And also thus said the king, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, which has given one to sit on my throne this day, my eyes even seeing it.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)Genesis 47:31, with margin reference, Hebrews 11:21.
blessed be the Lord God of Israel, which hath given one to sit on my throne this day, mine eyes seeing it; he ascribes this whole affair to God, and his kind providence, though all things were done according to his own orders; and gives thanks to him, who had directed him to take such steps as these were, and that the business was finished without any obstruction, and to the great joy and satisfaction of the people; and that there was such a prospect of Solomon's having a happy and peaceable reign.And also thus said the king, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, which hath given one to sit on my throne this day, mine eyes even seeing it.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)48. the Lord God] See on 1 Kings 1:30.
given one to sit] Of course he means ‘one of my own family and the one whom I specially wished.’ The LXX. adds here the words ‘of my seed’ and a like addition is made in some of the other versions. There can however be no misunderstanding of the king’s meaning without any such supplement. The king’s thankfulness was not for an occupier, but for the particular person now put on the throne.
The report brought by Jonathan (1 Kings 1:43-48) seems like the language of one who had been a spectator of what he relates. If this were so, we must assume king David to have been carried from his bedchamber into some reception-room where he could listen, as he lay, to the congratulations mentioned in 1 Kings 1:47. The adding on of one particular after another, with the repetition of the same conjunction ונם = and also, is exactly after the style of a messenger in great haste.Verse 48. - And also thus saith the king, Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, which hath given one to sit on my throne this day, mine eyes even seeing it. [These last words are added because it is quite an exceptional thing for a king to see his successor on the throne.] 2 Samuel 15:27; 2 Samuel 17:17.). Adonijah called out to him: "Come, for thou art a brave man and bringest good tidings;' suppressing all anxiety with these words, as he knew his father's will with regard to the succession to the throne, and the powerful and influential friends of Solomon (see 1 Kings 1:5, 1 Kings 1:19, 1 Kings 1:26).
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