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2 Samuel 7:3

Nathan said to the king, "Go, do all that is in your mind, for the Lord is with you."
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Nathan;   Prophets;   Temple;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Nathan;   Temple;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Nathan;   Prophecy, prophet;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Israel;   Mediator, Mediation;   Easton Bible Dictionary - David;   Nathan;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Beth;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Samuel, Books of;   Temple of Jerusalem;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Covenant;   Jerusalem;   Nathan;   Samuel, Books of;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Nathan ;   The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Temple;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - David;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Na'than;   Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Nathan;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Hebrew Monarchy, the;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - David;   Nathan (1);   Prophecy;   Samuel, Books of;   Tent;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Ark of the Covenant;   David;   Genesis, the Book of;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

Nathan said to the king - In this case he gave his judgment as a pious and prudent man, not as a prophet; for the prophets were not always under a Divine afflatus; it was only at select times they were thus honored.

For the Lord is with thee - Thou hast his blessing in all that thou doest, and this pious design of thine will most certainly meet with his approbation.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 7:3". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/2-samuel-7.html. 1832.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And Nathan said to the king, go, do till that is in thine heart,.... He perceived it was in his heart to build an house for God; he knew an house was to be built at one time or another, by some person or another; he knew it was a good work, and fit for a king to do, and might think this was a proper time any, he being at leisure, and therefore encouraged him to it: but inasmuch as the time when and the person by whom this was to be built were not pointed out particularly in the word of God, David and he should have consulted the Lord about it; in this they erred, and for which they were tacitly reproved; for, as the event shows, this was not the time when, nor David the person by whom, it was to be built. Nathan said this as a pious and good man, in a private capacity, not as a prophet, or under a spirit of prophecy; for prophets did not always speak under such an influence, but, as private men, said some things ignorantly and through mistake; see 1 Samuel 16:6,

for the Lord is with thee; prospering and succeeding him in all he undertook, giving him rest from all his enemies; and he might think that this motion he now made of building an house was from the Lord; the Targum is,"the Word of the Lord shall be for thine help,'

or thine helper, and shall assist thee in this work. David being thus encouraged by the prophet, his thoughts were more employed about it, and he was resolute and eager to perform it; and now it was he penned the hundred thirty second psalm, in which he expresses his oath and vow to find a place to build on, Psalm 132:1.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 7:3". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/2-samuel-7.html. 1999.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Nathan said to the king, Go, do all that is in thine heart — The piety of the design commended it to the prophet‘s mind, and he gave his hasty approval and encouragement to the royal plans. The prophets, when following the impulse of their own feelings, or forming conjectural opinions, fell into frequent mistakes. (See on 1 Samuel 16:6; see on 2 Kings 4:27).

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 7:3". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/2-samuel-7.html. 1871-8.

Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary

(3) And Nathan said to the king, Go, do all that is in thine heart; for the LORD is with thee.

Had the prophet first made it a subject of prayer, his directions would have been better. The Lord being with his people, as indeed he always is, doth not supersede the necessity of asking continually his wisdom to guide us. Paul's advice, under the command of God the Holy Ghost, is expressed to this point; in all things by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, our requests are to be made known unto God. Observe, Reader! the advantages we derive on this point, as well as all others, in the blessed dispensation of our Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7.

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Hawker, Robert, D.D. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 7:3". "Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pmc/2-samuel-7.html. 1828.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

And Nathan said to the king, Go, do all that is in thine heart; for the LORD is with thee.

Nathan said — Pursue thy intentions, and build an house for the ark. The design being pious and the thing not forbidden by God, Nathan hastily approves it, before he had consulted God about it, as both he and David ought to have done in a matter of so great moment. And therefore Nathan meets with this rebuke, that he is forced to acknowledge his error, and recant it. For the holy prophets did not speak all things by prophetic inspiration, but some things by an human spirit.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 7:3". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/2-samuel-7.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

2 Samuel 7:3 And Nathan said to the king, Go, do all that [is] in thine heart; for the LORD [is] with thee.

Ver. 3. And Nathan said.] Ex proprio sensu, out of his private opinion, and not by divine revelation. Good men, then, may be out in matters of religion, as here both David and Nathan were; neither is it safe to pin our faith on another man’s sleeve - for who knoweth whither he may carry it? - but to "prove all things," and to "hold fast only that which is good." [1 Thessalonians 5:21] Nathan himself was here too well persuaded of David, as if he had been infallible: and why? For the Lord is with thee. What? always, and in all things? No, nor with any man in this life, surely. Nimis augusta res est nuspiam errare. Nathan shall see and say ere long, that he was mistaken. It is with us while here, as it was once with Peter, we walk one step and sink another.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 7:3". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/2-samuel-7.html. 1865-1868.

