But the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
You have shed blood abundantly, and have made great wars: you shall not build a house unto my name, because you have shed much blood upon the earth in my sight.
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George Leo Haydock
Blood, of Urias, (St. Jerome and the Rabbins) or rather, as David had already entertained the desire of building a temple before that event, (Estius) the blood which David had shed in just wars, must be understood; as even that causes a person to be regarded as unclean. The soldiers were obliged to be purified before they could enter the camp, Numbers xxxi. 19. In the Christian Church, those are deemed irregular who have contributed to the death of the guilty, even as judges or witnesses. The Pagans entertained the like sentiments. (Calmet) Æneas dares not touch the sacred vessels and household gods, when he was stained with blood, shed in his country's defence. Tu, genitor, cape sacra manu, patriosque penates Me bello e tanto digressum et cæde recenti Attrectare nefas. (Virgil, Æneid ii.)
So. Hebrew, "much blood in my sight. "(Haydock)
This expression enhances (Du Hamel) the greatness of the bloodshed; as when a person is said to be wicked, before the Lord, it means in an extraordin...