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2 Samuel 12:24

Then David comforted his wife Bathsheba, and went in to her and lay with her; and she gave birth to a son, and he named him Solomon. Now the Lord loved him
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - David;   God Continued...;   Solomon;   Thompson Chain Reference - David;   Solomon;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Nathan;   Parable;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Bathsheba;   Nathan;   Solomon;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Consolation;   Easton Bible Dictionary - David;   Solomon;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Absalom;   King;   Solomon;   Holman Bible Dictionary - David;   Samuel, Books of;   Solomon;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Ammon, Ammonites;   Bathsheba;   Name, Names;   Nathan;   Samuel, Books of;   Solomon;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Judgment Damnation;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Bathsheba ;   Nathan ;   The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Jedidiah;   Nathan;   Solomon;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - David;   Solomon;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Hebrew Monarchy, the;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - David;   Nathan (1);   Samuel, Books of;   Solomon;   Kitto Biblical Cyclopedia - Bathsheba;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Consolation;   Solomon;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

David comforted Bath-sheba - His extraordinary attachment to this beautiful woman was the cause of all his misfortunes.

He called his name Solomon - This name seems to have been given prophetically, for שלמה sholomah signifies peaceable, and there was almost uninterrupted peace during his reign.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 12:24". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/2-samuel-12.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

Solomon - Or “peaceable,” a name given to him at his circumcision. Compare Luke 1:59. The giving of the name Jedidiah, by the Lord through Nathan, signified God‘s favor to the child, as in the cases of Abraham, Sarah, and Israel. The name Jedidiah (which contains the same root as the name David, namely, “to love”) indicated, prophetically, what God‘s Providence brought about actually, namely, the succession and glorious reign of Solomon over Israel.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 12:24". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/2-samuel-12.html. 1870.

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible

THE BIRTH OF SOLOMON

"Then David comforted his wife Bathsheba, and went in to her, and lay with her; and she bore a son, and he called his name Solomon. And the Lord loved him, and sent a message by Nathan the prophet; so he called his name Jedidiah, because of the Lord."

"He called his name Solomon" (2 Samuel 12:24). "Solomon means peaceable, the name given to him upon the occasion of his circumcision. The name Jedidiah was given by the Lord; it comes from the same root as the name David and means "to love." This God-given name was a prophecy of the child's succession to the throne of David and of the glorious reign of Solomon, all of which God actually brought to pass."[19]

In answer to the question of why Solomon was chosen by the Lord, Payne has this logical answer: "Solomon was the oldest son to be born in Jerusalem by a wife of David, as opposed to a concubine."[20]

We include here also a statement by Porter, because it is interesting and not because of any certainty about what is stated.

2 Samuel 12:25 is not very clear as it stands in the RSV; and Mauchline (p. 256) says that the first clause could be rendered, and committed him to the care of Nathan the prophet. Thus, Nathan became Solomon's tutor and gave him the name Jedidiah, which means, "beloved of God."[21]

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Coffman, James Burton. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 12:24". "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

And David comforted Bathsheba his wife,.... Which is the first time she is so called, Uriah being dead, and David having married her; which though at first displeasing to the Lord, because the circumstances attending it, was afterwards confirmed by him. Bathsheba no doubt was very much distressed, and greatly disconsolate, on account of the sin she had committed, and because of the wrath and displeasure of God, and because of the death of the child, which was a token of it; and she might have some scruples in her mind whether it was lawful to continue cohabiting with David. Now David comforted her, by telling her that God had pardoned that iniquity they had been guilty of, and that he would give them another son, who should succeed him in the throne, and build an house for his name:

and went in unto her, and lay with her, as his wife:

and she bare a son; at the proper time:

and he called his name Solomon; either the Lord called him so, or David by his direction; for this name was given before his birth, 1 Chronicles 22:9; the Keri or marginal reading is, "and she called his name", &c. that is, Bathsheba, who had been informed by David that this was the name the Lord would have him called by, which signifies "peaceable"; and the birth of this son was a confirmation of the peace and reconciliation between God and them, and which his name carried in it; as well as pointed to the peaceable times that should be during his reign, and in which be was a type of Christ, the Prince; of peace; who is the author of peace between God and men by the blood of his cross, and from whom spiritual peace flows, and by whom eternal peace and happiness is:

and the Lord loved him; and was to him a father, and he to him a son, as was promised, 2 Samuel 7:14. This love and affection of the Lord to Solomon was signified to David by Nathan, as follows.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 12:24". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/2-samuel-12.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

And David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went in unto her, and lay with her: and she bare a son, and o he called his name Solomon: and the LORD loved him.

(o) That is, the Lord, (1 Chronicles 22:9).
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 12:24". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/2-samuel-12.html. 1599-1645.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

And David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went in unto her, and lay with her: and she bare a son, and he called his name Solomon: and the LORD loved him.

His wife — Who was now much dejected, both for her former sin, and for the loss of the child.

Loved him — That is, the Lord declared to David, that he loved his son, notwithstanding the just cause David had given to God to alienate his affections from him.

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John Trapp Complete Commentary

2 Samuel 12:24 And David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went in unto her, and lay with her: and she bare a son, and he called his name Solomon: and the LORD loved him.

Ver. 24. And David comforted Bathsheba his wife.] Till now she was called the wife of Uriah: but now that God had pardoned their sin, ratified their marriage, and otherwise sealed up his love to them, she is called David’s wife: and he, as a kind husband, comforteth her with the comforts wherewith himself had been comforted of God, [2 Corinthians 1:4] which was doubtless the effect of his seven days fasting: as was also his so patient and peaceable bearing the child’s death, to the admiration of his counsellors, who knew not the power of prayer, nor "the peace of God passing all understanding," that followeth thereupon. [Philippians 4:6-7] These are riddles to the unsanctified.

