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2 Samuel 7:15

but My lovingkindness shall not depart from him, as I took it away from Saul, whom I removed from before you.
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Chastisement;   Covenant;   David;   God;   Government;   Holy Spirit;   King;   Nathan;   Solomon;   Scofield Reference Index - Israel;   Judgment;   Judgments;   The Topic Concordance - Endurance;   Government;   Jesus Christ;   Throne;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Kings;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Nathan;   Temple;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Chastisement;   Covenant;   David;   Family;   Father;   King;   Nathan;   Throne;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Israel;   Jerusalem;   Jesus Christ, Name and Titles of;   Leadership;   Mediator, Mediation;   Messiah;   Samuel, First and Second, Theology of;   Easton Bible Dictionary - David;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Kings, the Books of;   Midwives;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Covenant;   Grace;   Mercy, Merciful;   Messiah;   Samuel, Books of;   Temple of Jerusalem;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Covenant;   Immanuel;   Jerusalem;   Nathan;   Samuel, Books of;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Amazement;   Messiah;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Nathan ;   The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Temple;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - David;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Hebrew Monarchy, the;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Accommodation;   Lovingkindness;   Mediation;   Nathan (1);   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Ark of the Covenant;   David;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul - His house shall be a lasting house, and he shall die in the throne of Israel, his children succeeding him; and the spiritual seed, Christ, possessing and ruling in that throne to the end of time.

The family of Saul became totally extinct; the family of David remained till the incarnation. Joseph and Mary were both of that family; Jesus was the only heir to the kingdom of Israel; he did not choose to sit on the secular throne, he ascended the spiritual throne, and now he is exalted to the right hand of God, a Prince and a Savior, to give repentance and remission of sins. See the observations at the end of the chapter, 2 Samuel 7:25; (note).

Many have applied these verses and their parallels to support the doctrine of unconditional final perseverance; but with it the text has nothing to do; and were we to press it, because of the antitype, Solomon, the doctrine would most evidently be ruined, for there is neither proof nor evidence of Solomon's salvation.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 7:15". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/2-samuel-7.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

My mercy shall not depart … - Hence, Isaiah‘s saying, the sure mercies of David Isaiah 55:3, i. e. unfailing, lasting mercies: mercies which are like streams of water that never dry up Isaiah 33:16; Jeremiah 15:18. This is explained in 2 Samuel 7:16, where the word established is the same word as is rendered sure in Isaiah.

Before thee - Before Me is probably the true reading in 2 Samuel 7:15-16 (if the rest of the text be sound), according to the analogy of Jeremiah 35:19; 1 Samuel 2:30, 1 Samuel 2:35; and many other places; whereas the idea contained in the reading, before thee, is unparalleled. But the reading in 1 Chronicles 17:13 is quite different: “As I took it from him that was before thee,” meaning Saul, which gives a very good sense, and suggests that the text here may have been corrupted.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 7:15". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/2-samuel-7.html. 1870.

The Biblical Illustrator

2 Samuel 7:15

But my mercy shall not depart away from him.

But One forsaken and He victorious

At Mildmay, Mr. Spurgeon related the story of an aged saint, who, depressed much with bodily infirmity, asked a friend if he ever knew anyone forsaken of God, for that was his condition. “Only one,” was the reply, “but He to-day is sitting on His Father’s throne.” (Newton Jones.)

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Exell, Joseph S. "Commentary on "2 Samuel 7:15". The Biblical Illustrator. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tbi/2-samuel-7.html. 1905-1909. New York.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

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 Psalm 89:32; 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.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 7:15". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/2-samuel-7.html. 1999.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee.

My mercy — That is, Or, my kindness, that is, the kingdom which I have mercifully promised to thee and thine.

From Saul — In regard of his posterity, for the kingdom was continued to his person during life.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 7:15". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/2-samuel-7.html. 1765.

Scofield's Reference Notes

mercy

2 Samuel 7:14-15 state the principle of judgment within the family of God. (See Scofield "1 Corinthians 11:31"). It is always remedial, not penal Hebrews 12:5-11.

Judgment of the wicked is penal, not remedial.

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Scofield, C. I. "Scofield Reference Notes on 2 Samuel 7:15". "Scofield Reference Notes (1917 Edition)". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/srn/2-samuel-7.html. 1917.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

2 Samuel 7:15 But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took [it] from Saul, whom I put away before thee.

Ver. 15. But my mercy shall not depart away from him.] Why then Feri, Domine, feri, saith Luther. Strike while thou wilt, Lord; my sins are pardoned. I thank thee, O Lord, for all my pain, as another said. And, Not so much case, as the use, Lord, said a third.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 7:15". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/2-samuel-7.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

My mercy, or my kindness, i. e. the kingdom which l have mercifully an kindly promised to thee and thine.

As I took it from Saul; in regard of his posterity, for the kingdom was continued to his person during life.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on 2 Samuel 7:15". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/2-samuel-7.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

15.But my mercy shall not depart — Even though the royal seed commit iniquity, yet for David and Jerusalem’s sake the prophecy and promise of this Scripture shall not fail. “The family of Saul became totally extinct. The family of David remained till the incarnation. Joseph and Mary were both of that family; Jesus was the only heir to the kingdom of Israel, But he did not choose to sit on the secular throne, he ascended the spiritual throne, and now he is exalted to the right hand of God, a Prince and a Saviour, to give repentance and remission of sins.” — Clarke.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 7:15". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/2-samuel-7.html. 1874-1909.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

mercy = lovingkindness.

as = according as.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 7:15". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/2-samuel-7.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee.

But my mercy shall not depart away from him ... - (cf. Psalms 89:33-34.)

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 7:15". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/2-samuel-7.html. 1871-8.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(15) As I took it from Saul.—He and his house were utterly and permanently set aside; David’s descendants will be punished for their sins, yet shall never be forgotten, and shall, ultimately issue in one who shall conquer sin and death for ever.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 7:15". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/2-samuel-7.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee.
But my
14,16; 1 Samuel 19:24; Psalms 89:28,34; Isaiah 55:3; Acts 13:34-37
as I took
1 Samuel 15:23,28; 16:14; 1 Kings 11:13,34-36; Isaiah 9:7; 37:35
Reciprocal: 1 Samuel 13:14 - the Lord;  1 Samuel 20:13 - he hath been with my father;  1 Kings 12:16 - now see;  2 Kings 8:19 - for David;  1 Chronicles 17:13 - I will not;  2 Chronicles 6:5 - neither chose;  2 Chronicles 10:16 - David;  Psalm 51:11 - take;  Psalm 66:20 - GeneralPsalm 89:33 - Nevertheless;  Psalm 89:49 - thou;  Proverbs 11:31 - GeneralLuke 19:26 - and from;  Acts 13:22 - when

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 7:15". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/2-samuel-7.html.