Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

2 Samuel 7:5

"Go and say to My servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord , "Are you the one who should build Me a house to dwell in?
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Nathan;   Prophets;   Temple;   Thompson Chain Reference - David;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Tabernacle;   Temple, the First;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Nathan;   Temple;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Nathan;   Temple;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Building;   Israel;   Mediator, Mediation;   Servant of the Lord;   Easton Bible Dictionary - David;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Beth;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Samuel, Books of;   Slave/servant;   Temple of Jerusalem;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Covenant;   Jerusalem;   Nathan;   Samuel, Books of;   Temple;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Messiah;   Temple (2);   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Nathan ;   The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Temple;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - David;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Temple;   Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Solomon;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Hebrew Monarchy, the;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Architecture;   Ark of the Covenant;   Mediation;   Nathan (1);   Tent;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Ark of the Covenant;   David;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

Shalt thou build me a house - That is, Thou shalt not: this is the force of the interrogative in such a case.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 7:5". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/2-samuel-7.html. 1832.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

Go and tell my servant David,.... The Lord speaks very honourably and respectfully of him, owns him to be his servant in other things, though he did not choose to employ him in this; and though he was not the person, nor this the time, to build the house of the Lord, yet, as he showed a good will towards it, so far it was acceptable to God:

thus saith the Lord, shalt thou build me an house for me to dwell in? no, thou shalt not, as appears from 1 Chronicles 17:4; which seems to be expressed with much spirit, and some degree of resentment, to resolve on such a work, without seeking to know his mind in it. EupolemusF21Apud Euseb. Evangel. Praepar. l. 9. c. 30. p. 447. an Heathen, confirms this account, only instead of a prophet he speaks of an angel, whose name he says was Dinnathan, who, when David was desirous of building a temple for God, and very anxious to be shown the place where the altar was to be erected, this angel appeared to him; and, though he showed him the place for the altar, forbad him building it, because he was polluted with human blood, and had been engaged in wars many years, and bid him leave the building of it to his son.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 7:5". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/2-samuel-7.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

Go and tell my servant David, Thus saith the LORD, b Shalt thou build me an house for me to dwell in?

(b) Meaning, he should not: yet Nathan speaking according to man's judgment and not by the spirit of prophecy permitted him.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 7:5". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/2-samuel-7.html. 1599-1645.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Go and tell my servant David, Thus saith the LORD, Shalt thou build me an house for me to dwell in?

Shalt thou — That is, thou shalt not.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 7:5". "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 7:5 Go and tell my servant David, Thus saith the LORD, Shalt thou build me an house for me to dwell in?

Ver. 5. Shalt thou build me an house?] q.d., In no wise. I accept of thy good will, [1 Kings 8:18] and will see thee well satisfied for the same: but I have other work for thee to do, [1 Kings 5:3] and shall reserve this piece of service for thy son, as more suitable to his peaceable reign, wherein "the righteous shall flourish, and abundance of peace to all people." [Psalms 72:7]

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 7:5". 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 7:5. Shalt thou build me an house, &c.— The interrogation here has the force of a negative. The meaning is, Thou shalt not build me, &c. See Psalms 132:3; Psalms 132:18.

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Coke, Thomas. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 7:5". 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

i.e. Thou shalt not. Or, Wilt thou build, &c.? Dost thou purpose it?

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on 2 Samuel 7:5". 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

5.Shalt thou build me a house — Is not such a purpose on thy part presumption? Nay, rather, I will make thee a house. Compare 2 Samuel 7:11. The question implies a negative answer, and in 1 Chronicles 17:4, we have, “Thou shalt not build me a house.”

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 7:5". "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

My servant. Note the repetition of this word throughout this chapter. See note on 2 Samuel 7:18.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 7:5". "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

Go and tell my servant David, Thus saith the LORD, Shalt thou build me an house for me to dwell in?

Shalt thou build me an house for me to dwell in? The interrogation here, according to the Hebrew idiom, expresses a strong negation, and is equivalent to, "Thou shalt not build me an house to dwell in" (1 Chronicles 17:4 : see similar instances, 2 Samuel 22:6-8; Genesis 4:9; Amos 5:25.}

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 7:5". "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

(5) Shalt thou build?—The question implies the negative, as it is expressed in 1 Chronicles 17:5, and as it is here translated in the LXX. and Syriac.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 7:5". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/2-samuel-7.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Go and tell my servant David, Thus saith the LORD, Shalt thou build me an house for me to dwell in?
my servant David
Heb. to my servant, to David. Shalt.
1 Kings 5:3; 8:16-19; 1 Chronicles 17:4; 22:7,8; 23:3-32
Reciprocal: Exodus 15:2 - an habitation;  1 Kings 3:6 - thy servant;  1 Kings 8:15 - which spake;  1 Kings 8:19 - General1 Chronicles 28:3 - Thou shalt;  Isaiah 66:1 - where is the house;  John 10:35 - unto

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 7:5". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/2-samuel-7.html.