And she bare a son.] Yea, sons, and David’s best sons came of Bathsheba because they were the fruit of their humiliation. Nathan, of whom came Christ, [Luke 3:23; Luke 3:31] is ranked before Solomon, [2 Samuel 5:14 1 Chronicles 3:5; 1 Chronicles 14:4] but Solomon was the elder brother by Bathsheba, and a notable type of Christ, both in his name and in his reign. This may be for comfort to such as have leaped rashly into marriage; yea, have entered into that holy ordinance of God, through the devil’s portal, if for that they be afterwards soundly humbled.

And he called his name Solomon,] i.e., Peaceable: a type of Christ triumphant, as David had been of Christ militant, saith one. (a) The child of adultery died soon, so did not Solomon. This, saith another, (b) shadowed forth the old man which must die in the members of Christ, and the new man which must live unto God.

And the Lord loved him.] This was a high privilege and portion enough: together with God’s love cometh a cornucopia of blessings.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 12:24". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/2-samuel-12.html. 1865-1868.

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible

2 Samuel 12:24. And she bare a son, and he called his name Solomon As David was now in peace with God, and foresaw, in the spirit of prophesy, that his son would be a pacific prince, he called his name Solomon, or peaceable; and as this son was conceived in innocence, in the happy season of God's reconcilement to his parents, and to their establishment in true religion, by sincere repentance and humiliation before him, it pleased God to accept him in a singular manner, which is signified to us by that remarkable expression, and the Lord loved him: and to manifest his favour to him for the consolation of David, God conveyed his benediction to the son by the same hand which had before conveyed his chastisements to the father. He sent Nathan to David, to bestow upon his son, in his name, the most blessed of all earthly, the most blessed but one of all heavenly appellations; Jedidiah, or the beloved of the Lord. Bath-sheba some time after had another son, called Nathan; and it is in him that the two lines of our Saviour's genealogy unite themselves; who, on Joseph's side, descended from Solomon, and on Mary's from Nathan. See Matthew 1:6-7. Luke 3:31. Berruyer is of opinion, that Solomon was born in the fourth year after the death of the infant mentioned above.

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Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

David comforted Bathsheba; who was now much dejected, both for her former sin, which she truly repented of, as may be gathered from Proverbs 31:1-3, &c., and for the loss of that child which was very dear to her, and which might seem to be the only tie of David’s affection to her; which being now dead, she might think that David would utterly cast her off, and leave her to that shame and punishment which she had deserved. Went in unto her, to wit, into her chamber or bed. The Lord loved him, i.e. the Lord declared to David that he loved his son, notwithstanding the just cause which David had given to God to alienate his affections from him.

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Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

BIRTH OF SOLOMON, 2 Samuel 12:24-25.

24.Called his name Solomon שׁלמה, Shelomoh, the peaceful; so called because his reign was to be a peaceful one, (compare 1 Chronicles 22:9,) and also because, being peculiarly associated in prophecy with “David’s greater Son,” in whom the throne of his kingdom should be established forever, (comp. 2 Samuel 7:13,) he was to be a figure of that Messiah who is the Prince of Peace.

The Lord loved him — Did not smite him as he did the other child of Bathsheba, but let him live, and bestowed upon him remarkable favour.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 12:24". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/2-samuel-12.html. 1874-1909.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Wife. She had partaken in his affliction and repentance. The Jews say that David told her the divine oracle, which is mentioned [in] 3 Kings i. 13, 17., that her next son should succeed to the throne. Salien (the year of the world 3000) supposes that he was conceived in May, two months after the death of Bethsabee's first-born, and came into the world about he time of the Passover. --- Solomon, "the pacific." See 1 Paralipomenon xxii. 9. (Menochius)

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 12:24". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/2-samuel-12.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

And. Note the Figure of speech Polysyndeton in verses: 2 Samuel 12:24-27. App-6. he. Some codices, with Syriac and Vulgate, read "she", in contrast with "he" in next verse.

Solomon = Pacific or Peaceable. Compare 2 Samuel 7:13.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 12:24". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/2-samuel-12.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

And David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went in unto her, and lay with her: and she bare a son, and he called his name Solomon: and the LORD loved him.

Bath-sheba ... bare a son, and he called his name Solomon - i:e. peaceable, "a man of rest" (see the notes at 1 Chronicles 22:9). But Nathan gave him the name of Jedidiah [ Y

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 12:24". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/2-samuel-12.html. 1871-8.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(24) Called his name Solomon.—The birth of Solomon could hardly have taken place until after the events mentioned in 2 Samuel 12:26-31, since it is not likely that the siege of Rabbah would have occupied two years. It is without doubt mentioned here (after the custom of Scripture narrative) to close the story of Bath-sheba in its proper connection. The birth of that son who should succeed to the kingdom, and through whom should pass the line to the Messiah, was too important to be overlooked.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 12:24". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/2-samuel-12.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went in unto her, and lay with her: and she bare a son, and he called his name Solomon: and the LORD loved him.
A. M. 2971. B.C. 1033. An. Ex. Is. 458. she bare
7:12; 1 Chronicles 3:5; 22:9,10; 28:5,6; 29:1; Matthew 1:6
Reciprocal: 2 Samuel 5:14 - Solomon;  1 Kings 1:11 - Nathan;  1 Kings 2:15 - for it was;  1 Kings 3:3 - loved;  1 Chronicles 14:4 - Solomon;  1 Chronicles 17:11 - I will raise;  Nehemiah 13:26 - yet among;  Proverbs 1:1 - Solomon;  Proverbs 4:3 - General

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