Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

2 Samuel 6:18

When David had finished offering the burnt offering and the peace offering, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord of hosts.
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Benedictions;   David;   Jerusalem;   Thompson Chain Reference - Benedictions;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Ark of the Covenant;   Michal;   Uzzah;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Ark;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Blessing;   Jerusalem;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Dance;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Ark of the Covenant;   Michal;   Pilgrimage;   Samuel, Books of;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Chronicles, I;   Jerusalem;   King;   Priests and Levites;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Michal ;   The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Nachon;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - David;   Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Priest;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Hebrew Monarchy, the;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - David;   King;   Priests and Levites;   Kitto Biblical Cyclopedia - Ark of the covenant;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Ark of the Covenant;   Samuel, Books of;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

He blessed the people in the name of the Lord - David acted here as priest, for it was the general prerogative of the priests to bless the people, but it appears, by both David and Solomon, that it was the prerogative of the kings also.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 6:18". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/2-samuel-6.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

He blessed the people - So did Solomon 1 Kings 8:14.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 6:18". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/2-samuel-6.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And as soon as David had made an end of offering burnt offerings and peace offerings,.... Or these were performed according to his order:

he blessed the people in the name of the Lord of hosts; not as a priest, but as a prince, as the common father of them, wishing them all happiness and prosperity outward and inward, praying to God to bless them with all blessings temporal and spiritual, who is the God of armies above and below, and can do what he pleases, and more than his people can ask or think.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 6:18". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/2-samuel-6.html. 1999.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

he blessed the people — in the double character of prophet and king (see 1 Kings 8:55, 1 Kings 8:56). [See on 1 Chronicles 16:2.]

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 6:18". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/2-samuel-6.html. 1871-8.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

And as soon as David had made an end of offering burnt offerings and peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the LORD of hosts.

He blessed — That is, he heartily and solemnly prayed to God for his blessing upon them: which he did both as a prophet, and as their king, to whom by office it belongs, by all means, to seek his people's welfare.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 6:18". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/2-samuel-6.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

2 Samuel 6:18 And as soon as David had made an end of offering burnt offerings and peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the LORD of hosts.

Ver. 18. He blessed the people.] And feasted them besides, which was more than he did when he was confirmed by them in his kingdom, [2 Samuel 5:1-3] to show his greater joy.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 6:18". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/2-samuel-6.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

He blessed the people, i.e. he heartily and solemnly prayed to God for his blessing upon them; which he did both as prophet and as their king, to whom by office it belongs, by all means, to seek his people’s welfare.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on 2 Samuel 6:18". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/2-samuel-6.html. 1685.

Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible

And when David had made an end of offering the burnt-offering and the peace-offerings, he blessed the people in the name of YHWH of hosts.’

Following the offering of the burnt offerings and peace-offerings, the people were blessed in the Name of YHWH of Hosts the Name connected with the Ark of YHWH (2 Samuel 6:2). This blessing may have been performed by David himself in his office as priest after the order of Melchizedek, or it may have been done in his name by Abiathar (see Numbers 6:22-27). The genuineness and whole-heartedness of the blessing is brought out in that having blessed the people David will proceed towards his palace in order to bless all who are in the palace (verse 20a).

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Pett, Peter. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 6:18". "Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible ". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pet/2-samuel-6.html. 2013.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Blessed. Wishing all sorts of happiness. Only priests and kings perform this function publicly, 3 Kings viii. 55. Afterwards David went to his palace, to impart the same blessing to his family, and particularly to the women, who had not been present. This is a vestige of the sacerdotal power, which masters of families formerly enjoyed.

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 6:18". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/2-samuel-6.html. 1859.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

And as soon as David had made an end of offering burnt offerings and peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the LORD of hosts.

He blessed the people - in the name of God, as Moses, Joshua, and Samuel had done before him. As the vicegerent or representative of Yahweh, he was entitled to do this act as much as any other connected with the office of theocratic ruler (see the notes at 1 Kings 8:53; 1 Kings 8:56) There was here no interference with the special duties of the sacerdotal office. Manoah (Judges 13:16-19) and Samuel (1 Samuel 7:9 : cf. 1 Kings 18:1-46) had offered burnt offerings; and any one might offer peace offerings, except under conditions which, according to the law, rendered such oblations the exclusive work of the priests.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 6:18". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/2-samuel-6.html. 1871-8.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(18) Peace offerings.—While the “burnt offerings” were dedicatory, the peace offerings were eucharistic, and were also intended here, as in 1 Kings 8:62-65, to supply the wants of the people by a religious feast of communion with God.

He blessed the people.—As Solomon did at the dedication of the temple (1 Kings 8:14; 1 Kings 8:55), and in both cases this was eminently fitting; but such blessing is by no means to be mistaken for the peculiar priestly blessing for which the form was prescribed in Numbers 6:22-26.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 6:18". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/2-samuel-6.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And as soon as David had made an end of offering burnt offerings and peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the LORD of hosts.
as soon
1 Kings 8:55; 1 Chronicles 16:2; 2 Chronicles 6:3; 30:18,19,27; Acts 3:26
he blessed
Genesis 14:19; Exodus 39:43; Leviticus 9:22,23; Hebrews 7:1-7
Reciprocal: Joshua 22:6 - General2 Samuel 6:20 - bless;  2 Samuel 19:39 - blessed;  1 Kings 3:15 - peace offerings;  1 Kings 8:14 - blessed all;  2 Kings 16:15 - the king's burnt;  2 Chronicles 31:8 - and his people

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 6:18". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/2-samuel-6.html.