Anf-03 v.iv.iv.xx Pg 17 makes a promise to David for his seed, “which shall proceed,” says he, “out of thy bowels.”3386
The four books of the Kings were sometimes regarded as two, “the first” of which contained 1 and 2 Samuel, “the second” 1 and 2 Kings. The reference in this place is to 2 Samuel vii. 12.
3386 He here again makes bowels synonymous with womb. Now, if you explain this simply of Solomon, you will send me into a fit of laughter. For David will evidently have brought forth Solomon! But is not Christ here designated the seed of David, as of that womb which was derived from David, that is, Mary’s? Now, because Christ rather than any other3387
3387 Magis. was to build the temple of God, that is to say, a holy manhood, wherein God’s Spirit might dwell as in a better temple, Christ rather than David’s son Solomon was to be looked for as3388
3388 Habendus in. the Son of God. Then, again, the throne for ever with the kingdom for ever is more suited to Christ than to Solomon, a mere temporal king. From Christ, too, God’s mercy did not depart, whereas on Solomon even God’s anger alighted, after his luxury and idolatry. For Satan3389
Anf-03 iv.ix.xiv Pg 34
Or, “unto eternity.” Comp. Bible