Acts 13:36
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New International Version
"Now when David had served God's purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep; he was buried with his ancestors and his body decayed.

New Living Translation
This is not a reference to David, for after David had done the will of God in his own generation, he died and was buried with his ancestors, and his body decayed.

English Standard Version
For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep and was laid with his fathers and saw corruption,

Berean Study Bible
For when David had served God's purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep. His body was buried with his fathers and saw decay.

Berean Literal Bible
For indeed David, having served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep and was added to his fathers, and saw decay.

New American Standard Bible
"For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep, and was laid among his fathers and underwent decay;

King James Bible
For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For David, after serving his own generation in God's plan, fell asleep, was buried with his fathers, and decayed.

International Standard Version
Now David, after he had served God's purpose in his own generation, died and was buried with his ancestors, and so he experienced decay.

NET Bible
For David, after he had served God's purpose in his own generation, died, was buried with his ancestors, and experienced decay,

New Heart English Bible
For David, after he had in his own generation served the counsel of God, fell asleep, and was placed with his fathers, and saw decay.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For David served the will of God in his generation and he fell asleep and was added to his fathers and he saw corruption.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
After doing God's will by serving the people of his time, David died. He was laid to rest with his ancestors, but his body decayed.

New American Standard 1977
“For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep, and was laid among his fathers, and underwent decay;

Jubilee Bible 2000
For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell asleep and was gathered unto his fathers and saw corruption;

King James 2000 Bible
For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell asleep, and was laid with his fathers, and saw corruption:

American King James Version
For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid to his fathers, and saw corruption:

American Standard Version
For David, after he had in his own generation served the counsel of God, fell asleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption:

Douay-Rheims Bible
For David, when he had served in his generation, according to the will of God, slept: and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption.

Darby Bible Translation
For David indeed, having in his own generation ministered to the will of God, fell asleep, and was added to his fathers and saw corruption.

English Revised Version
For David, after he had in his own generation served the counsel of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption:

Webster's Bible Translation
For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell asleep, and was laid to his fathers, and saw corruption:

Weymouth New Testament
For David, after having been useful to his own generation in accordance with God's purpose, did fall asleep, was gathered to his forefathers, and did undergo decay.

World English Bible
For David, after he had in his own generation served the counsel of God, fell asleep, and was laid with his fathers, and saw decay.

Young's Literal Translation
for David, indeed, his own generation having served by the will of God, did fall asleep, and was added unto his fathers, and saw corruption,
Study Bible
In Pisidian Antioch
35So also, He says in another Psalm: ‘You will not let your Holy One see decay.’ 36For when David had served God’s purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep. His body was buried with his fathers and saw decay. 37But the One whom God raised from the dead did not see decay.…
Cross References
2 Samuel 7:12
"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.

1 Kings 2:10
Then David slept with his fathers and was buried in the city of David.

1 Chronicles 29:28
Then he died in a ripe old age, full of days, riches and honor; and his son Solomon reigned in his place.

Acts 2:29
Brothers, I can tell you with confidence that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day.

Acts 7:60
Falling on his knees, he cried out in a loud voice, "Lord, do not hold this sin against them." And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

Acts 8:1
And Saul was there, giving approval to Stephen's death. On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria.

Acts 13:22
After removing Saul, He raised up David as their king and testified about him: 'I have found David son of Jesse a man after My own heart; he will carry out My will in its entirety.'

Acts 20:27
For I did not shrink back from declaring to you the whole will of God.
Treasury of Scripture

For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid to his fathers, and saw corruption:

served, etc. or, in his own age served the will of God.

Acts 13:22 And when he had removed him, he raised up to them David to be their …

1 Chronicles 11:2 And moreover in time past, even when Saul was king, you were he that …

1 Chronicles 13:2-4 And David said to all the congregation of Israel, If it seem good …

1 Chronicles 15:12-16,25-29 And said to them, You are the chief of the fathers of the Levites: …

1 Chronicles 18:14 So David reigned over all Israel, and executed judgment and justice …

1 Chronicles 22:1-29:30 Then David said, This is the house of the LORD God, and this is the …

Psalm 78:71,72 From following the ewes great with young he brought him to feed Jacob …

fell.

Acts 7:60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this …

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

1 Kings 2:10 So David slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David.

1 Corinthians 15:6,18 After that, he was seen of above five hundred brothers at once; of …

1 Thessalonians 4:13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brothers, concerning them …

and was.

Acts 2:29 Men and brothers, let me freely speak to you of the patriarch David, …

1 Chronicles 17:11 And it shall come to pass, when your days be expired that you must …

2 Chronicles 9:31 And Solomon slept with his fathers, and he was buried in the city …

2 Chronicles 12:16 And Rehoboam slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of …

2 Chronicles 21:1 Now Jehoshaphat slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers …

2 Chronicles 26:23 So Uzziah slept with his fathers, and they buried him with his fathers …

and saw.

Genesis 3:19 In the sweat of your face shall you eat bread, till you return to …

Job 17:14 I have said to corruption, You are my father: to the worm, You are …

Job 19:26,27 And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh …

Job 21:26 They shall lie down alike in the dust, and the worms shall cover them.

