1 Chronicles 17


David consults Nathan about building a temple for God, 1, 2.

God sends him an answer by Nathan, informing him that Solomon

shall build the house, 3-14.

David receives the Divine purpose with humility and joy, and

gives God praise, 15-27.


Verse 1. Now it came to pass] See every thing recorded in this

chapter amply detailed in Clarke's notes on "2Sa 7:1", &c.

Verse 5. But have gone from tent to tent] "I have transferred my

tabernacle from Gilgal to Nob, from Nob to Shiloh, and from Shiloh

to Gibeon."-Targum and Jarchi.

Verse 9. Neither shall the children of wickedness] They shall no

more be brought into servitude as they were in the time they

sojourned in Egypt. This is what is here referred to.

Verse 12. I will establish his throne for ever.] David was a

type of Christ; and concerning him the prophecy is literally true.

See Isa 9:7, where there is evidently the same reference.

Verse 13. I will not take my mercy away from him] I will not cut

off his family from the throne, as I did that of his predecessor


Verse 16. And what is mine house, that thou hast brought me

hitherto?] I am not of any regal family, and have no natural right

to the throne.

Verse 25. Hath found in his heart to pray] The Targum expresses

a full sense: "Therefore thy servant hath found an opening of

mouth, that he might pray before Thee."

Verse 27. For thou blessest, O Lord] "Thou beginnest to bless

the house of thy servant, therefore it shall be blessed for


THE reader is requested to refer to 2 Sam. 7, and the notes

there for many particulars that belong to the parallel places

here, and which it should answer no good purpose to repeat in this


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