1 Kings 15:4
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New International Version
Nevertheless, for David's sake the LORD his God gave him a lamp in Jerusalem by raising up a son to succeed him and by making Jerusalem strong.

New Living Translation
But for David's sake, the LORD his God allowed his descendants to continue ruling, shining like a lamp, and he gave Abijam a son to rule after him in Jerusalem.

English Standard Version
Nevertheless, for David’s sake the LORD his God gave him a lamp in Jerusalem, setting up his son after him, and establishing Jerusalem,

New American Standard Bible
But for David's sake the LORD his God gave him a lamp in Jerusalem, to raise up his son after him and to establish Jerusalem;

King James Bible
Nevertheless for David's sake did the LORD his God give him a lamp in Jerusalem, to set up his son after him, and to establish Jerusalem:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But because of David, the LORD his God gave him a lamp in Jerusalem to raise up his son after him and to establish Jerusalem.

International Standard Version
Nevertheless, for the sake of David, the LORD his God maintained a lamp for David in Jerusalem by raising up his son after him so that Jerusalem would be established,

NET Bible
Nevertheless for David's sake the LORD his God maintained his dynasty in Jerusalem by giving him a son to succeed him and by protecting Jerusalem.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But for David's sake the LORD his God made Abijam a lamp in Jerusalem. He appointed David's descendant to rule after him and protected Jerusalem.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Nevertheless for David's sake, the LORD his God gave him a lamp in Jerusalem, to set up his son after him and to establish Jerusalem.

King James 2000 Bible
Nevertheless for David's sake did the LORD his God give him a lamp in Jerusalem, to set up his son after him, and to establish Jerusalem:

American King James Version
Nevertheless for David's sake did the LORD his God give him a lamp in Jerusalem, to set up his son after him, and to establish Jerusalem:

American Standard Version
Nevertheless for David's sake did Jehovah his God give him a lamp in Jerusalem, to set up his son after him, and to establish Jerusalem;

Douay-Rheims Bible
But for David's sake the Lord his God gave him a lamp in Jerusalem, to set up his son after him, and to establish Jerusalem:

Darby Bible Translation
But for David's sake Jehovah his God gave him a lamp in Jerusalem, setting up his son after him, and establishing Jerusalem;

English Revised Version
Nevertheless for David's sake did the LORD his God give him a lamp in Jerusalem, to set up his son after him, and to establish Jerusalem:

Webster's Bible Translation
Nevertheless, for David's sake the LORD his God gave him a lamp in Jerusalem, to set up his son after him, and to establish Jerusalem:

World English Bible
Nevertheless for David's sake did Yahweh his God give him a lamp in Jerusalem, to set up his son after him, and to establish Jerusalem;

Young's Literal Translation
but for David's sake hath Jehovah his God given to him a lamp in Jerusalem, to raise up his son after him, and to establish Jerusalem,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

15:1-8 Abijam's heart was not perfect with the Lord his God; he wanted sincerity; he began well, but he fell off, and walked in all the sins of his father, following his bad example, though he had seen the bad consequences of it. David's family was continued as a lamp in Jerusalem, to maintain the true worship of God there, when the light of Divine truth was extinguished in all other places. The Lord has still taken care of his cause, while those who ought to have been serviceable thereto have lived and perished in their sins. The Son of David will still continue a light to his church, to establish it in truth and righteousness to the end of time. There are two kinds of fulfilling the law, one legal, the other by the gospel. Legal is, when men do all things required in the law, and that by themselves. None ever thus fulfilled the law but Christ, and Adam before his fall. The gospel manner of fulfilling the law is, to believe in Christ who fulfilled the law for us, and to endeavour in the whole man to obey God in all his precepts. And this is accepted of God, as to all those that are in Christ. Thus David and others are said to fulfil the law.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 4. - Nevertheless [נרךדנוס ,דךס ,תעב כִּי, Gesen. 393] for David's sake did the Lord his God give him a lamp [Better than margin, candle. The word is "always used figuratively of progeny." See note on ch. 2:26; and of 2 Samuel 21:17; Job 18:5, 6; Psalm 132:17] in Jerusalem, to set up his son after him, and to establish Jerusalem [But for David's piety, that is to say, his family would have been dethroned, if not destroyed, as was that of Jeroboam (1 Kings 14:10), of Baasha (1 Kings 16:2), of Ahab (2 Kings 10:11), etc. Abijah was the third prince of that line who had permitted idolatrous worship, so that that dynasty had richly deserved to forfeit its position. The stability of the family of David on the throne for nearly 400 years, amid all the changes and chances of that period, and whilst in Israel there were "nine changes of dynasty within 250 years" is, as Rawlinson remarks, very "difficult to account for on mere grounds of human reason"]:

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Nevertheless, for David's sake did the Lord his God give him a lamp in Jerusalem,.... A kingdom there, as the Targum, splendid and glorious, to be continued in his posterity: to set up his son after him; in it:

and to establish Jerusalem: to continue that in which the temple was, for the sake of which, and the worship of God in it, there was a succession of David's posterity on the throne of Judah.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

4. for David's sake did the Lord his God give him a lamp—"A lamp" in one's house is an Oriental phrase for continuance of family name and prosperity. Abijam was not rejected only in consequence of the divine promise to David (see on [314]1Ki 11:13-36).

1 Kings 15:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
Abijam's Wicked Reign in Judah
3He walked in all the sins of his father which he had committed before him; and his heart was not wholly devoted to the LORD his God, like the heart of his father David. 4But for David's sake the LORD his God gave him a lamp in Jerusalem, to raise up his son after him and to establish Jerusalem; 5because David did what was right in the sight of the LORD, and had not turned aside from anything that He commanded him all the days of his life, except in the case of Uriah the Hittite.…
Cross References
2 Samuel 21:17
But Abishai son of Zeruiah came to David's rescue; he struck the Philistine down and killed him. Then David's men swore to him, saying, "Never again will you go out with us to battle, so that the lamp of Israel will not be extinguished."

1 Kings 11:36
I will give one tribe to his son so that David my servant may always have a lamp before me in Jerusalem, the city where I chose to put my Name.

2 Chronicles 21:7
Nevertheless, because of the covenant the LORD had made with David, the LORD was not willing to destroy the house of David. He had promised to maintain a lamp for him and his descendants forever.

Psalm 18:28
You, LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.

Psalm 132:17
"Here I will make a horn grow for David and set up a lamp for my anointed one.
Treasury of Scripture

Nevertheless for David's sake did the LORD his God give him a lamp in Jerusalem, to set up his son after him, and to establish Jerusalem:

for David's

1 Kings 11:12,32 Notwithstanding in your days I will not do it for David your father's …

Genesis 12:2 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and …

Genesis 19:29 And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, …

Genesis 26:5 Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, …

Deuteronomy 4:37 And because he loved your fathers, therefore he chose their seed after them…

2 Samuel 7:12-16 And when your days be fulfilled, and you shall sleep with your fathers, …

Isaiah 37:35 For I will defend this city to save it for my own sake, and for my …

Jeremiah 33:20-26 Thus said the LORD; If you can break my covenant of the day, and …

Romans 11:28 As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as …

give him

1 Kings 11:36 And to his son will I give one tribe, that David my servant may have …

2 Chronicles 21:7 However, the LORD would not destroy the house of David, because of …

Psalm 132:17 There will I make the horn of David to bud: I have ordained a lamp …

Luke 1:69-79 And has raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his …

Luke 2:32 A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.

John 8:12 Then spoke Jesus again to them, saying, I am the light of the world: …

Revelation 22:16 I Jesus have sent my angel to testify to you these things in the …

lamp. or, candle

Psalm 18:28 For you will light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.

and to establish

Psalm 87:5 And of Zion it shall be said, This and that man was born in her: …

Isaiah 9:7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, …

Isaiah 14:32 What shall one then answer the messengers of the nation? That the …

Isaiah 62:7 And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem …

Jeremiah 33:2 Thus said the LORD the maker thereof, the LORD that formed it, to …

Micah 4:1,2 But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of …

Matthew 16:18 And I say also to you, That you are Peter, and on this rock I will …

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