Psalm 49:9,14 That he should still live for ever, and not see corruption…

John 11:39 Jesus said, Take you away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that …

1 Corinthians 15:42-44,53,54 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; …

(36) After he had served his own generation.--Literally, ministered to his own generation. There is, perhaps, a suggested contrast between the limits within which the work of service to mankind done by any mere man, however great and powerful, is necessarily confined, and the wide, far-reaching, endless ministry to the whole human family which belongs to the Son of Man.

By the will of God.--The words are, perhaps, better connected with the verb that follows. It was by the will (literally, counsel) of God that David fell asleep when his life's work was accomplished.

Fell on sleep.--It is not without interest to not that St. Paul uses the same word for death as had been used by the historian in the case of Stephen (Acts 7:36). It agreed with the then current language of mankind that death was as a sleep. It differed from it in thinking of that sleep not as "eternal" (the frequently recurring epithet in Greek and Roman epitaphs), but as the prelude to an awakening.

Verse 36. - In his own generation served the counsel of God for served his own generation by the will of God, A.V. Many good commentators construe the words as the R.T. does, only some, instead of in his own generation, render "for," i.e. for the good of, "his own generation." But the A.V. is the most natural division of the sentence, and gives the best sense, only the punctuation should connect the words "by the will of God" with "fell on sleep." There is an allusion to 2 Samuel 7:12 and 1 Kings 2:l, 10, and it is intimated that God was still caring for David in his death. But there was this vast difference between David and Christ. David had a work to do limited to his own generation, and when that work was done he died and saw corruption. But Christ had a work to carry on for eternal generations, and so he rose and saw no corruption. Or the men of that age and generation in which he lived, the subjects of his kingdom; by governing them with wholesome laws, protecting them in their rights and properties, defending them against their enemies, and regulating and promoting the worship of God among them:

by the will of God; this clause may be read in connection with the preceding words, as it is in the Syriac version thus, "after he had in his own age served the will of God"; acted according to it, fulfilled it, and did what the Lord declared to him, or he knew to be the will of God; or with the following words, as in the Vulgate Latin version, "by the will of God fell on sleep", or died; and then the sense is, that after he had done the work of his generation, which was appointed and cut out for him, he died by the decree and counsel of God, which has set bounds to man's life, and has fixed the time of his death; no man dies before, or lives longer than the time it is the will of God he should. David lived according to the will of God's command, and he died by the will of his decree. Death is expressed by falling asleep; a way of speaking very common with the eastern nations, and which represents it in an easy and familiar manner: it is not an annihilation of men; the dead are only fallen asleep, and will wake again in the resurrection; till which time the grave is their restingplace, and out of which the saints will rise fresh and cheerful; and yet, as a time of sleep is a time of inactivity, so no work is done in the grave; and therefore whatever we find to do, should be done in life. It is a long sleep; David has been many hundred years, even thousands, in it; and there will be no awaking out of it till Christ comes again: but this is to be understood of the body only, which only is capable of sleeping the sleep of death, and not of the soul, which dies not with the body, nor continues with it in the grave in a state of insensibility and inactivity, but immediately returns to God; and being happy, is employed in the vision of God, and Christ, in the fellowship of saints and angels, and in the work of praise and thanksgiving: thus, though David is fallen asleep in his body, he is present in spirit with the Lord; and that sweet psalmist of Israel is singing the songs of God in a much better manner than when here on earth. Blessed are they that sleep in Jesus, for they not only sleep quietly and safely, but shall surely rise again, for God will bring them with him; Christ is the first fruits of them, and they shall awake in his likeness. It is further said of David, "and was laid unto his fathers", or was buried; his sepulchre is said to be in Mount Zion (q), where the kings of the house of David were buried; and his sepulchre Peter says in Acts 2:29 remained till his time.

And saw corruption; his body putrefied in the grave, became the repast of worms, and was reduced to rottenness and dust; and therefore the words could not be spoken of him cited from Psalm 16:10.

(q) Cippi Hebr. p. 24. 36. For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God—rather, "served," in his own generation, the will (or "counsel") of God; yielding himself an instrument for the accomplishment of God's high designs, and in this respect being emphatically "the man after God's own heart." This done, he "fell asleep, and was gathered to his fathers, and saw corruption." David, therefore (argues the apostle), could not be the subject of his own prediction, which had its proper fulfilment only in the resurrection of the uncorrupted body of the Son of God, emphatically God's "Holy One."13:32-37 The resurrection of Christ was the great proof of his being the Son of God. It was not possible he should be held by death, because he was the Son of God, and therefore had life in himself, which he could not lay down but with a design to take it again. The sure mercies of David are that everlasting life, of which the resurrection was a sure pledge; and the blessings of redemption in Christ are a certain earnest, even in this world. David was a great blessing to the age wherein he lived. We were not born for ourselves, but there are those living around us, to whom we must study to be serviceable. Yet here is the difference; Christ was to serve all generations. May we look to Him who is declared to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead, that by faith in him we may walk with God, and serve our generation according to his will; and when death comes, may we fall asleep in him, with a joyful hope of a blessed resurrection.
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