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible

2 Samuel 7:3. Nathan said to the king, Go, do all that is in thine heart Nathan answered as a prudent man, not as a prophet; for the prophets did not know all events, but such only as God thought fit to reveal to them. Nathan, however, had great reason for what he said; for he knew the regard which the Lord had shewn to David, and thence might well conclude, that he would approve this pious design; besides, as David was himself a prophet, Nathan might well presume that this intention was suggested to him from God.

REFLECTIONS.—David is now at rest from all his enemies, enjoying in peace that kingdom which he so well deserved: yet is not his comfort complete while the ark of God dwells under curtains. Therefore,

1. He purposes to build a house meet for its reception. He could not look upon his own house of cedar without a secret reproach. He resolves, therefore, to improve the calm that he enjoyed in so grateful a service to the God who had done such great things for him. Note; A gracious soul is ever seeking to testify its gratitude, and happy to be employed for the glory of God.

2. David consults with Nathan the prophet about the matter: and as the piety of the design was evident, Nathan hesitates not to encourage him to proceed in the good purposes which were in his heart; but as they consulted not God in the matter, his will appeared different, though the good intention was accepted. Note; (1.) We ought to strengthen their hands, who have it at heart to build up the church of Christ. (2.) If the Lord be with us, then the desire of our heart will be to please him.

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Coke, Thomas. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 7:3". Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tcc/2-samuel-7.html. 1801-1803.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Pursue thy intentions, and build a house for the ark. The design being pious, and the thing not forbidden by God, Nathan hastily approves it, before he had either seriously considered it in his own mind, or consulted God about it, as both he and David certainly ought to have done in a matter of so great moment. And therefore Nathan meets with this rebuke, that he is forced to acknowledge his error, and recant it. For the holy prophets did not speak all things by prophetical inspiration, but some things by a human spirit, and prudent conjecture; and therefore they were ignorant and mistaken in some matters, as 1 Samuel 16:6 2 Kings 4:27.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on 2 Samuel 7:3". 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

3.Nathan said — The prophet gave this counsel from the apparent propriety and laudableness of David’s purpose, and not by divine revelation. Accordingly he was called upon that night to counsel the king differently. Here we learn that the prophets were not always under inspiration.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 7:3". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/2-samuel-7.html. 1874-1909.

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments

2 Samuel 7:3. Nathan said, Go and do all that is in thy heart — Pursue thy intentions, and build a house for the ark. The design being pious, and the thing not forbidden by God, Nathan hastily approves it before he had consulted God about it, as both he and David ought to have done in a matter of so great moment. And therefore Nathan meets with this rebuke, that he is forced to acknowledge his error, and recant it. For the holy prophets did not speak all things by prophetic inspiration, but some things as religious men, by a human spirit.

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Benson, Joseph. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 7:3". Joseph Benson's Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/2-samuel-7.html. 1857.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Thee. David did not, perhaps, consult him as a prophet; and Nathan thought that the proposal was so just, that it might be safely carried into effect. The prophets are not inspired in all their actions. Joseph was of a different opinion from his father, Genesis xlviii. 19. Samuel supposed that Eliab should have been king; (1 Kings xvi. 6,) and Eliseus confesses, that God had concealed from his the affliction of the woman with whom he lodged, 4 Kings iv. 24. (Calmet) --- God afterwards sent the same Nathan to rectify his former decision, that he might not pass sentence, in future, without consulting him. (Menochius)

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 7:3". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/2-samuel-7.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

Nathan said. Not from Jehovah, as in 2 Samuel 7:5, but from himself: and said what was wrong.

do all that, &c. This is seldom safe advice.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 7:3". "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

And Nathan said to the king, Go, do all that is in thine heart; for the LORD is with thee.

Nathan said to the king, Go, do all that is in thine heart. The piety of the design commended it to the prophet's mind, and he gave his hasty approval and encouragement to the royal plans. The prophets, when following the impulse of their own feelings, or forming conjectural opinions, fell into frequent mistakes (see the notes at 1 Samuel 16:6; 2 Kings 4:27).

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 7:3". "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

(3) Go, do all that is in thine heart.—Nathan naturally considered that it must be right for David to execute his pious purpose; but he spoke only according to his own sense of right, and not by Divine direction.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 7:3". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/2-samuel-7.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And Nathan said to the king, Go, do all that is in thine heart; for the LORD is with thee.
Go, do
2 Kings 4:27
all that
1 Samuel 16:7; 1 Kings 8:17,18; 1 Chronicles 22:7; 28:2; Psalms 20:4; 37:4
for the
1 Samuel 10:7; 1 John 2:27
Reciprocal: 1 Samuel 14:7 - Do all;  2 Kings 20:5 - Turn again;  1 Chronicles 17:2 - for God;  2 Chronicles 6:7 - GeneralIsaiah 38:5 - and say

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 7:3". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/2-samuel-7.html.