wives, before your eyes, and give them to your neighbor ... in the sight of this sun" (2 Samuel 12:11). Absalom, the king's son, lived near the king and was therefore "a neighbor." One of Absalom's first actions in his attempt to take David's throne was to lie publicly with the king's concubines, thus exercising the prerogative that always belonged to a new king (2 Samuel 16:22).

In the light of this sun is an expression that means simply, "in broad open daylight."

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Coffman, James Burton. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 12:10". "Coffman Commentaries on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/2-samuel-12.html. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. 1983-1999.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house,.... During his life, and as appeared in the slaughter of his sons Ammon and Absalom before his death, and of Adonijah quickly after, and in his posterity through their wars with the children of Israel, and other nations:

because thou hast despised me; his commandments, and that in effect was despising him the lawgiver:

and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife; which being repeated shows that it was very displeasing to God, and a very heinous crime in his sight.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 12:10". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/2-samuel-12.html. 1999.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife.

Never depart — During the residue of thy life.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 12:10". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/2-samuel-12.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

2 Samuel 12:10 Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife.

Ver. 10. Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house.] Never, that is, so long as thou livest, as 1 Samuel 1:22, Genesis 43:9. Or, which I like better, From one generation to another, even for many ages. And so this threatening was performed in the slaughter of Amnon, Absalom, Adonijah, the five sons of Jehoshaphat, [2 Chronicles 21:17] all the sons of Joram except Ahaziah, afterwards killed also, [2 Chronicles 22:7] all the king’s seed killed by Athaliah but Joash, and he also afterwards by his servants, [2 Chronicles 24:1-27] his son Amaziah slain, [2 Chronicles 25:27] and Josiah, [2 Chronicles 35:24] and the sons of Zedekiah. [2 Kings 25:7] (a)

Because thou hast despised me.] In thinking to sin secretly, not considering mine all-seeing eye, nor caring though I looked on.

And hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite.] To conceal your adultery, and to cover your shame, which you mainly minded in that marriage, whereunto you made way by the murder of that good man.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 12:10". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/2-samuel-12.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Shall never depart from thine house, during the residue of thy life; as appears from the following history.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on 2 Samuel 12:10". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/2-samuel-12.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

10.The sword shall never depart from thine house — This prediction was most terribly fulfilled, as the subsequent history will show, especially from the murder of Amnon by his brother to the slaughter of the sons of Zedekiah before their father’s eyes.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 12:10". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/2-samuel-12.html. 1874-1909.

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments

2 Samuel 12:10. The sword shall never depart from thy house — During the residue of thy life. As long as he lived, at times there should be destruction made in his family by the sword, which was awfully fulfilled in the violent deaths of his children, Amnon and Absalom, and, about the time of his death, Adonijah.

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Benson, Joseph. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 12:10". Joseph Benson's Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/2-samuel-12.html. 1857.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

House. What a dismal scene opens itself to our view during the remaining part of David's reign! (Haydock) --- Scarcely one of his successors was free from war; even Solomon was disturbed by the rebellion of Jeroboam, &c., and many of David's family and descendants came to an untimely end, ver. 6. (Calmet) --- Six sons of Josaphat, all Joram's, except one, Josias, the children of Sedecias, &c., 4 Kings xxv., &c. (Worthington)

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 12:10". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/2-samuel-12.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

the sword. Put by Figure of speech Metonymy (of Adjunct), App-6, for manifested hostility.

never. Figure of speech Synecdoche (of the Whole), App-6, put for a part of time: i.e. lifetime.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 12:10". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/2-samuel-12.html. 1909-1922.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(10) Shall never depart.—This word, in both its positive and negative forms, for ever and never, is constantly used to express the longest time possible in connection with the subject of which it is used. Here it must mean “as long as David lives;” and the punishment denounced found its realisation in a long succession of woes, from the murder of Amnon to the execution of Adonijah.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 12:10". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/2-samuel-12.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife.
the sword
13:28,29; 18:14,15,33; 1 Kings 2:23-25; Amos 7:9; Matthew 26:52
because
Numbers 11:20; 1 Samuel 2:30; Malachi 1:6,7; Matthew 6:24; Romans 2:4; 1 Thessalonians 4:8
hast taken
Genesis 20:3; Proverbs 6:32,33
Reciprocal: Genesis 20:9 - a great;  Exodus 20:13 - GeneralExodus 32:35 - GeneralLeviticus 26:15 - despise;  2 Samuel 12:9 - despised;  2 Samuel 13:21 - he was very wroth;  2 Samuel 15:25 - Carry back;  2 Samuel 23:5 - Although;  2 Samuel 24:12 - that 1may;  1 Kings 13:26 - the man;  1 Kings 15:5 - save only;  1 Chronicles 21:10 - that 1may;  1 Chronicles 21:17 - on my father's;  2 Chronicles 24:20 - transgress;  Job 20:14 - his meat;  Psalm 10:13 - contemn;  Psalm 51:4 - Against;  Psalm 118:18 - chastened;  Proverbs 6:29 - he that;  Proverbs 13:13 - despiseth;  Isaiah 5:24 - despised;  Isaiah 30:12 - Because;  Jeremiah 23:17 - that despise;  Hosea 4:13 - therefore;  Amos 2:4 - because

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 12:10". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/2-samuel-12.html.