Commentary Critical and Explanatory
on the Whole Bible
1. David said, This is the home of the Lord God--By the miraculous sign
of fire from heaven, and perhaps other intimations, David understood it
to be the will of God that the national place of worship should be
fixed there, and he forthwith proceeded to make preparations for the
erection of the temple on that spot.
2. David commanded to gather together the strangers--partly the
descendants of the old Canaanites
from whom was exacted a tribute of bond service, and partly war
reserved for the great work he contemplated.
6. Then he called for Solomon . . . and charged
him--The earnestness and solemnity of this address creates an
impression that it was given a little before the old king's decease. He
unfolded his great and long cherished plan, enjoined the building of
God's house as a sacred duty on him as his son and successor, and
described the resources that were at command for carrying on the work.
The vast amount of personal property he had accumulated in the precious
must have been spoil taken from the people he had conquered, and the
cities he had sacked.