Examining God’s Word – Davidic Covenant in 2nd Samuel 7.10-16

As this is important, and figures very prominently in the book I am currently reading, I thought that I might examine this passage,

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God’s Word to the Nations

New American Standard

New Living Translation

10 I will make a place for my people Israel and plant them there. They will live in their own place and not be troubled anymore. The wicked will no longer oppress them as they used to do 10 “I will also appoint a place for My people Israel and will plant them, that they may live in their own place and not be disturbed again, nor will the wicked afflict them any more as formerly, 10 And I will provide a homeland for my people Israel, planting them in a secure place where they will never be disturbed. Evil nations won’t oppress them as they’ve done in the past,
11 ever since I appointed judges to rule my people Israel. So I will give you peace with all your enemies. I, the LORD, tell you that I will make a house for you. 11 even from the day that I commanded judges to be over My people Israel; and I will give you rest from all your enemies. The LORD also declares to you that the LORD will make a house for you. 11 starting from the time I appointed judges to rule my people Israel. And I will give you rest from all your enemies. ” ‘Furthermore, the LORD declares that he will make a house for you– a dynasty of kings!
12 ” ‘When the time comes for you to lie down in death with your ancestors, I will send one of your descendants, one who will come from you. I will establish his kingdom. 12 “When your days are complete and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your descendant after you, who will come forth from you, and I will establish his kingdom. 12 For when you die and are buried with your ancestors, I will raise up one of your descendants, your own offspring, and I will make his kingdom strong.
13 He will build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. 13 “He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. 13 He is the one who will build a house– a temple– for my name. And I will secure his royal throne forever.
14 I will be his Father, and he will be my Son. If he sins, I will punish him with a rod and with blows inflicted by people. 14 “I will be a father to him and he will be a son to Me; when he commits iniquity, I will correct him with the rod of men and the strokes of the sons of men, 14 I will be his father, and he will be my son. If he sins, I will correct and discipline him with the rod, like any father would do.
15 But I will never stop showing him my love as I did to Saul, whom I took out of your way. 15 but My lovingkindness shall not depart from him, as I took it away from Saul, whom I removed from before you. 15 But my favor will not be taken from him as I took it from Saul, whom I removed from your sight.
16 Your royal house will remain in my presence forever. Your throne will be established forever.’ “ 16 “And your house and your kingdom shall endure before Me forever; your throne shall be established forever.”‘” 16 Your house and your kingdom will continue before me for all time, and your throne will be secure forever.’ “

The capitalization in v14 of ‘Son’ might be a little off setting, since the immediate realization of God’s promise is in Solomon, and only incarnationally realized in Christ. It is even odder than when in the next part of the verse, it talks about the Son sinning.

Post By Joel Watts (10,109 Posts)

Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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